0beron wrote:I think that Erflings are prejudiced. Croakamancers seem almost universally reviled, and Carnies universally distrusted. Granted, very few know Charlie is a Carny, but perhaps his behaviors betray him in a way. People presumably dislike Carnies on sight because they dislike the behaviors Carnies are stereotyped for...so it would follow that seeing Charlie exhibit some of those same traits would lead to people disliking him without knowing he's a Carny.
It could also be because of the boop they are popped with. Sort of like the theory that royals are popped with a sense of their own superiority over non royals as one of the (many) reasons conflict on erfworld is build into the system. Units may pop with in instinctive sense that makes them uncomfortably around croakamancers, and distrust carneymancers. Probably a form of Natural Signamancy. And another reason for Charlie to communicate through Avatars. His shape resets so often, there is no time for the long term signamancy set in and mark him as one of those shifty carnies
0beron wrote:It could also be partially jealousy. Think about it...Charlie is older than any known unit still living presently, and Charlescomm would appear to be the oldest side still standing. So obviously he is wildly successful....and he's doing it with just a 'Tool and a single city. Even if there's no other basis for it, other sides have to look at that and say "He's gotta be evil, nobody could be that successful and still adhere to honorable conduct".
Don't think it's jealousy, but the opposite. First, most don't know of his past as the Wizard, and hence his great age. Also willingly having only one city (what the field Archons believe) is not widely known, and if known would likely be held against him.
ftl wrote:But aside from that, Charlie seems different because he's *mysterious*. As far as anyone knows, he literally does not have any friends. You could hire him for long-term contracts for years and years and he'd backstab you any day for the right price. Every other side - you know their deal.
Also this. Charlie does not cultivate friends, so he has no friends. Charlie does not give breaks (at least publicly) so he is not given breaks. Also he is a side like no other. He is a mercenary side, but not even like other mercenary sides; he is only shown to field one (very powerful) type of unit. And charges more than other mercenaries. He is also like the the magic kingdom, with the telecom services. Even has a Caster ruler, which the MK does not. Then there is the Dish. Yes this is a side that to all outside appearances, is doing very well. But it is doing it in a way very different than the traditional side. When someone lives a visibly different lifestyle than you, and is visibly doing better then you, the provincial don't get jealous, they get confused, or upset, or angry. Jealousy would be a step up.
Personally, I don't think Charlie is Evil, I think he is damaged. I think Olive's betrayel really fu*ked him up. I think he believes he has got reasons for all the shit he is pulling. Real reasons, because he is Parson smart, not Stanley stupid. But those reasons are colored by his damage. Which is one of the reasons he can't just thinkagram Parson and say his reasons why he thinks Stanley/Wandas "plan" is a bad idea.