Kreistor wrote:Had he not involved himself, Wanda, Ansom, and Jack would all be trapped and soon dead. The Arkenpliers lost. RCC2 victorious and headed for GK.
I can't agree that he has made a mistake, except for his own personal risk of death. From Stanley's perspective, he has lost much, but he still has Wanda and her Tool. Parson trading himself for that is probably worth it, even if he distrusts her. Without Parson, it would have been total annihilation, and a fully functional enemy force to attack back with. At worst, Parson has bought time for Wanda and Stanley to rebuild while the RCC rebuilds.
From a personal survival standpoint, Parson made a mistake. From a military standpoint, he won a limited victory already. And it is not yet over.
Sure, he accomplished a lot with the dragon drop, but everything since then has been one line of mistakes. If he'd simply told Jack and Wanda to take the city instead of telling them to move to the portal so he could join them himself, they would have won already. If he'd told them why
he wanted to move through the portal, they would have won already.
It's not totally his fault, no (they did several things he didn't order them to, especially entering the portal.) But he's their boss, he's been working with them for a while, and ultimately it was his responsibility to know what to tell them in order to have them implement his plans properly. He screwed it up, and he screwed it up partially because his plans included a stupid and dangerous step that involved him moving through the Magic Kingdom for little or no benefit.
It didn't just endanger him, too. By leading Wanda and Jack to believe that contacting him was a vital tactical objective, he put them in a position to make the catastrophic decision to enter the portal. Even if everything had gone perfectly, he still would have permanently soured Gobwin Knob's relations with the Magic Kingdom, lost the ability to pull that trick if it ever became actually vital, and left himself stranded in Jetstone (remember, he's a heavy, so no dragon relay.) All of these things had heavy costs for his side, not just for him, and he was making everyone on his side pay them
Aquillion wrote:And Wanda entered the portal entirely because Parson was unclear about the plans -- she thought she had to speak with him. All Parson had to do to avoid this was say "STAY THERE NO MATTER WHAT, I'M JUST COMING TO BRING MY WARLORD BONUS."
No competent leader is ever going to give such an order unless it is for a very specific and special purpose, such as the deliberate sacrifice of some part of an army to save the majority part. i.e. "You're to hold this position at all costs until the 5th army units cross this bridge. No relief will be assigned to your forces." The commander given such an order knows exactly what is going on, and what he is being asked to do, and he does his duty despite his desire to protect the lives of the men under his command.
That was not the case at all, and so Parson can easily be forgiven from not issuing the exact kind of micro-managing, absolutist order that you suggested.
I take it you have neither served in the military in any command capacity nor studied military history. Or you would not have made such a statement.
You're focusing on the wrong part. I didn't mean that Parson should literally
order her to never move no matter what, no -- yeah, I'll admit I exaggerated for effect there. My point is that he needed to give her at least a bit more information about his plans for her to make informed strategic decisions; it's the "I'm just coming to bring my chief warlord bonus" bit that she needed to know. If he'd said, at any point, "I'm just coming to bring my chief warlord bonus!", she would have known not to enter the portal to try and meet him. He gave them the impression that he had some secret master plan when he didn't.
(And I believe that this was at least partially deliberate on his part, because he was unwilling to admit -- to them or himself -- that his moving to Jetstone was mostly for personal and not tactical reasons; his chief warlord bonus, as we all know, isn't high enough to make a massive difference when compared to the bonus from Wanda or the Arkenpliers.)
Wanda and Jack could have taken the city -- the commander they were with at the time pointed it out. Instead he had them waiting uselessly by the portal for him, and allowed them to believe -- incorrectly -- that meeting up with him was a vital tactical objective. Everything that went wrong since then was because of that mistake.