Mount and Blade – Calradia Guide

Kingdom of Vaegirs

Geography

The Kingdom of Vaegirs was a land ever consumed by winter. Because of that it was once a major area of fur production, and today many of the most luxurious fur coats come from the region. Sadly, poaching has led to the extinction of a number of species of bear and fox so the queen has banned any hunting in the area.

The one key feature of the Kingdom of Vaegirs was the Khudan River, so named due to Khudan being the first town to be built on the river. The river had been a major trade lane between the Vaegir and Nords, even though the two kingdoms always had a great dislike of each other since the battle of Rivacheg Rock. Rivacheg, to the north, was the sight of numerous Nord sieges, all repulsed by the city’s stalwart defenders.

History

The Kingdom of Vaegirs had its fair share of monarchical disputes, just like the rest of Calradia. When the old king of Vaegirs died, his son, Valdym, was too young to take power and a regent was chosen: the deceased king’s brother, King Burelek. While still young Burelek attempted to take the throne for himself. He accused the queen of adultery and had her executed, branding young Valdym “The Bastard”. The gods alone punished Burelek for this injustice as he died soon after, leaving his son to take the throne, King Yaroglek.

While Yaroglek managed to secure the throne for himself his father’s actions were not forgotten by Valdym’s followers, and he was kept, in secret, from Yaroglek’s knowledge in an unknown location until he could lead the loyalists against the grand betrayal.

Yaroglek, being much older than Valdym, grew too confident on the throne, and when rebellion erupted there was very little the king could do. While it is unknown what the different stages of the rebellion were, Valdym eventually claimed the throne, deposing Yaroglek. However, despite a righteous rule, his old title remained, and he was forever known in Calradia as Valdym “The Bastard”.

Culture

The Vaegirs could be considered a barbaric kingdom but that was not the case. Their use of furs and axes came from the harshness of the land they lived in, rather than some deep-seated barbaric fantasy. However, it is true that the Vaegirs lacked discipline. A Vaegir army would often be composed of more or less experienced tribesmen who would join into their small or larger bands and head into the field. This would sometimes create chaos during a battle as tribes might have begun to fight each other, instead of the enemy, over loot or prisoners.

The Vaegir lords were more akin to warlords, leading the mostly divided tribes under their banners with the promise of riches. Vaegir castles were often built by engineers from outside the Vaegir kingdom, which lacked a skilled workforce. Even if we call the Vaegir barbaric we cannot consider them poor. Their large supplies of iron allowed them to produce plenty of their own weapons and armour that they exported to the surrounding kingdoms. This provided a large bulk of their income which allowed them to afford not only sizeable armies but also outside labour.

In some ways we could look at Vaegirs as a reflection of the Nords. Both kingdoms enjoyed strength of arms over other arts but the Vaegirs were far less disciplined, while the Nords would often work together and develop different battlefield tactics to defeat their enemies.

One of the most notable strategists of the period, Lord Lezalit, noted in his works and diaries that the Vaegirs lacked competent and disciplined warriors. However in his book, “The Joint Forces of Calrad” he spoke highly of Vaegir archers who, in conjunction with troops from other kingdoms, could form the ranged core of an undefeated army.

Afterword

The Great Wars in Calradia might be compared to the Dark Ages. It was a time of anarchy and chaos. Of great uncertainty and death. Build on the foundation of the Calrad Empire the Calradia of the Great Wars was nothing like its former self. It was a gather of nobles and kings, hungry for wealth and power, while the common folk were nothing more than cannon fodder and money purses waiting to be emptied. While there has been some technological and cultural progress over this time period it was largely over shadowed by the wars and conflicts that plagued it.

It is unfair to say that all the nobles were intent on conflict, or that all the kings desired to be in a constant state of war, but once the initial string of conflict broke out there was nothing that could stop the paranoia of one’s neighbor eventually invading your kingdom. The Great Wars ended just as suddenly as they had begun. Eventually even the nobles and kings were too tired to fight. The period after the time of the Great Wars was known as the Rebuild, because of all the construction work and repairs that were done. Slowly Calradia recovered from this dark period, and at least for the next few years its people could rest for the next conflict that was slowly brewing, just over the horizon.

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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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