Mount and Blade – Calradia Guide

How soldiers were recruited differed slightly in each kingdom. The Sarranid were the major exception since men were not recruited into armies, but sold into slavery as soldiers. The slave’s family benefited from the silver earned from the sale, and the slave himself might have risen through the ranks to become a Mamluke.

Among the other kingdoms recruiters would be sent by lords to seek out those interested in joining their lord’s army. If such were found they would be marched into the castle and their new lives would begin.

The life of a Calradian could have been very short and brutal but compared to the other options present it was the only sensible one.

Each army followed its own hierarchy and organization. Typically an army would be divided into battles, which could be understood, roughly, as large groups of men. However to maintain some form of organization each group of infantry or cavalry would have their own lord or captain leading them. Individual lords would often lead no more than two hundred men. However an army might have had as many as over two thousand men, though this was rare. Each lord strived to maintain a balanced force of archers, infantry, and cavalry, which might have created a lot of confusion during the later battle, since each lord would maintain their own small army, rather than organize larger archer, infantry, or cavalry groups.

Kingdoms of Calradia

There were six kingdoms in Calradia at the time. We already spoke of the Kingdom of Swadia briefly, but let us explore them in depth again.

The Kingdom of Swadia was the richest agricultural area of Calradia. The flat plains benefited the use of cavalry, which the Swadians admired. All lesser nobles were expected to be trained horsemen. The knights of Swadia were some of the most feared warriors of the time, and rightfully so. Their charge alone often broke entire armies, thanks to their training and equipment. Meanwhile, their foot warriors, mainly men at arms and crossbowmen, were acting as the support for the knights. Often when a lord departed with his army for a campaign he would leave behind his foot soldiers to guard the castle and local lands.

Despite their rich agriculture, Swadia often lacked a major export, such as the Nords, Khergits or Vaegirs possessed.

Because of this Swadia often relied on war to fill their coffers, invading local kingdoms for their riches. While the success of their campaigns may be debated there is no doubt that the lords of Swadia were some of the most influential people in Calradia.

The Kingdom of Rhodoks was a largely mountainous area. Invading armies had difficulty not only passing through the steep and hazardous mountain paths but the disciplined formations of Rhodok spear men could halt almost any army. Their lack of plains made the use of cavalry completely void. Rhodok lords relied largely upon their infantry to defeat their foes through discipline and training, rather than an overwhelming charge. Incidentally both of its neighbours, the Kingdom of Swadia and Sarranid Sultanate, relied on their cavalry elite to defeat the enemy, so many times the Rhodok armies managed to halt an invasion.

Rhodok cities were known for their rich velvet, which was often exported to the neighbouring Swadia and Sarranid Sultanate in times of peace. It was also known for some of the sweetest wine from Veluca, but it was largely a local export that did not find much support in neighbouring Swadia, mainly due to fierce competition from Swadian brewers, who discredited the Rhodok brew.

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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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