bladestorm wrote:Ansan Gotti wrote:Zeku wrote:Charlie's testimony would certainly be an interesting read, but it's hardly "evidence," and thus doesn't advance the case in a meaningful way. I think we (the readers) understand that both father and daughter are guilty of something, the only question being what that is.
Actually, it's absolutely evidence... it's direct (non-hearsay) testimony, which is often considered to be extremely powerful evidence in a court of law.
I am wondering if the "terrible price" that Charlie used to save his own life was to effectively merge himself with the Arkendish? This would mesh with some early theories posited about Charlie during Book One, and we now know that he did have a very strong attunement over a period of time, and this might also explain why he's never seen any more. In the Wizard of Oz, the Wizard was thought to be like a disembodied voice which was amplified by machinery, so the thematic elements would be similar.
Anyway, just a thought!
This is not evidence.
Charlie is a Carnimancer, who bends the rules to get his own desired outcome. If he lies to the court, they cannot hold him accountable. No one from Faq or Haffaton has the power to force Charlie to do anything. They also cannot verify his testimony anymore than they can verify Olive's non-hearsay testimony.
Wanda's trying really hard, but getting nowhere.
The only thing Charlie needs to do to completely bury the information about his past is to survive. The mechanics of Erfworld make is so that there is no passing down of information. Units are popped with the information they need to know; they don't have to be taught anything. The number of people who have any personal knowledge of Charlie is dwindling. Who's left from this court? Jillian, Wanda, Jack...nope, Loj... wait no again, umm.... So just Wanda and Jillian, both of which have been set up into positions where they can be eliminated. In fact, he could send Jillian after the Hammer. Wiping out the final two people who know anything about him would net him Arkentools. That's a win-win situation, especially if they wipe each other out.
You forgot Marie the Predictamancer. And who knows who else they might have told. I agree that time is on Charlie's side but consider this. Let's consider that he doesn't make any deal here counting on time to do his work for him. Well, however many turns in the future the present comic is from here Charlie has himself one hell of a problem because these folks survive. Notably Marie and Wanda. These are two people instrumental in the Summoning of Parson and therefore at the very heart of his problem. Seems to me like it would be advantageous for him to deal with them now in some way if he could! He can't know the specifics of as to how they could be a problem in the future but Charlie is savvy enough to know that this knowledge is better buried.
As to the question of trusting his testimony or not (if he agrees to give it in the first place and I don't see a lot of reason for him to do so) that's why we have a judge and jury. They have to decide the truth of what happened based on the testimony and evidence. I agree that none of this can really be verified under the circumstance of the trail. But so did the Judge and jurors when this trial began. Yet the trail is being held. So I guess they will hear the testimony and make a decision. Otherwise what are they doing?