Zeku wrote:As for the demotion, this could just be amazing stupidity on the part of Stanley. It could also be that he has a perfectly good reason for his actions, probably related to his own fear of Wanda and Parson, rather than something strategic.
I agree entirely. I don't think Stanley's thought this situation through just yet. There's a lot to take in, after all. But me, I suspect he's going to come to regret putting a Decrypted in charge of his forces. Especially if he figures out Wanda's becoming too much of a wild card. Of course, this is Stanley, so by the time he figures this out, he's probably going to be completely unwilling to admit the mistake, let alone correct it.
Zeku wrote:Maggie's reaction is particularly odd, and strikes me as foreshadowing. Possibly no longer trusts Parson at all, and wants him out of the city? Possibly no longer trusts Stanley as much, prompted by Parson's own murderous speculations?
What part of her statement makes you think she wants Parson out of the city? I think this is her sense of Duty flaring up. Perhaps not just towards Stanley, but perhaps also towards Parson. She genuinely believes Stanley is making a mistake that will lead to his downfall, and is voicing that opinion. On the other hand, she could be acting out of Duty (or Loyalty?) towards Parson (Mechanically, an odd occurrence, but Parson's already proven the rules of Erf have started growing fuzzy when he's around). Notice she doesn't drop the matter until Parson orders her to stop. Take notice of the choice of words in that line:
ErfWorld wrote:"Maggie!" Parson snapped, "Back off. It's fine."
I think Parson's becoming a bit more influential than he realizes. I'm curious what he's going to do now as a player, however. Erfworld seems to be going along with his statement that he wouldn't be a game piece. The world is removing him from the conventional confines of the game. Perhaps Fate is interested in seeing Parson as a Player?