Oberon wrote:Parson really didn't get much at all out of Jack. I was fairly disappointed in that update, as far as revealing new information to Parson about Charlie went. And to simply move on when there was so much more to learn, that was disappointing also. Especially when Wanda pretty much ordered Jack, a decrypted in complete thrall to her, to tell Parson all about whatever it was that they couldn't tell him before.
It's suggested pretty clearly in that update that Jack had been talking before the beginning of the update, and probably telling Parson absolutely everything that Jack learned about Charlie, including things that we don't know yet. For example, Jack told Parson about the high price that Charlie paid, while we still don't know about that. I expect that part of the conversation wasn't included in the update to avoid going over old news and to avoid spoiling the next update of Inner Peace.
Perhaps, but I didn't get as strong a suggestion about that as you did. Avoiding going over old news is fine, it saves time and avoids spending precious updates on that old news. But avoiding telling the readers what might be vital information about Charlie will only result in problems down the line.
Having the hero of a story abruptly cuff character A and explain that character B had provided proof of their perfidy or their weakness or their mother-in-law's bra size has never been a writing style that I have enjoyed. And this story hasn't done a lot (or perhaps any, but you don't know what you don't know.*) of it in the past. To be clear, keeping secrets about the mechanics of Erfworld doesn't count, since our protagonist was also learning things as he went along. Having characters other than Parson drop hints (either in his presence or not) that are not completed also does not apply. That is a time honored writing technique. But the protagonist with info that the readers doesn't have falls more into line with lousy detective story writing. There's no writing skill involved with "Bugsy told me three months ago about how you killed Rocko, see? I was prepared for your double-cross all along! Now it's the slammer for you!" So if Jack relayed information to Parson which wasn't shared with the readers and which will be pivotal later on, I want to know it now. Or at least far
in advance of it being some surprise reveal along the lines of what I've described here.
And I can also hear the cries of "Deus ex machina!" from the forums when/if Parson acts on secret reveal information he wasn't shown to have had previously.
* Kingwold *ptui!* comes very close to applying, since a side like GK with more casters than any other, including a polymath and master class level casters, shouldn't have been ignorant of the potential for something like Kingworld.