Spot wrote:Allow me to make some predictions/observations:
(1) Parson can, in at least one area (use of profanity), break the rules of Erfworld at will, without even a second thought.
(2) Parson, through his treatment of his team-mates/subordinates/followers is capable of generating actually consensual free-will-style loyalty.
(3) Stanley, is completely dependent upon the non-free-will rules-of-Erfworld to maintain a semblance of loyalty among his followers.
(4) Stanley, without the non-free-will style of "loyalty" becomes a pint-sized pikeman with only a hammer and a few dragons. (Troops controlled indirectly through his subordinates are far more powerful than Stanley's dragon force).
(5) Stanley has no idea of even the concept of "leave well enough alone"... so, he without a doubt will push things with *someone* in his command staff to the point where there will be a rift, and he will attempt to disband whoever it is. I'm not sure whether it'll be Ansom, or Parson, or Maggie, or Wanda, or Sizemore.
(6) But the attempted disbanding won't work... leading to Parson being forced to take charge of the Gobwin Knob side. So what he feared to do for fear of having to end innocent lives senselessly, he'll end up doing in order to protect his friends.
Anyway... that's my best prediction =)
This has my vote! Stanley is doing the right thing, for the wrong reasons. Parson doesn't want to lead any more, Ansom has the highest leadership bonus, and this also removes the "high Duty" thing from Parson, not that those affect him anyways.
Personally, I speculate that at some point, Maggie is going to go too far, Stanley disbands Maggie, Parson gets pissed off and beats Stanley senseless, and finds himself Supreme Muckymuck of Gobwin Knob. Maggie comes back, Parson demotes Stanley to some sort of field officer position, they attack Charlie, Maggie gets the ArkenDish, and the rest of Erfworld falls to their collective knees, either by force or in worship.