Chris Goodwin wrote:
Oberon wrote:No. Please do not try to link Bea sending her Turnamancer into the MK before suiciding with Charlie being able to hire a Turnamancer. We have it straight from the decrypted Archons that Charlie is known to be a good employer within the MK, and often hires Turnamancers from the MK.
We have it straight from the decrypted Archons that Charlie often hires Casters
from the Magic Kingdom.
You are correct, Charlie often hires casters
. And casters
who are also Turnamancers speed his Archon production. Which feeds his shmucker engine. Which is also the sole example of caster
hiring given in the story. And if hiring MK casters
wasn't profitable, Charlie would have no incentive to do this "often." So yeah, I made a completely far fetched assumption that Charlie often hires Turnamancers. I don't know how I could have fit that much tin foil on my head, it is obviously an insupportable conclusion.
Chris Goodwin wrote:We can assume that Charlie has hired a Turnamancer in the past, because the Archons know that having a Turnamancer at Charlescomm causes them to pop Archons faster, but we have no way of knowing if there is one there right now. You have been assuming one is there, but there is in fact no evidence of a Turnamancer being in residence at Charlescomm.
I'd like to point out that I never said that Charlie has a Turnamancer at Charlescomm right now. He doesn't need one there right now, unless it is there to speed Archon production. He does need a Turnamancer to be present with any significant number of Archons, though. This makes them much safer due to the potential to cast KW and save them when and if events go south.
Chris Goodwin wrote:And Charlie had to ally with Faq in order to get that done, at terms that he wasn't entirely happy with. And note how pissed Charlie was when Jillian left the battlespace.
Charlie is not allied with anyone right now. This was specified in the text update that had Charlie going first, Book 2 Text 18.
Chris Goodwin wrote:When he can get a Turnamancer[, Charlie can cast KW whenever he pleases]. And when he's willing to be out of touch with his entire Archon fleet for the amount of time it takes to line the spell up. And when he's willing to pay the Schmuckers to, as others have said, get that Turnamancer to risk her life in linkage (remember, it's not an every day thing; Casters can and do croak when a link goes wrong).
I addressed most of your points already. But for the sake of being thorough:
1) Paying for the Turnamancer isn't an unusual or burdensome cost, because Charlie often
2) Being disconnected from his field units for a turn or less isn't that much of a cost. Every other Side lives with this state all the time, it doesn't end after they cast a spell to end another Sides turn, and it doesn't keep them from doing whatever they feel like doing;
3) Charlie being disconnected from his Archons is not at all an unusual situation: "Since yesterday, communications through the Arkendish were blacked out, which always put everyone in a bad mood." It always put everyone in a bad mood. So, no real count or frequency of occurance, but it is clear that this is not an unusual situation. We know that linking does this, and that Charlie often hires MK casters. The safest conclusion is that Charlie links with hired casters with some degree of frequency. Which leads one to conclude that hired MK casters do not refuse to link;
4) There is no evidence that MK casters cost more to be in the field, or to link. It is a reasonable position, however, and it may well be fact. But it is still a guess;
5) Bimancer links are stated to be less risky than trimancer links, and there is no evidence that they can cause death. We've never seen one go wrong or heard a description of this happening. So you're just speculating, and it seems as though you're overstating theories and then concluding as though they were established fact.
Here is an established fact: Vanna was both in the field and in a link as a hired caster when she participated in KW. This shows that despite any hypothetical extra charge for additional risk, that this is quite feasible. And were this remarkable in any way, a well written story would typically convey this in some manner. Slately, for example, could have commented on how odd it was to see a caster in the field. He did not. He commented on her silence, and his instructions to not speak to her, but not on her presence. The absence of any remark by any character that the situation was extraordinary leads the reader to the conclusion that the situation was normal and not at all out of place. This is an assumption, yes, but one supported by the story.
Oberon wrote:How would a veiled archon floating nearby foil the encryption? If the veiled archon is floating in your hex and can see your eyebook as you're communicating on it, you've got worse problems than lack of encryption.
I refer you to any of the prior "using their Eyebook" panels of any strip containing one. Do you see elaborate measures being taken to prevent anyone peeping over the shoulder? Neither do I. So it's not that you have "worse problems", you just have "the same problems." Archons are known
to be able to veil, and yet other than Sammy we haven't seen a single measure taken against that possibility.