MarbitChow wrote:As soon as Charlie appears to be taking a side, and not just acting as a disinterested and neutral resource, other sides will stop using him (causing him to lose revenue) and may actually attack. Charlie knows that if enough sides team up against him, he's still toast. Even grabbing all of those nice toys from GK doesn't guarantee him a win against overwhelming odds, and the more menacing he appears, the more likely people team up against him. He's tolerated now because he only has 1 arkentool, and he uses it to assist everyone equally. He won't abandon his current strategy of avoiding attention and acting helpful until it's too late for anyone to stop him.
I understand the whole neutrality thing, but there's a few things to consider:
1) He's already bending his own rules: Free advice to JS, a free caster to FAQ, help (I assume free) in FAQ taking the Western Giants, forcing Haggar to sacrifice their own men... I understand this is all rather hush-hush, but its worth mentioning.
2) Charlie is a sneaky bastard. If he had to, he could ask FAQ to hire him for 1 Shmucker. Nobody else needs to know the details of the contract - for all they know FAQ is paying 5000 Shmuckers a turn for the rest of time. There are ways for Charlie to play his hand as strongly as he likes, if he really wants to.
3) Almost everyone who knows about GK wants them dead. I dont think many people are going to cry foul at Charlie taking down the decryption snowball, even if it was a break in his SOP (but see point 2).
But yeah, like I said, I know what you mean about neutrality, and that and fear of Parson are the only two reasons Charlie is sticking to the background. All I'm saying is that if this "puppet master" thing goes on much longer, I'm gonna change my opinion of Charlie.
Jinren wrote:You're confusing "defeat GK" with "defeat Parson".
GK may be the strongest side in the current conflict (which probably makes them the strongest side on Erfworld at the moment), but they're not invincible. Had Parson not intervened, the most recent encounter would have ended in total defeat of their expeditionary force. In other words, the combined forces of the RCC2 are still quite capable of matching GK on paper
Exactly, and the tables were turned because Charlie helped out with Kingworld. Parson was nowhere near the conflict, so if Charlie is helping to defeat Wanda and the dwagons then he's trying to defeat GK.
Jinren wrote:It's Parson who is the one who can show up to a fight and not only perfectly calculate but also completely reverse the odds in a single movement, which 1) is a skill Charlie would very much like to control and 2) is the threat to his continued business as long as he doesn't. Without him, GK is just a large army, nowhere near large enough to risk permanently affecting the balance of power. Attacking GK only makes sense if it's part of an attack on Parson as the primary target.
Again I point to Kingworld, and the other help Charlie has given FAQ - this had little to do with Parson. But really it doesn't matter if his target is Parson or the 'pliers or GK as a whole - Ending Stanley's life solves his problem regardless, and I hereby speculate that its possible for Charlie to do it - especially with the elite GK units all at Spacerock.
Whichever way you look at it: Charlie would benefit from ending GK. Charlie has tried to damage GK in a number of ways through others. Charlie should probably try a more direct approach.