mhangman, plz, chill. Jillian and Charles are both excellent characters. I mean, come on, Charles is the best character that noone's ever seen! And Jillian has a level of asskickery that is quite purely unmatched, not to mention an absurd amount of depth in terms of her character. And besides, at what point has Charles ever had a need or desire to be Gobwin Knob's friend? Stanley hated him before Parson came along, Parson is responsible for toasting a good 30+ Archons, Wanda's now decrypted most of said Archons, and apparently there are continued skirmishes recently.
Really, i'm not sure how many people were rooting for a Jillian/Charles team up, but I think its probably the most interesting pairing possible. Vinnie's cool, I admit, but come on, Charles is the smartest Erfworlder out there, and Jillian is one of the best Warlords in the area (she was a level 8 or whatnot, the only one higher in the RCC was Ansom, so it is safe to assume his brothers we met in the last update were probably a bit lower in level, like a 7 or so). Jillian's battle prowess and ability to fight her way out of the box, combined with Charles intel and ability to think outside the box means that together they become a major power in the coming conflict, all the more deadly because no one actually knows about their alliance.
Also, I think the reason the royals think Charles is on Gobwin Knobs side is because they have seen their units fighting with Gobwin Knob, and the only thing they think could possibly cause that is powerful thinkamancy. When we first met Charles, Maggie stressed to Parson that Charles had an unmatched command of Thinkamancy due to his arkendish. So, assuming that Charles thinkamancy abilities are common knowledge among the kingdoms while the effects of the arkenpliers that Wanda holds are not, it is a perfectly reasonable assumption to think Charles was hired by stanley to use thinkamancy to convert all of the troops over to Gobwin Knob. Wrong, but still reasonable.
I can't help but think, though, that Charles' attempts to greedily hold onto the information combined with his constant focus on his income made him dig his own grave, so to speak. If he had spread his theory about the triple linkup that caused the disaster at Gobwin Knob right away and for a fair price, it would have assured that all of the RCC would know that their units had all croaked. then, when all these units started to reappear, it would be a matter of course to believe that they had all been uncroaked, and everyone would arrive at the conclusion that there was some new uncroaking magic that gobwin knob had access to rather than think Charles had used powerful thinkamancy magic.