Lipkin wrote:It greatly works in Charlie's favor to keep Carnies as low men on the totem pole. And now nobody trusts them, so even if they would play ball with Parson and switch alliances, Parson wouldn't trust them to do it, because everyone would tell him it's a mistake.
I do not know that I agree about Parson listening to everyone saying it is a mistake. Parson strikes me as the kind of warlord who would take the fact that everyone distrusts the Carnies, and conclude that they must have something worth hiding. If one or two people said not to trust them, he might not, but if it is everyone pushing the point, Parson is going to push deeper and learn how to utilize them. Parson will probably not trust Jojo, but that does not mean he will not trust ANY Carnies.
Although at the moment, he really does not seem to trust any caster at all, even his own. He learned that Wanda's zombie servants can turn (a lesson he learned by giving his enemies an Upkeep free warlord, and a powerful one at that), he does not know where Zombie Jack is placing his loyalty (Dittomancy for Ace), and he just learned that Maggie is in an Illuminati group and does not tell him everything she knows... I think he trusts Sizemore, but I also think he is destroying Sizemore's loyalty a little at a time whenever he makes him do something to take life or break the rules, so it is possible that the only one he trusts will be the one most likely to defect.
I personally hope that his time in the MK ends with his caster pool growing to include a Predictamancer, a Hippie, and a Carny... Add those to his Thinkamancer, Foolamancer, Dirtamancer, Dollamancer, and Undead Queen, and there is not a lot his team could not do in a link up... I still think that a Think/Fool/Carny link could do some epic things (possibly including actual creation of units). OOOHHH! Do you think Charlie could end war in Erfworld if he used the 'Dish to link with a Hippie or two, or a Hippie and a Carny? They could break the rule of only affecting one hex to create a massive multi-hex Chillaxe effect that breaks the rule of lasting only one turn (Maybe it would need Charlie, Hippie, and a Turnamancer I guess).
On a different note, Abner Washboard's description is a dead ringer for the big Carny at the clem who had a face tattooed on his arm.
"To have talent is to be in demand, I well know... The talent itself supplies the demand." - The late, great Jack Snipe the Fool(amancer)