For choice and memorable utterances, see Quotes: Tramennis.
"The fate of the world shall be such as the world deserves. But not so with
each one of us."
Strengths: Diplomacy, Strategy, Being Underestimated
Weaknesses: Delicate Appearance (masking a delicate reality), Foppishness
First Appearance: LIAB Prologue 19
King Tramennis the Reluctant is King of Jetstone. He was designated heir of Jetstone just prior to the fall of Spacerock, made possible by Charlie granting a bounty to King Slately for destroying and capturing Decrypted Archons. He is the sixteenth royal to be popped by King Slately of Slately's twenty-three sons and daughters. He was popped during a time when Jetstone had several princes but few warlords. Therefore, he was not popped as an heir.
Tramennis is described as a slender man with slate blue eyes, wearing light segmentata armor, and caligae sandals. He stands a full head shorter than his younger brother Ossomer. He carries a rapier and is seemingly right-handed. After becoming king, he has started to grow a beard.
His delicate appearance prompted King Slately to send him to a far off war where he would be forgotten and likely croaked. However, he neither croaked nor conquered but negotiated with the opposing side and returned with a new ally and tribute from the previous enemy. Slately believed that Tramennis with his gift for diplomacy may have earned his upkeep more than any other son or daughter. Before he became Chief Warlord, Tramennis had spent over sixscore, or 120, turns establishing and maintaining the Royal Crown Coalition. During that time, he did not lead in any significant battles.
Charlie sees Tramennis as someone he could potentially work with. He gave Tramennis most of the information he has on Parson for free, and offered a sufficiently large reward for croaking or capturing the Archons who were decrypted to allow Tramennis to become Jetstone's heir. By doing this he changed the objective of the battle to the recovery of a decrypted archon (benefiting him) as a means to allowing the side to survive in a form that he would find most useful as an ally.
Tramennis later expresses distrust of Charlie, who ends up spending a calculation for the sake of a report to Tramennis that he hopes will convince Tramennis to continue the alliance. Tramennis believes that Lilith knew that Jetstone could never protect her for Charlie as Charlie always gets what he wants in the end. He believes that Charlie is willing to tear Lilith apart to figure what makes her loyal to the Pliers and not the Dish. He is pessimistic about Charlie’s willingness to put her back together after the process and seems disgusted by this notion.
Tramennis was the sixteenth son of Slately.
Their relationship started roughly, with Slately taking one look at Tramennis' signamancy and immediately sending him to a distant campaign, not caring if Tramennis came back or not.
Afterwards, Slately still had mixed feelings for his son. He appreciated Tramennis' diplomatic skills, but still felt that he didn't fit the Jetstone mold. It took the fall of Spacerock and his own croaking for Slately to embrace his son.
While Tramennis may not have always agreed with his father, he did love him. A word of encouragement would make him beam, and the news that he had croaked and Slately's duplicate would be gone in a Turn devastated him.
He may be the eldest living prince of Jetstone's Royal house (if this is true, then that would mean that the height of the three brothers is inversely proportional to their age: Tramennis being the eldest and shortest, and Ossomer being the youngest and tallest).
His name is most likely a play on "Tremendous", much as the name of his brother Ossomer is a play on "Awesomer", and his brother Ansom is a play on "Handsome". Alternatives that have been suggested included
- (Ul)tra Menace
- Trauma - nis
- (Dennis) The Menace
- The Battle of Lake Trasimene, in which Hannibal showcased his military brilliance.
This is based on the fact that he hasn't done anything "tremendous" yet.
However, his self-assured giving of commands, his instant perception that the attack was not what it appeared to be, Ossomer's comment in the last panel of Page 7 ("Do you ever tire of being right, Tramennis?"), and his continuous analysis of the changing tactical situation, all would seem to indicate that not only is Tramennis a skilled Warlord, but he might actually be a military genius.
From King Slately's statements, Tramennis is the intelligence chief and head diplomat for Jetstone. King Slately has described him as clever and flighty. ("Clever" plus "diplomatic duties" equals "spy".) But Slately's direct and short-sighted approach makes him underestimate Tramennis, in comparison to his more 'jock'-like sons.
Charlie's communication with Tramennis are extremely friendly, almost affectionate, and all Charlie's symbols and icons while speaking to Tramennis were rainbow-themed. Implications?
Tramennis has copied the Gobwin Knob tactic of using a multiple series of mounts to travel long distances in a single turn. The humorous and sarcastic comments he made to Ansom during the Parley on the Expository Bridge may have been an attempt to learn how Ansom's personality had been altered by the process of decryption; or it may just be his normal mannerisms.
He has stated that he finds Chief Warlord Parson Gotti of Gobwin Knob to be "fascinating" and has an expressed desire to meet him, rather than simply writing Lord Hamster off as dangerous and dishonorable, as many other Rulers and Warlords on both sides have done. This could mean that he is one of very few other people in Erfworld (along with Jack Snipe) who has the potential to think in the same way, having a (possibly latent) talent for lateral thinking and other unconventional tactical/strategic maneuvers. Several times Trammenis is referred to as a "card shark" or a master at cards. This may be related to his strategic or his tactical strength.
Real World References
The segmentata armor and sandals Tramennis has as raiment, blond hair, and allusions suggesting homosexuality (EG: referring to himself as a queen LIAB_31:13) may be referring to the Roman general and emperor Augustus (as described by Suetonius).
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