Kreistor wrote:Parson splitting a new Side does not solve the problem.
Sizemore must enter Jetstone. If Parson splits Side, with no comms, he cannot ally with Stanley. No Alliance = Sizemore breaking MK Conventions to enter Jetstone. He would be invading a non-allied Side via Portal.
Not going to happen, or he'd have gone with Parson the first time.
Further, Stanley just indicated that he doesn't want to move Capital. You think he's going to trust Parson after starting a new Side (without orders) with his Dirtamancer? Splitting a new Side is the most traitorous thing Parson could do. No comms = traitor = no Alliance = no Sizemore = inferno burns anyway.
Never going to happen!
If comms are restored, and Stanley says, "No Capital move," then he is certainly going to say, "Sizemore won't go to Jetstone if Parson splits the Side." If he doesn't trust Parson enough now for the move, he will certainly not trust him after Side Split, since Parson will (by Stanley's belief) change mentally when he becomes Ruler.
Wait... isn't there a river nearby? Denouement Bridge? Is that accessible? Is it inside the City Hex? Hercules did it to a horse stable that needed cleaning...
I think one of the most important questions is whether the "rules" in question are actually rules of Erf, or conventions that the units of Erf follow. We know that units can follow their own instincts, in absence of orders. Jack, Sylvia, and Wanda all proved that. Parson was able to violate the neutrality of the MK, and we don't really have reason to believe he was special in that regard, beyond not giving a crap. If Parson were to split to his own side, and were to poke his head through the newly reopened portal and shout for Sizemore's help, Sizemore wouldn't be able to check with Stanley for orders, nor would he want to. It would still be in his side's best interests to save the city, to save their remaining forces.
There would be a big difference in Sizemore going through the portal this time, as opposed to going with Parson from the start, and that difference is that this time Sizemore would be invited. We've seen from the prologue comic that forces from unaligned sides can meet in a city without formal alliance. So Sizemore would not be invading, because Parson asked him to come. If Sizemore is just as cutoff from Stanley as Parson is, he will have to follow his own instinct, or Wanda, his chief caster, can still order him through the portal. After Sizemore saves the city, Parson can enter the portal to MK, and Gobwin Knob can recapture Jetstone. Or alternatively, Sizemore simply turns to Parson's side. Parson has been working to show that he isn't simply a killer. He would be actively trying to save lives. If Sizemore could save a multitude of lives by turning, with a little prodding from Janis, I think he would. Plus, I'm remembering that Sizemore is a "rockstar" of the magic kingdom, and is quite wealthy from all his work there. With Sizemore on his side, Parson would have a good foundation for a new side.