Pohsib wrote:My guess is that the still figure in the tower is Wanda's uncroaked brother, kept in some form of permanent stasis which prevents his body from de-popping, but basically makes him no better than a tree (thus referencing in irony his previous fear of becoming such a tree). He'd have no stats as he'd have no greater combat purpose than a statue. She might've hidden him here in some dingy level 2 city to prevent Olive from finding out she's kept him around.
I'd prefer this. It fits with the creepy vibe and this would be a rubbish way to reveal Charlie's identity. That should definitely be main update.
Plus, we know Charlescomm exists and does mercenary work, so that suggests Charlie has already developed his survival strategy, and him revealing himself in person in some other sides city doesn't seem to fit with that. I guess something could happen to him here that convinces him to go into hiding but I'm not sure. There wasn't any sign of an odd relationship between Jillian and Charlie in the present was there? It would maybe explain why Charlie is being so direct with her, but even if this is Charlie, I don't think she can find that out now, otherwise she would have told people or referenced it towards him?
The only other theory would be that there were other imperfect warlords before Parson and Haffaton were experimenting with them.. Haffaton have been pretty non-standard in tactics and seem to be very successful, so maybe they've been leaning on brought in warlords. Maybe Parson's creation was the culmination of a lot of schemes formed at this time in the world. Haffaton were experimenting with hippiemancy, peace etc and trying to summon people from the other side of the vale (possibly an upkeep thing?) Maybe a bit madscience, which is where Wanda come inAnd then we have the non-violence of Faq and the thinktanks of their casters, and when the side combines they take the motives and predictamancy of one and combine it with the research of the other...