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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. 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. While trying to treat his children equally, he has shown favoritism however. This is seen in how he treats Renner; not wanting to marry her off for political reasons, despite having done so to his first two daughters.
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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Ramposa III summoned the Kingdom's leadership together for a meeting where he revealed they had received a message from the Baharuth Empire, demanding they cede E-Rantel to the newly founded Sorcerer Kingdom; led by Ainz Ooal Gown. Knowing they did not stand a chance against Ainz, Gazef pleaded 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 wished to come to the battlefield, which Ramposa allowed due to him knowing his son wanted to prove himself.
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 Royal 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 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 controlled 30% of the Re-Estize Kingdom's territory. He was the overall commander of the Royal Army and leader of the Royalty Faction. However, while the leader of the Kingdom, his power was constantly being challenged by the Nobility Faction. Despite this though, he managed to keep the nation united.
Despite his poor decisions in favor of less risky options, Ramposa was noted by Prince Zanac to be immensely charismatic, having been able to earn the loyalty of talented individuals who make up for his shortcomings. On Maruyama's Governing Ranking, Ramposa is in the middle; stating that, if the Kingdom wasn't so corrupt, his reign wouldn't have great failures nor successes.
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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.
Its due to this strong parental love he feels for her is the reason why he has refused to use her as a political bargaining tool or married her off to secure more power for himself due to him wanting her to fall in love with someone and marry them of her own choice, unlike with his two older daughters. As seen where he would subtly hint that he supports the possible relationship between her and Climb.
Renner in turn, in her "Golden Princess Guise", is shown to deeply care and love her father in return and is shown visiting him constantly in order to talk with him on political matters and suggest new methods and laws to better the Re-Estize Kingdom for the sake of "Justice". After the Massacre at Katze Plains and the death of Gazef Stronoff, Renner was one of the few people still able to get through to him during his depressive episodes and her presence helped his declining psyche.
However despite this loving nature she exudes in the surface, Renner in truth cares absolutely nothing for Ramposa, and had little to no hesitation to use and manipulate him for her own ends in her plans to make her look like an ideal princess for Climb. Eventually, she had no qualms with selling him out to the Sorcerer Kingdom in order to further pursue her desires and goal.
Ramposa III cares deeply about the well being of his eldest son. 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 they could not win against Ainz, he sent Barbro to Carne Village to guarantee his safety.
After Barbro's disappearance following his dispatchment to Carne Village, Ramposa III fell into a depression at the possible loss of his eldest son.
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.
Unnamed Elder Daughters
Prior to Renner, Ramposa had two older daughters that he married off for political reasons. Although their exact relationship remains unknown, Ramposa has implied that he feels somewhat guilty at having married them off.
Due to being a loyal servant of the king and the Royal Faction, Panasolei is very familiar to his liege.
Despite Philip's actions of sparking the war of annihilation with the Sorcerer Kingdom and his own lack of loyalty to Rampossa. The Aged King refused to execute or punish the nobleman despite his actions due to deeming him to be a "loyal vassal" and has instead put him under the protective care of the crown instead of using him to appease and diffuse the situation.
Although given Rampossa's own feelings on the Sorcerer Kingdom and its King, its highly likely that he simply said this due to him still feeling bitter for his own personal losses during their first war against the enemy state and not any personal connection to the foolish nobleman.
During their first interactions via the Sorcerer Kingdom's first diplomatic relations with the Sorcerer Kingdom, its shown that Rampossa greeted and treated Albedo with all the respect and cordial etiquette of two national representatives, albeit it was obvious that Rampossa himself still harbored concealed suspicions and dislike towards her due to her being from the Sorcerer Kingdom. Albedo in turn returned such respects in turn and was shown to be respectful towards the king, at least in the surface. However in truth, the Guardian Overseer did not think very highly of Rampossa and actively thought lowly of him due to him being human and his own failings as a monarch, but due to her duties, Albedo made sure to completely conceal this during her interactions with the Monarch.
However during the formal declaration of war due to the Grain-Theft incident, Albedo fully showcased her contempt for the human king and rejected his attempts for a peaceful resolution with the Sorcerer Kingdom as she actively insulted and belittled the aged king for his faults and shortcomings in ruling his nation as she no longer saw any need to hide her true opinions on the now doomed human nation.
- 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."