Zil, thanks for the correction on the SoR. It is interesting to me that no character remarked on the sudden increase, and then equally sudden decrease, in Parson's bonus. That's not to say that I debate it, as I believe the Stupid Meals to be a sound source of information (the irony!), simply that I'm surprised that no character, say, Bogroll, who assembled the sword and handed it to Parson, was ever impressed enough to note "The sword gave you +2 combat!" or whatever.
I want to quote from one of my previus posts in this topic, to give my opinion about why Charlie wanted Parson when he doesn't pop any warlords:
Charlie is rich, but he doesn't need warlords, and he doesn't WANT them even if he needs. Of course, he has shown interest in Parson after he saw what he's capable, but remember, Charlie is an erfworlder (well, there's an argument about it, but i'm saying that he is an erfworlder , for the sake of my sentence) and what he thinks of a perfect warlord is a max level, dashing, strong warlord. That is the erfworlders sense of perfect warlord. And that is why Charlie defined Parson as "more than perfect warlord"
Well, this isn't exactly explaining what I mean now, but let's start: (first, I'm assuming that Charlie is an Erfworlder. What I wrote will not be valid at all if we consider him an earthling, I'll come to that point too)
If Charlie knew about the summon spell, then what he thought of "perfect warlord" would be what I described above ( high stats and such ). But Parson is different. We don't know about his stats, but he is clearly able to think very different from the rest and because of this, he is able to do unimagined things. That might be a reason Parson was defined as "more than perfect"
If he didn't know about the summoning, then he might have noticed the change in GK's moves, and "hey, who the hell is this warlord" and developed interest, even more so after he learned about the bracer.
A reason he has no warlords might be his paronoia(did I spell it wrong?
) He might think that it is impossible for any warlord to provide him any advice, (since he's a genius, and a bit overconfident in that) and he might think that the little stat boost is just not worth the trouble. He is a mercanary, he hires Archons, and the user stacks those Archons with whatever warlord they want. He's a Rent-A-Unit shop, and other sides wouldn't want to hire a warlord mostly. But after he realized what Parson is capable, he believed that Parson is the only warlord who can truly aid him.
Ok. Most of this is quite fair. But...
If a Warlord or CWL managing your city saves shmuckers, and we know that Charlie is all about the schmuckers, then Charlie should be well able to run the ROI calculation and figure out that it is better to pop a Warlord and appoint him CWL (if necessary) for capitol city cost reductions. After all, Carlie only has one city, he only needs one Warlord/CWL to be in the city manager role. Even popping a sub-par personality Warlord should be able to grant the ROI necessary to make the decision a no-brainer. And if he gets a Duncan Scone? Bonus round! Turnamancers, hired often as has been mentioned, can be used as they can spare juice to heighten loyalty.
To address the argument that Warlords can be a contrary personality type, and why would Charlie fuss around with a random personality? Well, most Warlords seem to be rather along the lines of what a Side ruler would want. The king of FAQ might have wanted a philosopher Prince, but no other Side would want that. Any Side other than FAQ, including Charlie, would do well with any other Warlord we've seen. And that runs the gamut from Dora and Vinnie through Sammie and Ansom. If "being loyal" and "saving me schmuckers by managing my city" are the traits being looked for, I can't imagine how any of those four, or any other Warlords we've seen to date, would be a poor pop.
Possible counters: Archons can have Leadership. Which means that it is possible that the ability to manage a city isn't tied to being a Warlord/CWL, it's tied to having the Leadership special which all Warlords/CWL have. Thus, an Archon with Leadership can manage Charlie's city for him, and he has no need for a Warlord/CWL. This Archon can be rotated in and out to build her level, and there is no fiddly issue such as a lack of wings slowing down the rest of the troops the Warlord is traveling with.
If Charlie is from Earth, like Parson:
He might have guessed that Parson is from earth, from his informatives in MK. Him noticing Parson without knowing the summoning spell is not possible though. Since Parson didn't show much earth-like thinking before the TPK enough to make Charlie suspect "Another from Earth? Could it really be...?" If he knew the summoning spell and is from Earth, then that's a really good reason for him to try getting him.
A quite long post, and I think I got kinda off-topic, but anyway, what's done is done
There is some weight to the "Charlie is from Earth" argument. Charlie has recognized all sub-culture references Parson has made. This can indicate that he is also from Earth, or that the 'Dish grants him understanding (or that the story moves along better if Parson doesn't have to stop and explain all of his cultural references). I prefer the latter, even if only as a justification of the parenthetical. But I cannot argue against the former. Maggie "didn't get it" (all your base, etc), and she is a potent Thinkamancer. So it clearly isn't just the Thinkamancy discipline which grants the understanding of sub-culture references.