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Ramposa III (ランポッサIII) was the previous king of the Re-Estize Kingdom, up until he was usurped by his son. Throughout his reign, he tried to keep his nation united amidst political infighting and invasions by other countries.
An emaciated old man. His head is already scattered with pale white hair. His limbs are little more than just twigs.
Ramposa III is described as a humble man who believes it is the duty of those in power to protect their people. Despite being King of a nation that places such importance on background, he ironically judges people based on merit and generally treats everyone with the same respect. He is also very determined, insisting to walk himself despite having problems to.
He seems to have trouble balancing his duties as a king and a father and is shown to love all of his children greatly and equally. This is seen in his hesitance to have Renner get marry off to some random noble for political reasons, despite having married-off his first two daughters except her. He was afraid of putting Renner through the same fate like her sisters due to possibly knowing that she was already in love with someone else. Similarly, he knows both his sons are aiming for the throne and wants to give both an opportunity to prove themselves, even if it might cause political problems.
Following the Massacre at Katze Plains, Ramposa III fell into a depression. He seemingly lost his ability to think rationally and recused himself from politics, except for situations involving the Sorcerer Kingdom. However, when the Kingdom faced crisis, he once again stepped up and he now seems to be willing to go further than ever to protect his people.
King Ramposa III has reigned over the Re-Estize Kingdom for at least thirty-nine years. When he inherited the throne, the Kingdom was already in a dire political state due to the mistakes of previous kings. Throughout his reign, he tried to reform the Kingdom, but to no avail. During a previous annual war with the Baharuth Empire, Ramposa III sustained a grave knee injury. As a result, he now has trouble walking and requires a cane to walk.
In recent years, even though it has long been time to abdicate his throne, he still has not decided on a suitable successor due to political complications. The reason why he couldn't do so was that neither one of his two sons is said to be blessed with the capacity to rule.
The Bloody Valkyrie Arc
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King Ramposa III makes his first appearance in Valencia Palace and welcomes Gazef Stronoff's return. He listens to Gazef's report about the mysterious magic caster named Ainz Ooal Gown, who saved the Warrior Captain's life from the Sunlight Scripture.
After the meeting, King Ramposa III apologizes to Gazef for sending him on a dangerous mission without giving him the proper equipment for the job. He also wants to give recompense for the families of the deceased at Carne Village and also to express his heartfelt gratitude towards Ainz Ooal Gown for saving his most loyal subject. He sees his youngest daughter, Princess Renner, who wants to discuss it with him in her room. He tells his daughter that he'll be on his way. After she has left, he wishes for at least one of his daughters to be able to attain freedom but his other daughters will definitely scold him.
The Men in the Kingdom Arc
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During the demonic disturbance in the Royal Capital, Ramposa III initially remained within the safety of the palace. However, as the Adventurers were about to be overrun, he alongside Gazef and his Warrior Troop join them in fighting off the demon hordes.
After the disturbance, his actions caused the Royalty Faction to gain more support and his influence to increase. He also awarded Momon a letter of appreciation and a shortsword for his heroic actions in saving the Royal Capital from Jaldabaoth.
The Magic Caster of Destroy Arc
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King Ramposa III summoned the royalists and the great nobles together for a meeting. He revealed that he had received a message from the Baharuth Empire, demanding that the Re-Estize Kingdom must hand over E-Rantel to the newly founded Sorcerer Kingdom, led by Ainz Ooal Gown. Knowing they did not stand a chance against Ainz, Gazef advised him to give in to the demands. However, he told him that he could not do that and in the end, it was unanimously decided to go to war. Crown Prince Barbro also requested to be allowed to come to the battlefield. Knowing that his eldest son wanted a chance to prove himself, Ramposa III allowed him to come.
Several months later, Ramposa III attended a strategy meeting with the other leaders of the Royal Army. Knowing he was in no condition to lead the army himself, he handed over supreme command to Marquis Raeven. Also, having taken Gazef's advice to heart, he sent Barbro, to Carne Village under the pretext of information gathering.
After the meeting, the King had another, private meeting with Gazef, Marquis Raeven and the Mayor of E-Rantel. The Mayor predicted that the Kingdom will not survive another war with the Empire and that many peasants will likely start to risk dying from starvation due to bad harvests, much to the king's dismay.
The battle against the Empire and Nazarick turned into a large-scale massacre when Ainz used a spell to destroy a large part of the Kingdom's army and summoned five huge monsters. As they destroyed what was left of the army, Gazef's Warrior Troop decided to act as decoys to allow Ramposa III to retreat back to E-Rantel. The king himself wanted them to leave him and run for themselves, but they insisted that he must live.
Ramposa III ended up surviving the massacre. Afterward, he called for another meeting where it was unanimously decided to hand over E-Rantel to the Sorcerer Kingdom. He also wanted to hire some Adventurers to search for Barbro, who still hasn't returned. In addition, he was also unwilling to accept that Gazef, who was killed by Ainz during the battle, refused to be resurrected.
The Ruler of Conspiracy Arc
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It seems Ramposa III tried to have Blue Roses' Lakyus revive Gazef, but she was either unsuccessful or refused to do it, causing the King to slap her in the face. Afterward, the loss of his closest confidant and the disappearance of his eldest son caused Ramposa III to fall into a depression. As a result, Second Prince Zanac took over as leader of the Royalty Faction in his stead. On the other hand, seeing his pitiful state managed to somewhat temper the frustrations of the nobility faction, who were still angered by the massive losses they had suffered.
However, after receiving the news that the Sorcerer Kingdom would be sending an emissary, he seemingly snapped out of his grief and resumed his responsibilities. He called together his surviving children and ordered Zanac to welcome the emissary since he himself is too old. He later attended the ball where he personally welcomed the emissary, Albedo, as the guest of honor.
The Witch of the Falling Kingdom Arc
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Rampossa was present in a court meeting with son Zanac about the Sorcerer Kingdom's declaration of war against the Re-Estize Kingdom. He was informed by his ministers of foreign affairs and military affairs about the content of this official document, discussing its validity and how other nations were involved in it. While so, he inquires from his subordinates to tell him the results of their investigations surrounding Philip and his serfs' attack on their trade caravan. Although Zanac suggested giving Philip's head over to the Sorcerer Kingdom as an apology, he reprimanded his son against the suggestion of trading the innocent noble for that. He suggested to his subordinates that they should try making an alliance with another nation to challenge, however, that idea was immediately shut down by Zanac as it had not been successful at all with the Argland Council State.
Learning of this, he then suggested the next idea of maybe defeating the Sorcerer Kingdom by forcing their troops to withdraw from battle as it is the only possible road to victory. With that idea being taken into consideration, Ramposa III started making plans with the minister of military affairs on how to cross through E-Rantel and occupy their fortress city while the Sorcerer Kingdom is preoccupied with marching their forces from there to their capital, Re-Estize. When a knight informed him of the news about Prime Minister Albedo of the Sorcerer Kingdom appearing in the capital, he commands his subordinates to get dressed in a more formal attire and meet him in the throne room immediately. Once the Prime Minister of the Sorcerer Kingdom arrives, he was the first to welcome her with a greeting. Ramposa exchanges some words with Albedo about the reason for her visit.
When Albedo made mention of the incident with the Sorcerer Kingdom's grain caravan by his countrymen, he stood up from his throne and immediately offered an apology to the Prime Minister for the trouble they have caused. He was willing to sacrifice himself by giving up his own head as a way to allow for the Re-Estize Kingdom to receive forgiveness from the Sorcerer Kingdom. Not only that, but he also suggested to the Prime Minister of reimbursing the Sorcerer Kingdom with twice the amount of grain should they desire it. However, his suggestions were turned down by Albedo as the latter formally declared an all-out war between their two nations. After the meeting concluded, he allows the Minister of Foreign Affairs to spread the news that the king had offered his head as a gift of repentance for the Sorcerer Kingdom to every nation.
He later dismissed the courtiers to have a private meeting with his children, Zanac and Renner. During that meeting, he pleaded his children to flee from the country as its destruction is inevitable. However, upon acknowledging their behavior respectively towards his plea, Ramposa still tells them that if they do reconsider their choice on leaving, he advised them to tell him immediately.
Later upon fully obtaining information on the true movements of the Sorcerer Kingdom and their already successful conquest of nearly half of the country and isolating the Kingdom from their remaining allies. Ramposa was then secretly overthrown and imprisoned by his own son, Zanac, due to the latter now deeming his father to be too foolish, and no longer worthy of being their leader during this crisis. This event was brought about due to Ramposa's continued insistence on a diplomatic approach with the Sorcerer Kingdom, and the belief that he could somehow talk down the hostile nation, in order to diffuse the war and somehow save his kingdom despite the Sorcerer Kingdom making their motives absolutely clear.
This coup d'etat was mostly kept secret by Zanac, the Kingdom's ministers of the interior and military affairs, in order to avoid mass panic. After that, all of Ramposa's duties and responsibilities have been taken over by Zanac and his confidants. However, despite their best efforts to keep things under wraps, Renner was still able to figure out what happened. She managed to easily threaten her brother to have an audience with her despite his heavy workload, or else she would spread "interesting" rumors on his recent activities all over the capital, and risk bringing mass confusion and panic to the already terrified nation.
During this conversation between the siblings, it was stated by both Zanac and Renner that Ramposa was then placed under strict house arrest for the following duration of the war, and that he was confined to his personal quarters in the Castle by Zanac to help hide the coup d'etat. However despite this, its also been stated by the newly minted king regent that Ramposa was still allowed a degree of freedom, by allowing him to leave his quarters in order to have family meals with his surviving children. As stated by Zanac when he recommended Renner to dine with their father to bring the dethroned king some comfort over his situation. According to his son Zanac, Ramposa wanted him and Renner to seek refuge in the Karnassus City-State Alliance as the Kingdom’s representatives. That suggestion was brought up before his son decided to place him under surveillance.
Abilities and Powers
King Ramposa III controls thirty percent of the territory within the Kingdom. He commands the Royalist Army. While he is the leader of the Kingdom, his power is constantly being challenged by the Nobility Faction but despite that, he has managed to keep the Kingdom together.
However despite his poor decisions in governing his kingdom in favor of less risky choices, Ramposa was noted by his second son Zanac to be immensely charismatic, having been able to gather several talented individuals with much greater abilities than himself to make up for his shortcomings and earn their loyalty. A talent that was both acknowledged and envied by Zanac.
He is shown to have had some combat experience, as he suffered his knee injury in one of the annual wars between his kingdom and the Empire. He was also charismatic enough to gain the loyalty of Gazef and his warrior troops.
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Gazef was King Ramposa III's personal bodyguard and his most trusted aide. He was unwilling to accept the news that Gazef did not want to be resurrected after being killed by Ainz Ooal Gown during the massacre at Katze Plains.
Ramposa III loves Renner more than he loves his other children and wants her to live a free life. However, he does not seem to be aware of her true, twisted nature.
Ramposa III cares deeply about the well being of his oldest son, Barbro. After Zanac proved himself a capable leader, he decided to take him with him to the battlefield to give him the chance to prove himself as well. However, after Gazef told him that the Royal Army could not win against the Baharuth Empire and the Sorcerer Kingdom, he sent Barbro to Carne Village to remove him from the battlefield to guarantee his safety. On the other hand, Ramposa III seems to unaware that his son holds him in contempt for not giving him the throne.
Ramposa III cares for his second son. When an emissary from the Sorcerer Kingdom was reported to be visiting the Royal Capital, he called Zanac and trusted him to show the emissary respect due to their difference in power. Also as noted and seen during the events of the Downfall of their Kingdom, Zanac was seen to harbor much more positive parental love towards his father in comparison to Barbro and was initially very worried for him during the Crisis due to his failing mental health and was later stricken with admiration and awe upon seeing his father's resolve to protect the Kingdom from the Sorcerer Kingdom by offering his own life to them to avoid open conflict. Due to this Zanac himself admitted that he harbored strong doubt and hesitance to dethrone his father during the initial stages of the war and even when he did, it was only for the sake of their people and not out of any form of negative personal feelings towards the king.
Due to being a loyal servant of the king and the Royal Faction, Panasolei is very familiar to his liege.
- In the Web Novel, Ramposa III's reigned over the Re-Estize Kingdom for forty-one years.
- Whenever he steps out onto the field of battle, there are eight magic casters protecting him.
- On Maruyama's Governing Ranking, Ramposa is at the middle. While his reign wouldn´t have great failures, neither would it have great successes. He's over the Holy Queen Calca Bessarez and below the Bafolk Lord Buser.
- (To Gazef Stronoff): "Warrior Captain, it is truly splendid you were able to return safely."
- (To Gazef About Ainz): "This really is a beautiful story. Selflessly placing himself in danger to rescue the weak"
- (To Gazef): "Because of my superficial way of thinking, I was unable to protect you, and for that I am sincerely sorry. Even when issuing you a dangerous order, I was unable to give you the best equipment for the job… we are asking for your forgive-, no, please forgive me… Your subordinates also lost their lives because of this."
- (To Gazef): "Warrior-Captain, whom I trust like my right hand. Even if you are the one who puts forth that proposal, I cannot agree to it. No ruler should give up the land he rules without a fight. Such an act cannot be allowed for the sake of the people who live upon it"
- (To Gazef): "Then… is this not an opportune time? I have many supporters now due to the disturbance. Should we not strike a telling blow to the Empire, no matter the cost, so we can win a few years of peace for the Kingdom?"
- (To his minister of foreign affairs about Neia Baraja): "...so they’re trying to send the message that the ‘Faceless One’ had already overtaken the authority of their religious institutions, or that she has authority above that of their current religious institutions?"
- (To his son Zanac): "If we were to do that, should we just hand over the head of another loyal servant every time the Sorcerer Kingdom comes knocking on our door? Do you understand that simple logic?"
- (To his son Zanac and his daughter Renner): "Zanac, Renner. Leave this place at once. You are only just the prince and princess of this country, there is no need for the two of you to die alongside it."