BLANDCorporatio wrote:That assumption (first test) is the first thing on this topic in this thread that makes a crazy amount of sense. At first.
Wanda got uber-powerful by attuning to a Tool. This event we got to see, it was in Erf-time fairly recent, and she developped that power well.
How long has Charlie had a) the ArkenDish and b) a good reputation in the Magic Kingdom? Given these two basic ingredients, it is hardly implausible that Charlie would try link-experiments. Indeed, he probably did, if this update is any indication.
So he may (and I say, SHOULD) have stumbled on Turnamancer links, or any other nifty ability, sooner. He wouldn't be at the testing phase now, at least for other things. If he has already tested, powerful spells in the arsenal, now would be a good time to use them. Or, way back when Unaroyal was besieged.
I think a third basic ingredient would be c) guidance and/or motivation to do so.
Until the zombie-cano, caster links seem to have been used for: creating magic items (Charlie has the Arkendish and an army of dollamancers - why would he need anything else?); recon and strategy (Charlie can process (and intercept?) all the thinkagrams on Erf, and he has scouts and spies everywhere); and construction and city maintenance (Charlie already has an awesome-looking lvl 5 with lethal defenses). Especially considering the cost - it would tie up the dish, reducing his telecom income - from a simple cost-benefit perspective there would have been no incentive to experiment with links.
With the zombie-cano, Parson may have introduced a new concept into Erfworld: a weaponized trimancer. Now that the potential of a magical "superweapon" had been demonstrated, Charlie would have an actual incentive to experiment (which he might have been doing - it would account for the prior dish blackouts), and the few battles Charlie's been engaged in since tBfGK would have been opportunities to deploy and test his experimental weapon systems.
Also, ingredient b) is insufficient - beyond a good reputation in the MK, what Charlie needs is a willing caster located in the right hex. You're not going to test your a-bomb in the particle physics lab where you develop it (the MK) - you need a desert test site far from civilization. Charlie couldn't interfere at Unaroyal because Queen Bea didn't trust him and probably wouldn't have ordered/authorized a link with Vanna, and if Charlie had sent mercenary casters through the Unaroyal MK portal to help out, it would have been tantamount to an act of war (assuming the casters weren't instantly croaked).
I like Charlie's new power, from a plot perspective. After tBfGK, you had one major superpower on Erf - GK - that was all set to stomp over everyone else. Now you have two superpowers who've conducted successful nuke tests, and you get to watch them engage in a cold war.