arkerpay wrote:Parson can still get out of this by following a simple 9 step plan.
(a) Starting his own side which will create a portal.
(b) Ally with GK.
(c) Bring in Sizemore from MK to put out the fire.
(d) Bring Wanda from MK to decrypt Jack and anyone else salvageable.
(e) Casters and Parson return to to MK.
(f) Non-caster survivors mount dwagons.
(g) Raze city.
(h) Survivors fly to GK/Parson enters portal to GK.
(i) Parson and his side formally turn back to GK.
If Parson could have started his own side so easily, I suspect he'd have gone ahead and done it rather than waste Maggie's juice, waste time and energy in the lengthy argument necessary to convince the Tool to change the capital (consider the fragile state of Stanley's self-esteem at the moment) or risk Charlie's interference in trying to contact the Tool. Not to mention the immediate advantages to having a two-way path between GK and Spacerock.
It's easier to ask forgiveness than permission, and in fact Parson would have probably ended up in a better position with Stanley if he'd founded his own side and rejoined GK afterwards. It shows loyalty.
What I'm saying is, based on what we know about Erfworld it would have probably been the overwhelmingly better option to start a new side rather than simply change capitals, so I think Parson has some other reason he can't do it. Maybe he doesn't want to risk being extinguished by the summoning spell. Or maybe he has a better option up his sleeve which the spell is forcing him to consider, like at the end of the last book.
"If you leave out important things or events that you know about, the story is strengthened. If you leave or skip something because you do not know it, the story will be worthless." - Hemingway