Oberon wrote:I find it interesting that all the thinkamancers are referring to Parson as a non-caster. That may end up being a colossal error on their part. Don't they have any curiosity as to how he is able to freely enter the MK? Don't they have any curiosity about why Jeftichew gave Parson a scroll, which would be worthless to a non-caster? For supposed intellectuals they appear to have huge, gaping blind spots in their critical thinking capabilities.
I think that the GMTTA were not privy to that specific information about the scroll. Jeftichew gave Parson the scroll in the tunnel, but Parson only consulted with Marie and Sizemore there as to its possible contents (b2-pg65-66). He's holding it in his hand as he exits the tunnel to the Jetstone portal (b2-pg67), but nobody pays it any mind or mentions it publicly. Parson enters Spacerock, still visibly holding the scroll (b2-pg99), without indication by anyone that it is anything different from the staff in his other hand. True, if only casters can use scrolls it should have raised a few eyebrows, but he was surrounded by stacked casters at the time. Nobody assumed he was the caster.
Bear in mind, even Wanda and Jack do not refer to Parson as a caster of any sort (b2-pg67), but simply that he has the ability to enter the magic kingdom. The only units who openly speculate about Parson's caster status are Trammenis and Slately (b2-p43), but it does not appear to be modus ponens
on Trammenis' part to infer that Parson is able to enter the magic kingdom because
he is a caster, rather he says that Parson can enter the magic kingdom and is also
some sort of mathamancer. Parson himself draws the same conclusion, and simply states he is a warlord, not a caster, to Sizemore (b2-p46). It may be forgiven of him, but Stanley also just assumes it is something Parson can do (b2-txt49). Parson directly replies to Charlie that he can't cast the scroll, as he has no caster (b2-p108), but only because he had determined that he was not a caster as he had never asked the right question of his bracer (b2-txt59). Everyone who encounters Parson focuses on the giant ball of hamster weirdness, and does not pursue the logical possibility of him being a caster, instead treating the magic kingdom as just another rule he breaks. The only person who seems to have figured out that Parson is a caster is Charlie, but without something on-screen, there is no knowing what process of logic was used to arrive at that result.
All of this is a glorious Venn diagram of ignorance. HOWEVER, the fly in the ointment of all of this is Isaac was present in book 1 when Janis stated that Parson was a hippiemancer (b1-pg 140), right after Parson was knocked out. So, while book 2 was setting up this giant misdirection for the climax, it does seem odd that Isaac would suddenly forget what he was told unless he determined it was not true in the first place. To that end I have to agree with Oberon and wonder where the Greatness is supposed to enter the meeting of the Minds.
Apologies if I've missed or skipped anything, including any supplemental Book 1 material that might clarify this point.