my first reaction on seeing the last image of that update was total suprise, fear, and total awe at the powers Charlie will unleash on this world.
I think everyone on this thread is underestimating the effect of what we just saw.
Look at it this way: remember every possible toy people have wanted to to see parson invent? And every possible theory about how parson can use that toy to alter the balance of power? We now have clear evidence that Charlie has been secretly developing and stockpiling exactly those toys for DECADES, and they will probably work almost as well as we had hoped for.
From that final image, they have synthetic stock rifles, m16-style sight apertures, and multi-barrel anti-aircraft guns. if we assume that Charlie created those toys while in links with other casters, using images he was familiar with from earth, that means that Charlie has memories of earth as recent as 1960.
And looking at those rifles, they clearly have magazine wells designed to host detachable box magazines.
From this update: http://www.erfworld.com/summer-update-2 ... ration.png
, we know that charlie frequently hires casters from the magic kingdom for specific work, and has an excellent reputation there.
We also know that Charlie has 'Golems of various types, mostly cloth". And that the Archons who spoke to Parson apparently did NOT know about a massive stock of dollamancy items such as rifles or AA-guns, or they would have told him that. Which means Charley has been keeping very large secrets from his own archons.
Put it together, and we begin to see a VERY big problem.
Figure that the projectile from any crew-served weapon is equivalent to a magic blast. And based on King Slately's final air duel with the archons above jetstone, projectiles from personal weapons CAN be equivalent to low-level magic blasts, if they're designed that way.
I think we have to assume that every round of ammunition possessed by Charlie contains some form of magic 'juice', and has corresponding advantages in power, accuracy, or both.
The fundamental advantage of detachable magazines is that they are a STOCKABLE, DISPOSABLE, and EXCHANGABLE method to STORE ENERGY. Previously, casters were limited in what juice they could bring to a battlefield. individual casters had their personal juice for a turn, and that was it. Turnamancers could use two turns of juice at once. City towers could store multi-turn juice to use in air defense, but those were fixed defenses, and since casters weren't required to always spend leftover juice on strengthening the tower, there was probably an upper limit on how much juice a tower could hold.
Now, with detachable magazines, a single archon can theoretically fire a hundred turn's worth of juice in a single engagement. And if those firearms grant the archery special, she can probably fire across hexes.
At this point, I'm willing to argue that Charlie has almost certainly been hiring dollamancers and dirtamancers every day he could afford them, for at least a decade. He's probably been binding them to confidentiality agreements, then having them craft enough weapons to outfit his entire force... plus ammo. Decades of ammo. rechargable, transportable, exchangable, and storable ammo. Ammo bunkers that can store a thousand turn's worth of juice from a dollamancer, and be shipped to any combat front when needed.
Charlie could very easily have tanks, made from linkups with shockamancers+Dollamancers, with those same ammo advantages. He might have invented FUEL, allowing for unheard of ranges for self-propelled vehicles.
I'd say Parson is about to go from early-renaissance warfare to at LEAST WW1 warfare, in under a month. The existence of a fuel and ammo supply train could easily be an advantage sufficient to defeat wanda's decryption abilities. Anyone wanda turns is limited to whatever fuel and ammunition they were carrying when they were defeated: they instantly lose access to the supply train charlie has built up.