Kreistor wrote:So, Isaac is able to identify that Charlie was behind the scroll's manufacture, and now Parson knows Charlie will destroy him if he can't have him. Not a big surprise, but the paradigm shifts a little with that revelation.
But, still, this feels like a delay to up tension. Let's get on with it, please? Still got a long way to go before this day is over.
Parson isn't the only one who just found out Charlie is taking a non-neutral stand on the GK-RCC issue. That scroll constitutes proof of Charlie's involvement in a plan to eliminate Parson to any caster capable of examining it like Issac just did. Depending on the politics of the situation, that could be very costly to Charlie. Charlie has claimed again and again that he is a neutral entity. Public and irrefutable proof of the falseness of that claim could be devastating to him.
More and more, I think Parson isn't meant to cause of Charlie's downfall thru his own merit. I think he was summoned to be a distraction or bait for a trap. During book 1, he managed to cause Charlie the biggest loss he has ever incurred during battle by mistakenly providing Charlie with a target. Later, the combined might of the mouths of Slately and Ansom managed to cast doubt on Charlie's neutrality when they started spraying Toolism all over the place. (Some of Charlie's book 2 actions make a lot more sense as attempts to shut Slately and Ansom up. (He shuts Slately up by helping him, and shuts Ansom up by ordering him croaked by Haggar.))
Every action that Charlie takes that can be seen as non-neutral could be turned against him in the right circumstances.
Based on the politics of the situation this will either have no effect or a POSITIVE effect for Charlie reputation... Charlie can still claim neutrality by falsely claiming he was paid to get rid of Parson; Parson and the thinkamancers wouldn't believe it but most of the magic kingdom and erfworld would think that charlie was just conducting his usual business though in an unusual way
However even if the rest of erfworld DOES realize that Charlie is not neautrual it will more than likely have a POSITIVE effect on his reputation cause when it comes down to it he is taking a stance AGAINST Gobwinkob, thus AGAINST toolism and AGAINST the side that most of erfworld hates. When it comes down to it, the only ones who actually LIKE parson are the predictamancers, the thinkamancers, and the hippymancers; the rest of the magic kingdom is either neutral or they do not like Parson as they wanted him effectively BANNED from the magic kingdom, and most of erfworld hates him because most of erfworld hates GK. Charlie working agianst them would actually help shake off the toolism rumors spread by Slately and would win him the favor of ALL of GK's enemies. And considering how the thinkamacners already hated charlie, that means the only new enemy Charlie has made is the predictamancers and hippymancers; and i'm not sure how much GK can count on the hippymancers since Janise is starting to seriously doubt her support for Parson now that his actions are threatening to endanger the ONE place in erfworld that has managed to exist untouched by war... speaking of which, if Parson does go through jetstone's portal, he will in turn make even MORE enemies out of the people of the magic kingdom (many of those neutral casters will certainly turn against Parson), which would make Charlie even more popular for trying to stop Parson before he went through the portal.
IN the end, the ONLY downside to this action is that Parson can now confirm that Charlie is somehow involved in this fight and thus can start taking him into account so that Charlie may have a harder time pulling his tactics.