GaryThunder wrote:Charlie's original, Book 1 interest in Parson might be an exception to his general rule based solely on the ridiculous tactics he pulled to block Ansom's attack on GK. Charlie, seeing Parson squirm his way through a practically unwinnable scenario, was intrigued enough by his talent to want to have that talent on his side. But then the volcano gambit, which caused Charlie to lose dozens of his top units, followed by GK's suddenly exploding onto the Erfworld stage as a major player through no means anyone could understand...Charlie then saw Parson as such a threat ("the most dangerous being in Erfworld") that even his working for Charlescomm would not be sufficient to contain him, so Charlie wanted him croaked. As a parallel, consider if you had the opportunity to employ Nyarlathotep, an eldritch abomination from beyond your reality that could destroy its fundamental structure merely by existing...would you want him on your team, or would you want him safely dead?
The last sentence there made me laugh out loud...
I think that trying to compare Parson, even though he is a being from beyond Erf, with a Cthulian horror is a bit of a stretch. If I could chat up Nyarlathotep on my eyebook I might not think that it'd be too awful to form a partnership.
But yeah, Charlie's relationship with Parson is a bit difficult to fathom. First he tells Parson not to worry, that he'll come out of the BfGK just fine. Next he is threatening to pry the mathamancy bracer off of Parson's cold, dead hands. I always thought that the second exchange was Charlie just driving home the point that he knew
that he had enough forces present to take the GK garrison, as Parson himself had provided the mathemancy to guarantee it.
GaryThunder wrote:And popping warlords in a deliberate attempt to get casters doesn't seem like a feasible prospect. The chance of getting a caster instead of a warlord seems to be minute, seeing as it's rare for a side to have more than three or four casters among dozens, scores, or even hundreds of warlords popped over the turns. Charlie would likely be saddled with a bunch of warlords that, due to his direct-to-unit communication and his Archons with leadership, wouldn't serve him any real purpose, all for the chance of getting a random caster who might be someone useless to him like a Findamancer or a Dirtamancer or something. Not a smart bet, for a guy like Charlie, when he can just hire specific casters from the MK at will.
Popping warlords does three things for you.
1 - It gives you units with Leadership who stack another combat bonus on your troops. Only some archons have Leadership, and Charlie cannot be sure that the next or even the next 10 archons will have that Special. A warlord is a guaranteed Leader. A stack must
have a Leader, or it will attack any non-allied units it encounters. That sort of behavior is going to be often non-productive for Charlie or the clients who hire the archons.
2 - It gives a small chance at a caster. Casters are frightfully potent units, and by my estimation are completely underutilized by almost every Side.
3 - It only takes a single warlord popped to allow you to appoint a CWL, and reap the ongoing cost reduction in your Capitol. I'd think that Charlie should have a CWL, if only because this is a no-brainer sort of move which everyone would take in a game. The cost to pop the warlord and promote him could not be more than the ongoing return in reduced city upkeep.
That said, warlords do not fly, and all archons fly. So the unit mix would cause a reduction in capability, unless you also mounted those warlords. If your attuned 'Dish allows for fast popping archons, it might just not make sense in terms of total combat capability to pop warlords and mounts, or to buy flight items for your warlords. You never get a caster, and they are rare and powerful units. But I could see the cost/benefit analysis pointing towards waiting for Leadership archons and just hiring your casters. But damn, if Charlie ever got a turnamancer, think of the money spent hiring casters he would save, not to mention the capability to Kingworld anyone coming to attack him...
Charlie once was interested in having Parson as his CWL, but is now more afraid than interested, and would rather see Parson dead than as an employee.
That's basically my theory. Charlie got a whiff of Parson's power, and craved that power for his own...but when he saw just what Parson's power could accomplish, openly breaking rules and unbalancing the entire war-political climate of Erfworld in the space of a few turns, he concluded that the imminent threat of catastrophic destabilization Parson represented could not be contained even by employing him. Others on this forum have speculated that Charlie, whose entire business model relies on Erfworld's system remaining intact, sees Parson as the most direct and substantial threat to the continuance of his method of business that could possibly exist.
I can buy that. But if it is so, than Charlie is a very cool character. He seems to have an easy rivalry with Parson, calling him up on the eyebook to chat about why archons are on the GK Side.