joosy wrote:Also, hopefully there is some retconning of this update so that Jillian forgets about this encounter as this little trial is how Charlie 'knew about FAQ at all."
Well, if you want to talk about retconjuring something, I found odd the following two pieces of "info".
Charlie as a carnymancer
“Between their domains stood the side of el-Efbaum, with this emerald city as its capital. It also was ruled by a caster, a Carnymancer. At the time, he only allowed himself to be called ‘The Wizard.’ You would know him as Charlie.”
Jillian shook her head. Carnymancy. Nice. Hating Charlie suddenly seemed a little more justified now. It did explain a lot about him, though.
Charlie as a Thinkamancer
“He’s a Thinkamancer, right? Kind of? I guess.” Jillian bit her lip. There were things you knew you shouldn’t say, even as you felt the words coming out of your mouth. “I don’t know what he is. But he does Thinkamancy. And I think he was trying to...remove a distraction. From me.”
Supposedly, when Jillian was talking to Ansom and said that Charlie was a Thinkamancer, she already knew about Wanda saying Charlie was a Carnymancer.
A possible explanation for this would be that Jillian was trying to avoid giving Ansom that piece of information (about Charlie being a Carny).
But another possible explanation I fancy mainly due to all the information Wanda and Jack seemed to have had about Charlie that would have been very useful to Parson and due to Parson's actions it seemed he didn't have is that somehow, a good part of what happened in Book 0 (specially everything related to Charlie) has been erased from the memories of the witnesses of all we are learning from this Book. And if that is really the case, I hope we will learn about that at the end of Book 0.
Also I recall someone saying something about paying the price to come back from the dead (don't remember if it was in this or other thread) and I found this at the beginning of Book 0.
Ask any Mathamancer; they know. To live is to stand on one side of an equation, which must equal zero in the end. There is a price, a cost in Numbers, to be paid for staying alive.
Zero is a balance, an equilibrium. Zero is a flat country, neither far away nor near. You can travel there any time, at the cost of your life. And perhaps, if someone were to pay the price to the exact number, you could even return again.
That Mathamancers often say such things, and nod to one another soberly, is thought to be why they tend to keep to their own company. No-one knows what to say to them. Each discipline of magic has its own special insight into cosmic truths. Few casters doubted what was said of the Numbers Axis, but even fewer understood.
I want to think Charlie's big secret (or at least one of his big secrets) has to do with this. Somehow he knew what was the exact number and paid the price. I also want to think something similar is what Jojo did for Sylvia. Somehow he talked Charlie into learning what was that "exact number" and had Charlie paid the price (so Jojo is probably "eternally" in debt with Charlie).