I've mused that Charlie may somehow be "fused" to the arkendish.
Welf von Ehrwald wrote:I don't think there will be a return to normal for Charley. Either GK defeats the RCC II, then he will be the next target, or the RCC II conquers GK, then he will be the next target, too. I don't think Slately and Don King will accept a non-royal unit with an attuned arkentool after Stanley's claim of superiority. However, if he allies with Stanley, he will be the much weaker partner and be no more "in charge". If he allies with the RCC II, he can at least hope to play them out against each other.
Royals pride themselves on their honor. If he becomes their ally, they won't attack him without good reason... certainly he's unlikely to face the full brunt of the RCCII, which he could conceivably do if he just sits the conflict out.
His history as a mercenary is probably that of satisfied—if fleeced—customers. He's been useful to them in the past: he just needs to showcase his usefulness and distract the royals from his own humble status as a non-noble.
teratorn wrote:Maggie refers to Charlie as "him."
We know that his voice is that of a man, apparently.