Ditto wrote:Note the giant gem that Slately received via his crown's hatmagic several pages ago, which poofed when he pronounced Tram the heir. I'm not certain exactly what Charlie's part in this was, but it wasn't the money just then.
I'm pretty sure the money in the hat was the bounty Charlie paid for the archons. I don't know if he was magically bound to keep his word, but he probably would have needed to provide the means to promote Tramennis to heir before Slately would have considered the rest of the risky venture. Plus, Charlie is pretty concerned about his reputation. He would have made good on his bounty promise for that reason alone.
On the other hand, I'm not sure what Charlie's role is in what's going on now. Does Slately need Charlie before he can switch capitols for some reason? Maybe for more money? Maybe Charlie was waiting to make sure Parson was actually through the portal before contacting Slately. Don't want to trigger the trap too early, after all.
I certainly wouldn't put it past Charlie to double-cross Slately and just leave him hanging. But I get the feeling he still plans to use Slately for something. Otherwise, it'd be easier to just ignore his call rather than answer and tell him to "please hold".