Re: the comment that Parson's Mathamancy came from his bracer, not from him
- incorrect. The bracer (which was, you recall, just a plastic sleeve into
which his own calculator watch snapped) enabled him to be more precise, but
he's quite capable of doing at least rough mathamancy on his own. He
predicted (for Charlie) that his odds of not losing the city on that turn
would be about 3 to 2 IN HIS HEAD, then verified it on the bracer and
turned out to be accurate to 1.1 percent (58.9%).
Remember, Mathamancy is knowing *how* and *when* to apply the formulae, not
just being able to do multiplication in your head. Or, as Parson and
Sizemore put it, "Analyzing probabilities, predicting outcomes, AND the raw
calculations of that work."
I think a good case has been made for Parson being a signamancer. Wanda
told Parson that he, too, was "an instrument of Fate", and it was a 350k
schmucker Fate spell that summoned Parson to Erfworld in the first place),
which does seem to suggest Signamancy. But perhaps Wanda's just looking at
it from her own perspective as an instrument of Fate magic.
I don't think Janis was lying to the casters just to keep them from
twitching and blowing Parson up; I think someone like her would view lies
to be repugnant. She speaks in riddles and otherwise impenetrable truth
half the time anyway. Besides, as the *Grand* Abbie, I don't think she
necessarily *had* to give the casters any explanation at all to get them to
follow her directive - I think they have enough respect for her that if
she'd simply said "Don't kill him," they wouldn't. She's not a warlord, but
al the other casters seem to defer to her. A Peacelord, if you will.
So, taking Janis at her word that Parson is a Hippiemancer... I kinda like
the "datamancer" angle of Date-a-mancy (side note - a guy going by the
handle "Datamancer" makes the most AWESOME case mods for PCs I've ever
seen. Google "steampunk laptop" and you'll see what I mean). Parson, more
so than pretty much anyone on Erf, seems interested in learning as much as
he can. Part of that is by necessity, given his situation, but the
Strategery entry in his Klog shows his interest in and knowledge of
historical battles (Stalingrad, Battle of the Bulge, etc.) as well as
theoretical ones. Perhaps Parson got the Date-a-mancy spelling from
Sizemore, who didn't know that it really was datamancy, and perhaps having
never actually met a datamancer, didn't know what was really involved in
it. So, IF Date-a-mancy is actually Datamancy, and IF it pertains to
information in general (as distinguished from just calendar dates), then a
Datamancer he may be. A bit of a stretch, perhaps, but his clear
mathamancy talent (even if he doesn't count as one) suggests he may be more
aligned on the Numbers axis than the Fate one.
Or... given our reasons to suspect an alignment on the Fate axis too...
perhaps he's on all three.