@Tesslyn: Parson has always been "human", as least as much as any other human units. At the same time, he's an enemy unit, and a very dangerous one. That's all he is to Slately at this point, especially when Slately's main objective now is to croak Parson, more than anything else. And I think Parson already had a MacGuffin. It's blue and strapped to his belt.
ManaCaster wrote:I wonder if it would be possible to restore a croaked unit to full life with the right caster link. Maybe Croakamancer/Thinkamancer/(Healamancer or Florist)?
Maybe, if all three casters were aligned to the Life axis, or if one of them were Jojo and the other was Charlie. Or maybe just Charlie. After the thing with Silvia, I believe restoring a caster to full hitpoint is possible for any four of the Arkentools, provided that their wielder knows how to use it. I do remember Stanley saying at one point that Wanda told him that his hammer has Carnymancy included in, so it's possible for even him, too.
Anyway, whichever it is, none of it is viable now, since there is no caster in the proximity that's capable of/willing to perform postmortem treatment on Jack's remain. If there were any chance that he'd live, then that would have to come from his own bag of tricks. Which is actually still possible, at this point. Think about it, a unit may not enter a portal connecting to an enemy's side, otherwise it'd be a breach of the Magic Kingdom's neutrality. Parson's status of a warlord aside, there was no way Jack could be allowed into Jetstone's former capital, UNLESS, he's a unit belonging to Jetstone, or a side currently allying themselves to Jetstone, like Charlescomm. Faq is a viable option too, but the queen is unlikely to come back for the third prize, not when she's already gotten her first.
If Jack had indeed turned to an enemy side of Gobwin Knob, then that might also be his reason for feigning croakage, though I have no idea why he just wouldn't outright betraying Parson in battle. Plus, his death does look authentic even to readers, with the half-blind dwagon unable to judge distance and flying in too far than was ordered, with all the self-comments that he wouldn't have made if he were faking it. Either ways, Jack won't be taking Parson's side any more after this, maybe for good.
On the other hand, if Jack really is dead, then the only viable option is for Parson to attempt to cast (or somehow forced Ace to cast) that blue scroll onto Jack, in hope that his remain would be sent back to Gobwin Knob for Wanda to decrypt. Otherwise, Jack is well and truly dead, like a dark skinned fighter falling off a headless zombie dwagon.
peteratjet wrote:What remains of the interior decor is still showing the golden turnip of Jetstone, so there must be at least one Jetstone unit not-yet-croaked in the garrison.
I think that Jack has one chance now. If the portal is restored,Wanda would still be prevented from coming through by the angry mob, but Parson could carry the body back to the MK. Which would be a bit epic.
I dunno whether a decrypted Jack would be a good thing, or a very bad thing. In fact, that's the sort of question that deserves a book all to itself
Even if Parson won the city, there still won't BE a portal to connect to Gobwin Knob, because it's not a capital. Also, he'd have to get out of there pronto, otherwise he's croaked in the fire, too.