Hell yeah Charlie is playing a drone not originally written into the module.

We’ve all been there, you start the adventure and through a series of unfortunate circumstances, a player character dies suddenly and is left there to sit through the rest of the session(s) without a character to play. It’s never fun. It is a part of the game but in that circumstance it’s never fun. Some DMs have a hard time watching it happen. I know I do. In these moments, concessions must be made to keep the player in the game.

As for Pop’s and his meta-game knowledge? Keep reading.