A Predictamancer wrote:Charlie is the antithesis of the perspective of miss Janis...and the Great Minds Who Think Alike. Beyond that, who he is does not matter.
They all together conspired to bring Parson Gotti, Lord Hamster to this world, to create a nation that could exist without war.
Charlie exists solely because of war. He can only pay upkeep on his massive array of archons because all others are constantly fighting one another, hiring him. One day his forces will be sufficient to conquer everything in a single turn. It is that day that the conspiracy exists to prevent. And there is nothing more terrifying to him than decrypted, for they have no upkeep. That is his doom.
Parson and Wanda are the keys. They are both together in one place now.
I have to disagree, because If your right, it's the opposite of his doom. It's the greatest opportunity he could conceive of. Imagine all of his troops, now with zero upkeep but still able to level. That'd skyrocket his profit margin (though to be fair, he might not know about upkeep). It'd make Wanda as big a target for him as Parson; if he could turn her or find another attuned that'd join with him, he'd be able to create or at least recycle troops into a better force. He'd probably also own a few more cities as well (probably far removed from his primary, in order to maximize his move potential for units without risking them in the wild for his big push).
atalex wrote:One thing that has always bothered me is that Stanley's backstory suggests that he was at one point a capable leader. Now, he's dumb as a post.
Stanley was an amazing warlord because he'd win any fight you put him in (I'm guessing he's actually pretty good even without the Arkentool, at least by now, cause he probably has quite a few levels. I'd love to see who'd win in a straight, no-tool fight between him and Ansom, though that'll likely never happen). He was a good (not amazing, for reasons listed below) chief warlord because of his bonuses, and by this point his ability to pull in dwagons. His strategy was without a doubt crap, but he had a king who could probably help with that, keeping him from doing anything too stupid, and the rest came down to him curbstomping anything in his way. His own activities, from what we've seen, generally paid off because he had the raw power to get through any of the times it went wrong.
However, once he was in charge, he becomes a ruler that is A: easily manipulated (Wanda, and to a lesser extent Maggie) B: Has no strategic skills whatsoever, C: can no longer be sent out himself, meaning his bonus and raw power curbstomp attributes are almost never in effect, and D: Since he had no need for them himself, doesn't consider strategic abilities when choosing his chief warlords and will if left unchecked largely try to use them in highly limited ways.
So basically, his best qualities as a warlord are no longer applicable, and the new qualities he needs he never had and isn't picking up. If the current situation was reversed, with Parson being an overlord and Stanley being his Chief, Parson could probably micromanage them into a neigh unstoppable force (imagine the power of Wanda and her uncroaked riding arkenhammer bonuse'd dwagons. The aforementioned curbstomping just became redefined.) There are many roles where Stanley is incredibly useful and, if not competent, capable, but none of them are making him the man who should be in charge.