Deuce wrote:So, Jack could leap through the portal and join the coming fray in the MK, leaving (after the second blast) Wanda and her Deadite minions sitting on a perfectly good capital site, with Jack, Parson, Sizemore & Friends in the MK with a tunnel that leads back to GK. A quick distraction from Jack (who's very good at such things, and the whole gang has time to race down the tunnel, jump through the portal and leave GK with a massive advantage in casters.
I think that this is probably closer, suddenly, than anybody realized. Jack's fiddling around at the portal and the roadblock in the MK are clues.
Parson isn't going to Spacerock. Ever, maybe. Because Spacerock is not going to be part of the GK.
A predictamancer- or more probably Marie in particular, since she knows him- is going to tell Jack to get the hell back into the MK before he becomes a puppet. Spacerock will fall- with Jetstone the side surviving, barely- and Wanda is going to turn and take the side.
I have worried for a while that Wanda might secretly be her own side. That her chief warlord has been a decrypted was probably my second hint on that- after her having her own new livery. While we've seen that Sizemore's bonus changed when Parson took over, so far as I recall there's been no mention of any of Wanda's units getting a new bonus- with the possible exception of antium on page 68, knowing Parson's bonus. (Though he might have simply seen that from the living units, say Jack.) Anyway, that's probably unlikely.
The bigger point is that Charlie's still too unknown, still too friendly in his way with Parson, to be the big bad. Just yet, at least. And the book is drawing to a close, and no matter how you look at it, Jetstone/Transylvito are unlikely to be serious threats after this, even if they both survive their crises.
There's been foreshadowing on Wanda becoming an enemy for a long, long time. And judging by her parley with Jillian, she's been planning to take this capital as her own long before she actually got there. She jumped at the chance to decrypt Jack at the first justification for it- the only reason he's still alive, now, is that maggie would call back Parson if she took him now.
At least, until he got there. And that's probably the big surprise here. A predictamancer set Wanda's plan into motion way back at Faq. Someone has already seen at least part of Wanda's path; and I'm willing to bet they saw this part here. The predictamancers aren't coming to help Parson through. They're coming to make double-sure he doesn't.