oslecamo2 wrote:He parleys only as a distraction while he prepares to deliver another blow. Like he did right now. Sending Ossomer to parley did bought Hamster several precious moments to put his plan in motion. But he never intended for a peacefull settlement. Crushing Jetstone is still his main objective.
Parson has repeatedly mentioned diplomacy as a viable strategy. He wanted to negotiate with Charlie but Stanley wouldn't allow it (or more accurately, Wanda told Parson that Stanley wouldn't allow it -- I have my suspicions about her honesty, but that's another thread). He also mentioned diplomacy, where feasible, as preferable to fighting (see http://www.erfworld.com/book-1-archive/?px=%2F124.jpg). The only reason Parson completely disregarded parlay in this case is because Prince Ossomer, heir to the King of Jetstone, expressly told him that his father was not seriously interested in parlay and would only offer insulting terms as prelude to an attack! Personally, I have no doubt that if Trem and Parson had actually had a chance to converse, Parson would have been pleasantly surprised at Jetstone's willingness to deal, and the two might well have hammered out (no pun intended) a mutually beneficial arrangement.
Tram's idiocy was in intending to hold an honest parley and then opening that parley with a lot of insults and useless bluster.
Tram's goal in insulting Decrypted Ossomer was assess his brother's altered personality and find out if there was anything of his brother left, or if he was merely "Ossomer-thing" as his father believed. Given how strikingly ambivalent Ossomer seems compared to the blind fervor of nearly every other Decrypted we've seen, I think he may have gotten some useful intel on that score. There is nothing at all out of the ordinary in opening a negotiation from a posture of overbearing strength, particularly when you actually believe you are in a position of overbearing strength. It allows you to come back later and act humble and contrite so as to let your opponent think he's beaten you. Remember, Tram himself thought the S-bombs were just "bluster" and perfectly understandable, since the dragons would still have been trapped in the airspace absent the Banana 'Sploit (I love writing that).
I really am astonished at how emotionally invested some folks are at the idea that Tram is an incompetent fool simply because he hasn't crushed Erfworld's "perfect warlord" who also happens to be the protagonist of the whole damn story! You're angry that Tram didn't just skip the conversation with Slately, skip the conversation with Charlie, skip the conversation with Ossomer, and just open up on Wanda with everything they had as soon as he got back to the tower thirty updates ago, which, given how the Banana 'Sploit works, was really his last opportunity to wipe out GK. At which point, presumably, Parson would have looked down at Maggie and said, "Well, that's the end of Book 2, I guess. Let's go down to the larder and eat a sandwich with Stanley."