Ytaker wrote:Ok. So he has morally developed to care about the troops thanks to the brutality of the first book. His action to fulfil that, make his troups (including the adorable archons) wait and die while he gets there isn't that caring. It's more self centred. If he was caring he would end the war, give the enemy swift deaths, and move onto to making a more peaceful side.
This would be the part where he advised Wanda to fly in and destroy the Tower as quickly as possible. And when Wanda failed to take his advice and was pinned down by Kingworld, he advised the Gobwin Knob troops on how to act while he came up with a plan. And when he came up with a plan, he expressly told them to do the only possible thing that could have saved them despite horrible risk, while he came to join the battle. You say that he should have ended the battle quickly? I say that he was trying to do exactly that
. But when he became Chief Warlord, he looked at where he'd be the most possible use - Gobwin Knob or Spacerock. The decision wasn't entirely selfless, I agree, but the fact is that he's of more use in Spacerock than Gobwin Knob. The choice to go wasn't brilliant, but neither was staying put. He's absolutely right - his side needs him.
Ytaker wrote:But no, let's assume what he is doing is in the best interest of his troops for the sake of argument. So he goes out bravely, armored with the finest of magics and invades the magic kingdom. He rushes through a tunnel to save his troops. Then... he stops to chat with a carnymancer because that carnymancer is offering something to him personally? He stops again to chat up his dirtmancer, learn what's going on, get him to check over his scroll. When he gets up, predictably, there's a large force of enemies delaying him and he may die.
How could that be read as caring about the troops, stopping to chat with people about something that will save him from the fight?
If he wants the scroll that much he could have even taken it quickly. Give it to Sizemore, deal with it later. He had time to share witty remarks and chat.
He performed his underground dash as fast as he could, and Jojo overtook him in the tunnel. A Caster of unknown alliance, power level and ability, in a place where Parson had good reason to fear attack from enemy Casters. When Parson found that he couldn't outrun Jojo he quite reasonably turned to defend himself, at which point Jojo assured Parson that he was not an enemy, but was in fact trying to help him. Given the circumstances and how grim things look for Parson - remembering that he does not know what we know by this point
- can you blame him for at least listening to what Jojo had to say on the faint chance the offer was genuine? And when Jojo informed him that the spell would do something Parson did desperately want... yes, listening was a little selfish, but again, how can you blame him for at least listening to Jojo?
When Parson did get hold of the scroll, the very first thing he did right away was show it to Sizemore, who had no idea what it would do. When that didn't work, he showed it to Isaac, who also had no idea. He's not making rash decisions here, he's trying to do the right thing. And most importantly, he turned down Jojo's offer because he has a job to do.
Also, keep in mind that at this point, Parson doesn't know what's happening at Spacerock. He knows that the Dwagon Drop worked and that Jack and Wanda are alive, and they're developing a growing force of Decrypted troops. But this is all he knows. Not only does he not know the tower is about to come down, he doesn't even know if his side holds the Portal Room yet, and if he'll pop out of the Magic Kingdom into a room full of angry Jetstone infantry.
He does not know that time is as short as it is, and actually has a plausible reason to drag his feet, just a little. So far as he's aware, taking five minutes to get to Jetstone instead of three minutes will have no adverse effect, and if those two minutes gain him an ally, it's a sound decision.
Ytaker wrote:He made the tunnel precisely because time is such a crucial factor, he was aware that the magic kingdom would send people to see what was happening. The longer he waits the more people can find out.
No, he made the tunnel because if he walked through the Magic Kingdom in front of everyone he'd be blasted into charred Hamster Chunks and used to fertilise the Hippiemancer's flowers. The tunnel means that he can't be directly attacked from the side, and that there's even a chance some casters won't even notice him. Yes, it failed, but that's not because of anything Parson did - he had no way of knowing Jojo or tGMtTA would ambush him at either end of the tunnel. If not for those who were specifically waiting for him, the tunnel would have actually worked.
Ytaker wrote:Why does he need allies in the magic kingdom? The place would be pretty shut off to him after pulling this stunt.
He didn't have to stop to natter to Marie and Janis and Sizemore. This isn't an rpg where you have to chat if someone comes up to you.
He needs allies in the Magic Kingdom because if he doesn't, he'll have nothing but enemies in the Magic Kingdom. Explain to me how having everyone
in the island full of magic-wielders wanting you croaked is a good thing. Then explain how, in war, having another ally, no matter who
they are, is a bad thing. He needs allies because he needs allies, period. Allies who are powerful casters? Even better?
And yes, let's be straightforward, here. He does
need to stop and natter to Marie and Janis and Sizemore. They burst in to save him from Jojo's ambush, and after fending him off, outright told Parson that he needed to get off his butt and move, which is exactly what you seem to be saying Parson should do. They're on your side here, man! They told him to ignore the distractions, go to Spacerock, and get the job done!
Ytaker wrote:We have strong hints from the comic that the central tower should have come down fast. He could have saved them all by smashing it down. He chose not to. They had to wait for him to get there. He wasn't terrified they would all die, he was happy to risk them all dying while he ran there to save the day. He was happy to spend time chatting to people while his troops were dying.
No, he was the first one to say that they should destroy the tower, and Wanda ignored his advice. Yes, the tower should have come down faster, but what on Erf does that have to do with anything, and how could it possibly be related to a failure on Parson's behalf? By Luckamancy or by Fate, it stood stubborn until the right moment to fall, which was also the worst moment for Parson. And considering he's being ambushed and manipulated, I'd say that he's anything but "happy to spend time chatting to people while his troops were dying". Judging by what he's saying to Isaac, he seems pretty pissed off about it.
Ytaker wrote:He made a tunnel to avoid opposition and then spent several minutes chatting to people slowly inside the tunnel. How could he have not predicted he would be ambushed?
Well, because the tunnel was made to prevent an Ambush, and Sizemore didn't notice Jojo. And Maggie told him to wait until she thought it was safe, and she neglected to tell him that this meant summoning tGMtTA to the scene. He couldn't have predicted the ambush because the people who were his eyes and ears in the Magic Kingdom very specifically told him that if he went now
, he wouldn't be ambushed, and they were wrong because they'd been withholding information. Again: Not Parson's fault, not Parson's plan.
Ytaker wrote:The archons suggest the tower should have fallen around then. I trust in their intelligence, Charlie trained them well, they can probably do the math. It would have fallen while the king was trying to upgrade his equipment, before Ossomer turned. Their side would have won, most of their units would be intact, and they could move onto the next challenge. Whatever it was, the archons could make a massive fleet of tamed dwagons to aid in killing it. He's probably gambling everything so he can capture some casters or something, not trying to save his troops.
I don't see much need for new orders. He should have gotten Slyvia (sp?) made warchief so she would be tougher, but it should have been pretty thinkamancy light regardless. Micromanagement would be unhelpful.
The Archons have been shown to become nervous wrecks without Charlie there to advise them, following Charlie's Rules to the letter and being very uncertain a lot of the time. Without Charlie, they take advice from Mistress Wanda instead. And again, I fail to see what the tower taking a while to fall has anything to do with... well, anything! The Archons can't land, they can't engage the tower themselves, they can do nothing but hover there and look pretty. There is literally no way in which they can influence this fight at all unless it goes into the Airspace, which Parson had no reason to suspect it would yet.
And as far as making another Gobwin Knob unit like Sylvia into Chief Warlord? He told the Tool to do exactly that. He very specifically said that he did not want to be made Chief
. The only reason he got the job was because his Thinkamancer literally mind-controlled Stanley into promoting Parson regardless of this.
Everything you're saying that makes Parson a bad Warlord is someone else ignoring his advice, keeping secrets from him, or actively trying to attack him. Yet despite this, Parson's advice saved Gobwin Knob's troops from certain defeat in the Airspace and have pushed matters in the Magic Kingdom to where he's finally getting a look at the full picture. None of the things that have gone wrong up to this point have been his fault in any way, but he's still standing and still trying to help his side as best he can. Sounds like what a good leader should be doing to me.
But of course that's just my opinion.