Mount and Blade – Calradia Guide

What is interesting to note is that there were very few naval engagements during this time, even though four nations had access to the sea. The reason for this is, most likely, the proximity to each of the kingdoms. There was simply no need to travel by sea, especially since the costs of building and maintaining a fleet might have been too high, and transporting a sizeable army would likely double the cost.

The lords, even with their desire for riches, were often not the richest of people. They were all stuck in a military stalemate, where none of them could afford a smaller army for fear of being invaded by their neighbour. Much revenue was lost on maintaining an army, and often a ransom for a captured lord would take weeks to be paid. It was not unheard of that during some conflicts a king would patiently wait to sign a peace treaty so that there would be no need to pay thousands of coins in ransoms. It was cheaper to concede defeat than to bring a lord back into active service.

The most humble estimates claim that tens—if not hundreds—of thousands of souls perished from these conflicts. Mercenaries often had to be called in by lords when fresh bodies were not available, and it was not unheard of for warriors to abandon their lords and turn to banditry. It seemed a far better option, to rob merchants, than to fight for a lord as his pawn. Even such honoured individuals as the Nord huscarls and Swadian knights would give up on the benefits their positions offered and live off the land.

These conflicts never brought about any conclusion, and the sheer number of them makes it impossible to guess just how many wars there were. What the scribes of the age called the “Great Wars” we simply call a “Medieval Melee”.

Of Liars and Pretenders

The Middle Ages in Calradia were not only known for their wars but also the injustice caused by the kings to their equals. Each of the kingdoms had a single pretender who sought support to gain back what was rightfully theirs.

There are numerous tomes discussing the claims of the pretender lords, the support they managed to gain, and how they gained it. What should be interesting to note is how the lesser lords often reacted to these claims, that being, they did not react at all. Lesser lords often joined the side that benefited them at the time. If one side was losing, then a lord would willingly join another kingdom, or even a pretender’s army, if there was a chance of gaining more influence or power.

It is very difficult to say who, in the end, were the puppet masters in this complicated web of politics. The kings controlled their nobles, but to what extent? How much did the nobles control their kings? The middle and lower classes had no say on the grander stage of politics, and their petitions would often fall on deaf ears.

It is possible, as some sources claim, that the pretenders were, in fact, lesser nobility who tried to change the state of things in Calradia, but their ways were too radical, and both the kings and lords shunned them for not operating according to their set rules.

Such claims are hard to discredit, considering how corrupt and rotten the entire system was, and how war-stricken the land was.

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Aleksander "WriterX" Bielski
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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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