BLANDCorporatio wrote:But seriously, Trem dying would be about as surprising as the Erf skies splitting, and an Avatar of Rob ordering everyone to just get along.
I'm not sure I agree with that, anymore.
Tram can't croak until we've seen a lot of him to back up the claims of him as a smart diplomat guy. However, we keep seeing more and more of that before the start of the battle.
And yet someone has to croak in this coming big fight. It has to be big to make an impact, and there's no better way to say 'big' than important people croaking. I agree, as of half a dozen comics ago, Tram was not a candidate for croaking because
1) There was still a lot to be done with him
2) He wasn't yet 'important'.
Now, with this latest panel, I can definitely see something like the following plotline being plausible:
1) Tram starts doing all the things to save Jetstone that he's talking about
2) He gets to talk to Parson, there's even a parley starting, and negotiations are getting somewhere! Parson and Tram are getting along and things are peachy! Maybe they're plotting against Charlie together!
3) For whatever reason, maybe Wanda's zealotry or Stanley coming back and giving a rash order or Slately deciding that enough is enough or Charlie pulling out some hitherto unknown power, someone throws one more first stone than is necessary at the moment. Parson puts his plan into action and ends with a bunch of people croaking, including Tram.
With how Tram's being played out, I could definitely see him used as another growth moment for Parson - making him croak someone who doesn't even *want* to fight him. (Up until now, the fights have been everyone against GK, croak or be croaked. What will the next step be in Parson's reaction to War on Erf when he has to croak someone who he doesn't even have to consider an enemy if he doesn't want to?)
...of course, with the 'extra capital site', it's been foreshadowed that Jetstone will survive at a new capital, so I'm not sure how that would fit in. But still, I get the feeling that the more we see of Tram, the more his plot armor gets weakened.
I hope I'm wrong. I'm still hoping that we see Tram in action, and that he saves the day for Jetstone somehow, to back up his smarts. And that he survives, because he's another lovely foil to Parson.