Mikalyaran wrote:I'm looking forward to the next epilogue and find out more about what the high price Charlie paid to keep his secrets. I hadn't considered that he had perhaps simply paid money or made some other agreement with FAQ after the fall of Haffaton.
I think the price was more than mere shmuckers! For a long time I've been wondering what amazing secret Jack might know that Wanda would be so eager to tell Parson, but now I realize that there is no amazing secret. Jack only tells Parson the secrets that have already been revealed in Book 0, and since Olive is dead there won't be any more revelations about Charlie. The whole reason that Wanda wants to tell these seemingly trivial secrets to Parson is the fact that Charlie was willing to pay an enormous price to prevent those secrets from leaking. That alone is enough to convince Wanda they must be very important secrets, but she doesn't know why
they are important.
What kind of price would be so shockingly high? Is merely providing shmuckers to rebuild Faq shocking? Maybe, but it doesn't seem like enough. Instead I suspect that Faq will get plenty of shmuckers for that from razing Efbaum. Faq will fly back to where they came from and Jillian will take care of whatever small occupying force Haffaton left in those cities; they'll be frozen now, so she can take her time. Then Faq will be surprised to find that veiled archons have followed them back to their hidden kingdom and there will be an epic battle of some sort, and the harder Charlie fights the more convinced everyone will be of the importance of those secrets.
At least, that would make a fun climax to Book 0, but unfortunately it doesn't really make sense because Charlie would have no way to prevent casters from escaping into the Magic Kingdom with his secrets, unless he somehow takes the battle into the Magic Kingdom. Perhaps part of the price he paid was calling in favors and burning bridges in the Magic Kingdom as part of his campaign to wipe out Faq.
Mikalyaran wrote:Perhaps he agreed to help hide FAQ and restore their Kingdom.
I think Faq would actually prefer to not
have Charlie know where they are.