Lord Kasavin wrote:I have to say the evidence for Parson actually being a Hippiemancer is very thin, Janis's one comment. Meanwhile, the evidence for him not being a hippiemancer is enormous.
2) The original spell was suppose to summon a perfect warlord, not a caster.
3) There have been no example of Parson using magic.
4) He gave the troops in GK a +2 bonus. A small bonus, but a bonus that casters should have been unable to give as only Warlord's give bonuses.
5) A napkin with lunch said he was a level 2 Warlord.
Occam's razor would seem to lean towards Parson being a "warlord," albeit an alien one, and the Janis said a quick lie that put Parson under her authority.
Well, you're assuming you can't be both a warlord and a caster. Which is perhaps a reasonable assumption. I don't think any of the people who think that he's a hippiemancer would claim that he's NOT a warlord. He certainly is. On the other hand, the assumption that non-casters can't enter the magic kingdom also has a reasonable basis.
Parson's definitely breaking at least some rule. He's either breaking the rule that Warlords can't be casters, or the rule that non-casters can't be in the Magic Kingdom. The question remains - which one of those rules is he breaking? Or, perhaps, which one of those rules isn't actually a rule?
So, with that in mind, the evidence comes down to:
1) We've never seen a Warlord be a Caster. (but does that mean it's not possible? or is it a rule Parson can break?)
2) We've never seen Parson cast spells. (but Parson doesn't know how to do a lot of things that, according to Erfworld, he should. He didn't know how to order Banana the Dwagon and had to ask Maggie and Sizemore.)
3) Parson successfully entered the magic kingdom without disbanding. (But maybe he's just special that way, or can't disband; maybe that's a rule Parson can break?)
4) Janis said he was a hippiemancer. (But she could have been lying to prevent him from being croaked.)
As far as I know, there's nothing else which really touches on the "is he a hippiemancer" question that's ever been mentioned in the comic or the summer updates.
I don't think the evidence is "enormous" either way. It's a question of which rule Parson is breaking, or which "rules" that we thought are rules aren't there.