Mount and Blade – Calradia Guide

On Religion

In the past the church has had a major influence over political affairs, as it still does today. However, this was not the case during the Great Wars in old Calradia. The simplest answer scholars can provide is that the continuous warfare between the Kingdoms of Calradia left people more concerned about their own safety than about faith as such. That is not to say faith in different gods dwindled. People were just as believing, if not more than before. It was a simple fact of the day to day life that prayer alone would not put food on the table. With the sheer number of young men dying monthly, banditry, and looting, it was difficult for anybody to sleep easily. In turn, when a time of relative peace and prosperity appeared the people of Calradia would seem to try and consume as much as possible, since they knew this was only a short pause from war that was bound to erupt sometime soon.

What of the church as an institution? Considering that most kings were chosen by divine right, didn’t the church have some sway among the nobles and kings? It should be noted that in Calradia, at the time, there were very few monasteries and churches outside of towns. The power of the church was, in essence, tied down to the local town. Much later entire towns would be established, dedicated to specific faiths, where followers could congregate. Calradia also lacked any higher authority among priests. While priests could be found in any town there was perhaps a single bishop in a kingdom capitol at any given time.

Another possible explanation for the lack of power of the churches was the greed of the lords and nobles, who were more interested in war among each other, and nothing that the church would say could change their minds. With most of the clergy tending to the needy and wounded there was also a shortage of preachers and priests who could attend the few churches in Calradia.

The different faiths and religions had little to no influence over the Great Wars that ravaged the land. Rather than being an active participant on the political scene the clergy were forced to remain as spectators and watch how events unfolded.

Law

Because each kingdom had its own culture and faith so too did their laws differ. With them also changed the types of punishment that would be dealt to commoner and noble alike. While nobles were usually treated better than the common people it is incorrect to assume that nobility protected from torture or punishment.

According to the traditional feudal system a lord or king would listen to the grievances or requests of his subjects during special sessions. These requests could have been anything, from asking to intervene in a feud, to merchant affairs, to military or financial support. A lot depended on the lord in question and the size of the request. A lord would sometimes stand court, when it was necessary, but villages or towns would often govern themselves. A lord’s direct involvement would only be called during especially troublesome cases when the elder or guildmaster alone would be unable to reach a decision.

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Student of Psychology, he was identified as a Nut-Job even before he started the course. Having done some small work as a Modder for a number of titles, and worked as a Game Designer part-time, Alex now writes in third person. As Co-Owner and Editor of AlterGamer.com he aims high, while being armed only with a sling. In the future, he hopes to become a fully qualified Newspaper Editor, and purchase Google.

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