Nnelg wrote:To the contrary, it's quite reasonable to conclude the commanders in the field could surely handle a battle that's basically won already by themselves for at least five more minutes; wouldn't you agree?
Surely he should find out how badly it failed before digging the hole any deeper?
He didn't make any effort to find out how bad his cover was by asking him so that clearly was not a priority for him.
And that's the secret, isn't it? The trick isn't making people listen; it's making people want to listen. And Jojo had just the right lure up his sleeve...
No, I have no qualms with your definition of a "cold hearted bastard". Never the less, I disagree with your assessment of the situation. He is not "leaving his troops to die", because the last time he checked they were perfectly fine, and he had no reason to believe they would not continue to be so for a little while longer.
Ok, I'll accept that, it's possible that he had no idea they were having any troubles and assumed that they were fine.http://www.erfworld.com/page/60/
But as he said, he was aware that units were dying in the field while they waited, so that is wrong, he was aware troops were dying and still delayed.
"Look, I've got units dying in the field right now."
I was aware you were unlikely to accept my argument. It's rather intuitive there would be problems, but not definite. So I looked through the comic and he does indeed say he is aware of those issues.
And if you keep on saying "he should have known", I'm going to take offense at it. Because in my eyes, you're putting the burden of omniscience on his shoulders.
Far from omniscience.
You know what I meant. (Or if not, then I may have given you too much credit.) Caring -actual caring- for his troops is NOT mutually exclusive with Parson's actions in the MK.
He can be any two of caring or intelligent or focused.
First, the troops were reasonably safe the last time he checked. Second, chatting to these casters has a good chance to yield valuable information that would directly make them safer. Third, Parson can be excused for dropping the ball (if he is indeed did such) this once, given that how he was personally shaken up by Jojo's sudden offer. Fourth, he reached the decision to stay with confidence and without deliberation. Finally, he easily put the matter aside and returned to the task at hand, showing where his true priorities lie.
He made no effort to gleam valuable information that would make them safer, such as how many people knew about him, whether there was any possibility of alliance. I can't see any effort to gleam information helpful to anyone but Parson, can you?
You can excuse Parson, certainly.
He showed every caster he could the scroll, he didn't reach the decision to stay with confidence and without deliberation. It's hardly certain he is still sure he won't use.