ManaCaster wrote:How is this supposed to counter the idea that Charlie surviving poison had a side effect that threatens his life?
All I know about Charlie surviving the poisoning is that he did it with Carnymancy and paid a terrible price. If I ever say anything that sounds like I know more than that, such as saying that it's not threatening his life, or it is threatening his life, consider it just wild speculation.
ManaCaster wrote:As to why it would be the only enemy worth fighting, let's say you were in Charlie's position minus the Carnymancy curse. He's more creative than any Erfworlder and has access to a powerful Arkentool. There's no challenge. It's kind of like playing a Real Time Strategy game with all the cheat codes turned on. He could wage war against other sides and conquer the world, but what's the point?
I see what you mean. He might
have meant that it was the only enemy worthy of his skills, but I have a hard time believing that based on the way he says it. In B0E81
, he's talking to Betsy and saying it as if it's also the only enemy worth fighting for her. Why would he say, "the only one worth fighting," instead of, "the only one worthy of me," if that was what he actually meant? It sounds to me like he means it is the only enemy worth fighting for anyone, some terrible mysterious threat to all of Erfworld that would destroy Betsy if she discovered it.
ManaCaster wrote:And why should it matter if his Carnymancy curse is only his enemy anyways?
It would matter because it would be very strange for Charlie to tell Betsy that his
curse is the only enemy that she
should fight. Also, what was Charlie's curse doing in Jillian's head? Even if he didn't mean his curse specifically but rather Carnymancy curses in general, there's been no other indication that either Jillian or Betsy had ever been exposed to Carnymancy. So if Charlie really was talking about Carnymancy curses, then it's our only evidence pointing to the truth that Jillian had been cursed by a Carnymancer at some point and the jester was a symptom of the curse. That seems pretty important.
ManaCaster wrote:The world and story themselves are a show that Carnymancy is manipulating, though I am unclear on what this has to do with the topic at hand. It feels like you're grasping at straws now.
I am grasping at straws. Unfortunately in the area of Carnymancy straws are all any of us have to grasp at. Carnymancy is so mysterious because there is so little evidence and even Carnymancers are unreliable sources. How can we ever learn about Carnymancy when the only Carnymancers we've met seem more interested in manipulating people and keeping secrets than in clearly explaining Carnymancy?