And I love that Charlie isn't apparently buying into any of this Titan mandate business - which fits in with his mercenary attitude. Who cares if they are royal or not, as long as the deliver the schumckers? Adds to his enigma even more, since he is the first one, other then Parson, to really express such ideas and notions. And I agree with those who suggested it - I don't think Charlie actually hates Parson, but he knows he has a real opponent in him and he has his game face on.
And to kill a tool... he probably wouldn't kill himself, which leaves Wanda or Stanley... or the yet to be revealed fourth Arkentool and its wielder. With Charlie's contacts far afield of this conflict maybe he knows something about that.
Menlo Marseilles wrote:Please don't take this the wrong way, but given all the foregoing speculation ITT I feel the need to post this.
Charlie is an epileptic tree? Or a unique gump...
An interesting theory, it would explain a great deal.
I like Charlie.
So do I, he's one of my favorite characters. Unknown as he is.
gaiaswill wrote:I am not so keen on the idea of there being ANY Big Bad at all.
I suspect the Tardy elves personally. Why are they always late? Because they are so busy plotting eviiiil.
The fact that there was no such "hold on, what did you say?" reaction from Charlie proves that he was popped in Erfworld just like everybody else, and Parson really is totally alone there.
Well Charlie might also be good at hiding things and not being tripped up.
Which reminds me - I wonder if Jillian has shared what she knows about Parson's origin with anyone? When Wanda finished questioning her she was telling her about the ultimate warlord spell Stanley had her cast... perhaps in her conversations with Charlie the subject of the brain behind the destruction of the RCCI came up and Jillian put it together.
noxharrington wrote:If he doesn't feel compelled to work towards the same goals as the other Arkentool users, then what IS the mandate, exactly?
Maybe there is no mandate, and Charlie just accepts rulers will claim that something about them makes them more worthy and the Titans want them to be on top. Royals believe it because they are royals, some who attune to Arkentools believe it because they can attune to Arkentools...
Just like in real world terms there was the divine right of kings, until people said decided they could pack that in. Still, maybe Charlie doesn't worry either way, if there is or isn't a mandate, or what it is, as long as it doesn't interfere with what he wants to do. With the "royal mandate" at least he had plenty of work. Wanda style Toolism is saying it will change the world.
Tyris wrote:B) On the other hand, it means the same for Charlie. Killing a Tool such as Stanely or Wanda will hoist him by his own petard, since it will prove that Tools can be beaten--which means Charlie HIMSELF can thus, obviously, be defeated.
Why? Charlie has been around, and doing what he does, for some time. With his Arkentool. The rise of "Toolism" is a recent occurrence as it is now, yet Charlie hasn't been targeted by the royals before, who have been running on the royal mandate since seemingly forever. I'd say it is because he makes himself useful while not being a threat.
BLANDCorporatio wrote:What Unaroyal did was not scorched Earth, but rather sepukku (spelling?). Nobody will follow that particular example until Wanda's at the gates.
It probably doesn't really qualify as either, though it has more in common with a very late scorched earth tactic (she did everything she could to ensure there were no resources of any kind to be had at the very end).
Infidel wrote:I don't know necessarily that it's really hatred. Parson and Charley are both competent and like to shoot the breeze even while going against each other. That's pretty common in games too. And it's also pretty common to get pissed at the other during the course of game-play. Certainly in multi-player games I've told my opponents I hated them when they did something sufficiently sneaky or otherwise detrimental to my pet projects.
That's the way I see them as well. I can even imagine Charlie "logging off" feeling annoyed before having a laugh and thinking about how he'll get one over Parson next time.