Mr. Goodwraith wrote:Unless the Arkentools are a recent introduction to Erfworld, I find it very odd that Charlie can't deduce what has happened to his archons. Erf seems to have been running long enough for some sides/units to build up a lot of knowledge and even culture and philosophy; say at least 50,000 turns (136 years of game time if an Erf year is 365 days long)? If the Arkentools have been in Erf since the beginning, various characters have *surely* been attuned to the Pliers and used them to some effect before Wanda, and records or at least legends of those people and their decrypted units will have existed for Charlie to learn from, even if Charlie hasn't been around that long himself.
It's certainly possible, but I think the odds get longer if, to decrypt, the previous attuned user also had to be a croakamancer. I also seem to recall that we never heard how Ansom got the pliers in the first place. It's possible - maybe even probable - that they've been held by Jetstone for a long time. And if the Royalty really is on its way out of the Titans' divine plan, Jetstone may not have had anyone attuned to Fate for as long as they've held the pliers.