CarniDollMancer wrote:Problem A: Parson has no shmuckers. He has no individual purse that we have heard of, and there has been no hint that he has a gem hidden on him anywhere which he could trade in. Jillian mentions her purse a couple of times earlier, and specifies that it is separate from the side's (meaning that she cannot just dip into it at her discretion, even as chief). Some things she must pay for herself, out of her pocket, and when she went barbarian, the only money she kept was her purse.
However, I do not remember hearing that it cost a lot to start a side. Stanley devotes himself to it when he goes for Faq's old capital site, and Don only mentions giving Jillian money to grow her side, not to start it. (I may be wrong on either of these points pretty easily. I just reread the whole series and got to the brand new stuff, but I have not looked back since reading this one to update my facts. If I am incorrect about evidence, let me know.) So it is possible that Parson is going to start a side to get out, but not be able to maintain it himself.
The city itself will generate schmuckers. Sure, he'd need external funding to restore any lost levels with any sort of speed, but it won't stop him from actually creating a side.
CarniDollMancer wrote:Problem B: Even if Parson starts a new side, what is the motivation for Sizemore to turn? Sizemore is not particularly fond of Parson, and he seems to be loyal to Stanley of his own free will so far. If it is not his own free will, we have at least seen no evidence of a spell or a compulsion like Wanda's fate. I believe that Sizemore was probably popped at Gobwin Knob and is naturally motivated to serve that side, just like Wanda wanted to serve Goodminton, and Jillian was naturally inclined to serve Faq even though she did not like most of it's people. Parson's turning would be a betrayal of Sizemore.
He is fond of Parson, he just doesn't like how Parson makes him do things he doesn't like. As to turning, why would he need to turn? One of the best aspects of splitting of the side is that they can pool their casters, thereby getting around the caster limit.
Heck, it might even be best if a new Spacerock side just has any casters it pops turn over to Gobwin Knob, but share usage. We don't know for sure how the caster limit works, but if it is based on how many casters you have right now
, this would be an excellent way to keep producing more.
CarniDollMancer wrote:Problem D: Charlie is a Carnymancer with the Arkendish... What if Charlie has been getting in people's heads and making it so that none of the predictions that Delphie or Marie made has been correct? Obviously he is the one who taught Olive how to pervert her magic to make weapons. A Carnymancer would probably know how to do that sort of trick. This one is more a wild guess off the cuff, but there is a good chance that Charlie has been running everything, or at least messing with it and letting it go crazy. This would give him access to a lot more business, and the 'Dish seems powerful enough to let Charlie play with other Mancers.
I've kind of been wondering whether Charlie has the capacity to mess with minds too. But the Thinkamancers should be aware of what Charlie is and isn't capable of. Anyways, what does this have to do with being unable to split off the side?