El_Chupacabra wrote:I'm betting the deal between Charlie and Banhammer is:
Charlie gets all the cities and will raze all for Schmuckers -- including Wanda's graveyard. And gets his anonymous past back by contractually "blocking" others from discussing this while they live.
Banhammer gets to return to obscurity.
Charlie got the much, MUCH better deal, as it unfolds.
No, i doubt the deal works THAT favorably for Charlie. Jack stated that Charlie paid a high price to keep his secrets hidden. Whatever deal Banhammer struck with Charlie, its a deal that will cost him a lot.
That's not an unreasonable assertion.... But I'm thinking that Banhammer is not a skilled negotiator and Jack may be seeing the "high price" as something relatively high for a three-city side, but it's actually an actual bargain for a side that is an economic powerhouse with a "glass jaw" weak point -- a side that actually can afford to pay a "high price" to hide information may consider it a bargain in relative terms.
Maybe they split the razed cities, such that both reap an economic whirlwind. Half the cities might seem a "high price" to Jack for those secrets, but considering that if Banhammer simply returned his cities to obscurity with a little coin to show for the troubles, and with no power to actually divulge information on Charlie to other adversaries for a price, especially if the information was actually worth all the cities of Haffaton and then some.... Might be a bargain for Charlie and only a mild benefit for Faq, relatively speaking. We do see, after all, which side thrived in the Hundred-Turns after the fall of Haffaton.
Metaphorically, I'm thinking something akin to wargames where one country gives away knights technology to a small side tucked away in a small corner of the world, along with the income stolen from their biggest adversary, in exchange for the other half of that income, plus erasing knowledge that (I'm stretching here), that country cannot fortify their capitol city, ever. The small side may think, "Wow, they gave us knights and half the loot! Huge price paid just to not publish that info to the highest bidder!" Meanwhile, the country has an air force, tanks, and nukes. Plus, it can always drop a diplomatic hint to a tactically powerful, yet strategically incompetent, neighbor that perhaps they should search the local mountains.