Omnimancer wrote:I think it's similar to when Charlie contacted Parson, offering to stay out of the fight against Stanley in exchange for mathamancy predictions. Charlie made a deal, saw an opportunity to screw his client by making a second deal, and took it.
Book 1 - Page 105 wrote:CharlsNChrg: I'll just tell Ansom I'm there "to assist if necessary."
CharlsNChrg: Don't laugh, Champ. It might be true.
Charlie was completely upfront with Parson about that. He took a contract from Parson to not croak Stanley, and Charlie honored that contract. When Ansom had his tender bits in a vice, Charlie took the opportunity to bail him out, just like he told Parson he might. Charlie is a great villain, and I'm continually impressed by how well Rob is able to balance him so that he's a bastard, yet he always honors all his obligations.
Gathrun wrote:And that's why they were pushing for an heir to be popped. But how now to have someone else take over a side without destroying it?
Or is this the end of the story, the main point of it having been played out?
Well, early in Book 2, there was discussion of a side converting. The speculation was that if you turn a side's heir and then croak its ruler, the side would convert to that which the heir is now loyal. Still, Homekey does not possess an heir, so that isn't an option. Still, there was another possibility.
Lord Crush - Part 3 wrote:Most of those unfortunate people had known their end was near. Rulers usually made some final gesture of defiance (spending their treasury on city upgrades), or desperation (hiring natural allies, casters, or mercenaries) or capitulation (signing a contract of surrender). But Crush was only looking for cases where the side hadn’t been aware of their imminent demise. He’d gathered up a stack of good examples to hold onto.
The contract of surrender is what I think Creen has in mind, especially considering his comment about a "civilized transfer of power." I imagine if both Posbrake and Creen sign a treaty in which Posbrake abdicates the throne in favor of Creen, Creen would become King of Homekey, and the side as a whole would be otherwise unaffected, at least until Creen starts making changes as the ruler. Of course, that's only a guess.
As for the story itself, I'm certain it isn't over. Doug donated for a story both for the Erfworld Year of the Dwagon Kickstarter and the Erfworld Battle Crest Lapel Pins Kickstarter, plus he rented Rob for a day during the E is for Erfworld Kickstarter. Anyway, Rob and Doug agreed to one novella-size story in lieu of two shorter stories. Part of the reward is a drawing of the character. Much like the Lord Crush story, that drawing will probably be part of the last update, but there is one unknown. Since Doug donated for two stories, he is technically entitled to two character sketches. I have no idea if he and Rob discussed this, or what they may have decided if they did. Anyway, it isn't over until we see at least one picture of Digdoug. It may not end until we see two.
Okay, a few more random thoughts, then I'll shut up.
Book 1 - Page 130 wrote:CharlsNChrg: When you're working for Charlescomm, you'll learn. We prefer to play games that don't even contain a losing outcome. You see?
This is the epitome of Charlie the mercenary, at least prior to the Battle of Gobwin Knob. Whatever ends up happening in the story, Charlie is going to win. The simplest outcome is that the archons support Prince Creen during this regime change, collect their money and go home, but that's probably too obvious and boring. There's probably yet another twist coming, but, whatever it is, Charlie is going to win. There, however, is another side to Charlie. There is Charlie the Wizard, who is willing to pay outrageously to protect tiny secrets, who is so paranoid that he only has archons and golems and one level-5 city with murderous defenses. Also, this is Digdoug's story. I think, whatever happens, Digdoug will, in the end be the hero. Finally, Rob seems to be linking these donor stories with the main plot. With Lord Crush, he had Crush's book on alliances, with I suspect will end up in King Tramennis's or Parson's hands. Somewhere in this thread, and I apologize that I can't remember who, someone said that the only thing Homekey had to negotiate with is King Posbrake, but I do think they have one other asset--Digdoug. Specifically, they have his lightning trap. I think the second Charlie sees that, he'll be very interested in it; interested enough to work every extant loophole in his contract with Delkey in Homekey's advantage to acquire it. I don't think Charlie with breach his contract, at least not anymore than he did croaking the hippo-crates, but he might not be as vigorous supporting Prince Creen as he could have been. I don't know how it's going to work, but I'm thinking Homekey and King Posbrake will survive, but the cost will be Digdoug building a lighting trap at the capital of Charlescomm, probably linked to the stormiest hex in all of Erfworld. It will certainly make his murderous defenses much more so.
Of course, we all know how my last Prediction about this story went. Anyway, I promised to shut up, so I'll do that, now.