The Charmspeak Theory
In which we discuss Piper McLean, Jason Grace, and the possibility that Piper is charmspeaking Jason–subconsciously or not–just enough to influence him to stay with her yet not enough to change his mannerisms and such.
Contains factual questioning of Jasper and minor-with-a-few-major spoilers for people who haven’t read most of the Heroes of Olympus series. (Also, sorry to mobile users, this is going to be really long.)
As stated before, this obviously contains factual (meaning ‘as non-biased as possible’) questioning of Jasper. If you’re a hardcore Jasper shipper who really doesn’t want to deal with OTP doubts being implanted in your mind, TURN AROUND NOW. If you do, don’t give me flack for the doubts and such. I gave you a very clear-cut warning.
To the ones that stuck around, hello. It’s a pleasure to see you. Be prepared, this is a long thing. It’s almost as long as the Pixar theory; about three hundred words shy in its more professional form, actually. I know I’ve given it a lot of hype on Twitter and I’m proud to say that it’s finally here, albeit a bit late.
First off, let’s review charmspeak, just for those who need and/or want a refresher course. Charmspeak’s basically an easy way of talking someone into doing something, no matter how big the request. However, it will wear off and the charmspoken won’t remember what xe was told to do. Its strength relies on the emotion and tone of the user’s voice, along with the user’s level of skill with it. Most born with it don’t realize they’ve been using it until they get to camp.
Now, the actual thing.
- Ever since the first chapter of TLH, we’ve known that Piper’s a charmspeaker (even if we didn’t know what they were called). What other demigod ability allows the user to talk people into giving them cars?
- Jasper, Jiper, Pipason, or whatever you call Jason/Piper? Based on a complete and utter lie. Hera put Jason on that bus and manipulated the Mist to make everyone with mortal blood think Jason had been there the entire time. Piper happened to score the girlfriend role. Everything Piper knows about Jason at the pre-TLH, all her memories with him in them—a thousand cleverly-spun lies. This would make Piper extremely insecure. Hell, that would make anyone insecure. And that insecurity is what we’re calling a motive.
- Piper’s rEALLY POSSESSIVE OF JASON. LIKE SHE FUCKING PUT KATOPTRIS TO DREW’S THROAT AND SAID—CHEERFULLY AND SMILING, MAY I ADD—
- “Don’t even look at Jason Grace. He may not know it yet, but he’s mine. If you even try to make a move, I will load you into a catapult and shoot you across Long Island Sound.”
- On top of that, she brings up the fact that Aphrodite said she could sense possibilities a few pages later. “And Piper was determined to make those possibilities real.” Don’t tell me she’s just “clingy.” She’s borderline yandere (Japanese equivalent to Overly-Attached Girlfriend). She’s determined to make Jason hers, and it seems she’s shooting for forever.
- This could be more of a theory itself, but Piper obviously knows a lot about Greek mythology due to The King of Sparta; she proved she knew about Jason and the Argonauts in the fight with Medea. The original Jason abandoned his datefriend. They’re on a ship named after the original Argo with a hero named after the original Jason. Along with that, Percy’s namesake never broke up, abandoned, or killed his datefriend; Percy would never do any of those to Annabeth. Piper could possibly think history could be repeating itself on the Argo. Another motive: check.
- Jason never seems to doubt his relationship with Piper when she’s around. Correct me if I’m wrong, but doesn’t the person with doubts about a relationship tends to doubt it the most when xe’s actually with xir datefriend? Jason being doubtless while with his girlfriend sounds about as normal as ice not melting when dumped on lava to me. Couple this with the fact that charmspeak will wear off and the charmspoken forget what they were told to do. This should be self-explanatory.
- In MoA (p152), Piper wonders if Aphrodite was influencing Jason because “his apology seemed too good to be true.” If it seems too good to be true, it most likely is. So Jason probably is being influenced. But is it really Aphrodite? This doesn’t seem like a thing Aphrodite would do to “spice up” their relationship. I mean, she’s meddled with so many relationships (most notably Percabeth and Paris/Helen); an apology is too small to be Aphrodite’s style. So the only other plausible option is that Piper really doesn’t realize she’s charmspeaking him.
- Again, in MoA (p316), the book says Piper is constantly second-guessing not just her relationship with Jason, but everything she knows about Jason Grace as well. Then Jason brings up Reyna and badabing, badaboom, Piper’s already unstable security just flies out the window. This all shows she’s very insecure when it comes to Jason.
- MoA (p348): Piper accidentally charmspeaks Jason while telling him about her plan to keep the Horn of Plenty from Heracles. She doesn’t even realize she’s charmspeaking him until she notices the look on Jason’s face: utterly dazed … or, rather, hypnotized. This proves she’s capable of accidentally charmspeaking anyone and everyone.
- In HoH, Jason explains to the crew aboard the Argo II that Reyna contacted him via dream message and said she’d expect him to go to a certain place on their way to the House of Hades. Piper leans in and asks him where that place is. Jason—dazed, confused, and barely able to think straight—just says “A … uh, a town called Split.” Piper repeats the town’s name thoughtfully and, with no warning whatsoever, notices that Piper smells like blooming honeysuckles. On the very next page, and I quote, “Jason wondered if Piper was working some kind of Aphrodite magic on him–like maybe every time he mentioned Reyna’s name, she would befuddle him so much he couldn’t think of anything but Piper.”
No, but really, it’s so obvious, a rock could figure it out. That’s exactly what charmspeak does to the mind; it leaves the charmspoken dazed, confused, and only able to think of the charmspeaker. Jason’s behavior here fits all three symptoms. “Was Jason charmspoken to get his mind off Reyna and back on Piper?” BABY, YOU’RE AS RIGHT AS A NINETY-DEGREE ANGLE.
- Page 285 of HoH is the start of one of the most surprising plot twists in PJO/HOO history. Yep, it’s the Cupid scene.
(You Give Love a Bad Name by Bon Jovi was written for Cupid and no one can convince me otherwise.)Cupid mentions something to Jason that probably would’ve had him floored had he not already been on the floor: “You’ve found true love, after all. Or do you still doubt youself?” This statement can be taken a gazillion ways, but let’s say he’s talking about Jason doubting his relationship with Piper. Jason has been doubting their relationship for quite a while now. So why hasn’t he woken up and realized that, hey, these doubts probably mean they weren’t meant to be? Either he’s denser than a briar patch or there’s something keeping him from breaking it off. Let’s see here, what is this theory all about? Piper charmspeaking Jason—subconsciously or not—into keeping the relationship going. Seeing as charmspeak can make someone do anything, from a little thing like apologizing to willingly jumping off a cliff; staying with a datefriend isn’t out of the question.
So yeah. There it is. The charmspeak theory. I hope you got something out of it. I know it isn’t the best theory out there but I put my heart and soul into it.
If you have anything to add or a question to ask, don’t be afraid to ask/tell me! I’d honestly love it. I’ll track #charmspeak theory if you want to make a separate post about it, but please tag so I can make sure I’ll see it if you make a separate post. I want to reblog them OwO
I’ll probably make a separate post later with a compare/contrast thing of Jason’s behavior around Piper to charmspoken beings, including demigods, the Boreads, monsters, and gods. Again, this will be filed under #charmspeak theory.
Thanks to Tara for helping me with all the page numbers when I didn’t have the books and being my back-up hard drive when I forgot something, PJOTwitter for just overall everything—this actually wouldn’t have existed without them, and, of course, Rick Riordan; if he’d dropped PJO at The Last Olympian, it would be another cause of this theory to not exist. Also, thanks to you, reader, who stuck around long enough to get to this sentence.