Yeah, but remember that Kinko's offered him free copies. Parson isn't partial to accepting "take it or leave it" deals.kefkakrazy wrote:Daaaaaaaaaang, so here we see the real steel trap snap shut.
And this is why we have the "slately=pawn" symbology, because I'm sure at least some of you guys have predicted that this is less a ploy to capture Parson than it is to turn him. Charlie had him over a barrel before and seemed willing to offer him a darn fine deal; now Charlie has him inside the barrel which is currently on fire, which I doubt is a very solid bargaining position.
Option A would violate a lot of what we've recently learned about Charlie. He doesn't have any units with free will. No warlords or troops, just archons ruled through his attunement (which might possibly be able to pull an Ossomer type turning), and mindless golems. He occasionally or often hires casters from the MK, but the casters almost certainly never even see him, since he isn't even seen by the vast majority of archons, and since he was able to link with Vanna across a great deal more space than a single hex. He was betrayed by his daughter, so this sort of extreme reaction makes sense for the character, and especially for the classic villain character.kefkakrazy wrote:I haven't been trying to think ahead very much, just so I could take things as they come, but right now, I'm still slightly unsure if Charlie's going to try to proposition Parson (at enormous cost to Parson; thinking "indentured servitude" would be a step up) or if he's just going to cut his losses and try to take him out.
My PERSONAL bet would be on option B, but that's more hope than anything else; Rob's been good to us so far with delivering quality story, but Parson as a Charlie captive sounds rather unappetizing, considering it would largely neutralize him as a force for quite some time.
On the speculation that Charlie is able to not only eavesdrop on the Eyebooks, but disconnect/jam/whatever, plus potentially fizzling Maggie's thinkagram, I sure hope not. Charlie had the power of convenience all throughout Book 1. As in, whatever convenient new power he needed to keep the plot moving along, he suddenly revealed. And he is still revealing more powers almost every time it's needed for the plot in Book 2. It becomes tiresome, and it is not how a well written story is plotted.
And he supposedly doesn't even need any new powers to keep his trap closed. He just (somehow) fooled Clonely into an unnecessary "desperate battle for the throne room to switch the capital", Parson is in the Inferno and will die without some kind of an out. If Charlie is now revealed to be closing off Parson's desperate avenue for escape via capital change by fizzling Maggie's thinkagram, and blocking Stanley's Eyebook, then it wasn't a very good trap to begin with, was it? And if Charlie has power over every single aspect of thinkamancy, anywhere, then why didn't he stop the volcano decrypting link?
No, not at all. Only the Kingworld (*ptui!*) prevented the decapitation of Jetstone. Since then Parson has turned utter defeat into, at the very least, a Pyrrhic victory.Swodaems wrote:It is about damned time somebody gave Parson a honest critique about his battlefield performance. He has been making a mess of it for a while now and deserves the calling out.