Mount and Blade – Calradia Guide

The loosely called “King’s Forests” consisted of all the forested areas within Swadia. Due to poverty caused by war many peasants became poachers or bandits who decided to hide in these very forests. It is said that many lords died when ignoring warnings of angry peasants hiding among the trees.

Aside from the forests, single river, and valley, Swadian lands were very flat. This made trade very attractive for merchants, even if the risk of encountering bandits was very high.

All manner of wildlife was present in Swadia. Even today it is still a major hunting area for deer and boar.

History

Swadia was once ruled by King Esterich, before the Great Wars period. Having no son he chose his daughter, Lady Isolla of Suno, to become queen.

However, King Harlaus “The Fat” managed to win over the support of Swadia’s lords and he, in turn, was crowned king. Harlaus’ old age resulted in him not being as active as the other kings of the period, and he was often easily manipulated by his lords.

Eventually Harlaus would develop gut rot, which killed him only a few years later. During the time of unrest Lady Isolla would gain enough support to win back the throne and reign over Swadia.

Culture

The kingdom of Swadia praised chivalry, even if its nobles rarely followed it. Tales of knights fighting bravely against barbarians, demons, and dragons were common place. Some enamoured by these tales would strive to become hedge knights. Hedge knights are warriors or horseman who were not granted a title by a lord. They are self-claimed knights, and their name comes from the fact that many of them had to sleep along hedges, lacking the finances to hold any land of their own.

The nobles of Swadia enjoyed dressing in rich clothing. Velvet, if available, would be used, as well as jewellery. Much attention was paid to their castles, since they would have to be both defendable against invaders and impressive to guests. The interiors would be decorated with tapestries. Richer nobles could afford cutlery and plates made from silver or gold, although plain metal was far cheaper, and considering how often different castles and towns swapped kingdoms few lords wanted to invest too much money into luxury items.

Duels, while rare, did occur from time to time, especially when one noble insulted another. Sometimes political disputes would be settled with blades but they were never duels to the death.

Among Swadians nobles ransom was a part of any campaign. The capturing of nobles for monetary gain was favoured over killing them, as it was both more chivalrous and profitable, even if the lord would return during the next war with a fresh army.

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