Sieggy wrote:I think Charlie is one of those people who wants people working FOR him, not WITH him . . . In Book 1, Charlie refers several times to having Parson working FOR him. I doubt Parson would set still for that, given that he's a player, not a piece And I think Charlie has a REAL problem with that sort of attitude.
I think you need to put yourself in the setting and think about the mechanics a bit. Charlie is the ruler of a Side. The only people he works with
are temp agency hires from the MK, and his clients. Every unit in his Side is just that: a unit in his Side. Hell, he doesn't even let himself be seen by most units in his Side... Charlie wanted Parson to turn to his Side. And as such Parson would not be working with
Charlie, he would be working for
Charlie. When you can disband with a thought, there is no such thing as an equal. Rulers on Erf can be kind and generous to their valued units, but when the chips fall the ruler is...the ruler.
Oddly, had Parson accepted Charlie would have had something he has never had before, to the knowledge of the Decrypted Archons: A Warlord. Chief or no.
Tbh, while Parson did an awesome job thinking outside the box at TBFGK and the zombcano was impressive. Parson did not know, nor could he have known, that Wanda would be able to attune to the pliers and decrypt an entire army (including archons) I dont think you can add the "stealing archons from Charlie" thing to the list of "awesome things Parson did" because it kind of happend by accident.
How does Charlie know that? That's the issue. While yes, Parson had NO knowledge or control or even solid influence on the exact interaction, it did happen. Parson was Chief Warlord at the time. It could be argued that the zombcano thing caused Wanda to level up to a mythical extent, from Charlie's view anyway, which leads on to question CAN casters level during links? If they can, then where did the experience go?
I think your question was rhetorical, but here goes anyway. Charlie knows it because Parson told him so. Parson, as a part of his ploy to get Charlie to sit out the turn and watch the action, told Charlie that GK would have the Arkenpliers by the end of the turn. And then it happened exactly as Parson said it would, except that Parson never mentioned that Charlie would be losing 80ish Archons. Charlie has
to be impressed with Parson. Impressed, and maybe a little afraid.