Lord Kasavin wrote:On another note, how did Charlie know Parson was promoted?
It has been well established that Charlie knows what he needs to know, has what powers he needs to have, does what he needs to do, and is what he needs to be, all in the service of the plot. If someone was needed to tell Traminnis that Parson had been promoted to CWL, and that this was a Really Bad Thing
for Spacerock and indeed all of Erfworld, Charlie is the obvious and natural choice.
enthar wrote:Im a little confused when Tremmanis says "right, so you dont know". I dont know what he is referring to by that statement, and I guess I am too slow to figure it out.
I believe that he is referring to knowing if Decrypted, especially his brothers, can be turned.
Almaseti wrote:Charlie is scared of Parson because Charlie is SMART. Parson is incredibly inventive and perceptive and now GK is actually using his potential.
Charlie is scared of Parson because Parson has beaten Charlie at every turn, even while appearing to be outmatched the entire time. Remember, Charlie had a force of Archons sufficient to take the GK garrison in the GK airspace. And at the same time the RCC had sufficient forces to take GK. And not just one, but both sides arrayed against GK not only lost, but had their forces utterly destroyed
. Worse than destroyed. They were later seen to be working for the presumed-to-be-swiftly-defeated Side... This is why Charlie is afraid of Parson. And rightly so.
Charlie has the power of plot. But Parson has the power of plot, justified. Charlie gets insta-appearing Archons, with new abilities any time they are needed. Parson has new abilities that aren't just thrown into the mix, they have so far been able to be justified by the Erfworld mechanics. Or they have been justified by a huge amount of limiting conditions, such as the volcano uncroaking showed. Examples of the former are the destruction of the siege, the rotation of troops in the garrison battle, and the Thriller dance fight. All of those are game mechanics oriented plot points. Examples of Charlie's brokenness are the instant-appearing Archons in the quantity needed, the "pep talk" which broke the thinkamancy spell on Jillian, and the DDR. All of those are ass-pull oriented plot points.
Sygerrik wrote:Not sure if Charlie can actually hear Thinkagrams. He has shown no indication that he knows the particulars of Parson's plan-- if he did, he would tell Tram, because Tram getting croaked is clearly antithetical to Charlie's best interests.
Erm, he has shown indications that he knows the particulars of Parson's plans, exactly as far as Parson has revealed it. Parson has only said, in response to Jack's information that Royals were certain
to offer ridiculous parlay terms : "I do see an exploit here. But we need Wanda alive. It involves turning this battle into a food fight." This should be enough to make Charlie sweat, as he has seen Parson turn certain defeat into victory before. And it was said via Thinkagram, which Charlie can clearly (to me, at least) listen in on.
cdrcjsn wrote:1) Charlie has cast some sort of suggestion or influence spell on him (Maggie warned that it was possible when Parson first contacted Charlie).
I'm not seeing this, as Tram becomes more resistant to Charlies ideas the longer the conversation continues.
Lor wrote:As shmucker-conscious as Charlie is, I wonder why he's never popped warlords for administration. Unless archons have an administrator special.
My guess is that Warlords can be turned or can decide to "make a play for the throne", while Archons, prior to decrypting, can not be turned, and are so in love with Charlie that anything other than obeying him is unthinkable to them. And, Archons can have Leadership, of course, thus making it fairly much a no-brainer. Hell, Archons with Leadership can probably get the same reduction in costs that Warlords can when playing city administrator.
Dirili wrote:charlie has some years of magnificent bastard behind him, and now he isn't even able to stay verbally slick.
well, maybe it's just tactic.
Relax, and enjoy the Plot!
Sixty wrote:Heh, people in this topic have complained that Charlie is both too powerful and yet not powerful enough to deal with Tram.
His history shows that Charlie is able to pull whatever he wants whenever he wants. So votes in favor of Tram getting one over on Charlie are betting on the long shot.
Parson gets called a potato a lot:http://www.erfworld.com/book-1-archive/?px=%2F018.jpg