Chance Gardener wrote:I'm wondering if the color background swirl when Parson drew his sword (reminds me of the ceiling of the Union Terminal somewhat) was the Carnymancer's spell taking effect and he's already "switched" Parson by making the GK MK portal now look like the Jetstone portal and the discussion is just to set up some confusion for Parson so that when he starts running again he's running back the way he came.
I also noticed his bracer glowed as if it was being activated which was the other reason I was thinking the Carnymancer had already fired off a spell.
Interesting idea, but I don't think so. It's pretty standard in games that a scroll disappears when used, and we've never seen one stick around after casting, but Jojo is certainly still waving his around. I know Erfworld doesn't have to follow RPG norms, but it tends to point up those times when it doesn't follow them, and it never has. The swirl was a lot like an action indicator from anime. Pokemon comes to mind, but I never watched that enough to be sure. But if that's a correct link, it's conceivable the bracer allowed an instant response, like an interrupt in a card-based game, that put his sword at Jojo's neck when Jojo didn't expect it. That looks like real surprise on his part.
Chance Gardener wrote:And I still think it is possible his scroll is the reversal to the Findamancer scroll that brought Parson into Erfworld in the first place.
And that perhaps the Carnymancer's fate trick is to trick Parson into leaving Erfworld by choice. Because perhaps, based on the conversations from when the first scroll was used, apparently being willing to have the scroll work on you is a prerequisite.
I think this is it. Jojo will tell Parson this scroll returns him to his world, which it very well may do. Parson will be tempted, but choose...not to go. He finally has a challenge that matches his talents, and he can't just walk away. It parallels Rob's situation, maybe(?)