Lamech wrote:But Tram doesn't know anything about that. Sure Parson might be able to pull something given time, but its also possible attacking right now is exactly what Parson needs to do to kill them all. Maybe Wanda has a turnamancy scroll that lets them move through a hex border to hit attacking archers, if he parley's he might see GK is eager for the attack. Maybe they never really entered the hex, and simply broke off and had Jack run a distraction; he might see that Ossemers mannerism are totally different if they parley. Maybe Sizemore is ready to strike and they want you to waste your juice on the fliers; Tram again might see GK is eager for the attack. And even if they did attack right now and just hit them hard like you suggest it would still be a long battle as Tram said. Parson could still attack them via the magic kingdom. Not only that the king would be sitting in his room alone. Parson would probably take him hostage and end the battle there.
And even if everything did go perfectly it doesn't matter. Haggar wants you dead, and there is no big threat to force them into line, Translovito needs help, and Jillian abandoned you. Jetstone is outmatched and allyless. GK will destroy them with ease; GK would defeat the entire coalition, using only what Tram knows about, and the coalition probably won't even exist.
Tram doesn't know if the best option to counter the unknown is to wait and gather info in case he sees through it or is to attack now in case the enemy is still getting ready. Thats 'cause its unknown. He can only try to have as many options as possible in-case another turnaround happens, and thats what he's doing.
The mistake you're making is failing to differentiate between predicting specific scenarios and predicting specific end effects. Trem would have no way of knowing how GK might be able to figure out a way to hit him and Slately if they turn up on the balcony, but he should have a plan in mind in case they find one. He made some progress by talking about pushing the yellows out a bit further before parley. but he stopped at that point instead of really exploring the question as Parson might have done.
SoP in the real world after you capture someone is to interogate them for useful info. Holding a parley to offer to buy all the units for 10 shmuckers is stuipid. Trying to get more info is a good idea. Trying to come to a peace deal is a very good idea when the rest of their forces can kill you anyway.Making a speech instead of finishing off your oponent is ten times as worst. That's simply cliche. Your oponent is at your mercy, and instead of finishing him off you start boasting/talking, wasting precious time wich your oponent uses to come up with a way out.
That's your best point, but for the very same reason that Trem can talk to Parson and not Stanley, Slately's presence is not required. If I was in Spacerock advising the King and his Chief Warlord I would urge them to arrange a transport chain to get Slately out of Spacerock at the first sign of things going backwards. In fact if I had my druthers I'd sacrifice his bonus for the peace of mind of not having him in the capital in the first place, especially once Ossomer went down.