Why Stanley? Because he was the only valid option at the time. He hates Charlie and he was the only other person attuned to a Tool. If you're trying to take down someone attuned to a Tool, you pretty much have to use someone else also attuned. Using a side without a Tool would just be silly to attempt.The Shadow wrote:The thing I'm wondering now is, how were the Thinkamancers planning on pointing Parson in Charlie's direction? Why Stanley, of all people? (This goes for the other Perfect Warlord factions too.) Were they just waiting for someone who could and would pay for the spell? It seems more likely that they deliberately dropped it in Stanley's lap, with a high price to keep him from getting suspicious.
The only thing I can really think of is that he runs Wanda's side, and she's the only higher-up conspirator who's not part of the MK, that we know of. That and he probably (see above) hates Charlie, and *maybe* has history with him, as many have speculated.
Though you know? I'm now starting to wonder if the Don is at least at the fringes of this conspiracy. His actions lately do not seem in character with his shrewd nature, unless he's playing a very deep game.
Not to mention that having everyone teamed up against Stanley at the moment gave him the incentive to buy the spell in the first place. He would never have bought it if he wasn't desperate. Being in a no-win situation also tested Parson to prove that the spell worked as intended and that he is the perfect warlord. After that, it's just a matter of time before Charlie manages to tick off GK enough to have them attack him directly.