Dancing Cthulhu wrote:
Tram's Attack is incredibly important here, since this fight is going to boil down to his max stack vs. two max stacks of high-level heavies led by Ford and Twenty. This isn't Exalted; his massive infantry force doesn't give him an armor bonus or anything, in fact he himself has no bonuses at all.
That is an interesting point, I'm curious as well. I guess it can't be too bad - Slately didn't have a problem putting him on the front lines with Oss. It could have just been a "well, things are desperate, we need every sword down there" situation, but Slately doesn't seem the type who'd just throw his sons away, if Trem couldn't hold his own he'd have kept him back in capital as "reserves".
And considering the whole plan was for the Jetstone forces to hold GK up and then fall back when Haggar arrived anyway if Trem's attack wasn't all that good he probably wouldn't have made that much difference in the delaying action, so no use risking him (although it could be he was there to be the brain to Oss's brawn, and he'd have hung back).
Tramennis could have led another stack of elite infantry, and at that point would've received Ossomer's large CW Leadership bonus on top of his own, making him much more potent. At this point though he's not going to be nearly as tough as he was with Big Brother standing beside him. And he's going to stand out more, being the only Jetstone royal on the battlefield, unlike when Ossy was around to split their attention. Remember, GK wasn't supposed to just bypass that large blockade. They expected Ansom to march a big siege-heavy ground force up to their gates, not fly right up to the tower and blow it away.
I do agree with your theory of him being there to keep Ossomer in check. Ossomer had all of Ansom's bravado but none of his tactical genius, at least from what I've seen.