BarGamer wrote:Personally, I think Charlie's a sociopath. He's very friendly, very manipulative, totally selfish, and shows no empathy whatsoever, as far as I can tell.
No, I don't think Charlie is any more of a sociopath than any other ruler, or unit, in Erfworld. Charlie is just a bit better at being practical and calculating the odds than most other rulers. Charlie doesn't let his emotions or his ideology cloud his judgment. He doesn't have any pre-conceived ideas about royals or titanic mandates to muck things up. The fact that he knew, and seemed to care about, Jaclyn when she was croaked points to a rather normal emotional state. More normal than many current rulers, in fact.
Also note that Don King a couple of updates ago more-or-less confirmed that Charlie is not royal. Interesting that out of three known Arkentools, all three are attuned to non-royals.
My take on how Charlie knows about the link which uncroaked the GK volcano: In games terms, the Arkendish gives Charlie "natural thinkmancy" rolls to get intelligence on other factions. Charlie just made his roll, and knows what the trap was. In story terms, it's probably more subtle. Charlie thinks about it, uses the Arkendish, and then can "figure out" what other factions are doing. It's probably a thing that is only available on a subsequent turn, so Charlie can't know what factions are doing as they do it (that would be too powerful), but can know after it's done. Hence, turn 2 after GK.
Hmm, anyone else notice that we're measuring time based on GK, like years since Christ?
it?" Dan, I'm not a Republic serial
villain. Do you seriously think I'd explain my master-stroke
if there remained the slightest chance of you affecting its outcome?
I did it thirty-five minutes ago.
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