ReccaSquirrel wrote:I have to say though, as a reader, I'm having trouble swallowing that Stanley is favoring Ansom over Parson. Given the extraordinary upkeep that comes with Parson, you'd think he'd be using him for something. The impression thus far is that he isn't using him for anything.
He is being used, but Stanley doesn't really know how to use him most effectively. Parson is incredibly expensive, seemingly fragile, and from an Erf native's perspective can bend aspects of reality with a thought.
Parson suggests things that are not only alien to Erfworlders (the whole concept of fighting in "real time") but due to his own unfamiliarity with Erf is occasionally baffled by the most basic Erf knowledge (see his attempted dragon flight).
For instance, it would be like someone showing you the correct way to insert a finger into a light socket that enabled you to shoot lightning bolts at people without frying yourself on the spot. Until this dubious knowledge could be proven to work to your satisfaction, you'd likely consider the person suggesting this to be either mean spirited or insane.
Then immediately afterward, your benefactor turns around and promptly walks face first into a wall and breaks his nose, despite you warning him that it was going to hurt.
That's the general interaction they have. Since Parson only knows that some of Erf's rules apply to him, he has to take everything with a grain of salt and find out the hard way. Every time it blows up in his face, people like Stanley have to wonder when one of his plans are also going to be incompatible with Erf.
Also, Stanley's a moron. He fights like Mike Tyson in his prime, but he plans like Mike Tyson now.