A humanoid flying unit first seen in the service of Charlescomm. They are nearly all female, and often are dressed much like an airline stewardess from the 1960s. When preparing for dance fighting, they have dressed in a 1950s dance style. Archons are intelligent and have names (such as Jaclyn).
Archons are powerful spellcasters thanks to natural ability, but are not true Casters. They are also possessed of significant tactical and administrative skills. Archons bring powerful combat and support spells to their employers. Archons can detect the presence of spells that influence Units, including but not limited to Suggestion Spells and Veils.
Spells that Archons are known to have cast include:
- Thinkamancy: Thinkagrams
- Foolamancy: DDR trick and "Fireworks display" Erf-b1.5-p007
- Blast/energy spells (possibly shockmancy)
Under Charlie, Archons are mercenaries. Given that both the Arkenhammer and Arkenpliers have special Units associated with them (dwagons and decrypted respectively), it is likely that Archons have some special relationship to the Arkendish. As such, they will be overpowered (ie. unbalanced) relative to normal units.
Their changing "outfits" when preparing to dance-fight is likely an effect of their natural Foolamancy. It could also explain the 3 archons' blasts as being the same spell-like ability despite their different appearances. An alternate explanation would be that they were different levels and thus had access to different combat spells.
The decrypted Archons put on a giant fireworks display that included a large image of Stanley. This could have been Shockmancy (a damage spell) or Foolamancy (a spell that looked like it could damage, but couldn't), or even a combination of both. Whichever it was, all 28 Archons could create the fireworks, suggesting it is available at a very early level. Charlie may not have sent his lowest level Archons to Gobwin Knob due to the extreme danger of the place (one Archon had already died to Air Defenses), so it may not be available to Level 1 Archons.
Real World References
Charlie's Archons are a reference to a television series Charlie's Angels featuring 3 young women working as private investigators for their boss, Charlie, whose face is never seen on screen. The first appearance of a trio of archonsErf-b1-p042 shows them in the iconic silhouette pose from that show's title card.
Archons are a race of heavenly outsiders analogous to angels seen in the Dungeons & Dragons roleplaying game. The term "Archon" replaced the term "Angel" used in the earliest versions of D&D: this choice was made in response to complaints that the game's depiction of angels was disrespectful toward religious belief. ("Demon" and "Devil" were also renamed to purely invented terms in response to complaints that the depiction of demons and devils encouraged occultism.) Recent versions of D&D have quietly restored the original terms as these issues became less heated.
Connecting the two Real World References leads to the following progression: "Charlie's Angels" becomes "Charlie's Archons" under the marketing decision of TSR.