Lilwik wrote:I can't believe that Tramennis would ever consider peace with Gobwin Knob, but even if he did he could never seriously pretend to have wanted peace all along. Just consider Book 2, Page 3. That is a lot of dog bowels. You don't just pretend dog bowels like that didn't happen. The Tramennis of that page was clearly not interested in the slightest possibility of diplomacy.Lamech wrote:Tram can absolutely say "Hey GK, I'm not the previous king. I wanted peace all along. Now we need a lot of assistance. We're sort of a fixer up side. Plus you don't need much money do you with that decryption and everything?" And walk away from the negotiations with tribute payments.
He was helping Jetstone bluff. It was always preferable for GK never to attack. A single unlucky archon blast or arrow could have killed a core caster and screwed the whole deal. One snowball later and game over. His mockery ran counter to the dire straights they were in. It was a projection of false confidence. Just like how Ossomer was boasting about their forces, Tram helped by not making their situation serious. At least that would be his total crap claim. He was probably just joking around.
Anyway he showed earlier that he did consider an alliance. He might be more than a bit annoyed now that they killed his father and burned his city, but he can consider it. And more to the point its a perfect bluffing card. From a pragmatic point of view an alliance is a perfectly viable strategy. Classic Tragedy of Commons. Doing nothing significantly boosts Jetstone's chances of making it through this.