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He gained it by opening up the scroll, that's the carnymancy that let non casters cast it.
We discussed Parson being a caster and the Dirtamancy spell at some length in the last reaction thread. I won't force you to go back and read, so I'll try and summarize what was brought up.

Isaac has said that Parson is not a caster as far as he can tell. (He could be lying/incorrect).
Janis has said that Parson is a Hippiemancer. (She could be lying/incorrect).
The Carny Scroll is indeed carnied, to let a non-caster cast the spell, that's why Charlie had to Book Parson to tell him to try it.
The Bracer did tell Parson he had a non-zero (0.0000001, specifically), to successfully cast it.
It told him he has a 0% chance to cast it (altered by Fate) and a 98% chance to cast it (unaltered).
He doesn't disband by going through Portals.

My personal theory to tie these clues together, Parson probably is not a caster (but Fate could be cheating for him to count as one/small chance he is a Signamancer), I don't think anything can disband him including Portals (and maybe Rulers; Stanley couldn't, Charlie didn't/couldn't/didn't try?), and even though he isn't a caster he has a 1-in-a-million chance to cast through sheer luck by guessing the command, and Carnymancy is the only thing allowing him to cast the scroll.

Whew.
Muertog wrote:
Lingo wrote:
Let's not forget that this guy's idea of promotion is to pick the most handsome guy and make him warlord. So apparently he somehow became a warlord even before getting the Hammer. King Saline was apparently fond of him, but for all we know, Saline was a numbskull too. Though I can hardly imagine Saline thinking Stanley was the most handsome piker in his army. Can you imagine?


Actually, wouldn't signamancy lend credence to this method of evaluation?


That is a major draw for people who defend Stanley, yes. Honestly, I'm not sure if being handsome is the exact characteristic to look for in a leader (in Erfworld, I mean). Maybe you need one that looks rugged or serious and calculating. That being said, Stanley isn't a Signamancer so his method was okay, but not great. Still, the other choice would be to interview every soldier he had to see if any of them was smart enough to lead and that would take too long. Hiring a Signamancer was his other choice, but he was pretty frugal back then.
Beeskee wrote:
I'm looking forward to Friday's update.:D


QFT.
KKdragonlord wrote:
Parson is neither a Warlord nor a Caster, but something else entirely.

No, this is nonsense. Parson is definitely a Warlord. He gives a leadership bonus, he can give orders to lower-ranking units, he can be Chief Warlord and give a side-wide bonus to all units. He was even summoned by the Summon Perfect Warlord spell. He fills every role a Warlord would be expected to play.
Xellos wrote:
My take on what appears to be the main part of this thread (no, not the Oxford comma):
Stanley is not an idiot, he's a piker. He's not made for this, literally. Apparently, he was a decent warlord, but he's been pretty shit as a ruler. At least he's aware of that and improving.
Mental disability is probably something that doesn't exist in Erfworld, unless defined as a special. Because: game.

If a major leader in the modern world did not bother to remember his subordinates' names, easily threatened them with death (disbanding), attacked everyone without consideration, picked generals from the common soldiers based on charisma rather than capability, then hauled ass when attacked by everyone around him... then he's an idiot and should be thought of as such. Basically Aladeen from The Dictator.

King of Jetstone had his flaws, Jill has her flaws, Banhammer had his flaws, Wanda who could have been queen had flaws, etc.

Magic kingdom is full of people who have philosophical arguments rather than actually experiment and test.

One thing in Stanley's favor is he is not layers of deceit, backstabbing, fake flattery, lies, etc.

As far as "a major leader in modern world"... you include list traits that help win an election in a democracy, and erfworld is not a democracy, Parson had sword of Ruthlessness to make him perfect warlord, Stalin is example of guy who used fear as a weapon. If you take all the leaders of totaltarian governments in modern era, Stanley isn't that different.

Erfworld by nature gives the Overlord/King power to order and disband any unit in kingdom... in stupidworld we have saying about absolute power corrupts absolutes, and if you look at some of richest, most famous people in Hollywood, etc, not that hard to find not so nice example.

Stanley's weakenesses are listed as Strategy, Critical thinking, Human resource management... one can define intelligence by these 3 or one can include other stuff like "caution, humility, ability to seal the deal" (ansom), "assertative, confidence, effectiveness" (sizemore), etc.
kaylasdad99 wrote:
Beeskee wrote:
I'm looking forward to Friday's update.:D


QFT.


/me looks nervously at clock. I would like to be billed for this update...
drachefly wrote:
kaylasdad99 wrote:
Beeskee wrote:
I'm looking forward to Friday's update.:D


QFT.


/me looks nervously at clock. I would like to be billed for this update...


It's fine. It's going to get here. If Rob was sure he and the team couldn't do it, he would make a post about it.
Thecommander236 wrote:
It's fine. It's going to get here. If Rob was sure he and the team couldn't do it, he would make a post about it.

Probably.

The first thing I checked before coming to this thread was "Announcements," and I don't see anything since June.

Only, I go to work in an hour and a half, and BESIDES not liking to get stinkeye from my supervisor for checking my tablet, I prefer reading the updates on my desktop (the tablet insists on making the minimum width of the page about ten percent too wide to fit).
Told ya. XD