I'd get Frist P0st, but I always want to *read* the update before posting! And then actually have a substantive comment.
Awesome update. I'm loving the look at Tramennis's past. He plays to his strengths indeed.
Slately isn't an idiot. He feels uneasy about this whole business. Hope he intervenes in a right way when it matters!
But in a way, both Slately and Tramennis are just playing out their roles. They do the same thing they've always done. Tramennis negotiates because that's what he does. He's good at it - but he's not really thinking outside the box by doing it. Slately lets his sons lead because that's just the way Kingdoms are to be run - he's always done it like that, it's right and proper. But if Jetstone is going to win this battle, they're going to have to do something other than business as usual, because business as usual does not work against Parson. Either Tramennis is going to have to learn to shoot first and ask questions later, or Slately is going to have to actually exercise his authority and override his CW when the CW is missing the bigger picture outside of his usual strengths.
I love the list of past princes. Jetstone has had a lot. Tightass, Forthewin (who got lucky), Victor, Lustrious. I don't quite get Wonderloaf though.
The bit about natural signamancy is good too. Slately stops fighting, so he grows fat and white.