Mount and Blade – Calradia Guide

Kingdom of Rhodoks

Geography

The Kingdom of Rhodoks was a very hilly region of Calradia. While many of its mountains are named, key among them is the Spire, located to the north-east of Yalen. It forms the central tip of the western mountain range. Any Swadian army would be forced to pass through a series of hazardous paths, where a Rhodok army could easily contain a twice larger Swadian force.

Veluca stood at the mouth to the Grand Valley, its surrounding villages each with a series of towers to signal the approach of an enemy army. While arguably the most difficult to defend of the three towns, it withstood countless invasions, although the outlying villages always had to bear the brunt of the invaders, being razed time and time again.

Jelkala was surrounded not only by the eastern mountain range, but also the river which, at the time, was named “Death Pool”. The reason for this was a battle in 1260 between Rhodok and Swadia. After conquering Veluca the Swadian army marched proudly forward, until they were stopped at the only bridge leading over the river. They advanced so quickly that the infantry was left behind, unable to catch up with the speeding knights who desired the riches of Jelkala. The Swadian King, Harlaus, had two options. He could either force the bridge, or take the long path around the entire river, passing through the village of Ruldi, and then march straight for Jelkala. This would take at least a two day march with the sheer number of troops in his army, so he opted for the far quicker path. The remnant of the defeated Velucan army, under the command of King Graveth, formed a near impenetrable wall of spears. King Harlaus was so confident of victory that he ordered his knights to smash through the weakened Rhodok lines. Wave after wave smashed into the unflinching Rhodok line, their will reinforced by the presence of their king. What made matters worse were the scores of crossbowmen, on both sides of the spear wall, firing at both the knights and their horses.

The first day of the assault failed, and Harlaus was forced to stall the attack until the infantry caught up. What he was not aware of was another Rhodok force coming from the direction of Yalen. Originally intended to reinforce Veluca, the thousand man strong army fell upon the marching column of infantry, which was quickly routed due to the lack of cavalry to support them, and then poorly defended Veluca, that was quickly retaken.

A runner reached Harlaus’ knights, and panic overtook the Swadian knights. The king ordered an immediate retreat, but what was meant to be a strategic withdrawal turned into a rout when each knight and lord tried to save themselves. Enclosed from both sides by Rhodok armies the Swadians were forced through the eastern mountain range. Those that lost their horses during the attack either surrendered to the Rhodoks, abandoned all of their armour to travel lighter, or died in the freezing peaks.

Rhodok lands, just as Swadia, were often ravaged by war. This forced some to hide in the mountains and prey on merchant caravans, passing through largely unprotected mountain paths.

History

One of the most difficult monarchical disputes was present in Rhodok. The Rhodok king was chosen by popular vote, rather than entitlement. Before the Great Wars began the baronial council was still deciding on whether King Graveth or Lord Kastor of Veluca would become king. However, a Swadian raiding party wanted to catch Rhodok by surprise and kill their leadership in a military coup.

Graveth appeared in the council tent and informed the council of what had transpired, stating that if he was not chosen to be king he would allow the Swadians to reach them. Under this pressure the council elected Graveth, who then mustered his men and beat back the invading Swadians.

According to the council’s laws, no weapon was to be ever brought to the elections. Graveth broke this law and in essence threatened the council with death. This built the basis of Lord Kastor’s claim on the throne.

It is debatable to what extent Graveth was a bad or good king. It cannot be denied that he blackmailed his way onto the throne, but compared to the Swadian king he had the necessary experience, of a soldier and commander, to let the Kingdom of Rhodok survive the Great War. Some sources suggest that Lord Kastor was in fact bribed by the Swadians to undermine King Graveth’s rule, causing a civil war, and granting the Swadians an element of surprise.

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