Some things spring to mind relative to this entry.
1. I thought I remembered Janis saying that too. Odds are that any non-caster entering (or trying to enter) TMK meets Bea's fate, which would explain their consternation at seeing a warlord come through unexpectedly.
2. I know I risk invoking the instant-lose reference in saying this, but I think Bea would find a lot of common ground with Magda Reitschel.
Which just goes to show you how different Erf morality is relative to Earth morality, I suppose.
3. My first thought was "jeez is Parson gonna be pissed." Because, as we all know, he was trying to shop the information to Charlie and letting the cat out of the bag this way will obviously put obstacles in the way of that plan. Then I had another thought.
4. My next thought, much sneakier, is that Parson wants Charlie to believe
he's trying to sell the information but, due to Charlie's 'outside-looking-in' perspective, really just wants to keep him from having any leverage with the RCC2. So he managed to waste one of Charlie's free calculations effectively for free, which is a small win for him. Now that Bea's tipped off Don King though, the information (and thus the power) is already potentially in the RCC2's hands, leaving Charlie without a means of ingratiating himself with that side and (in all likelihood) with some fairly significant concerns for his fate in the upcoming mess. That may force him to pay dearly for anything he wants from GK, even to the point of seeking alliance/protection/vassal status (if such exists on Erf) as a non-Royal with little to offer the Royal side.
Bottom line is that if Parson ordered the negotiation, his best motivation for having done so is to try to put Charlie in his pocket. Down side is that of all the people on Erf we've seen thus far, Charlie's also about the best-equipped to figure out such a strategy and nurse a quiet grudge.