No one in particular wrote:Here's how I see suicide-by-portal vs duty working out: first, the casters knew Bea would still be alive after passing through the portal. Second, they knew she would be immediately recognized as a non-caster and attacked. And most importantly, they KNEW their Ruler was planning a suicide. Is their Duty to "protect their Ruler" or "obey their wishes"? If she wanted to die, wouldn't they actually be going against Duty by trying to protect her?
Alternately, you know, they were just too far away to do anything or it was over too quickly for them to react. I mean, a lone, unarmed Ruler vs who knows how many stacks of casters? I imagine that was a one-round fight.
I think if it was a conscious caster thing, than he'd have been croaked before they could think about it. The casters would see he's not one of theirs, and that'd be enough. Some would be curiuos as to what he was, but at least one would have been shooting instead of hesitation. They hesitated precisely because this had never happened before. The fact that he had a patron speak for him is still probably what saved his life, that and the fact he was incapacitated.
Ah, but they WOULDN'T see that he wasn't one of them! New units are popped all the time, so any casters on guard duty would have to take a moment to check newcomers before just blasting away, and accidentally killing some new dollamancer. Remember, Casters, like Warlords, can see Unit stats... which would include the tag of Special: Caster. As a screening method, this would work fine, normally... except that Parson's stats are invisible
. This would lead to the casters pulling out the wands, but not firing. After all, maybe it's a new weirdomancer, and he's removed his caster special and needs help? Or it's a Foolamancer who's veiling himself as himself, only not as a caster, just to mess with everyone?
Also, since when has Parson ever settled for "it's easier to just believe what's been put in front of you"? If he did that, we never would have seen him ride a Banana! :p[/quote]
What Parson see's and what we seem from what narration tells us are two different things. Essentially the Titan's narrate this story, after all.
But a few things that pull me towards this direction:1. Their portal was under guard.
Maggie makes it a point to mention this. The way she states this implies that there is not, normally, a guard. Likely because there has never needed to be.
2. (in same post) There is debate in the magic kingdom about if he should have been croaked or not. Invisible stats or no, once they knew what he was, if there was indeed a universal policy of "croak every non caster we find in here", there would be no debate. They'd have opened fire as soon as he started talking and acknowledging he wasn't supposed to be there. Janis then extended her protection, but I doubt that would have been tolerated if she was breaking an age-old precedent. Rather, there was no precedent because this had never happened before.
3. Nobody told this to Parson. By now, surely Maggie and Sizemore, who appreciate that the more information he has the better he is, would have clarified the issue. Informed him that the general rule is to blast non-casters when they step through.Everything we've seen so far implies that anybody but a caster or parson that goes through that portal ceases to be.
Which leads to:
4. No invasion of the magic kingdom. Yeah, they are casters. But they are unaligned which means many probably don't and can't provide bonuses to each other. Even the barbarians who perhaps can stack up don't get a leadership bonus. What's stopped any warlord who wanted to from marching a whole booping army in there and just taking the place? Sure, casualties would be high, but the rewards from so many potential captured casters would be invaluable. Enough that it would not be a safe place unless they militarized up themselves, which leads us back to #1.