PhantomFox wrote: The plot demands Parson refuse, as we know.
Or accept and it not turn out like he expected. This is a carnymancer, it could seem like exactly what it says on the tin, or it could big one big con. Or it could actually do exactly what it says on the tin and still have an unexpected affect.
I'm sure there are lots of potential plots that would allow Parson to accept but not end up out of the story.
That said I don't think he will accept or outright refuse. He's a thinker, is out Parson, and a conflicted one about what he is doing in Erfworld. What he is really doing. He's isn't going to just go "ok, lets do this", he's going to want to think it over first.
I'm thinking he'll end up taking the scroll, and Jojo will be happy to let him because that is all he wants Parson to do. Maybe it is a plant the seed and let it grow thing. Which could create all sorts of quandaries for a loyalty/duty compelled guy, to be hiding a means of breaking away from Stanley. I wonder how the casters in his life he kind of trusts or even considers friends would respond to him having something like that?
The other option that occurs to be, if that is what happens, is could the scroll actually be a trap? If he takes it with him to Jetstone or back to GK, or lets an actual caster read it could it lead to something bad happening (heh, maybe I'm thinking a bit too much along the lines of "I prepeared explosive runes this morning")?
Krennson wrote:If they'd tried a week ago, he might have accepted, too. But as new Chief Warlord, Parson is taking insane risks to support his troops with his personal presence. He's not going to do a 180 and abandon his people just because jojo offered him a set of ruby slippers.
Though they are insane risks that he might in part be compelled to take if it is the best for his side. I wonder if Parson has thought much about "what happens if I die here?".
Plus, if it is actually a genuine scroll of "There is no place like home" that is a pretty big bit of magic Jojo has there. I'm really wondering who is involved with Jojo now. For some reason I still doubt it is Charlie.
And so my time with the Tardy Elves draws to a close, and I am let to ponder how the experience will... eh, I'll finish later. No need to rush.