Like, I agree that Scanlan can be a selfish character in some areas. I can understand why people don’t like/are wary of him even if I don’t agree with their view/interpretation of the character all the time (for example: I’m more lenient on nearly all Modify Memory uses, Vex being the one I’m most against and Percy’s being a mixed bag). But I just really can’t see the idea that Scanlan would abandon them in battle, or wouldn’t try to save Vox Machina.
That’s the only problem I have with what Marisha said, because Scanlan hasn’t done anything to make me think he’s that selfish or awful. Even looking at the withholding of an 8th level spell and not using the flute, it just doesn’t click for me. Make bad decisions? Sure, I can understand questioning Sam/Scanlan’s logic in battle after that. That makes perfect sense. I can understand that wariness of “we don’t know what he’ll do in battle” and how that’s a big issue for a group that’s always getting in fights. And like Travis said, we don’t fully know why he never used the 8th level spell, and as for the flute you can probably argue he didn’t want to throw J’mon immediately into the fray so they could have him later. Maybe it just didn’t work out well. Either way I don’t know (and I don’t know if he talked about it on Talks).
But then to go further and say he’d ditch them doesn’t…feel right. At least, in regards to a battle scenario. That’s the only part I’m against, because there’s no real proof that Scanlan would leave them suddenly in battle. Looking back at those fights, Scanlan died twice fighting Raishan with Vox Machina, so using the first fight against said dragon as an example that he’d probably leave them doesn’t sit well with me. Would he back off and try to get his health back up? Sure. Put distance between him and the enemy? Yeah. But to just leave? The only way I could see that is under very dire circumstances, like if half the team was unconscious or dead and there’s nothing he can do about it. Or pulling a Keyleth and trusting/hoping the team can get themselves out of danger (in a scenario where it is a possibility, I mean). Which I’m not even sure I’d be mad about depending on what happens afterwards and the fact Scanlan has outside family he actively wants to return to (which creates a grey area).
Honestly, I probably wouldn’t be annoyed with it if it was framed in a questioning manner, like a “we’re just not sure after everything that’s happened.” But as I recall, Marisha just sounded so sure and framed it in a general kind of manner (like even before Thordak/Raishan this is what she thought Scanlan would do) that it bugged me.