Parkinson was commander of the Stagra arsenal, one of the few military installations to survive Daram's Sublight missile attack on Kyaral. He met with Bes on the Solo Ship and refused him permission to resupply the colonists at Stagra.
Parkinson remained uncooperative and the colonists eventually helped themselves. When Daram and Gije attacked Stagra, he then refused the colonists' help until after his own force was almost wiped out. However, he eventually saw the error of his ways.
For having such a bizarre collision of Eastern and Western, Parkinson wins the Crazy Character Name award for the series.