Rhys Trombone was a lineup player for the Hellmouth Sunbeams, and was with the Sunbeams from the Return of Blaseball until being incinerated on Season β3, Day 2.
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Trombone joined the ILB as a lineup player for the Moab Sunbeams with the Return of Blaseball.
On Season β3, Day 2, Trombone was incinerated and replaced by Dudley Mueller.
Prior to this event, they had the highest star rating of any member of the Sunbeams.
The remainder of this article contains lore created collaboratively by the Blaseball community.
Formerly an obscure jazz musician, Trombone was the sibling of Betsy Trombone. Despite their skill with both a range of instruments and considerable vocal talent, Trombone failed to achieve major fame outside their home of Moab, Utah, where they had settled down after a decade of work as a travelling musician. While unsuccessful in their former career, they were the highest-rated player on the team until their incineration, an achievement often attributed to their funky fresh hits and bunts. Their skill with their brass-instrument-turned-Blaseball-rod BRASS INVICTUS, SOUL OF FUNK, made Trombone a popular member of the Sunbeams lineup.
Trombone was closest to their teammates Velasquez Meadows and Sandoval Crossing, having known them for some decades prior to the return of Blaseball. Unlike their lifelong compatriots, Trombone did not ally themselves with any manner of celestial body, nor did they acquire any notable Adaptation when the Hellmouth opened. This often led to them being jokingly called "the down-to-earth guy" of the trio. In their Season 3 post-season memorial service, Trombone was remembered by their teammates as "a cool uncle", a "jokester", and "full of love for the world, and everyone in it."
It should be noted that Rhys Trombone absolutely does not, and never, ever has, played the trombone.
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Adaptation in the Hall
Trombone's whereabouts following their incineration in Season 3 were unknown for some time - however, their fellow incinerated teammate Meadows, still occasionally manifesting on the Immaterial Plane as a ghost and coach, hinted at continued contact with Trombone.
With the Monitor's arrival from the Trench, revealing the Hall of Flame, Trombone was at last able to make some manner of contact with the Immaterial Plane via the radio station they run from deep within the Trench. Trombone mostly uses this to play music and take song requests, though their selection is supposedly limited to whatever the Monitor dredges up and remembers to bring to them. They welcome co-hosts and guests (by and large, other incinerated players in the Hall) when their paths cross with Trombone.
Shout-outs to friends and family are also happily made if asked for, though there is little to no guarantee the recipient of the shout-out is listening to the radio at the time. The broadcast operates on extremely narrow, seemingly-random frequencies, and generally fades out on Planeside receiving devices after an average duration of twenty minutes. It is most commonly found when one is scanning between established frequencies, in the static between. Signal quality is usually poor, though Trombone has a "fabulous" radio voice which always carries clearly regardless of static.
Trombone rarely talks about themselves on segments between song requests, preferring to send out well-wishes, affirmations and encouragement to whoever might be listening. Thanks to dedicated curation efforts led by Dirk Framfelter of Sols Melodious, a few facts about Trombone in the Hall have been noted:
- Trombone has undergone radical physical adaptation in the extreme conditions of the Hall, with their form now well-suited to the dark, cold and intense pressure of the Trench.
- Trombone has claimed they're "not too fussed" by their transformation into an abyssal being, and has joked on at least one occasion that "that Hellmouth gave me an IOU for my Adaptation."
- In spite of major changes to their jaws, teeth, and general facial structure, Trombone's voice retains exactly the same presenterly tone they sported in life.
- Trombone has stated on multiple occasions that - despite everything - they are quite content and comfortable in the Hall, and consider it their home.
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