heyduck wrote:I don't think Charlie had anything to do with Saline's death, any idea that puts Charlie at the center of his demise is too convoluted for me to take seriously (Occam's razor); I can see why he would help destroy Faq but not kill Saline. Stanley is too dumb to have higher ambitions he seemed happy where he was, taming dwagons and being chief warlord; I'm in the camp that Wanda did it.
I disagree. I think it is entirely plausible to have Charlie be at the center of King Saline's demise. Here is a way I could see events unfolding.
1. Charlie wants to know if it is even possible for an attuned wielder of an arkentool to be destroyed.
2. He convinces the gobwins and hobgobwins of Gobwin Knob to end their alliance and croak King Slately so that Stanley, who is in the field, will disband and prove that arkentool wielders can be beaten.
3. The plan fails because Stanley had been promoted to heir designate and became an overlord instead of disbanding.
4. Charlie releases the hobgobwins and gobwins from their end of the bargain (with a clause that requires them to keep it secret if possible), and they rejoin Gobwin Knob.
I think this is one possible solution to the mystery because it includes Charlie trying to gain some valuable information (especially since he himself is an attuned wielder of an arkentool), it helps explain why Stanley has such a strong dislike of Charlie, and it explains why Vurp wouldn't tell Parson what happened with King Saline's downfall.