Man, this strip is a classic, and is evidence of Rob demonstrating greater efficiency in plot advancement while working within the constrains he created.
Namely, the issue of how Parson gets to be CW again is solved by Maggie who got his Toolship to commit to reappointing Parson by spelling, who solved the issue of loyalty by getting permission to enchant Stanley beforehand.
As Maggie is a Thinkamancer, she can probably make her own dust.
However, as Parson is undoubtedly going to be quick to point out, he's the worst canidate for the job. His bonus is terrible, and Wanda's force needs all the help it can get.
That stack has:
GK's 2 most powerful 'mancers
The side's 3 highest level remaining Warlords, plus an unspecified number of other Warlords of lesser level
Numerous living Knight class infantry (probably Hobgobwins) ontop of Dwagons as riders
The flying carpet
Parson can't save them using tactics from GK. I suspect he will convince Jetstone to the let the column go. How? I don't know, but an enormous indemity (say 50 million) might be a good starting point, followed by having Wanda drop the pliers. Jetstone might bite on that offer.
"Act, and God will Act." - Joan of Arc
"Those who plot the destruction of others often perish in the attempt." - Thomas Moore