SteveMB wrote:Parson is a one of a kind. Casters aren't. Breaking whatever rules have prevented casters from using the MK as a military staging ground until now (whether it's something in the world's mechanics or tradition enforced by the Powers That Be in the MK) thus has a much bigger effect on the system as a whole.
That seems to be what Janis is thinking. My point is that she is shortsighted for thinking there's a difference. Or blind because she has given Parson godlike status in her mind.
Whatever her reason, she is an idiot.
You see two people running to do the same thing. Both are using a new backdoor in defenses that has heretofore been sacred. Parson going himself is ok. Parson taking two people through (as Janis interprets what she sees) is unconscionable?
One rule breaker or two, the rule is broken. Does Janis really think the world at large will bother with the distinction between Parson and a "regular caster"? I cannot imagine why they would.
Parson is a smaller can of worms, that potentially can be eliminated with relative ease: simply kill him.
Regular casters using the trick represent a much larger can.
On the other hand, this scenario is a bit unusual. Taking the portal chamber for a capital in advance of arrival is not an easy thing to do; you have to fight your way into the heart of enemy territory, get past the walls, and then deep into the city. From the other direction, having a modest garrison force could insure that any hostile caster that attempts such arrival from the Magic Kingdom would meet a hot welcome. Of course, this could possibly be countered by a force consisting of more than one caster; possibly a Thinkamancy-linked Lookamancer-Turnamancer combo (find and turn as many as possible), or perhaps an assorted group with a large supply of scrolls. This, however, gets expensive; Casters are seriously valuable troops. Any side that got rich and powerful enough to start deploying casters as infantry could probably win by more conventional means. About the only use would be for finding bubble kingdoms, and possibly giving Charlie a brief but major headache (until he upgrades his murderous defenses to include defending his capital's portal).
Unless, of course, you can also send a warlord.