multilis wrote:Here is a guess: FAQ works for Charlie to help get rid of Haff;
Charlie then works to get rid of FAQ using intel he gained working with them.
Jillian makes it clear in book one that Charlie has no idea where FAQ's old city sites were, hence why she couldn't reveal that information over thinkagram. That makes it unlikely he would be hiring them to do anything, since he shouldn't know they are in a position to want to remove Haffaton...
Jill's bluff may change that.
For example Haff may contact Charlie asking questions, Charlie strings them along hoping to sell info later, then contacts FAQ trying to get info to sell to Haff or some other advantage. (Lots of people would know how to contact FAQ in order for FAQ to sell mercenary services, Charlie would know more about his competition than almost anyone else)
Or process may start at FAQ in order to cover the bluff, they contact Charlie. Haff believing FAQ is working for Charlie has been shown as a reusable "get out of jail free card", and FAQ may wish to keep it that way.
Just because Jill thinks Charlie doesn't know, doesn't mean he doesn't know or have good idea. Stanley did have easy time with getting dragons on way to FAQ, Charlie is good at manipulating wild goblins against GK so also may be able to manipulate wild dragons. Charlie may have spied on the Wanda/Stanley first contact.