Alright, fine.. squash my pet theory =p. (i will make one final stab: wanda says that to the best of her knowledge there seems to be no limit to how many units she can decrypt, and we have not been told of a limit on the number of dwagons that Stanley can tame. however, it bears pointing out that both of those abilities have limits hard coded into them: the number of croaked units, and the number of dwagons respectively present in a certain area. charlie's "pimp my thinkamancy" arkendish has no such hard limit - thus it seems like it probably should have some form of limiting factor. why money and not 'juice'? just based on the fact that the arkenpliers don't seem to use up wanda's croakamancy juice)
As to Charlie's character, I'm not at all arguing that it's a tragic case of him desperately wanting to side with the non-Royals (or the Royals, or the giant marshmallows in the sky, or whatever), but not being able to because of his dependency on schmuckers. I'm just going backwards. What are mercenaries? Soldiers belonging to a side which needs money more than - or needs more money than can be obtained through - regular everyday warrin'. That covers "yo it's 16th century Europe, I'll lend you my army if you give me money" kind of mercenaries.
The other kind are the "guns for hire to the highest bidder" kind, which care much more about money then they do about ideology, and are generally portrayed as the jaded ex-soldier "when i was young i thought i was fighting for something", but now I know everyone is the same, Rambo- style mercenaries. This latter type is more what I see Charlie as being, but both kinds value money over anything other than survival (Charlie also hearts magic items, but you can easily see how he could've used the mathamancy bracer to make more money).
So, i ask myself, why the insistence on money? it comes up again and again with Charlie. TV as well, but less so. this is a story, after all, and though chekov's gun isn't a hard and fast rule, if one of the characters in the play keeps staring at the gun on the wall..you can probably safely bet it's gonna become important at some point (Though knowing rob, it's equally likely that it's going to be fired as it is that there's a whole whack-load of cocaine down the barrel, or ferrets, or something... cocaine ferrets)
Winged wrote:As you said we know almost nothing about him, but to assume that must mean he is powerful is like finding a weirdly shaped rock in your yard and assuming it is dangerously radioactive
Maggie pretty much told Parson that Charlie's radioactive, and time and time again he puts people into a corner in order to get more money out of them, but none of these people say "well fine, if that's how you wanna deal, maybe we'll march on your capital next" so we must assume he is a force to be reckoned with at least on par with the other 'big' powers.
"You mustn't think me vain if you catch me glancing at my reflection in the mirror. I do it solely to remind myself what I look like - and that I should never stop trying to compensate for it"