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Yeah, okay, I just had a chance to go back and look at the guide, and I was mistaken about what the guide says about that.
I do agree with Auke though. A person shouldn't be able to choose not to play their character in a scenario because that scenario would provide issues for their character, play a higher level pregen, and then turn around and give that chronicle to the character that could've played but didn't. But, that's just my opinion.
You two might want to look around, because RAW and RAI actually match on this, per past posts from Mike Brock.
There are several situations where someone might not be able to play an in-tier PC, but want to assign the chronicle to said PC.
Player only brought PC 1 with him, but the table becomes a different scenario, or some such, where PC 1 is not eligible, but no paperwork is available for other PCs.
Player brought Barbarian 1, and the table consists of all melee types. He "sacrifices" playing his own PC to run Kyra to give the table some healing and breadth.
Player gets out of work early, no PFS materials with him, but stops at the store, and finds a game just getting started.
Or, the iconic reason, which is to try out a non-1st level pregen of a new class (to him) to see if he might want to run a PC of that class, later.
Before you denigrate the idea about having only brought one PC with him, I tend to do that, these days, because otherwise my bag weighs more than it does when I GM. I have 30+ registered PCs, from level 1 to level 14, and they take up quite a bit of room in my bag,. and add a significant amount of weight, even though they only have the relevant sections of the non-Core books needed for the rules they use, and their character sheets, chronicle sheets, and, for the higher level PCs, sheet holders to protect said documents. After all, if I ma not going to play the PC I signed up with, which one of my other PCs in level would I be playing?