CaptC wrote:If Parson forms his own side, Sizemore and Wanda work for a different side. Why would they have ANY desire to help a traitor to their side? Why would duty let them do so, even if they wanted to? Parson may very well form his own side, but it won't be to import Sizemore and Wanda's help. They won't be able to, or perhaps won't even WANT to.
Wanda might indeed turn to Parson's side. Changing sides is part of her personality, and she thinks fate binds her to Parson. Sizemore? Maggie? Not so much. Even if they dislike their current ruler, they strike me as duty bound personalities, unlikely to turn on a whim.
Wanda has more reason to follow Parson than follow Stanley. She follows Fate, and something like that would be Fated to occur. Having it be just another one of his Erfworld hacks would seal the deal. Plus, she has reason to save Jack too.
Sizemore has reason to follow Parson because he doesn't want to see his friends die, and because Janis and Marie basically told him to. Plus, he's somewhat in on the Predictamancer/Hippiemancer conspiracy, so he needs Parson alive. He'd do it just to save everyone from the blaze.
Maggie isn't needed at this moment, but she'd follow Parson because she's in on the GMTTA conspiracy and just got finished arguing the case for him to fight this battle in the first place. On top of that, she would be one of the first to recognize the necessity of Parson forming a new side, even if only temporarily, so the portal could be reestablished and so he wouldn't burn up in a fiery inferno. The case is strong for her to follow Parson.
The only concern is whether the non-Caster GK units already in the burning city would join in. If Wanda's around, she could convince them to at least not attack Parson, but Parson could make that case on his own on account of saving them all from the same fire that he'd be forming a new side to stop. This isn't like forming a new side out of treason, since it would help GK for Parson to save everyone from the fire.
Stanley might not like having basically his whole side "abandon" him, even if they rejoin GK, but there's quite a few possibilities for how to fix that. Then again, this is Stanley, the same guy who's getting tired of being overshadowed by Parson. He might not even care if Parson leaves, since it means he gets to be #1 again.