PrinceLKlar wrote:On the other side of the world is a pretty vauge place to be located.
Here are my thoughts. Charlie is a tool. "He" is not a unit that is attuned. IT is the tool, the dish. That's Charlie's secret. That's what it doesn't want people to find out. If Stanly learns this, he will want it. If the RCC learns this, they will want it. And It, I think, wants Parson. If Charlie has to finally be used, why not the best mind out there. The only picture I remember seeing of Charlie, is the dish. There are no citys. It has no capitol. It has no lands. It has no other units than the Archons, it's "special unit" and units cost money, something Charlie can only get from others. Charlie has got to pay upkeep and has no other means to get schmuckers. If the dish is all about thinkamancy, then why can't it become sentient after so many years of sitting there thinking to itself.
Anyway, that's how I think of it, and will until proven otherwise.
As for Charlie being in trouble, I think it is. I just don't think it's scared. If nobody hires Charlie, Chralie can't pay upkeep. That would suck, but how long did the dish wait and plan to get to this point? Pretty sure it can do it again. Charlie is just playing all the angles again.
huh. I actually kinda like that. There seems to be about as much to support that theory as any other theory that's been come up with. and if there's one thing that is predictable about Rob's twists it's that they're unpredictable. At this point I would expect Charlie to be anything but what he is portrayed to be. I like the Charlie is a girl thing, but i think i like this one even more.
Couple of things that might (or might not) contradict this theory:
Maggie specifically refers to Charlie in the masculine tense, though the erfworlders may think he is male because that is what he wants them to think
His voice would seem to be masculine, being that this is text based we don't have any direct proof of that, but every character who has interacted with him has not made any indication that his voice sounds female... once again, his voice could sound this way because he's talking in people's heads and that's how he chooses to sound.
It's like that movie Contact, you know, the one where the chick contacts this super advanced Alien race and at the end they "choose" to appear to her as a human because it saves on special effects cos... er... that was what "would be easiest for her to see"? I'm sure Tv Tropes has a huge list of other examples of this, it's pretty common in the sci-fi/fantasy genre...
The one real big hitch in it as far as I can see is that we've never seen any other Arkentool use it's powers and special units on it's own. the Pliers didn't make their own Decrypted in Ansom's Control, So this theory relies on the premise that the Dish can pop it's special units with no wielder when the pliers cannot (at least not with an attuned wielder, and for the few seconds that it had no wielder)
Additionally the Plier's dont make their wielder a master class Croakamancer and dont seem to be a master class croakamancer in and of themselves, similarly while the hammer appears to allow Stanley to use some shockamancy, it doesn't make him a masterclass shockamancer... but again, we are dealing with a tool designed to allow a properly attuned wielder unrivaled power over thought... It seems to be like the current real world equivalent of the question: can a sufficiently powerful enough machine designed to think (well, calculate to be precise) become self aware? can an unparalleled thinkamancy artifact think?
all and all it's pretty far outside the box as far as theories go, but that doesn't mean anything, and it's got about as much supporting arguments, and holes in the theory as every other theory out there... I for one am kinda hoping it's right, I would be so utterly disappointed if Charlie was nothing more than homage to Charlie's Angles and was just a regular old erfworlder. I'm really pulling for Charlie to be anything but just a unit like Stanley... be it an outsider like parson, the dish itself, or something no yet speculated at...