'I shall be pleased and proud to have been the first who completely enjoyed the fruits of his writing, just as he wished, for my only desire has been to have people reject and despise the false and nonsensical histories of the books of chivalry, which are already stumbling over the history of my true Don Quixote, and will undoubtedly fall to the ground.' -Miguel de Cervantes, Don Quixote (Edith Grossman)
I think it is more of a combined resurrection and uber-powerful loyalty spell. So powerful it changes the persons very aspect on life, like it has with Ansom.
Incidentally, Stanley is going to return to find that he already has an army without upkeep, tons of gems to feed the treasury, and a level 0 (?) city as the only downside. I think he will be fairly happy.
Edit: I also, I love how the blue dwagon keeps popping up in the panels background.
Wow, that was unexpected. I certainly didn't anticipate the whole Ansome converting and becoming a religious fanatic happening. And the whole no upkeep is just a sweetener to the deal.
I'm not sure if that is merely a quality of being decrypted or if all of Wanda's creations will have that quality. If so, that would be a major game changer in Erf World. (Also, will we see a reappearance of Scarlet?)
All in all this is setting up to be an awesome book 2!
I just realized, Ansom spoke first to Parson and not to Wanda, and he expresses loyalty to him. he even doesn't look at Wanda. So he seems to be less loyal to Wanda than to GK. A potential blow to all the "Wanda will get rid of Stanley" theories.
Master Class Croakamancer + Arkenpliers = BROKEN GAME
That is all.
PS: I mean, really - level 10 non-decaying and cogent Warlord for zero upkeep? And I guess the upkeep on that new army is zero too... dang.
Here's waiting to see what the other Erfworlders are going to pull off to provide a suitable challenge. Unless the Erf crew are going to have Parson pull a Thomas Covenant (or Narnia, if you prefer), so that he "wins the world" and only returns to Erf after centuries have passed locally...
If Wanda used the Dwagons to get free move, she could go anywhere to every battle they fought and decrypt every unit the beat. This will cost her no move, and she expands GK's army exponentially every round.
Broken Game? Maybe, but that's what Parson is all about, isn't he?
I mean, he "broke" a lot, said the hippymancer!
I'd really love some peace here, thank you!
I'm thinking that it's inevitable that Parson will be switching sides. You can't properly be a Perfect Warlord, from a narrative perspective, when the deck is already stacked so massively in your favor. Narrative demands heroes to be underdogs, and the last series of strips is building Gobwin Knob to be a serious overdog. Ergo, Parson has to find other employment.
I wouldn't be surprised if he winds up taking Charlie's offer now, probably also swiping Sizemore when he leaves, as it is pretty clearly indicated that Sizemore will be by Parson's side to the end (or nearly).
There's also that fourth arkentool plotline dangling around loose. It would make for nice symmetry if that tool got dug up and put to use on Charlie's side, for a pleasing 2v2 War to End All Wars. Putting an ArkenShovel into Sizemore's hands has a certain ring to it, not that we have any idea what the fourth tool is yet. I don't think Parson will get his own tool, he's sufficiently plotworthy in his own right, he doesn't need any more help like that.