This particular tactic was one that I had considered briefly, but had dismissed completely out of hand. Creating a defensive garrison in the MK.
At first, I thoughts, "You know, having Sizemore make a barred door or any other such defensive structures in front of their portal would just antagonize the MK, and since Parson can't man the defenses, it would only take a single scroll of dirtamancy to bring the whole thing down and he'd still be attacked from the MK without warning. Nope, ignoring the MK like usual and let them wallow in neutrality is the best thing."
I had completely ignored the idea of combining a secured portal entry with the Decrypting of troops on the other side because of the insanity of the "Invade the MK, kill the casters, and create a zombie apocalypse style tidal wave effect using the Arkenpliers to conquer all casters in the world! MWA-HAHAHA!" plan. And also I thought the biggest threat in Parson's mind right now would be "What if Jetstone comes back now that the Inferno is gone?" But it seems Parson sees the MK and those within as the real threat. After all, what if two dozen master class Thinkamancers come into Spacerock as a strike team to kidnap Parson again? Or the Carnymancers turn the entire MK into a lynchmob? Considering what happened, and that happening kept Parson from getting where he needed to, when he needed to... yeah, the MK is Parson's biggest threat right now.
But now, this creates an actual well manned outpost in the MK to prevent the Carnymancers and ANYONE ELSE Charlie hires to sweep in through his door and attack his city from behind. Parson just proved it can be done, so now Charlie knows it's an option. And no less than 2 factions in the MK are hunting for Parson. And with the "no door" set up of the defenses Sizemore is creating, no one can come in without the Dirtamancer's say so, and Parson's invitation.
I think the technical term for this sort of set up, would be a Way-Castle. And now Parson has an army at his back whenever he needs to move from one Portal to another. Say for Diplomatic meetings?
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