Tyris wrote: Yeah, I mean, it's almost like the Arkentools WANT to be found by those who can attune to them. The hammer needed someone willing to use it in direct combat, so it fell to a warrior type who could put it to use. The Arkenpliers needed a Croakamancer, so they exhibited the ability to annihilate uncroaked... so that anyone who WASN'T a Croakamancer would think to use the untuned pliers to DEFEAT Croaks... thus, luring them closer to plier's ultimate goal.
Um, except we never saw the hammer or the pliers leading armies on their own. Or doing anything on their own. They are instruments of fate, but it dosn't mean they actually talk to people, or lead armies.
Neah, I think that basically every other theory ever proposed makes more sense, including the "Charley is a giant tuna" theory.
If Charley WERE the Arkendish, he (I'll use the male pronoun in this case for ease of use) would be almost totally focused on making friends with and luring in the most manipulative, cunning, unusual, and skilled tactician/strategist he could POSSIBLY find. Someone who stands head and shoulders over most other Erfworlders, someone who can think in ways most can't even conceive of to further exploit the hidden powers of its Thinkamancy applications.
Ok, but that dosn't actually explain anything ELSE Charley did. And if you think Charley's main goal in book 1 was to befriend Parson, then most of his actions don't make sense; like, for example, when he backstabbed Parson for money.
For the record, I'm one in the "I think Charley's either a really cunning Erfworlder or another Earthling" camp, not in the "He's the dish, duh!" camp. But the latter DO have some good points, and if you think about it logically, what with Arkentools WANTING to be tuned for whatever reason, it wouldn't be too farfetched to see the disk wanting to amplify the most cunning, creative mind it can find.
If Fate had decreed that Parson was to end up with the Arkendish, then it would happen, somehow. But that usually seems to work by "The previous holder suddenly dies while standing in front of Parson, due to coincidence", not the dish raising armies of angels to do...stuff, or whatever.