His skills did get him to the point of diplomatic contact". Would Ossomer have put in a call? Unknown...but Trams options at that point hadn't been narrowed at all. Trams mistake, as far as you are concerned, is that he didn't concern himself too much with the idea of attack by the yellows - which is AFAICS inconsequential given how easily they were dealt with and the limited damage they could do - and the fact he didn't plan for Parson doing something supposedly impossible, rather than unlikely.
And had the yellows been screened as to inflict maximum damage against Jetstone? All of his bargining power went out the window. And he some how believed he would be able to get reperations for the yellow attack; that seemed like a joke to me. "So demand reperations for your dishonarable attacking during our cease-fire. Only royals are allowed to attack during cease-fires." He has less bargining power and he thinks he can get more from GK? (I suppose he may have been trying to calm his father...)
Not only that I think Parson would be far more likely to answer Maggie saying "They a thinkagram with someone important". than Ossomer saying "After throwing insults and trying to turn me, he wants a thinkagram with you."
On dwagongs:Dwagons are super-fast flying units with a variety of ranged attacks, and enough hits to ensure they can escape from combat. They seem vastly effective for raiding, with 50 move they can attack a column and retreat to beyond the range of something like doombats. They make amazing raiders, and are one of the better air units in straight up fights.
My impression of that battle was that GK was losing big time force-wise, and got away primarily because of jack. Vurp appears to have wacked Dark Mario, Stanley swatted Ceasar out of the sky... Stanley's red roasted a pair of marshmallow peeps, but that was pretty much the extend of visible dwaconic contribution, and the text updates indicate they survived it. TV lost only insofar as their objectives differed from delivering a straightforward military defeat, and not thanks to the dwagons in any way but their continued capacity for flight.
So, Iunno - I actually think that battle was an excellent example of dwagons being Worfed. They were repeatedly pointed out as a tough obstacle beforehand, then got pwned to demonstrate the unexpected potentency of Transylvito Style. Rob has been using them as a unit type that the audience would acknowledge as tough without much previous evidence, to demonstrate the tactical relevance of hitting wounded units and boosting/sapping multipliers early in his story, while continuously having erfworlders declare them powerful and relevant to counteract badass decay.
Translovito clearly won, but most of the fighting was against leaderless
dwagons. They got ambushed mid-hex and at some point Stanley broke stack, turned around and fled. AND he was the first one out. So I'm guessing at least
2/3 thirds of the fighting was with out a leader. (Half a hex forward, two halves back.) So leaderless dwagons when out numbered badly by almost-heavies lose. Bonuses are big in erfworld; we have no idea what would have happened had Stanley stayed and fought. That doesn't seem particularly worfed to me...