Mount and Blade – Calradia Guide

The reasons for this may be that gold and silver were sought out by lords to pay for their enormous armies, thus none of it was ever traded away. At the same time iron would be needed to produce weapons and equipment, so its use for decorations might have not been permitted.

Still, this did not stop other luxurious resources from being produced, imported, and traded within Calradia. As you will have a chance to read in the following chapters, spices, velvets, and dyes were produced and sold by different kingdoms. While expensive metals were used to pay for armies no lord would pay his men in velvets or spices, even if their value was high.

Armour in Calradia appeared in many forms.

Lighter suits of armour tended to be made out of thickly woven cloth and padding to reduce potential wounds from blunt weapons. Examples of this may be seen among Swadian militias, who used gambesons or aketons. While cheap to produce, especially with plenty of wool available, they did not offer much protection.

Medium and heavy armour were usually made out of metal. What differed is the amount of metal used and how it was shaped. Chainmail was, by far, the most commonly used medium armour in Calradia, even if it did come in many different forms. Heavy armour usually was made out of some combination of metal plates and chainmail, although the richest lords and kings could afford plate armour; plate armour was very difficult to penetrate by most bladed weapons, save perhaps by stabbing. This put certain armies, like that of the Khergits and Sarranids, at a disadvantage, as most of their swords would be used for slashing and not piercing.

While one might think that heavy armour would rule the battlefield there were reasons why the Rhodoks, with their spears and crossbows, could withstand a Swadian charge with ease.

Let us assume you had a wooden board in front of yourself. Attempting to slash through it with a sword might take a lot of effort, especially if said plank is very tough and thick. How does one then pierce through it? A nail would do the trick. It is not always about the strength of the hit, but how big an area you spread it over. As such, a sword would have a hard time slashing through plate armour, but a hammer or pick would have a much easier time wounding the man inside. Of course, the problem would be that the tip would have to reach far enough to wound the knight and this would often take much more effort than expected. Another clear problem with plate armour was that, while the plates were difficult to penetrate, a thin dagger could still pass between them, if used skillfully. Sometimes it was easier to force a knight in heavy armour to the ground, then stab him in the chest, bypassing his armour, with a miserchorde–a triangular cross-sectioned dagger designed specifically to penetrate mail and plate. Bows and crossbows appeared in many different forms, sizes, and shapes. While crossbows tended to be very powerful weapons the amount of time it took to reload one is longer than an archer could fire a number of arrows. Crossbows were favoured by the Rhodok and Swadians for one simple reason; it was much easier to teach a peasant to use a crossbow than a bow. While the Khergits were often taught from a young age how to use a bow it would take many months, at least, to teach an untrained peasant to achieve a similar level of expertise.

Lances, as such, were usually reserved for tournaments. Far more common were different types of war spears or light javelins, which were easier to use in the heat of combat, especially when a rider lost momentum. It should be noted that even Swadian knights did not exclusively use lances, and some of them favoured maces and swords, especially if they lost their horse or had to take part in a siege.

What may be one of the most curious novelties in Calradia is the use of shields. The Swadians did not use big shields. Their knights often used lighter horseman shields, that although offered some protection would often prove less useful on the ground. Swadian footmen would have somewhat bigger shields but they did not offer full protection.

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