GaryThunder wrote:I'll say only this:
I find the idea that Parson Gotti, Lord Hamster, Chief Warlord of Gobwin Knob has neglected to consider and plan for the possibility of a caster following him into the tunnel to be simply laughable.
Well, he might have neglected to consider and plan for the possibility that there would be someone expecting him there. If he was going to rely on the element of surprise - fall through the tunnel, run to the other end, run in before the casters have time to do anything - he could be caught off-guard by a caster who was standing by the portal, expecting his arrival, and with the perfect scroll for the occasion already in his hands.
I''m with ftl
on this one. Parson was relying on security through secrecy and on the facts that Erfworlders aren't used to responding to things in real time and that this, quite simply, had never been done before. He was counting on catching the MK completely flat footed and to be there and gone before anyone had the chance to respond. That's why he was waiting on the go-no go from Sizemore, and had the most direct route built in. He didn't HAVE any other plan, because he was already working on a limited time frame (Ie, it being someone else's turn). This plan was built on speed, stealth and surprise. And it would have worked perfectly... except someone was waiting.
Now I'm as big a Parson fanboy as they come. But there was no way Parson could plan on someone waiting for him. Sorry, it's unrealistic to expect that he did. His plan was to be out of the MK before anyone really had time to register what was happening. That was the keystone to the entire thing. Sizemore knows that. And on the surface (literally and figuratively), things are going to plan. That's why Sizemore has his "WTB" face on when Janis mentions the other Caster. He knows Parson has no backup plan.
He's waiting there to open the final door to keep the MK Casters guessing. All they know is that a Warlord appeared, then disappeared. Sure, the quicker ones might figure it out, but by that time Parson will have a head start. The others will be just registering "A Warlord! Where?" as Sizemore opens up the other side of the tunnel to let Parson out. By not having two holes, they leave everyone guessing, running to the one place they saw Parson previously, which is the one place Parson knows that he is NOT. It's instinct. When you lose something, the first place you look is where you last remember seeing it. So while they run to the only hole they see, Sizemore quietly opens and closes the back door and Parson disappears.
But someone was waiting. That was the one thing they couldn't have counted on, because that was the one thing their plan was built on the assumption that there wasn't
: someone who knew that they were coming. You don't build a plan entirely predicated on secrecy if you have even an inkling that someone might be waiting for you. Parson isn't a Caster. Maybe he has some magical toy that's pretty cool, but I doubt a magic item, or even a whole pile of magic items, could take on the whole MK. Because it would only take one ready Caster to totally ruin Parson's day from the get-go. Why this one HASN'T
is still unknown, but we can safely assume that Parson and company didn't expect this, and that they don't have a plan to cover this.
Edit: As correctly pointed out below, let me rephrase. While others knew that people were waiting on him, Parson himself has no idea that others were waiting on him and this, did not plan for it. And even the others did not plan for the unknown Caster, currently presumed to be Chewie. (My hat is off to Althernai)