BLANDCorporatio wrote:The other thing is the arken-link-up, whatever it may have been up to *cough*. The inconvenience for a one-turn link-up was what? That Archons felt a bit queasy about it? They had their orders, Charlie was out of commission for just the amount of time that it wouldn't have mattered (he did not actually miss that many turns and occasions to issue orders).
It was a TWO-turn blackout - the dish had been out of commission since yesterday - which explains why he can't cast KingWorld every turn. And since he's using the dish now, he's not linked, which means he can't cast it again for another three turns.
I think KingWorld might have been his test of a superweapon (and maybe also a test to see whether Fox Force Five could manage Charlescomm in his absence) so there's no reason he can't cast it every second or third turn from now on, or maybe experiment with other linked superweapons (note - Hilary said communication blackouts always put everyone in a bad mood, suggesting he may have engaged in other links in the past).
KingWorld has obvious drawbacks:
1) it takes the dish out of commission for 2-turns. His tower archons can manage his forces and mercenary contracts, but can they also provide his unlimited thinkagram services?
2) it's an extremely situational spell (like the zombie-cano was), and it requires a 1-turn lead time to cast, meaning that when you're linking up, you have to anticipate a future disposition of forces - if GK had decided to bypass Jetstone, or wait a turn to consolidate their ground forces, the effort would have been wasted (or postponed, with the result that Charlie would have spent an unnecessary turn with the dish blacked out)
3) if he decides to cast it continuously (i.e. every second turn), he can't manage Charlescomm directly. However, he can cast it semi-continuously (e.g. every third turn), and a take a turn de-linked after each casting to manage the aftermath. An added benefit (if he continues to work with Vanna) is that the linking should get easier each time.
1Luv wrote:I noticed that some people said that the ArkenDish inspires this kind of loyalty, and that's why it's disturbing/creepy/fake. But if the Arkendish was blacked out why does that fanatical love/like/loyalty still remain?
The dish probably creates that inherent loyalty at the moment of popping - I don't think it would require continuous upkeep.
gazes_also wrote: Archons are as devoted to Charlie as the Decrypted are to Wanda - could the Decrypts be tuned back to Charlie? Is that a trick he's keeping up his sleeve, they are a kind of sleeper agents without even being aware of it? Either that or will their heads will explode like fembots due to the internal conflict if they are ordered to attack Archons?
I don't think they'd be that conflicted - in the past Charlie has offered "full service" contracts which essentially gave archons to the client, and they may have been asked to fight other sides with hired archons.
Other interesting things we learn in this update are that Charlie did not need to be allied with Faq to link with Vanna (I wonder if he can do it to any caster, or, more likely, if the caster has to be willing/ordered to do so), and all these archon actions are occurring outside of GK battlespace (since in Maggie's update, GK's turn started at dawn). Also, Charlie can't directly intervene with archons in whatever's going down with Jillian/Tramennis/Ansom because his turn is over for the day, so he's supporting Jillian through Haggar instead.