drachefly wrote:Clever, but I'm not sure it works.
This special would have to be one not gained through levelling, only innate at popping. Otherwise field archons would learn of it. Alternatively, any archon that levelled and obtained this would be removed from field service immediately, and the other archons' memories wiped, or, failing that, disbanded.
AND, no one other than Charlie who can pop archons has noticed this.
AND, archons' instinctive knowledge of themselves omits this.
It may not be one ability; it may be a combination of multiple specials. Why couldn't it be learned through leveling? We haven't seen anything that states that a field archon cannot be promoted to one Charlie's personal archons. I don't see why Charlie would have to wipe memories or disband units. Charlie has no reason to explain a transfer order, and while the archons may speculate, they don't ask questions.
Charlie has over 600 archons. This is probably many more than any other side in Erfworld. If the special or combination of specials is rare, the archons of other sides may not possess it or realize it's potential. Charlie is able to grant
some of the abilities of the Arkendish to his personal archons. If the special(s) involved is/are what makes that possible, no other side could know since they don't possess the Arkendish. We also know that a 4-caster link
is thought to be impossible. If anything can create a larger link, perhaps even a link with units other than casters, it would be the Arkendish. It is possible that Charlie is linking his personal archons through the Arkendish. So, while the unknown special(s) may not seem that impressive by itself/themselves, it/they can be quite valuable when combined. I have a personal theory that, at the end of the comic, the Arkendish will be used to link all the Attuned, and perhaps Parson, together to do...something. I really have no idea what, but I can't shake the feeling we'll see it.
We have also seen that various units' innate knowledge to be lacking. They know things, but not everything. They have facts, but they don't always see all the possibilities those facts reveal.
Of course, this is just speculation. At this point, it's simply a mystery, so speculation is all there is.