Really, this chapter just left me with a feeling of "Oh snap!"
One thing i have to had... That outfit is a great look for Tram. Though i don't think the crown will work so well
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Krennson wrote:Reasons Jetstone can threaten to hold a grudge against CharlesCom:
Personally, Trammenis just lost his FATHER, specifically from a plan hatched by CharlesCom.
Professionaly, Trammenis also lost his capital city, a large number of forces, a caster, and his only chance at parley, again, thanks in large part to Charlie's meddling. If Jillian and Hagar had stuck around, Jetstone might have come out much better in that fight. And Charlie is arguably to blame for why they didn't.
Strategically, Jetstone doesn't know what Charlescom wants, why they want it, or whether or not those interests can be reconciled with the needs of Jetstone in the current war.
Put all those reasons together, and this is the PERFECT time for Tramennis to hold a grudge and demand concessions and honesty from Charlescom. And he think he knows it. It's always such a pleasure when your sense of professionalism tells you that it's appropriate to publicly endulge a personal grudge.
To be fair, Jetstone had it's keister hauled out of the Inferno by Charlie more than anything else.
- GK totally bypassed Jetstone's forces, and were parked over the City. Who ended their Turn, trapping them in the airspace? Charlie.
- Who told them NOT to talk to GK or give them time to do anything? Charlie.
- Haggar had no intention of helping Jetstone. They were going to let GK & J duke it out and pounce on the winner. Who forced them into action, giving Jillian a chance to capture Ansom and cripple GK by taking the Chief Warlord bonus? Charlie.
- Who offered the bounties that let Slately name an Heir, after the plea to TV fell through? Charlie.
- Tramennis TOLD Slately to escape the City; it was Slately who refused and rode into battle with the Archons. Charlie's plans had nothing to do with it.
Well one thing you have to take into account, is that Tram is clever enough to know that Charlie has been in this battle since the beginning and has been manipulating many of the steps. Tram doesn't know the exact extent to charlie's role since Charlie tried to keep his role a secret. Heck you could even speculate that its possible that if Charlie had been more upfront about his assitance he might avoided some of the losses they sufferred... and that speculation might be right considering that Charlie thinkamancy hacking could mean he knew A LOT more about the battle than Jetstone could have ever known.
Heck it could be that Charlie KNEW about the foolamancy with the dwagons which is why he prepared Jillian with the king's world spell; he knew they would bypass the ground forces and thus could trap them in the airspace... if Charlie warned Jetstone about the dwagons, they would have prepared to defend the capitol from an air attack rather than meeting the enemy at the bridge. This could have meant the difference between Ossomer's life and death.
Another would be the bounty offer. Charlie could have simply loaned Jetstone the smuckers to promote Tram, but he wanted those Archon's gone. Wanting to promote Tram to heir to secure the kingdom and prepare it for a brighter future is what drove Slately to fight to his demise. Had charlie simply loaned Jetstone the Smuckers, instead of giving them a bounty offer(which was to secure Charlie's PERSONAL interests), Slately might have never road out like he did
Jillian is another one. Jillian is where Charlie's attempts at manipulation failed... Jillian left under the belief that jetstone's victory was assured; Charlie tried to get her to turn around, but not only did he anger her with his attempt on Ansom, but he refused to be specific about how GK would turn the tide. Had Charlie told Jillian what GK was planning, she might have turned around and saved the day.
These are all what-if's scenerio's and charlie is NOT the only one to blame for how things played out; you could argue that things would have played out the same or differently... But when you play the role of the master manipulator, act as though you controlled many aspects of the battle, treat your allies like pawns, withhold information from your allies to either keep your own hand hidden or to better manipulate them, then you must be prepared to accept some responsibility when things go wrong. In a sense, you could say that if Charlie had played his card's differently, Slately and Ossomer might have lived, Jetstone may have won and/or Lord hamster would have croaked.