Sonic Screwdriver wrote:We've been told that the ArkenDish gives untold mastery of Thinkamancy, which means anything Thinkamancy has been shown to do turned up to max. So far, Thinkamancy has been shown to be able to do the following: phonecalls, caster fusions, energy drinks, hypnosis, & hadoukens.
Also, domination (the scroll on Jillian. This may be what you were calling hypnosis), messing with loyalty, spotting spells on others, breaking spells on others via a pep-talk, leading dance fights via a DDR, interfering with or disrupting others who are leading dance fights via a DDR, and spotting veils. It's late and I'm tired, I may have missed a good handful.
Sonic Screwdriver wrote:In all honesty, extending abilities onto the Archons is a completely new power and is more out-of-sync than a long-range link.
It's not really new, only that it was mentioned in a long past Summer Update and never shown in a comic. A "long range link", however, no matter your take on how in- or "out-of-sync" it is with Thinkamancy in general, is a completely new power.
Sonic Screwdriver wrote:I'm fairly certain Charlie is maintaining a small level of independence to keep Vanna out of some parts of his mind (what with smacking Slately), which I bet strains the link just as the distance should, so I'm also fairly certain that once the link is broken Vanna's head will pop like a grape.
If you are correct, this will be yet another
special ability Charlie will be displaying. Casters in a link with other casters lose their individuality, and become their function. More so in a tri-caster link, to the point where speaking to them as individuals can kill them
, as Slately trying to engage Vanna in conversation threatened to do. If Charlie is in a tri-caster link with Vanna and another caster, and displays individuality and independence beyond operating as his function, then this is another special case for Charlie. And Charlie taking the initiative to speak to Slately with a dose of anti-ephedrine to punctuate his "request" that Slately leave off trying to speak to Vanna is already making this appear to be the case.
ftl wrote:You know, there's always the chance that Charlie *can't* eavesdrop on eyebooks...
You have a point. We do not know for certain that Charlie can eavesdrop on Eyebook chat. And by revealing that he might it would (and did) cause the GK side to re-think their use of Eyebooks, and would reduce their communications effectiveness.
But, we can look at the circumstances to put some context on the situation. At the point where Charlie revealed his capability to chat with Parson via the Eyebooks, Charlie was firmly of the mind that GK was going to fall. Not only that, but that GK was going to fall, and Charlie was going to be able to grab the bracer and perhaps Parson. Only the potential of adding the Arkenpliers to that loot list stayed Charlie's hand, and that turned out to be his undoing.
So I don't buy it. I don't buy that Charlie was messing with Parson and the GK side to reduce their comms efficiency, when at the time he did so everyone on the GK side was in GK. There was no real need for the Eyebooks, other than to perhaps save Maggy a little juice. Disrupt the long range comms capability of a side which is a credible rival? Absolutely. Disrupt a minor convenience to a side you are certain is doomed at the hands of your fleet of Archons or your allies? Not so brilliant. And to do so to a side you know
is going to fall, either to you or to your allies, just doesn't make a lot of sense.
Again, if Charlie wanted to chat with Parson, he has been described in the story as being capable of doing so at any time via his Thinkamancy. The use of the Eyebooks for that same purpose and to cause doubt about the security of the Eyebooks just doesn't fly, given the situation. It was cool
, and that's about all that it has going for it. But that's how Charlie has been portrayed, he gets a lot of cool powers, and usually whenever it is needed to advance the plot.