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    Icon1 [Mount&Blade] Tips, Tactics & Strategy Guide (Version 960)

    This post is currently reserved for making a guide. I may be on this on and off so its a work in progress


    For older versions click below for the guide by Sheep-Goats see the discussion here
    Spoiler Alert, click show to read: 

    Mount&Blade: A Beginner's Guide


    By Sheep-Goats

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    TABLE OF CONTENTS

    Section 1 - Metainfo
    1.1 - About Mount&Blade (AIWQZI)
    1.2 - About this FAQ (QPVKLS)
    1.3 - Contacting Me (BJIEWO)

    Section 2 - Basics
    2.1 - Controls (KKIXIW)
    2.2 - Common Character Types (EIRWSX)

    Section 3 - Character and Army Development
    3.1 - The Character Creation Screen (LLKJNE)
    3.2 - Attributes (NNBWUW)
    3.3 - Weapon Proficiencies (LIIEXX)
    3.4 - Skills (PWPPOE)
    3.5 - Heroes (IWJCIS)
    3.6 - Equipment (YUEISB)
    3.7 - Making Money (CKSIWW)
    3.8 - Army Building (RREWOO)
    3.9 - Joining Factions (GNBMFJ)

    Section 4 - A Walkthrough for Your First Game
    4.1 - The Walkthrough to Level 6 (6EKJFI)


    Section 5 - Mods for Mount&Blade
    5.1 - Sources for Mods (UXUWIE)
    5.2 - Mods Out Now (HEIWPQ)

    Section 6 - Troubleshooting Mount&Blade Problems
    6.1 - List of Common Problems and Fixes (VOIUPM)

    Section 7 - Legal


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    Section 1 - Metainfo
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    *****1.1 - About Mount&Blade (AIWQZI)

    Mount&Blade is a medieval combat simulator that has two really strong suits -
    - firstly, good on-horse combat and secondly, massive and interesting battles.
    No other game gives the same kind of intensity and involvement in the battles
    you're involved in -- when you ride with your army against an opposing force
    of mixed infantry, missile troops, and heavy horse you really feel the impact
    of combat, risking your own neck to save your troops while seeking every
    possible advantage in terrain and tactics. You may arrive on the battlefield
    with 20 troops and face a force in excess of 100 individual units, all of
    them on the battlefield, doing their best to take everything you own and it's
    your skill with a sword and the steadiness of your horse that will decide if
    you live or die.

    Mount&Blade is also notable because it essentially has only two developers,
    who are a husband and wife who live in Turkey. The game isn't fully released
    or implemented yet, but the combat engine is fully realized and combat is
    really the life blood of the game anyway. While we wait for the official
    developers to build in a plot, several very adept modders are building (or
    have built) fully-fleshed worlds for us to explore while we slaughter
    peasants from horseback -- most notably a well made plotline (Storymod) and a
    Lord of the Rings spin-off in which your battles add into whether mankind
    triumphs or Mordor's orcs lay claim to Middle Earth (The Last Days mod).

    Finally, how you win your battles and which factions you support is up to you
    in the vanilla game and in most mods. Want to command your troops while they
    tear apart the enemy line? You can. Want to solo thirty dark knights? You
    can. Want to make your money as a roving merchant / bandit, owing no
    allegiance to anyone but your troops? You can. You can succeed in battle
    with any style of weapon -- lance, bow, sword, axe, or a big damn hammer so
    long as your approach is tactically sound and you and your army can handle
    your foes.

    Mount&Blade's openness, immersive and intense combat, and myriad of
    interesting choices involving combat styles, faction choices, and various
    mods means that it offers immense replay value and a ton of fun. You can
    download Mount&Blade from http://www.taleworlds.com/, but until you buy a
    serial code you'll be unable to play any character that makes it to level six
    or beyond -- enough for you to get a good feel for the game, but not enough
    to take out the toughest armies that you can find. If you buy a serial now
    it will continue to work in all future versions and it will come at a
    discounted rate, which will increase as later and later versions come out
    (v0.751 costs 18 dollars to purchase, v1.0 will cost 30).

    I bought the game and am glad I did, even some months after first playing it.


    *****1.2 - About this FAQ (QPVKLS)

    This is v1.0 of this FAQ, written 6-6-06.

    There are resources for Mount&Blade players online, but most of what a
    beginner to Mount&Blade would need to know is scattered about and one
    generally has to dig through the official forums
    (http://forums.taleworlds.net/index.php) to find anything of value. This FAQ
    seeks to make starting a character and building an army less of a hit-or-miss
    proposition for a new player, and to clear up some commonly asked questions
    about the long term value of several common styles of play.

    v0.751 was the most up-to-date version of Mount&Blade available when I was
    making this FAQ and since Mount&Blade is a work in progress many things may
    change in the future -- particularly balance judgments I've made about which
    skills are worthwhile and which are not, and how combat goes and how it
    doesn't. I can't promise that I'll be totally on the ball with updates for
    future versions, but I doubt the producers of the game will pull any total
    180s on me either. But more importantly this is all the info I wanted when I
    started playing, so I just feel it'd be a boon to offer it in a concise
    format for others.

    Oh, and those six character strings at the end of titles (like BJIEWO for the
    next section) are unique random garbles of letters meant to make the Ctrl+F
    feature of any internet browser work better. To find a particular section
    just punch that string into your find feature (Ctrl+F) and you'll either find
    its entry in the Table of Contents or at the head of its section. So, in
    summary, Ctrl+F.

    This FAQ is, of course, copyrighted as per the date and author mentioned
    above.


    *****1.3 - Contacting Me (BJIEWO)

    Unfortunately, I have little to no desire to chat with anyone from the
    internet about my guide or even take contributions to it. I posted it
    originally on gamefaqs.com, and if it appears on any other website it's
    because they got it from there, which is fine unless that site is directly
    charging for access to this information (yeah, right).

    If you do want to talk to me so badly that you just can't stand it, I suppose
    you could come find me at the Something Awful forums, where I post under my
    internet pseudonym, Sheep-Goats. It costs ten bucks to register a forum
    account there, and if you want to find out why go read the Wikipedia article
    about the forums there.

    Don't even think about contacting me for a serial to the game. I'm not
    giving you mine, and I wouldn't tell you where to get a free one even if I
    knew. Seriously. I don't care what your excuse is.


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    Section 2 - Basics
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    *****2.1 - Controls (KKIXIW)

    Mount&Blade has three main interaction modes. Menus (which are point and
    click), the world map, and combat/in town. The world map is an isometric
    interface (like Diablo II -- look down from heaven) and the combat/in town
    view is a 3rd person floating camera view (like in Tomb Raider) which can be
    switched to first person, even though nobody uses first person.

    *Menu Controls
    99% of menu interaction is point and click. You get to the menus by pressing
    the tab key while in town or on the world map. Pressing tab while in combat
    initiates a retreat (if possible). The only other thing you need to know is
    that if you hold Control and click something in your inventory it moves
    automatically to the merchant's (or your party member's) inventory, making
    buying/selling much easier.

    Mousing over anything in your inventory will give info about it. Clicking on
    skills in the character creation screen (the skill name itself, not the
    little plus off to the side which is used to spend a point and raise the
    skill) will give you a description of the skill. There is currently no way
    to go back a screen during character creation -- hopefully this will be
    implemented soon as accidentally clicking on Start a New Character begins an
    irreversible five minute process.

    You access your inventory, your character and party screens, and your quest
    log from the world map. It has buttons labeled appropriately on the bottom.

    *World Map Controls
    Like Diablo II, most world map controls just involve clicking where you want
    your party to go. If you mouse over anything visible on the world map you'll
    get info about it. If you're not moving the game automatically pauses, so if
    you want time to pass while you sit still, you just hold the space bar down.

    If you want to zoom in or out you can use your mouse wheel, or just move the
    pointer near the top or bottom edge of the screen. To rotate the map move
    your mouse to the left or right edges of the screen. To slide around and
    look at the map, first orient it by rotating it, then stop your horse by
    tapping space bar, then slide the map with the WSAD keys like you do to move
    your character.

    Note that beginners always get a "Party has no food to eat" message on the
    world map. To fix this you open your inventory (press Tab, then click on
    Inventory) and drop any food you might have into the "Food" box just below
    your weapon boxes. Then your party can eat that kind of food. Some food
    makes morale go up (meat, fish), though morale seems to have little effect on
    game play as of v0.751. Bigger armies eat food faster, but food is pretty
    cheap.

    A commonly asked question is "How do I speed up on the world map?" Your map
    speed is basically determined by first finding the average speed of the
    troops in your party, then the speed of the slowest troop, and then taking
    the average of those two numbers -- meaning that if you have one guy on foot
    and everyone else mounted you'll really slow way down.

    There are penalties to your speed too. Having lots of troops slows you down
    -- a wholly mounted army of 80 or so probably won't move faster than 7 or 8,
    whereas a wholly mounted army of 20 will go 9.5 without any trouble. Another
    penalty is carrying too much stuff in your inventory. If you carry one horse
    in your inventory for every five boxes of trade goods (about) you can reduce
    this penalty, but note that the horses themselves are trade goods and, as
    such, carrying too many horses can slow you down too. Most people give three
    or four extra horses to one of their heroes and leave it at that. Increasing
    your Pathfinding skill is the only other thing you can do to directly help
    your map speed -- your riding skill and the type of horse you're riding have
    nothing to do with it -- a courser will move at 10 if you're alone, as will a
    swaybacked saddle horse. A horse is a horse as far as map speed goes.

    *Combat/In-Town Controls
    Mount&Blade is a WSAD game. W moves you forward, A and D strafe, S moves
    backward while the mouse looks around. You can jump with Space, and F is the
    "activate" key used for doors, treasure, mounting horses, and initiating
    conversations. If you talk to the "Trainer" in the first town you start out
    in he'll lead you the rest of your basic controls, but I have my own
    descriptions below, too, of course.

    Oh, and pressing tab lets you leave town instantly -- you don't have to run
    to a border and then press F to activate the border, though that's an option,
    too.

    When in combat, you left click to swing your sword and right click (and hold)
    to block. Rolling the mouse wheel up will change among the weapons you have
    equipped in your weapon slots in your inventory, rolling it down changes
    between shields, or switches to no-shield, which allows you to swing certain
    weapons (those specifically labeled "one/two handed," which means you can use
    them one handed OR two handed) faster -- though, of course, you can't use a
    shield while you have a pure "two handed" weapon equipped. Blocking works
    slightly differently with or without a shield. If you have a shield you can
    simply hold right-click and block time and time again from any frontal attack.
    If you don't, you have to wait for your enemy to begin his attack, then right
    click and hold to move your weapon into a good block position (which will
    vary depending on if he's chopping, slashing left or right, or stabbing).
    Projectiles cannot be blocked without a shield, and blocking two different
    kinds of attacks form two enemies at once (e.g.: a chop and a slash
    simultaneously) is impossible without a shield.

    If you have a bow equipped, you click and hold to draw, mouse to aim, and
    then release the mouse button to shoot the arrow. The shift key can zoom for
    you if you're trying to make a long shot. Note that projectiles can hurt
    your friends in v0.751, but handheld weapons can't -- you can also suffer
    from friendly fire this way. The targeting reticule gets smaller while you
    hold the mouse button, but as your character gets tired it will begin getting
    bigger again, so there's a certain rhythm to using the bow well. With a
    crossbow you have to click to reload once between hold-and-release shots --
    also note that apart from the smallest models, crossbows CANNOT be reloaded
    while on horseback.

    To mount a horse that's standing around you get close, look at him, and press
    F. To dismount, just look down at him and press F.

    When you're on a horse the A and D keys turn the horse. The W and S key
    effect acceleration instead of outright movement -- hold W to speed up for
    two or three seconds and you'll reach top speed, release W and your horse
    will gallop along -- use S as a brake if need be. The most important thing
    to realize from horseback is that to make a tight turn you have to slow your
    horse down -- so if you're lancing and wheeling on enemies you'll have to
    combine S with A or D each time you want to turn around or else you'll make
    far too wide a turn to come around quickly.

    The mouse effects where your character aims his attacks while on horseback,
    this include the elevation of attacks (toward head or toward feet) as well as
    the direction (toward one o'clock, toward five o'clock, etc). Headshots tend
    to do quite a bit more damage than body shots, but headshots are only
    announced when done with a projectile weapon (where they also receive a
    special damage bonus that swung weapons do not) as the extra damage from a
    swung weapon's headshot is actually a result of typically lighter enemy armor
    in that area.

    Four more things need to be said about on-horse combat as it's the essence of
    Mount&Blade. First, you control how you use your weapon by where you look
    before swinging. Looking up before clicking readies an overhead chop,
    looking to the side readies a swipe on that side. This means one generally
    looks off to the side a bit and readies an attack while riding down an
    opponent, then holds that attack for a while before releasing it.

    Second, is "couched lance damage". Couching a lance means tucking it under
    your armpit and holding it out while your horse runs toward someone. To do
    this you don't click ANYTHING. You have to get your horse at least trotting
    (at which point your character will drop his lance from a vertical position
    to a couched position), then you ride toward your opponent and look up/down
    to adjust how high your lance tip is while using A and D to adjust the
    left/right position of your lance. You can only couch lance and lance-like
    weapons -- you can't couch swords and axes, of course. Couched lances do
    triple the damage they would while stabbing, plus large bonuses based on
    horse speed. This means that a couched lance is by far the most damaging
    attack in Mount&Blade, but also note that it's a slow-fire attack and
    obviously difficult to use on a horseman that's chasing you (or a horseman
    using a bow who's riding away). Couched lances cannot be blocked, of course.
    Many beginners find couched lance damage is the way to go -- while I actually
    feel all types of weapons are good when you practice with them. For the
    record, I prefer one-handed weapons with bow support myself, but there's no
    arguing that a couched lance can get you through some foes that a swinging
    weapon wouldn't have the power to hurt.

    Third, I need to make mention of the old bump-n-grind. Often times, when you
    ride down an infantry unit and have an attack ready, he'll simply block it
    and then you ride past without doing any damage. If you ride a bit slower,
    though (with practice slowing down becomes unnecessary, but it's hard to time
    at first) you can clip him with your horse's chest which will hurt him
    slightly and drop his guard, and then take his head off with your trailing
    weapon in a quick 1-2 fashion.

    Fourth, using a bow or throwing weapon from horseback results in huge
    penalties to accuracy. To counter these stopping your horse helps a lot, and
    dismounting helps even more. You need a high proficiency in Bow/Crossbow to
    tighten the reticule, keep this in mind as being on a horse will only
    exacerbate an already large reticule for new characters without much bow
    skill yet. Having a high Horse Archery skill is also useful (even for thrown
    weapons), but you'll need five or six points there to appreciate the
    difference. Also, you cannot fire a drawn bow too far to your right side
    while mounted. This is not a bug -- try holding your arms like you were
    firing a bow (lock your left arm, you would if actually using a bow) while
    sitting and aiming to your right -- it's impossible for right-handed people
    to do it. Circle counter-clockwise while on horse if you want to use your
    bow (so you can aim left instead of right), just like the Cherokee were
    famous for doing.

    Finally, once you build an army you can command them. Pressing 1 will cause
    them to Hold Position at whatever point you stood when you pressed 1, a good
    way to put your archers on top of a hill. Pressing 2 gets everyone to chase
    after you. Pressing 3 commands a charge. Pressing 4 tells everyone to mount
    up (though everyone who can is normally mounted at the start of the battle
    and will stay that way if possible), pressing 5 tells them to dismount
    (generally so you can steal their horse). Pressing F1 through F4 before
    pressing 1 through 5 allows you to command your troops by type, e.g.: Archers,
    hold; Cavalry, charge. But most Mount&Blade armies are homogenous (only
    archers or only cavalry, etc), so few players use the F1 through F4 keys that
    often.


    *****2.2 - Common Character Types (EIRWSX)

    This section will describe a few normal types of combat characters used in
    Mount&Blade, and give some info about what's important to those characters.
    In general, a character can be good at two different types of weapons, but
    not three. Your character will have a proficiency score (ranging generally
    from 30 at start to 250 or so by level 25) for each weapon type -- this score
    has a gradual but very real effect on swing speed and damage. Since you
    increase this score through use or through investing some bonus points you
    get at level-ups, trying to use three types of weapons all the time will
    limit your proficiency in each. The rate at which proficiency grows is the
    same as the amount of damage done with each type of weapon and is unaffected
    by anything else -- headshots with a bow will increase proficiency faster
    (because they do more damage), but not "difficult" shots. Couched lance
    damage will increase lance proficiency very quickly, stabbing with a lance
    will do so more slowly.

    Weapon damage isn't just "Does it hit? Okay, it then does X damage." The
    damage is based on the speed of your weapon relative to your opponent AND the
    base damage it does. This means it's quite possible for a fast, low damage
    weapon to do the same damage as a slow, high-damage weapon, even on a
    stationary opponent simply because it's moving faster. Blunt and piercing
    weapons (20c means 20 cutting damage, 20b means 20 blunt damage, 20p means 20
    piercing -- if a weapon can do more than one type of damage the type of
    attack you ready with it will choose which base damage stat is used to
    calculate damage) go through armor better than cutting ones, and armor can
    totally negate your attack if it is weak. Also, swinging a slow weapon at
    someone who's galloping away will result in NEGATIVE speed penalties, which
    makes absolute sense in real life -- you're simply not going to hit someone
    in the back with a sledgehammer while they gallop away, but if you catch them
    in the face while they're riding toward you they're in for a world of hurt.
    In short -- weapon speed is really important, not just damage.

    All but one of the following character types are mounted. The game is called
    Mount&Blade for a reason -- without a horse you have to have a very
    specialized character to not get turned into meat. Your horse is generally
    the deadliest weapon in your arsenal, and your greatest defense, so buy a
    good one and stay on him as much as you can. All of the following character
    types are fully valid, and at their apex they'll all kill enemies about as
    quickly and last about as long -- so it's really a choice of which character
    type sounds the most fun to you.

    *One Handed Character
    This character has several advantages. He is the hardest to kill as his
    horse protects him against infantry through mobility, while his shield makes
    it hard for mounted opposition to hurt him even if they catch him. He is an
    enemy archer's worst nightmare, and can act as a very good mobile defensive
    commander even if he never actually uses his weapon. He also has a good
    selection of weapons at hand, and makes an excellent slaver as the best blunt
    weapons are one-handed. The disadvantage is that he will have to pump
    damage-inducing skills to make up for the lower damage values of one-handed
    weapons.

    A one-handed character will want a sturdy horse with a lot of armor -- the
    speed is important too, but being able to take shots is more important as his
    horse will be in the nitty gritty all the time. The heavy charger is
    probably ideal. For a weapon many people love the scimitar for its speed. I
    personally like the bastard sword as it has a good balance of speed and
    damage, but also has a lot of reach for a one-hander.

    If you want to be a pure commander who doesn't dirty his blade at all, you'll
    still want a one-handed weapon and a shield just for defense -- just don't
    invest too many points in combat skills. I don't think being a pure
    commander would be as much fun as getting directly involved in combat, but
    I'm not every person, either.

    *Two Handed Character
    This character is the-gallop-through-a-herd-and-take-heads guy. His two
    handed weapon is very capable of one-shot kills in rapid succession and it
    will generally have the reach to really give opposing mounted melee types
    hell with little risk to the two hander. The enemy archer, especially
    mounted, is a nightmare, however. All a two hander can hope for is a miss by
    the opponent; otherwise he'll get hit and stunned by the arrow, his charge
    amounting to a suicide run. For this reason, many two handed characters
    switch off to a one-handed with a shield setup only when facing large numbers
    of enemy archers. Learning the bump-and-grind maneuver (described toward the
    end of the controls section) is essential for this character as the slower
    swing speed and longer reach of two handers incites a lot of blocking from
    enemies.

    A two handed character has the same wants in a horse as a one handed
    character. Many two handers go with the Sword of War as it has good speed
    for a two hander without sacrificing too much damage, but some go all out
    with a shield-shattering battle axe or else choose a Bastard Sword as it can
    swap rapidly between one-handed and two-handed options if archers are present.
    My two handed characters seemed to do best with a Sword of War.

    *The Archer-Commander
    This character stays back while sending his troops out ahead of himself. He
    is generally dismounted and rapidly firing arrows while issuing battle
    commands. He'll then mount up and move to a new location. I suppose you
    could pump his horse archery skill and remain mounted all the time, but
    generally Archer-Commanders would rather spend all those Agility/Horse
    Archery points on Charisma/Leadership. Some points in Athletics for on-foot
    mobility help out immensely when enemy cavalry slips through your lines and
    heads for you. Archery has the highest learning curve (you have to learn how
    to aim yourself as well as developing your character's bow proficiency) but
    many say it yields the fastest kill rate of any type of weapon.

    A speedy horse is ideal but not terribly necessary. The ideal bow is hands-
    down the Bow of War, which has the highest damage of any bow, along with a
    Large Bag (or two) of Bodkin Arrows, which do the most damage of any arrow.
    Both of these items fire at the same rate as crap bows/arrows. A lot of

    Power Draw also yields huge damage bonuses per shot. Almost nobody uses
    crossbows as they're slow to reload and the good ones can't be used on horse.
    Non-mounted crossbow troops, however, are your deadliest allies -- if not
    your hardiest.

    *The Lancer
    This character relies on couched lance damage, as described toward the end of
    the controls section. He is most able to take out enemies that should be far
    too dangerous for him, even with minimal troop support, but will do so slowly
    and carefully, one at a time.

    As fast and maneuverable a horse as possible is the most important piece of
    equipment for a lancer -- this means a spirited courser, or a normal courser
    failing the money to buy a spirited one. Also, his riding skill is by far
    his most important one. Most lancers have a one handed weapon backup for
    when they're de-horsed (which happens occasionally due to a courser's low
    horse armor) plus a throwing weapon for utility. As far as the lances
    themselves go, many go with a Great Lance as its large range makes for anti-
    lance superiority and ease of aim, though a Jousting Lance does blunt damage
    making it a good slaving weapon with generally still enough punch to take
    down even enemy heavy horse in one good charge. The double tipped lance is
    the only lance that can be used well on foot but its short range makes
    couched damage difficult to pull off. The pike has good range and damage,
    but can't be used with a shield -- and since couched damage is so high anyway
    doing more damage is really not as important as not eating arrows all day
    long.

    The lancer is not as good at protecting and controlling his army as the other
    troop types. He can't kill quickly and couching requires a fairly erratic
    loop with your horse which means you can't bunch and lead a group of enemies
    with a lance like you could if you had a sword. It's a go-it-alone style,
    but a very powerful one. Because you begin the game without an army many
    beginners think the lancer is stronger than he is -- but later on how you act
    in a given battle has so terribly much to do with how many of your troops
    survive it, and for this reason the lance really isn't overpowered. Finally,
    yes, the Powerstrike skill does increase couched lance damage, but most
    lancers find that increasing their agility and riding skills is much more
    important, even for doing damage, than anything else.

    *A Throwing Character
    Nobody actually uses this build. Thrown weapons are good because they're
    projectiles, and, unlike a bow, they don't take two equipment slots (one for
    bow, one for arrow). But they don't have enough shots to be really useful on
    their own, despite their large damage and with-shield abilities. Having a
    stack of javelins ready as a lancer is very useful, though -- you have your
    lance for killing, your shield for protection, a one-hander for self defense
    if unhorsed, and javelins for chucking at run-away dip wads on horses who are
    difficult to catch and lance due to the relative-speed-equals-damage thing.
    You would be unable to use a bow in that setup as you wouldn't have an
    equipment slot for arrows. Thrown weapons' other ace is that it's just
    immensely satisfying to chuck a javelin and see it stick in someone's head
    while they keel off their horse and die. Or to just pelt river pirates in
    the skull with softball sized rocks.

    Since throwing weapons are utility weapons you may find it better to carry
    throwing daggers (or even stones) as there are more of them in a stack --
    jarid do the most damage but only come in seven or eight to a stack. You
    generally use them to get an opposing mounted archer to draw his melee weapon
    / shield and turn to attack you, not to kill with.


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    Section 3 - Character and Army Development
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    *****3.1 - The Character Creation Screen (LLKJNE)

    I'm not going to go into too much detail and make a chart on this one. For
    vanilla Mount&Blade you have four male and four female character types to
    choose between when starting out. In general, the first choice on the list
    after choosing gender is the combat choice (squire / court lady), the second
    is the agility / archery choice (hunter), the third is the intelligent and
    commanderly choice (priest / nun) and the last is the charismatic leaderly
    choice (merchant). Generally the priest / nun type is the least favorite as
    your heroes can cover the intelligence skills quite well while you go off to
    battle (see the "Heroes" section, 3.4, for more details).

    If all you want is a small, effective army (easy to maintain) and want to get
    in the mix yourself you're best off choosing a squire or court lady as they
    have the least number of "wasted" skill points already allocated. The court
    lady also starts the game with a spirited courser -- the ultimate horse by
    many a Mount&Blade player's standards, and quite an expensive piece of
    equipment anyway. The hunter type is fine for those who want to concentrate
    on archery (many players swear it's the most fun of anything in Mount&Blade).
    Merchants make the best leaders of large armies in the end, and start with
    more money and saleable goods than the other characters. Most of my
    characters start with a squire or court lady, but that's due to the way I
    play the game.

    If this is your first time with Mount&Blade, take a court lady and go buy a
    cheap lance ASAP (bent pitchfork). After your first time through just take
    whichever character seems best for your eventual goals.

    Most mods have an entirely different character creation screen (or series of
    screens). Again, just think of which choice (or choices) seems most
    appropriate for your end goals and take that.


    *****3.2 - Attributes (NNBWUW)

    There are four attributes, descriptions below. Each attribute has direct
    effects on your character's battle ability, but they also govern skills.
    This is explained in more detail in the Skills section, but basically you
    just need to know that skills cannot be higher than 1/3 of their governing
    attribute -- having three strength allows one Powerstrike, six allows two,
    nine allows three, etc.

    *Strength - Having higher strength effects how much damage you do, but not by
    a huge margin. Also, for every point you invest in strength your character
    gets one more free hit point. Many weapons and pieces of armor require a
    certain amount of strength to use -- generally 12 strength is good enough to
    use anything you'd want, apart from the heaviest of Battle Axes which would
    require 14. Also note that some strength skills have minimum necessary
    levels that are required to use certain weapons. An example of this is the
    War Bow, which is pretty much indisputably the best bow. It requires a Power
    Draw skill of four, which in turn requires having a strength rating of at
    least 12. Therefore most strict archer types in Mount&Blade all still have
    at least 12 strength.

    *Agility - This is many Mount&Blade player's favorite attribute. Agility
    increases weapon swing speed, but not by a huge margin. Also, for every
    point you spend on Agility you get 15 free Weapon Proficiency points to spend
    (see the Weapon Proficiency section, 3.3). Agility governs some of the most
    useful skills, like Riding, Athletics, and Horse Archery.

    *Intelligence - For each point you spend on intelligence you get one more
    skill point to spend on skills. This means you could buy one intelligence
    and then raise two skills at each level instead of just one -- this is
    especially useful because there are nine skills governed by intelligence
    while only three or four by any other attribute. Intelligence generally
    doesn't help you fight, but it does help you find/avoid enemies, keep friends
    alive during and after battles, and haul more loot. Many characters don't
    invest heavily in Intelligence, though, as your heroes can cover those skills
    while you work on becoming a killing machine yourself, which in turn makes
    the game more fun. Or so I think. One particular intelligence skill,
    Inventory Management, is very inconvenient to have below a value of 2,
    therefore every Mount&Blade character of mine has at least 6 intelligence,
    but very few have more than that (because of the way I use heroes).

    *Charisma - Two very important skills are governed by charisma, those being
    Leadership and Prisoner Management. Investing extra points in charisma gets
    you no bonus perks like investing in the other attributes does. However,
    without at least some Leadership skill you'll get mobbed in battles and find
    it hard to win later on, and without some Prisoner Management skill your best
    early-game income won't exist and you'll be unable to get one of your heroes
    in vanilla Mount&Blade and in many mods. Most characters, then, should have
    at least 6 charisma in order to get at least two points in Prisoner
    Management and two points in leadership, which will let you have 21 guys in
    your army and control 10 prisoners, which is "enough" for most situations.
    If you want a large army charisma is the most important thing to raise as
    your character's Leadership skill is the only way to have more troops.


    *****3.3 - Weapon Proficiencies (LIIEXX)

    There are five types of weapons -- one handed, two handed, polearms, archery,
    crossbows, and throwing. Your proficiency score for each governs how quickly
    and how powerfully your character uses any given type of weapon. If you want
    to know what family a given weapon belongs to, just mouse over the weapon at
    the shop (or in your inventory) and it will tell you.

    In general, you'll begin with weapon proficiencies of around 40. Once you're
    "good" with a weapon that number will be at about 240, which will have you
    swinging your weapon maybe twice as fast and doing twice as much damage (the
    "twice" figure being a rough estimate by me, I don't have any hard numbers to
    back that up). This generally happens with a fair amount of concentration by
    level 20 or so.

    At each level up you get 15 points to spend on weapon proficiencies. Note,
    however, that 15 points doesn't always buy you 15 more proficiency. It will
    at first, but while going from 10 to 11 skill with one handed weapons will
    only cost you one of your proficiency skill up points, going from 219 to 220
    may cost something like five or six points, meaning you'll only be able to
    gain three more skill points for that level because proficiencies are harder
    to raise the better they get. This means it's generally best to spend
    proficiency points in skills that you're not good at but want to be, instead
    of skills that you use all the time as those will get good on their own. For
    me, this usually means spending points in archery while letting one-handed
    level on its own through damage -- but if you only use two handed weapons and
    nothing else, by all means spend all your points there.

    Oh, and yes there are one-handed and two-handed polearms, but any polearm has
    nothing to do with your one or two handed proficiencies. All polearms go by
    your polearm proficiency alone. Likewise, bows only consult your archery
    proficiency while crossbows only consult your crossbow proficiency. Whatever
    the game lists as a weapon's family is its sole governing proficiency.
    Raising one-handed proficiency won't make you better with a one-handed lance,
    as a lance is a polearm and therefore solely governed by your polearm
    proficiency.


    *****3.4 - Skills (PWPPOE)

    This section has detailed comments about how skills work, info on which are
    generally more useful than others, and notes about which characters want
    which skills. After the skill descriptions there is a mini-FAQ with commonly
    asked skill questions, like "Do party skills stack?"

    No skill can have a greater value than 1/3rd of its governing attribute. This
    means that if you have six strength then you can have two Powerstrike, but
    until you get nine strength you can't invest any more skill points into
    Powerstrike. You get one attribute point
    (Strength/Agility/Intelligence/Charisma) and one skill point to spend per
    level. Also, no personal skill can ever go above 8, which means having more
    than 24 strength does little to help you fight as putting attribute points
    into strength beyond 24 won't allow you to raise Powerstrike or Power Draw
    any more than having it at 24 would -- it'd usually be better to start
    working on agility at that point to get Riding / Horse Archery / Athletics up.

    The skill descriptions are followed by some codes. The codes, in parenthesis,
    are the governing attribute and the type of skill it is. There are three
    "types" of skills -- personal, party, and leader skills. Leader skills are
    skills that you, as the de facto leader, must have -- raising your heroes'
    Leadership or Prisoner Management does NOTHING for your party. Personal
    skills effect only the character that has them (with the exception of
    Training, which is a weird skill). Party skills effect other people in the
    party.

    One thing to note about party skills is that they DO NOT stack. If you have
    2 Surgery, and one of your heroes has 2 Surgery, your party doesn't have four
    Surgery, it has two. Also, any party skill owned by a hero is reduced by one
    point before being applied -- meaning a hero needs three points of Surgery to
    do the same amount of good for the party as two points would for you. This
    also means that if Marnid has a Surgery skill of one it does the party no
    good -- he'll have to get to two before it will start making an effect. This
    is to give the player at least some incentive to invest in party skills
    himself instead of having his lackeys (heroes) do it -- even though most
    Mount&Blade players still go that route.

    *Iron Flesh - (STR/Personal) - Iron Flesh increases the amount of hit points
    you have by 2 for each point you spend here. Many Mount&Blade players
    consider this a waste of points as heavy armor plus some of your party skills
    later on will generally keep your butt alive whereas two more hit points
    won't. However, some people swear by at least five points in this skill. I
    say it's garbage.

    *Powerstrike - (STR/Personal) - Each point here increases damage by one
    handed, two handed and polearm weapons by 6 percent. Get this to its max for
    your Strength attribute, but don't go out of your way pumping Strength just
    to get this higher. You won't get one-hit kills without some finesse on your
    end ever anyway, so don't try too hard to do so. And yes, Powerstrike does
    increase couched lance damage, as though we needed any more damage there.

    *Power Throw - (STR/Personal) - Increases damage done by throwing weapons.
    Some weapons require a certain amount of skill in Power Throw before you can
    use them -- many people like jarids as their backup throwing weapon, and they
    require 1 skill in Power Throw. The usefulness of this skill, however, is
    limited by the usefulness of throwing weapons -- bows are just better so long
    as you have the space for them in your inventory.

    *Power Draw - (STR/Personal) - Increases bow damage by 10% per point spent,
    which is a very large bonus. Also, the best bows require at least four Power
    Draw skill. At least four points here is a perquisite for any serious archer,
    and more points may be useful due to the large damage bonus. Having the
    Agility to level up Athletics or Riding or Horse Archery is also useful,
    though, so don't go overboard on the Power Draw.

    *Weapon Master - (AGI/Personal) - There are certain breaks as to where you
    are or are not allowed to spend your weapon proficiency skill-up points. If
    you don't have any Weapon Master skill, once a weapon proficiency gets to 60
    (through doing damage with that type of weapon or through spending
    proficiency points at level ups) you won't be able to invest level-up points
    any more -- but the skill will still level through damage. This means you
    need a certain amount of Weapon Master to level skills at the beginning of
    your character's life, but later on you won't need it as, as mentioned in the
    Weapon Proficiencies section, it gets really hard to raise your weapon
    proficiencies with points later on. Anyway, having four points in Weapon
    Master is about all you'll ever need, but having at least three is very
    useful for any character type. This skill is never a priority, but having
    two points early on will help your character come along with hard to use
    weapons -- namely projectiles.

    *Shield - (AGI/Personal) - Decreases the damage taken by your shield when it
    blocks an attack and increases the amount your guy can wave his shield around
    to block incoming stuff. Shields can break in combat, and just because
    you're holding block doesn't mean you will block anything that comes at you -
    - arrows will sometimes even come over the top of your shield and hit you in
    the face while you're blocking if fired from close range and your character
    is too slow to react. Still, a point spent here is pretty much a point
    wasted. The default shield ability is good enough and if your shield is
    breaking a lot you just need to buy a better shield. It's not hard to find
    one with 600HP, which is enough for almost any battle, and you can buy
    shields with 800HP if you really want to. A strong Mount&Blade character has
    maybe 60HP himself, to put those numbers in perspective.

    *Athletics - (AGI/Personal) - Makes you run around on foot faster. Doesn't
    effect map speed, only battle and town speeds. Very useful for archers who
    dismount to fire, and any time you're off your horse. Note that heavy armor
    drastically reduces your run speed, though, so if you want to be really quick
    you need to stick to lighter armors, too. But to just not get mobbed having
    four or five points here is really helpful, or when trying to get out of the
    way of a charging horseman.

    *Riding - (AGI/Personal) - Increases the speed and turning speed of your
    horse. Also allows you to ride better horses, which have higher turning
    speeds and top speeds naturally anyway. A very important skill for any
    combat character -- having the fastest, most maneuverable horse out there is
    immensely helpful. Does not effect map speed. Even the least riding-prone
    character will want 2 points here so they can get on the super-speedy courser
    -- 4 points lets you on one of the heavily armored horses like a warhorse or
    heavy charger.

    *Horse Archery - (AGI/Personal) - Reduces accuracy penalties for shooting AND
    throwing things from horseback. The penalty reduction is gradual, but very
    real, and especially noticeable when you stop your horse. Having maybe five
    points here makes shooting from a stationary horse almost as accurate as
    shooting on foot. Riding while firing will never be that accurate.

    *Trainer - (INT/Personal) - If you invest points here you'll "train" troops
    in your army every day by giving them a certain amount of experience points -
    - four for each trooper at Trainer level one. You'll only train troops if
    they're at a lower level than you (all troop types have a level assigned to
    them, generally ranging from 2 to 20) and the bonus per day is tiny, making
    this a crappy skill to invest in. This is, however, the only skill that
    exists that effects your party AND stacks between you and your heroes, but
    still, the bonuses are too small to really be worthwhile. Better to
    concentrate on skills that will keep your good troops alive than build this
    skill to raise good troops faster.

    *Tracking - (INT/Party) - If you have 0 tracking skill you'll never see
    tracks, which are little arrows drawn on the ground in the map screen.
    Higher tracking skill improves what info these tracks give you (level 1 - you
    can see them, level 2 - you know how old they are, level 3 - you know how old
    they are and how many people were in that army, etc) and lets you see older
    tracks. Some missions involve hunting down a party that's left from a
    certain town and tracking might be useful for those, but in practice a high
    Spotting skill does more for you in more situations and if you're trying to
    follow really old tracks you're probably too far behind to catch your target
    anyway.

    *Tactics - (INT/Party) - This one is hard to explain to someone who has never
    played Mount&Blade, so I'll pretend to explain it to someone who has played a
    bit -- if you don't understand what I'm talking about, come back and read
    this again later. Tactics basically decreases the number of enemy troops you
    fight at once. When you come across an army of 80 and engage them you
    generally won't fight them all at once. Instead the game decides based on
    how many troops you have and how many the enemy has, plus which side has the
    higher tactical skill, how many of each side will be on the battlefield at
    once. A high tactics skill will throw the in-battle ratio closer to your
    favor, meaning your troops are safer and you can kill a bit faster as there's
    less danger to worry about. However, some people don't like Tactics as it
    can reduce the "massive battle" aspect of the game, forcing some enemy troops
    to stay back to pour on later, after you've offed a certain number of their
    comrades. Tactics, then, is essentially an army-retention skill. I
    typically have one of my heroes level it as high as possible -- the smaller
    your army the more important Tactics becomes.

    *Pathfinding - (INT/Party) - Each point increases map speed by 3%. There's
    really no other direct way to raise your map speed (apart from keeping an
    all-mounted army), so this skill is pretty important, despite the seemingly
    small bonus. One of my heroes levels it as high as possible.

    *Spotting - (INT/Party) - This skill increases the distance at which you see
    enemies. Four or five points here are really good and fairly easy to get
    with one of your heroes, but you can get by with only one or two if you're
    being a skill point miser.

    *Inventory Management - (INT/Personal) - This skill gives you more inventory
    slots to hold trade goods, extra horses, etc, by six slots per skill point.
    Two points here are necessary, in my view, as then you have a full screen of
    inventory slots without scrolling down. More than that isn't really needed
    unless you plan to be a full-on merchant, when four points here would be
    enough. This isn't a skill that's useful to level up with your heroes as
    they have their own separate inventories which are basically inaccessible in
    the trading screens.

    *Wound Treatment - (INT/Party) - Each point here increases the speed at which
    you and your heroes regain hit points on the world map by 30%, and it also
    increases the speed at which inactive members of your army (injured but not
    dead ones) become active again. In many versions of Mount&Blade, including
    the vanilla un-modded one, it also increases the speed at which a lame
    (injured) horse will return to a normal horse if you hold it in your
    inventory (takes a few days, though, still). Four points is good, three is
    enough.

    *Surgery - (INT/Party) - A very important skill, Surgery increases the
    likelihood that one of your troops downed in combat will be unconscious
    instead of dead. Each point here, then, decreases troop death rates by 5%,
    which is a tremendous boon. Level it as high as possible, generally by one
    of your heroes.

    *First Aid - (INT/Party) - Not nearly as useful as Surgery, First Aid
    benefits mostly yourself and your heroes. If you have a high Tactics skill
    many battles will get broken into several mini-battles and First Aid will
    allow you to regain 7% of the hit points you lose in each mini-battle before
    the next one begins, along with the same effect for all your heroes. Meaning
    you, personally, can just keep on plugging away. It also increases the rate
    at which wounded soldiers return to active service simply by giving them a
    head start in the healing process. In practice, though, you either have the
    skills to take out an army of 140 or you don't -- First Aid will rarely save
    your ass.

    *Prisoner Management - (CHA/Leader) - Each point here increases the number of
    prisoners you can haul by 5. The easiest way to make money early on is by
    clubbing River Pirates and then selling them into slavery, but you have to
    haul them to town first, meaning you need at least 1 point here. Also, once
    you've joined a faction you'll sometimes get a "capture six enemy knights so
    we can interrogate them" mission from the counts and barons. It's a really
    lucrative mission, netting you maybe 4500 gold each time, and you need at
    least 2 Prisoner Management skill to do it. So I'd say 2 points in Prisoner
    Management are a must for any party, while more than that is almost
    completely unnecessary. Since this is a "Leader" skill only YOUR skill in it
    will contribute to your party's ability to tow prisoners -- don't bother
    using a hero to get this skill to 2.

    *Leadership - (CHA/Leader) - Each point increases the max size of your party
    by five. You start out being able to hire 10 soldiers maximum, so two points
    here lets you have an army of 20 plus yourself. Heroes counts as one person
    in your party, so if you're playing vanilla Mount&Blade and have both Borcha
    and Marnid (the two heroes) then you can also have 18 more troops with two
    leadership. Since the largest parties you run across will number between 100
    and 140, having at least 20 troops, plus a lot of Tactics, is kind of the
    minimum number of folks you can drag around without them all getting killed
    every time. If you want a truly epic army, though, this will be your most
    important skill. (In the old days of Mount&Blade your leadership skill also
    dictated the number of types of troops you could command -- meaning that for
    one group of knights plus one hero you'd need 2 points of Leadership, but
    that restriction was removed in v0.750. Thank god.) Like Prisoner
    Management, this is a Leader skill, so you're the only one who can allow more
    troops in your party -- your heroes can't help with that, and any points you
    put into Leadership with them will be wasted.

    *Trade - (CHA/Personal) - Reduces the "trade penalty" by 10%, which seems to
    effect your profit margins on trades by about 5% per transaction. Not really
    worth the investment in skill points in my opinion -- it'd be better to just
    make another trip.

    Now the FAQ part, with some redundancy:

    Q: Do party skills stack?
    A: No! As already stated only the HIGHEST skill level owned by you or one of
    your heroes is used for any party skill. Heroes incur a -1 penalty to the
    effectiveness of their party skills for the party -- this effect is
    intentional, whether you like it or not.

    Q: What about Tactics? Does it stack?
    A: Yes. It's categorized as a personal skill probably just to allow it to
    stack. It's still a pretty crappy skill, though.

    Q: Does skill in Weapon Master make me better with weapons?
    A: No. It allows you to spend more weapon proficiency points there past
    certain break-limits, which can make you better with weapons over time, but
    has no direct effect on its own.

    Q: Athletics doesn't speed me up at all!
    A: You're probably wearing heavy armor, which is canceling out your Athletics
    skill. You'd be going even slower if you didn't have any Athletics. Players
    who want to run around fast often find the Leather Jerkin to be the best
    armor for them.

    Q: Does the Riding skill improve my map speed?
    A: No. A mounted character goes at the same speed on the map always, no
    matter what horse he rides or what his Riding skill. The same goes for
    Athletics, it speeds you up in battle only. If you think that's stupid, then,
    ok, glad you have your opinions. But the effect your Athletics or Riding
    would have on your army's speed in real life would be very negligible.

    Q: What's better, Wound Treatment, Surgery, or First Aid?
    A: Short answer is Surgery. The other two are more useful for heroes and
    yourself, while Surgery keeps your soldiers alive. And since your troops are
    a bigger hassle to take care of and raise up than yourself or your heroes,
    Surgery reduces management headaches more than the other two skills.

    Q: I keep getting killed. What skills do I need?
    A: Riding, Tactics and Leadership. You need to reduce the number of units
    you have to fight at once and move out of danger faster. And stop plunging
    into the heart of a horde, tear off the edges until there aren't any left.

    Q: I want to slaughter more people! What skills do I need?
    A: You mostly need better equipment and more skill as a player. But
    Powerstrike or Power Draw will help a bit. And Riding would help out a lot.
    Give archery a shot, too.


    *****3.5 - Heroes (IWJCIS)

    I suppose if you've been reading this straight through you've already
    gathered what heroes are and how they function in Mount&Blade, but I'll
    explain that explicitly here. They're a very important part of any
    functional and large army.

    A hero is an immortal party member that, like yourself, only gets knocked
    unconscious in battle. More importantly, though, heroes will level up and,
    at that point, earn skill points that you can spend as you please. This
    means you can mold them to exactly what you want, and supply them with
    whatever equipment you want, unlike all the other cookie cutter troops
    available to you for hire.

    To give a hero equipment, go to the Party screen from the World Map, click on
    the hero's name in the upper right, and then click on "Talk." Tell him you
    want to trade, and then hand him the stuff -- note that you'll sell it to him,
    and that heroes usually don't have enough money to buy your stuff, but will
    still try to sell it back to you if you want it back later, so be careful
    with what you fork over. A hero's horse never goes lame, either. You can
    upgrade a hero's skills by clicking on the "Tell me about yourself" option
    once talking to him instead of the "Let's trade" option -- the game will
    notify you when they level up just like it does when you level up.

    Heroes don't demand a salary like other army members, but they don't come
    with their own free equipment either. If you want to make warriors out of
    your heroes the best option seems to be a two handed sword of war as the AI
    seems to do the best with it. If you want them act as living distractions
    for the rest of your army, a one-handed setup with shield, or perhaps that
    plus a couple of throwing weapons, would be best. They'll kill the most
    people if you put them on foot and hand them a crossbow, but then they'll
    slow your map speed down, too. Good, heavy armor is the most important piece
    of equipment for them, along with a well armored horse (but only Borcha has
    the skill to ride difficult horses, so Marnid most likely will be on a Steppe
    Horse for most of his career).

    Most people agree, however, that the best use for heroes is not to suit them
    for combat but to use them to boost your party skills. Generally most
    versions of Mount&Blade have at least two heroes available for hire (plus a
    third in some mods, generally very late in the game) which is enough to cover
    all the useful Intelligence based skills while your character concentrates on
    becoming a badass. They won't be much use in battle that way, but due to the
    fact that they run on AI they're not that strong in battle anyway.

    Heroes are also very bad at following your orders. There are two heroes in
    vanilla Mount&Blade -- Marnid and Borcha. Borcha, especially, is bad at just
    galloping out and doing whatever he wants. This increases his utility as an
    Intelligence skill party booster since his usefulness as a solider is
    diminished by him not following orders.

    In vanilla Mount&Blade you can meet Marnid in the Happy Boar Tavern in Zendar.
    He'll tell you what you need to give him for him to join -- a set of padded
    cloth armor. Any set, even a tattered one, will do, but it's not always for
    sale at the Zendar armor merchant -- sometimes you have to go to a few
    neighboring towns before you can find a set to buy. It'll cost anywhere from
    70 to 140 bucks, so you'll probably have to slave a few river pirate parties
    before getting the money together to buy Marnid. He starts with some healing
    skills, so he's the heal mule for many Mount&Blade players.

    Borcha is being held prisoner in the castle in Rivacheg. Go there and talk
    to him, then talk to the count (standing just outside of the cell...) and ask
    about the man in the cell. The count will sell Borcha to you for 50 bucks,
    and once you're on the road he'll offer to join your party. He'll do it once
    and you'll turn him down -- the second time you can "Set him free" at which
    point he joins your party. Borcha starts with tracking skill and many people
    make him the hunter/guide. Note that his level starts fairly high, so any
    Intelligence skills you need right off the bat should be developed by Marnid
    as Borcha won't level very fast until you catch up to him.

    Generally I have one hero (Marnid) work on Surgery, Tactics, and Spotting;
    while the other (Borcha) works on Wound Treatment, Pathfinding, and Tracking.
    In that order of preference for those skills, at least at first.

    Try looking for heroes in big towns in mods, and in whatever town you start
    out in. Or digging through the forums for some help. They're pretty
    important for the success of a party.


    *****3.6 - Equipment (YUEISB)

    The equipment you use will be based on your play style, and I made some
    suggestions on equipment in 2.2 - Common Character Types already. This
    section presents some numbers and basic advice about equipment.

    Generally, the speed rating of a weapon is between 50 and 90. 50 is almost
    unbearably slow. Anything like 100 is quite fast. Lances all couch at the
    same speed (which is determined by how fast your horse gets to trotting) so
    for lances speed isn't important if you plan to use them mostly in a couched
    fashion. Which is how you should be using them.

    Damage ranges from 7 to 42 or so. Seven is horrible, and it will take up to
    five shots to take out even a river pirate. 42 is really rare and only had
    by heavy, slow swinging axes. Anything around 35 is quite exceptionally
    damaging and will produce one-hit kills on most lightly armored troops
    without too much effort once you get your skills up a bit.

    Range will vary from 60 or so up to 214 for some of the longest lances.
    Anything around 100 is about arm's length again at the end of your fist and
    generally gives you plenty of error room with your horse. You can use
    shorter weapons, but it'll take a little more skill, especially when trying a
    bump-and-grind.

    Armor rating varies from 1 to 27 or so per piece. If you can get up to 27
    you'll rarely take more than three damage at a time unless you take a bolt in
    the face while galloping or ride into a couched lance. When on horse you get
    hit in the legs most often, so leg armor is quite important -- try to find
    body armor that adds to your legs as well. You won't get hit in the head
    that often, but a one-hit kill from a lucky javelin is pretty annoying, so I
    consider a helmet to be just as important as body armor. Gloves add directly
    to body armor, so buy them once you can afford them, but don't make them a
    priority as they're rather expensive. Heavy armor won't slow down your horse
    much, if at all, so have at it if you're going to be mounted.

    You'll eventually want a shield with about 600HP or so. You'll find plenty
    of shields in your battles, though, so you generally don't need to buy one.
    The best shield has nearly 900HP. A shield doesn't do anything unless you're
    holding right-click down, at which point your guy will wave his arm around to
    a certain degree to block incoming attacks. If a bolt physically slips over
    your shield and into your face you will take damage as though you weren't
    blocking at all, but this is very rare. Your shield doesn't automatically
    block your back, so if you're riding away you may want to spin on your horse
    to physically cover your own rear.

    If you have any doubts as to which sword is better than another, go by the
    price. There are some bargains, but generally the price is a fair indication
    of quality. Anything that costs 800 or more will be a fair weapon. The same
    is not true for armor to the same extent -- there are more bargains in the
    armor department -- but it's easy to pick out the right piece of armor for
    your character as the weight and defense are clearly listed and easy to
    compare.

    If you start out without a horse, buy whatever you can afford in that
    department ASAP -- apart from a lame horse of any type, they'll just be too
    slow. A good upgrade once you have a decent weapon is a Steppe Horse -- they
    take little skill to ride and are fairly sturdy and speedy. Your next horse
    should be a courser or a heavy charger, depending on whether you want speed
    (lancer, archer) or survivability (one or two hander). Coursers will get
    lamed and/or killed occasionally, so keep an extra in your inventory once you
    can afford to.


    *****3.7 - Making Money (CKSIWW)

    There are four main ways of making money in Mount&Blade. I'll present them
    from least effective to most effective as follows:

    *Slaving - Zendar has a slave merchant, as do the Salt Mines. If you knock
    someone unconscious in battle you can take them as a prisoner and then sell
    them at the aforementioned locations for 20 bucks a pop. A nobleman is worth
    as much as a river pirate to a slaver, so there's no reason to go for quality
    when you're trafficking in human flesh. The best place to round up slaves is
    between those two trees about halfway to the ocean, near the river, from
    Zendar. Just wait there, they'll come find you. Generally I slave until I
    have about 1000 dinars at my disposal -- enough for a steppe horse and a good
    weapon, then I move up to banditry.

    *Banditry - Or, more accurately, anti-banditry. This involves hunting down
    groups of jerks and killing them, then selling their stuff. This is much
    more lucrative if you can kill tougher opponents -- you'll make nothing
    trying this on river pirates. Steppe Bandits are a pretty good balance
    between effort and reward -- watch out for Sea Raiders and Swadian
    Crossbowmen, they'll do a number on you with their projectiles and don't have
    much in the way of loot. It's important to note that if you have a really
    large army your troops dip their grubby fingers into the loot pile before you
    get to, and if you "join" a battle in progress you only get your share, which
    is proportional to the size of your army vs. the size of the army you're
    helping. To get the best loot you want to take down as big and as dangerous
    an opposing army as possible with as few troops on your side to help out.

    *Trade - Buy low and sell high. Any goods merchant will tell you what goods
    do this in his town. A basic trade route would be 1) Khudan, sell ale, buy
    fur. 2) Suno, sell fur, buy oil. 3) Praven, buy ale. 3) Rivacheg, sell oil.
    Repeat. While doing banditry along the way, of course. If you don't have
    much capital a good trade route is 1) Wercheg, buy fish. 2) Uxkhal, sell
    fish, buy grain. 3) Tulga, sell grain. 4) Salt Mine, buy salt. 5) Zendar,
    sell salt. Repeat. If you draw a little map on a piece of paper and write
    in the towns in approximate locations, then draw some arrows and make some
    notes of the above it'll seem a lot less confusing than it may seem now.
    Give Borcha three or four extra horses if you're trading a lot, it'll cut
    down your lots-of-goods map speed penalty, and remember, Ctrl+Click to
    sell/buy quickly.

    *Faction quests. Sign up with any particular faction and you can then go to
    the castle in any given town and ask for missions. You get a random mission.
    The supply weapons or armor or horses missions are fairly annoying, the
    deliver message ones are quite easy, but the real goldmines are "Capture a
    Nobleman," "Hunt down Raiders," and "Capture enemy troops". Noblemen
    missions offer more experience than gold, but the other two are great for
    cash -- often in the 3000 to 4000 dinars range per mission. It's worth it to
    save before asking for your mission, and then reload the game if you get one
    of the bad ones -- like "bring me 9 steppe horses". If you save before
    loading you can just ask again and get a different random mission. Try to do
    this in a town near the enemy border -- it'll save you a lot of riding time.


    *****3.8 - Army Building (RREWOO)

    Eventually, you'll want to start working on your army so you can have more
    freedom to do as you please (and so you can stop running from Dark Knights
    all the time). When you start out, you basically have two options.

    First is an all archery squad. These guys will kill enemies very efficiently,
    but you'll have to ride around on your horse ahead of them and try to keep
    enemy cavalry from riding into their midst. Or, you could stand behind them
    and concentrate on taking out enemy cavalry for them with your own bow. The
    major drawback to this army is that they're too slow to catch a mounted party
    without a lead on them and some careful planning on your part on the world
    map. Carry some mounted prisoners to help speed your party up a bit if going
    with all archers. The favorite troop for this is a Swadian Crossbowman, as
    they're cheaper than Swadian Sharpshooters (the best available bow troop) but
    almost as effective.

    Second is an all cavalry squad. These guys will live the longest, but aren't
    actually terribly effective at killing opponents. Dark knights are the best,
    but hard to get into your army as you have to capture them when some other
    enemy faction has enslaved them -- their gratitude being repaid in service to
    your cause. Swadian Knights are much more heavily armored than their Vaegir
    cousins, and so do a better job of being meat shields, but are also more
    expensive to employ month-to-month. The step-down from Knight is "man at
    arms" or "horseman" so obtain those types as well -- they're fairly easy to
    raise into knights. Knights are way way up the promotion chain, so raising
    them from scratch is a real hassle -- it's better to capture them in my
    opinion. Just hang out around the Vaegir / Swadian border and you'll find
    plenty of the opposing side to pick on, hopefully with plenty of your kind's
    prisoners along to join you after your victory.

    Wages can get very costly. One crossbowman wants 14 a month. One Swadian
    knight wants 39 or so. My army of 20 costs me about 750 bucks a week most
    weeks -- make sure you're using them if you have them, and remember that
    running risky missions for your country yields the most cash of any endeavor.


    *****3.9 - Joining Factions (GNBMFJ)

    At some point in your game you'll want to join a faction -- whether you're
    playing vanilla or some mod. They offer a lot more cash, some more involved
    things to do, and are the only semi-valid source of plot in vanilla
    Mount&Blade.

    The Swadians are better equipped and winning the war. This means if you go
    in with the Vaegirs you'll end up with better loot from your kills -- but
    will have to work harder to get it. Also, Swadian territory is larger than
    Vaegirs, so many missions will take you further from your homeland if playing
    for the Vaegirs than if playing for the Swadians.

    If you sign up with the Swadian cause you'll find more Swadian knights to
    absorb into your ranks, making an all-cavalry army a bit easier to build.
    You'll also have an easier time trading as Suno and Praven are quite a ways
    into Swadian territory and there seem to be many more soldiers in the Curaw >
    Uxkhal > Suno corridor than elsewhere. If you sign up with the Vaegirs cause
    you'll get better loot from your victories and the satisfaction of fighting
    for the underdogs.

    Either side has its advantages, and you can always switch sides later by
    sneaking into an opposing town and paying reparations to the local count, so
    don't be afraid to sign on.


    ==========
    Section 4 - A Walkthrough for Your First Game
    ==========

    *****4.1 - The Walkthrough to Level 6 (6EKJFI)

    Pick a court lady or a squire as your character. Make sure you have six
    intelligence and six charisma, and then get two points each in Inventory
    Management and Prisoner Management. Try to get two points in Riding (raise
    your Agility to six if it's below that) then invest the rest of your skill
    points as you please -- Powerstrike or Riding are good choices. Spend your
    weapon proficiency points in throwing.

    You'll start out in Zendar. First head over and talk to the guy standing by
    the horse stalls. He'll ask you to go hunt down some river pirates to help
    the town out, say okay and he'll give you a shield. Then talk to Ramun, the
    slaver, who's behind the guy who wanted you to get river pirates. He'll
    explain about taking slaves. Talk to him again and he'll ask if you have a
    blunt weapon -- say "No" and he'll give you his old, crappy club.

    Once you have these things, go talk to the Trainer -- he's all in white
    standing off from the weapons stall a ways. He'll lead you through a
    tutorial on how to fight. Once you've got the basics down, let's go get some
    river pirates and slave their butts.

    The best place to find them is between the two trees that are seaward from
    Zendar along the river. Wait there a while and you'll see them appear near
    the river, then go down and attack -- though they'll often see you while
    you're waiting there and come to get you. Make sure your club is ready, and
    start riding them down. When you first start out you'll tend to either tack
    too far from them with your horse or else plow straight into them, causing
    your horse to rear, which is no good. You want to clip them and swing as you
    ride by -- slow down a little bit to make this easier. Also, remember, when
    you turn your horse you also need to slow him down or else he'll turn way too
    wide. You'll have to do about 40 damage to knock each of them out, and will
    probably do 10 or so damage per shot with your crappy club.

    After you kill them you go to the loot screen. Take anything that has a
    buying price of 20 or so, plus a hat for yourself if there's one that offers
    some protection. The real prize here would be an 11b club as the one Ramun
    gave you is only 7b, but you usually won't get lucky enough to find one of
    those.

    Next is the Party screen. Click on "River pirates" down on the left and then
    "Capture" them. Congrats, you've just taken four or five prisoners! That
    means eighty or a hundred bucks! Stick around by the trees until you're full
    on prisoners (you can carry 10 max with your 2 prisoner management skill),
    then go back to Zendar and sell them off.

    With your 200 bucks you can now safely go to Rivacheg and buy Borcha out of
    jail -- he's in the castle jail, mind you. He'll join your party once you're
    on the way back to Zendar, but before you head to Zendar check out the Armor
    shop in Rivacheg -- if they're selling some cheap Padded Cloth (100 bucks or
    so) buy it -- Tattered Padded Cloth is ideal at only 70 or so, Reinforced
    Padded Cloth would be way too expensive to be worth it. If they're not
    selling it, we'll check back in Zendar, and if Zendar isn't selling it you'll
    have to make a shopping trip out to Wercheg. Anyway, stop by the Happy Boar
    in Zendar once you have padded cloth and give it to Marnid -- he'll join your
    party, too. You now have two heroes on your side!

    Go slaving for a while. When you can, buy Borcha and Marnid some cheap
    horses (try not to spend more than 100 on each horse for them right now --
    another shopping trip to Rivacheg, Wercheg, or Tihr might be in order) and
    try to find some clubs for them so they don't kill any of those pirates you
    want to enslave. At some point you'll gain a level, on the world map screen
    click the Character button to spend your points. Getting more Strength might
    be necessary if you aren't around 12 yet to use better weapons.

    Once you can afford to, buy a cheap polearm from the Zendar weapon merchant.
    The perfect one would be a heavy jousting lance as you could use that to
    knock out river pirates as well as tougher foes -- expect to spend about 200
    bucks here. But just a plain old "spear" will do you well for banditry and
    kicking ass. Then go practice couching river pirates, and maybe throw some
    rocks (or javelins if you bought some) at them for fun -- dismount or stop
    your horse first to get more accuracy with this. You'll probably be at
    around level 3 or 4 by the time you have horses for your heroes, a decent
    lance for yourself, and have bought at least a steppe horse (200 bucks),
    though if you picked court lady you'd have started with a spirited courser,
    which is better than a steppe horse anyway.

    Now you're ready to ride out for anti-banditry. Try heading to Rivacheg and
    then beyond to Uxkhal and then Suno, or perhaps the Salt Mines. Do a little
    trading if you feel like it, but once you see some Mountain or Steppe bandits
    on the plains go ahead and attack them. This will be your first encounter
    with mounted enemy units -- you may have a hard time lancing them, so get out
    your club and club them if you have to. If you let the enemy engage you in
    mountainous terrain it will be very difficult to keep your horse going fast
    enough to couch your lance, so try to draw them out to the plains. You'll
    probably reach level five quite quickly.

    It's time to go sign on with an army! Let's join the Swadians -- you can do
    that in Uxkhal or Suno, just go to the castle and ask. Then ask for a
    mission -- if it's something you think you can do give it a try, if not,
    there's no penalty for mission failures or just ignoring them for weeks at a
    time. Ride out and see if you can take down some enemy knights -- start with
    a smaller scouting party and try to re-capture some of their prisoners to
    join your side. Become as much of a roving terror to the Vaegir cause as is
    possible!

    Pretty soon you'll hit level six. When you do, and then enter a town, your
    game will end and you'll get a message about buying the game. Rather abrupt,
    but oh well. Feel free to try getting to six again, this time relying on a
    small army and archery. Or perhaps going the path of the two handed butcher.
    Or maybe even buying a serial key...


    ==========
    Section 5 - Mods for Mount&Blade
    ==========

    Because vanilla Mount&Blade has very little in the way of plot or things to
    do beyond marauding, most people who buy a serial key for it also play a mod.
    There's no reason to get a character to level 10 or so in vanilla when you
    could do it in a mod, so jump into a mod as soon as you can! The best two
    are Storymod and The Last Days -- and Storymod starts out very similarly to
    vanilla, so it's a really good transitional mod.

    To install a Mount&Blade mod you generally just double click the .exe you
    download from a mod site and it does the rest while you click next and okay.
    The next time you start Mount&Blade there'll be a drop-down box near the top
    -- you then choose the mod you want to play under. The mods aren't like the
    ones for Morrowind or Oblivion, they're separate entities almost, not new
    features in the old world. You can, however, extract one character from your
    vanilla Mount&Blade, then import him to a mod so that you don't have to start
    from scratch all the time. But this isn't true for all mods.


    *****5.1 - Sources for Mods (UXUWIE)

    Most mod files and such are physically located at the Mount&Blade repository.
    Which is here: http://www.mbrepository.com. Click on the "Large" option
    under "Mods" near the top of the page for most of the files described below.

    If you want information about mods, visit the mod forum on the Taleworlds
    site. It's located here:
    http://forums.taleworlds.net/index.php/board,9.0.html. But I have brief
    descriptions of the major mod packs below.


    *****5.2 - Mods Out Now (HEIWPQ)

    *1066 - Attempts to recreate what life and battle was like in the year 1066
    in England, the date of some important dark-age wars and invasions that
    helped shape England to be what it is today. Be sure you download the bug
    fix as well as the actual mod -- the current version has several really nasty
    errors, like that most food items weren't marked as food so you incessantly
    get the Party has no food! warning on the world map. It's also a good idea
    turn sound effects off when playing this mod -- the user recorded his own
    battle cries and the like and they sound a bit too much like gay passion for
    one to take the game seriously with sound effects on. Anyway, 1066 does
    have some really cool features -- you can sack and otherwise ravage towns on
    the map, or capture and then manage them.

    *Darkmod - Set in the Caldaria familiar from vanilla Mount&Blade, the undead
    have come to power and are pulling the usual ghoulish pranks. You can fight
    against them, or even join their cause! Also includes a number of visual
    improvements and other thoughtful bug fixes and the like. Plus new weapons,
    of course! Development is on hiatus, so it's a good one to play now as it's
    unlikely to go through many changes that soon.

    *Onin No Ran - A feudal Japanese makeover that uses the Mount&Blade engine
    for battles. It's set in what's basically Japan's historical Dark Age -- not
    much is known about the time apart from that the country was in civil war.
    This is still in the Alpha stage but seems to have a very strong backing of
    developers and just a huge world in general (60 towns vs. vanilla's 16).
    There's a lot of emphasis on historical accuracy. Tons of bugs right now,
    but worth at least seeing -- a really ambitious project that I hope comes to
    fruition; it's worth a play right now as is.

    *Storymod - Basically a graft of a plotline onto vanilla Mount&Blade, it also
    adds some new enemies, a new country, and a new faction you can join. The
    plotline is hard to find sometimes, but look on the taleworlds.com forums for
    a little help in that department -- asking around Zendar will get things
    started. This is a good mod to play right off the bat as it changes very
    little of the core of Mount&Blade, but offers something beyond endless bandit
    slaying.

    *The Last Days - The most developed mod on the list, you play in a Lord of
    the Rings world, signing on with Mordor, Isengard, Rohan or Gondor and your
    effectiveness in battles helps determine whether you faction wanes and
    crumbles away from the world or if it rises to dominance. There are tons of
    new troops and troop types, new weapons, lots of new heroes, quests and
    visual additions.



    ==========
    Section 6 - Troubleshooting Mount&Blade Problems
    ===========

    Minimum specs for Mount&Blade: Pentium 766MHz. 128MB RAM. 100MB free hard
    disk space. Having a real soundcard and graphics card, even cheap ones,
    helps immensely as well. "Integrated" sound cards especially don't play well
    with Mount&Blade.

    The most common problem is people reformatting their computer and losing
    their serial key. Write that goddamn thing down and save it in a Word file
    or whatever. Also keep the activation email Armagan sends you instead of
    junking it.

    The location on the forums for troubleshooting help is
    http://forums.taleworlds.net/index.php/board,6.0.html. I've summarized some
    of the most common problems below.


    *****6.1 - List of Common Problems and Fixes (VOIUPM)

    1) I lost my serial key!!! No, really. I bought one and now it's gone. Dog
    ate it.
    If you bought it with Paypal, email Armagan, the primary developer, and he'll
    send a new serial key to your new email address (or your old one). You'll
    have to provide some card info or something to demonstrate that you did
    actually buy the thing before. admin@taleworlds.com. Note that Armagan does
    NOT have that info if you didn't use Paypal to buy the game -- if you used a
    credit card you have to go whine to Esellerate, the company Taleworlds uses
    for credit card sales. The place to do that is
    https://store2.esellerate.net/store/...t/Default.aspx.

    2) Graphics are all crazy and garbled!
    Update your graphics driver, spud. You do that by going to your
    manufacturers' website and searching for the model number of your card plus
    the word "driver." Then follow their instructions. If that doesn't fix it,
    you just have a crap graphics card or maybe need to update DirectX (see
    question 4).

    3) Game tells me "Nothing will be rendered!"
    Same fix as above.

    4) I get "This application has failed to start because d3d9.dll was not
    found" as an error!
    You need to install DirectX 9. Search for "DirectX" at microsoft.com.
    Seriously, who doesn't have DX9 on their computer already these days? In the
    distant future, installing DX10 will also fix this problem.

    5) The game doesn't start at all!
    You probably have some kind of interfering spyware. Try Spybot or Adaware to
    remove most of it. Use Google to find those programs. Spybot is a better
    program, Adaware is easier to use.

    6) The sound is all choppy and the game runs really slowly!
    Buy a real sound card. But, in the meantime, turn off hardware acceleration
    for sound for your integrated card. You do that by clicking on the Start
    button, opening the "Run..." menu, typing in "dxdiag" (stands for Direct X
    Diagnosis) and hitting enter, then clicking on the "Sound" tab and moving a
    little slider all the way to the left. You'll probably have to put that
    slider all the way back on the right after you're done playing to watch
    movies or listen to music on your PC again.

    7) Game crashes to desktop all the time and I get some kind of "Assertion
    Error!"
    This means you have a bad install. Use the uninstall option in the
    Mount&Blade directory in your start menu. Then go to your C:/Programs
    Files/Mount&Blade folder and manually delete that file. This time, when
    reinstalling your game, actually turn off anything running in the background
    that you can. If you grab your saves out of the aforementioned folder before
    deleting and then copy them back into the same location after the install you
    won't even lose any progress. You have to save a character in the new
    install at some time to get that directory to appear in the first place, so
    it won't appear right after reinstalling the game. So after your new install,
    start any random crap character, save him, delete him, and then exit the game
    and paste in your old save in the now-present directory. Reinstalling really
    does fix this problem nearly 100% of the time, so it's worth the effort to do
    so.

    8) Text is all garbled!
    Go into your graphics card properties (it's in the Control Panel under
    "Speech, Sound, Audio Devices" -- use a right click to get to properties most
    easily) and set the "Performance" option to "Quality" instead.


    ==========
    Section 7 - Legal
    ==========

    If you want to host this FAQ on your site, or excerpts from it, just go right
    ahead. I am not, however, giving permission for anyone to charge for access
    to this information, nor to publish it and then sell that publication in any
    way. If you're with Prima (yeah, right) and you really think my guide is all
    hot ****, come find me and I'll probably let you do what you want -- just be
    nice enough to ask first.

    A lot of my information is gleaned from elsewhere. Much of it comes from the
    previously mentioned forums, but a lot of it is observations I've made in my
    own play. In any case, I've not copied any forms or bodies of hard info from
    anywhere. So if you think I stole something you wrote, I didn't.

    I've used the names of a number of games other than Mount&Blade in this
    document, and mentioned some other trademarked or otherwise protected strings
    of characters. If you're a legal eagle, don't take my mentions of those
    things as indicative of any kind of ownership or affront. Obviously, the
    respective companies retain their rights to their respective trademarks and
    terms.

    This FAQ is, of course copyrighted. By me. Sheep-Goats. As of 6-6-06.

    Thanks for reading, folks.





    Legal stuff.. If neccasary
    This can be unliterally quoted used abused or misquoted and without any recognition at any time. Basically do whatever the hell you want with it. (Except selling it for money somehow...Thats a no-no!)

    A guide to Mount and blade version .960

    Table of Contents
    1.0 Character Creation
    1.1 Melee Characters
    1.2 Ranged Characters
    1.2.1 Foot ranged Characters
    1.2.2 Horse Ranged Characters
    1.2.3 Throwing Weapon Characters?
    1.3 Profit-based Characters
    1.4 Leadership Based characters

    2.0 Starting out
    2.1 What locations do i go to? What kind are there?
    2.2 What are all those moving things on the map?
    2.3 Is there a "more difficult" or more "easy" faction?
    2.4 What to do in the start when you are hard pressed for cash.
    2.5 I Leveled up! What to put my stats in?

    3 Combat.
    3.1 Melee character with 1 handed weapon and shield mounted
    3.2 Above (dismounted)
    3.3 Melee character with 2 handed weapon mounted
    3.4 Above (dismounted)
    3.5 Ranged with bow mounted
    3.6 ranged with bow (dismounted)
    3.7 Ranged with throwing weapon mounted
    3.8 What? You actually want to do this? Above(Dismounted)

    4. Advanced Gameplay
    4.1 Quests (warning, I may not know all the quests in the game myself, Inform me if you see
    some I missed)
    4.2 Getting a fief and making it better
    4.3 Rebellion Time!
    5 Modifications
    5.1 Partial list (not all reviewed, Rest reviewed)
    5.2 Curtain of Fire



    FAQ (I know this tends to be tacked onto guides later ,but i will add it quickly because theres a lot of questions)

    1.0 Character creation :

    Character creation is an important aspect of the game, it can define what your character can do overall in the start of the game and provides a important base for later on.
    How is character creation done? what is it based on? What are the various ways of doing it?
    I will attempt to explore this here, However the most basic way of understanding character creation is that early choices affect what stats you gain and what early items you gain

    For the sake of saving time and space I will simply provide the link to the fine website im using.

    http://strategywiki.org/wiki/Mount%2...acter_creation

    It details what these choices give you. I think its important to note that this will be the basis of this part of the guide, you can skim through it if you wish but you do not have to because i will do all the work for you

    1.1 Melee character

    It isnt hard to understand, its the fine art of poking stuff with a sharp object. But what is neccasary for this "awesome" proffesion? Why in this game an awful lot of power strike, Ironflesh and weapons master skills!
    This naturally means high strength and agility.
    Sooo. What to pick? How to balance it out?
    Now all these are done on the assumption you picked a male character, For me it simplifys things at the moment. females can have slightly different choices

    So first pick "your father was a veteran warrior" This gives you some renown, a nice shield and most importantly some decent strength and agility stats and some good fighting/leadership skills too

    Early life pick a page at a noblemens court, it gives you STR and charisma
    but more importantly the only choice for power strike

    For adult pick squire. The list is long why to pick it. Just do if you take a melee character. tis what you should pick!

    For reason for adventuring pick "Personal revenge" for some strength and power strike

    Now the remaining point choice is yours, I suggest investing 1 point in charisma , 2 points in int , and 1 point in strength . Then put 3 points in ironflesh, 1 in trainer 1 in persuasion and one in prisoner management.

    1.2 Ranged Characters

    Of course, Not much better right? your hitting them with sharp objects, But from further away. Well anyway there are various choices for this and all require different stats. but lets start off with

    1.2.1 Foot ranged character

    This is your simple bowan , hes gonna snipe from afar. The choices you need to make are not very varied on this one either. Just follow what i say! You mostly need strength again for power draw and agility for athletics.

    Pick your father was a Hunter for some nice str and agility and some power draw and athletics and some other stuff bonuses

    Pick your early life as a steppe child, this will give you horse archery you wont use but the overall stats are better for your character then the alternatives

    pick a gamer poacher for adulthood, it has some good stuff. but most importantly a bow

    Pick wanderlust for the reason you went adventuring for agility

    There you have it, an archer character! Sink 3 points into strength and 1 into agility, and top up your power draw and athletics (so you can run away from looters quickly and shoot them effectively)

    1.2.2 Horse Ranged Character

    Pretty similar and pretty simple. Similar to the above in principle but add horse archery and riding.

    Pick your father was a steppe nomad for bonuses to your archery and horse archery attributes/skills.

    Pick your early life was a steppe child for similar bonuses

    Pick your adulthood as a smelly game poacher (you lead a wierd life) and
    go for wanderlust again

    there you have it! a horse archery character add 2 points to agility, 1 to int and 1 to strength sink 2 points into trainer 1 into power draw 2 into horse archery and 1 into prisoner management

    1.2.3 Throwing weapons character

    Wierd and unorthodox choice .. Your going to need to have something to back up this choice.. However if you pick it heres what you need. Remember you need power throw for this choice and athletics is good

    Pick your father was a theif to gain a throwing weapon bonus and throwing knives. and power throw

    Pick a steppe child because you oddly get power throw and strength from it

    Pick a squire because that has throwing and theres no better alternative

    and pick wanderlust for agility

    Sink all four points into strength. Then put your 2 skill points into throwing and 2 skill points into athletics

    1.3 Profit based characters

    So you want to get rich without entering a fight?And when you do getting more out of it? These little options are specifically for you traders!

    Your father was a travelling merchent for nice intellectual and charismatic boosts and trading bonuses

    Then pick a shop assistant for inventory management and trading and int and charisma

    Then pick a goods peddler for all the good stuff it gives you

    then pick the loss of a loved one for charisma, your going to rely on hired hands for everything so sink your points into charisma! put 1 point into trade 3 into leadership 2 into persuasion and 2 into trainer
    Well you get a wierd character that throws stuff that could be otherwise used to axe peoples heads in at close range... Waste of money but your choice. (only realistically speaking, In the game the axes dont cost you anything to recharge after you get them)

    1.4 Leadership based Character
    A leadership based character is one based quite simply on leadership, It is to manipulate the minds of men into following you on a whim . The main reasons you need this is of course to hide the rhodoks epic fail by recruiting millions of them. Otherwise, Why is it neccasary?

    Pick you father was an imrpoverished noble for some Charisma and int bonuses
    and +100 renown as well and some other nice stuff

    Pick a page at a noblemans court at early life for extra charisma and Str, But mostly for the charisma

    Pick a troubadour for adulthood( yes i know this is by far the most embarrasing choice) For the extra charisma

    Then say you left for the loss of a loved one

    Now you have a character that can lead ... Men at the start of the game.(pick these stats first) put 3 more points in charisma, and one in int. Put 2 points in trainer 2 points in leadership 1 point in tactics and 1 point in prisoner management.

    You may realize all the above choices for all the characters reflect an entire lack of the mostly int stats.
    Well these are actually more for personal choice later in the game, Persuasion and trainer are useful, But you need to decide if they take precedence over your great axe doing 70 damage. Most party members can fill in the gap on a lot of int skills and i highly suggest making them do so . Ill cover characters

    2.0 Starting Out.

    Starting out in Mount and blade is a heiniously difficult task, You have no men with you and weak weapons and almost no money too!
    Despite this difficulty its possible to rise up to be better then your foes!

    2.1 What locations do i go to? What kind are there?

    There are largely 3 kinds of locations in Mount and blade of note, a 1 of minor note
    The major ones are the Castle, Village and Town. The minor one is the training fields

    Castles are largely built to have huge stores of men in them, What they do is watch over the villages. If you capture a castle you capture a village or several with it.
    Most castles in the game have a unique layout, Some are harder to capture then others and some are easier, but almost all are different. Generally a castle will have its lord in it doing ..something.. Probably excersizing those rights of his. Very popular stuff in medieval times. Not much else to do for fun
    You can go to these lords and ask for quests, early on this is good as an extra little bit of cash wont hurt, And even doing the messenger quests gives a bit of money. Eventually you will build up to the better quests. You can also rest in castles for a health regenaration boost and to avoid bandits killing you if theyre following you.

    Villages are less easy to explain, Theyre full to the brim with villagers, There are many things you can do with them. The most important is recruiting. Recruiting will bring you the extra early men you need. Frankly most of them are not fit to swing a sword but thats ok because they will either A:get better fast B: DIE AN ATROCIOUSLY PAINFUL DEATH ! And im sure they know what they prefer. Villages also have quests in them. If you ride into the village and ask the village elder if he has any quests for you he may give you one. I will give a more in-depths explanation of quests at a later date. You can also take a hostile action against villages, You can force them to give you supplies which gives you a small amount of food, steal their cattle which you can then take for a quest or simply kill for beef. Or loot and burn the village. The last will almost always elicit a response of 60-200 farmers and peasent women rising in arms against your tyranny. Fortunatly ive solod them all before with a tempered bastard sword. Looting and burning will give you a ridicolously good amount of goods and a fair amount of cash. However be warned the faction you are attacking does not look kindly upon peoples burnings its villages and will reduce its relations with you. Also the lord who owns the village will have a special place of hatred for you in his heart. Technically speaking you can also buy stuff from a village, But i think people like to burn.


    Heres a village elder

    Cities are probably the longest of all with the most features, They tend to have a powerful lord or several in them and a lady too. Theyre Trade magents and theyre the most prosporous regions in the area.
    They always have the castle to go on to talk to the lord with, Quests in cities tend to be more varied and fun. Finding a merchent the lord doesnt like and headshotting an axe into his face before he can even tell you he doesnt like you ranks up there highly. Every city is full of streets .In them you can find a guildmaster. An individual who gives you quests on behalf of the city. They generally involved moving livestock or items around but can also be more interesting


    A guildmaster, Nothing special

    . Also in every city there is a tavern, a tavern has several patrons. These include the traveler, Who can tell you where the claimants (Covered later) are , Where companions you lost are and take a ridicolous price for this information he should have given for free. I mean who seriously wants to pay 30 denars to know where DESHAVI is?
    Also there can be the ransom broker. Who after repeatedly boasting at length how he can know how fine each individual slave is, Gives you 50 denars even if theyre peasent women or swadian knights.
    There can also be companions, Other "heroes" as it were that help you on your quest to do whatever. You can choose what skills to give to them when they level up and choose their equipment, they also tend to be stronger then most soldiers by default. They have varying functions, Such as being good traders , Engineers, Trainers or a pain in the ass.
    You see some Companions just dont get along together. To see a list of who likes what consult this list, But to make it short for everyone who doesnt like loading times

    http://forums.taleworlds.net/index.p...c,36781.0.html

    Suggested Config (1)
    Artmimenner
    Deshavi
    Marnid
    Ymira
    Bunduk
    Katrin
    Nizar

    "Old School" Config (2)
    Artmimenner
    Borcha
    Marnid
    Lezalit
    Rolf
    Matheld
    Nizar
    Katrin
    -This one has lower skill numbers in a couple spots and spreads out the coverage of skills (rather than having A medic, you have two, etc.), but more people get along with each other in this one, which will be a pleasant change from the bickering.

    Artimenner is the real problem, since he's the only Engineer. If you opt to handle engineering yourself, then Jeremus can be your medic.

    Jeremus Config (3)
    Jeremus
    Bunduk
    Deshavi
    Klethi
    Ymira
    Alayen
    Firentis
    Baheshtur
    Illl go more deeply onto their effects later perhaps.

    Taverns also provide a spot for mercenaries, Theyre soldiers for a steep price, However theyre some of the best in all calradia. Mercanary cavalry and Hired blades are arguably the best at their respective job in the entire game. However they are indeed expensive. Mercanary cavalry cost 40 denars per week each!
    There is also the odd book merchant looking to sell his wares. He will sell books that increase stats. Most of these while considering their use have a fair price, Still cost a ludicrously high amount. At the start of the game as such do not consider getting any, although you may have a random book if you picked to be a university student.


    A queer sort of tavern, Like every other tavern


    Cities also each boast an arena where fighting is held. In every city there is a constant melee with 40 people, Where they each fight each other. while most of the champion fighters, sensible as they are, Stay until the near-end of the melee to join in. There are bonuses for joining and killing others
    3 opponents killed =2 denars
    6 opponents killed= 5 denars
    10 opponents kiled= 15 denars
    20 opponents killed= 30 denars
    Last man standing= 100 denars
    These dont stack. So the last man standing bonus is "just" 100 denars, Number of opponents killed not included You can get several weapons here such as a 1 handed sword and shield, 2 handed sword, Bow and staff (god i hate the staff)


    Im serious.. Pray you dont get the staff!

    Sometimes though, there are tournaments. There are elimination knockout rounds where you can win a lot of money betting on yourself. This is reduced as you win more and more but initially its a lot
    You can get a Two handed sword and horse, A 1 handed weapon and shield, A bow , a horse and lance or a horse and bow in tournaments, As just getting a bow tends to screw melee characters i suggest you begin to pray you do not recieve it.
    I believe there are several layours for the matches, but they basically haev 64 people in them and 6 tiers. There can be anything between 2-4 different teams "yellow" "blue " "red" and "green" , Red is the most well-dressed if i may say so. So it goes first round is 64, then 32 then 16 then 8 then 4 then 2
    If you lose on one of the first rounds, you may be allowed to pass onto the next round by the master of ceremonies if you knocked unconcious enough other people to merit it. However after that elimination is total game over.
    In reward you will get 200 denars no-strings-attached and 20 free renown along with the profits of any bets you made


    An atypical tournament fight, You are dressed in different armor and given a random weapon

    If you go to the marketplace you see all the merchents you need on a list, Arms, Amor, Horse and goods merchant. You can also "asses the local prices" and if you have a high trade skill may find a good item to buy here and to sell somewhere else for a hefty profit.

    Training fields should get a small mention, You can train "weapons" with them. If you train a ranged weapon all ranged units will get a small bonus to XP if you do well, And if you spar with someone else all melee units (every unit?) will get a small XP bonus.If you do the horse-track with no ranged weapon melee horsemen get a XP bonus, if you do it. Likewise with the horse archery track. The more opponents you spar with the higher the XP boost units get. You could theoretically raise a recruit to a knight if you wanted to through the training field, but it would be a pain to do so . The rest entirely focus on breaking clay pots. In the archery ones remember that shift will give you a zoom so you can see where the arrows go more clearly, and remember you have to aim above the pots due to gravity. Also in the melee horseman thing remember that the angle of your camera directly affects what way the blades swings to (Lower, Higher) so try and keep your camera leveled at the center for easy breaking!

    2.2 What are all those moving things on the map?

    The moving things are all parties interacting with the world.
    Mount and blade uses a Living world model, That is characters interact without you being in the vicinity or with your help.
    The main things moving across the map, Apart from your party of course are various parties. The major ones are Bandits, Lords , and Caravans Lesser ones are Manhunters, Peasents and Quest-related characters .

    What are they for? That is entirely to your discretion. You can kill some of them, Help them, threaten them or use them to your advantage.

    Bandits are the main neutral enemies of the game, They come in several brands. They are Sea Raider, Steppe bandits, Mountain bandits, Forest bandits, Looters and deserters. the forest and looter variety ask for 1030 gold to leave you alone. Sea raiders just want to drink from your skull.


    Sea raiders are most likely the toughest in the game, They have a bad of tricks up their sleeve, are armored well, and can stand most assaults with ease. They have big shields too. Theyre sometimes called pretty overpowered. They usually have great axes and a few throwing weapons on them and sometimes a bow.

    On the Map



    On the field, Note the varying degrees of armor





    Steppe bandits are like the khergits, Theyre mostly horse archers basically. Prepare for long chases as you try and corner every last excessively running one. They have inferior gear but they dont come in small amounts and the khergits horseback advantage is neutralized because they have it to if you face them. Bowmen are efficient at taking them down




    On the field, Theyre hard to see but look closely and theyre there



    Mountain bandits are a mixed lot, They can be on horses or not and can have bows or not. Theyre a pretty mixed bag overall. Theyre not too great and can be taken down by a decent party.
    On the map


    On the field on a horse


    on the field on foot


    Foerst bandits are armed with bows... Strong bows! Appraoching them with neither a horse not shield is a bad idea. They can also be quite tough in melee. Theyre not the hardest bandits but they can be a pain, Especially if they all focus on you
    On the map



    On the field



    Looters are the worst unit in the gamer, They can barely even pathetically stand up to farmers. They have basically rags for armor and will throw rocks at you. If theyre lucky they have a falchion or axe to use against you but most dont. They are extremely easy to kill and are a good source of slaves at the start of the game. It is a mockery they ask for 1030 denars to leave you alone.

    Looters on the map


    Looters on the field, Getting pwned. Yes Ymira has a glaive.. It looks cool!


    Deserters are not just mixed, In fact they can be any unit in the game. Theyre not plain "deserters" but are in fact a mixed unit group of any unit in the game! Be careful with the appearence too, The first can be a looter but the rest could be Swadian knights! Check the unit list before engaging them. If you find them though, They can be bribed off for 150 denars (usually)

    Deserters on the map, Note it shows that they are khergit skirmishers in fact


    Deserters on the field


    Lords are not very complex, They are basically characters like you allied to an AI faction, They own a fief and control an army. They move from place to place , Sometimes they stay in their castles and sometimes they move out to go on campaign and enter a war, usually to siege somewhere for a few days before gaining nothing and leaving.
    They can give you tasks, Or you can ask them how the war is going or where a lord within their faction is. Their responses will generally be based on your recent victories, defeats , your honor and renown etc. They represent their respective faction and any attacks on them will mar your relationship with the faction they belong to.



    A lord(preferably imagine that being said in a whimsical british accent)

    Caravans are basically moving trade goods, Theyre heavily defended too, They often have mercanaries such as caravan guards (usually lots of caravan guards in fact) and maybe mercanary crossbowmen and hired blades.
    You can attack them of course for their precious goods(usually just a few trade goods like linen), This will reduce your relationship with the faction they come from. You can also offer to help them reach their destination for a price, and you can take a toll from them (will reduce relationship again) for passing in your terratory. Caravans are significant for determining prosperity of cities, Few caravans means very low prosperity . If no caravans reach a city it will become progressively poorer. if more reach it it will become richer. Try not to attack them if theyre heading towards your fiefs... Remember that if you save a caravan after its battling with an enemy, you get extra relationship with the faction its from!


    The average caravan

    Manhunters are rare to see, But when you do you should know theyre hunting parties looking for personal wealth and glory by taking the law into their own hands and killing bandits. They actually wont do anything. If you manage to recruit one they have an interesting tier, But for the most part theyre not very useful. You may happen to stumble upon one and join the battle on their side against bandits

    Peasent groups are like caravans , but smaller and less impressive. They take their goods by hand to other villages . They also affect the prosperity of villages so keep them safe by killing bandits that could attack them near your fief. Since theyre only about 9 peasents they tend to get slaughtered if bandits find them


    Here is an average group of peasents.


    Quest characters will have Light-blue names. they appear only during quests. I will cover the kinds of quests later. but just know they exist. If you see a guy with a light blue name you probably have to follow and kill him. or if its a caravan escort them.

    2.3 Is there a "more difficult" or easier faction?
    In this section I shall cover the various factions. First of all to the question above, Yes the Khergits rock and the rhodoks couldnt beat a fly, Now onto the non-biased view !

    There are 5 (arguably 6?) factions in the game. They are the Rhodoks, Swadians, Veagrs, Nords and Khergits. They all have their strengths and weaknesses.

    The Rhodoks are as of version .960 considered the worst faction in the game by many people, their spearman are weak and they have no horseman. Their crossbowmen are ok but theyre not excellent, That is theyre not enough to compensate for their other weaknesses. Their lords generally have more men then the other factions. This is mostly true of their king, Who can sometimes have 500 men in his party from the start of the game. Their recruit unit is also one of the worst tier 1 untis in the game further increasing their difficulty. However their cities are rich and have fewer bandits then the other factions usually.
    Difficulty: Hard, Theyre weak and have no horseman.

    Their troop tree can be found here
    http://strategywiki.org/wiki/Mount%26Blade/Rhodoks

    Swadians are a easier faction. They have the strongest cavalry in the game and strong infantry and crossbowme. Their penalty for this however is a long troop tree with a lot of hard XP neccasary to upgrade units. Their cities are also in the exact middle of the map, this is both an advantage and disadvantage as it allows you to move to any other factions cities quickly and efficiently, But it also allows enemies to attack you from all direction. Their cities seem to host tournaments more often then the other factions but that may simply be my misperception.
    Difficulty: Medium or easy. It can vary depending on the amount of enemies they make, But generally they have few enemies which can actually result in the game being very boring.

    Their troop tree can be found here
    http://strategywiki.org/wiki/Mount%26Blade/Swadians

    Veagrs are a mixed faction i havent played often. On the one hand their archers are probably the strongest. But they also have strong cavalry and infantry. Like the swadians they have no real disadvantage other then the length of time it takes to upgrade the unit tree. The swadians technically have stronger knights but the veagirs have a good sort as well. Their positioning allows khergits only to attack from a chokepoint(doesnt really affect battles) and they have decent cities
    Difficulty: Medium, They have good troops and a balanced tree. and theyre quite often at war with one or two factions.

    Their troop tree can be found here
    http://strategywiki.org/wiki/Mount%26Blade/Vaegirs

    Nords are a faction to play that can require a bit of strategy . They are entirely infantry based and only have ranged units as a secondary feature, that means theyre mostly melee based and they can have a hard time against ranged units. Many players prefer to put them on a hill so they get a bonus and cavalry cant charge against them. Remembering that F1 means "stay here" is important for this faction at times because they can get cut up if they all seperate. They have good armor and usually a throwing weapon or bow. Their cities are up north and theyre usually in some sort of dispute against the khergits oddly enough, which are far away from them. Their troop tree is one sided, There is only advancing from recruit to huscarl but the units in between are quite good as well. That can take a very long time so you can be vulnerable initially, as they only find ranged weapons at footmen level. Their cities are not very special in any sense.
    Difficulty: Medium-easy, Despite their lack of a varied troop tree, theyre units are exceptionally strong! because of their sheilds they can usually deal with enemy arrows as well. Theyre a relatively easy faction to play against anything because while arrows are finite, Axes are forever and they have a few bows as well

    Their troop tree can be found here
    http://strategywiki.org/wiki/Mount%26Blade/Nords

    Khergits are the horse faction. Even their tribesman have a chance of a horse greatly increases their power early on. They have a short tree with easily upgraded units that increases their power as well. Both of their top-tier units can get bows. They also have a position in the corner of the map. Their Horse-archer capacity and Every-unit-has-a-horse mentaltiy makes theme extremely strong, as horses tend to mean an extra 100 hitpoints or more in melee. Theyre one weakness is sieges where they dont have a horse, In sieges their lack of armor becomes apparant and they get cut down easily.
    Difficulty:easy They have very good tier 1 untis that are better then most, and they have easily upgradable units that are strong. The only problem is that fighting other khergit and khergit like enemies is a multiplied pain. Sieges only come later in the game, But you tend to be the deciding force in them one way or another.

    Their troop tree can be found here
    http://strategywiki.org/wiki/Mount%26Blade/Khergits

    It is arguable that there is a 6th neutral faction, all the bandits and such. Here is a troop tree of all the "other' units
    http://strategywiki.org/wiki/Mount%26Blade/Neutral

    2.4 What to do in the start when you are hard-pressed for cash.
    What you should do in the start should be dictated by quests and the stats you took. If you took a character with high trading, dont wait! Just go over into a city and "asses prices" and then make a profit , Try and get the nearer cities as you dont want to be attacked by bandits on the way.
    If you didnt take a character with high trading, Then you should probably kill looters, or take up quests. There are many quests but just do whatever they give you to build up wealth. Try and take prisoners. To take a prisoner use a blunt weapon and smash the enemys head in. You can then sell them at a random tavern where you can find a ransom broker. You can also enter the arena and try and win, this will net you some early cash. If you find a tournament enter it bet on yourself and pray you win.

    2.5 I leveled up! What to put my points in?
    Here ill try and put a definition for the stats in the game. Remember that skills governed by a attribute means that you need the skill in question to be 1/3rd of the attribute. For example if i had 10 ironflesh i would need 30 strength.
    Attributes.
    Strength! The basis of a one-man army! This attribute adds 1 health point every time you add to it , It also governs the skills of Ironflesh power-strike power-throw and power-draw. If you are planning on creating a chracter then can kill 40 footmen in a row then this is the stat you need! Strength also icnreases the base damage of weapons a little, but not greatly.

    Agiltiy! What you need to move fast! This is a requirement for all characters that require quick movement. It adds 5 weapon points and increases weapon speed by 0.5%. The stat is both a good alternative to massive health and to repeated fighting. It governs Sheild, Athletics , Weapon master, riding and horse archery. Basically these are the skills you need to survive longer with a bit of skill instead of brute strength. It is basically a requirement for riding the best horses in the game , You should get at least 12 agility for the riding skill! getting it to 30 is very interesting, with athletics 10 if you dont put on metal armor then you can move quickly. You can slash with a two handed sword, Move back and slash again.. It also makes you fire faster which is essential. If you want to be a horse archer you should get 6 horse archery skill which lowers the accuracy penalties to the minimum (damage is still increased if you put more in it).

    Intellegence! Almost all the stats here are useful support stats!Getting intellegence means adding an extra skill point to your arsenal. The majority of skills are governed by this trait, However one thing that should be noted is that most of the skills can be acquired by other party members. So it is up to you to decide if you want to delegate the skills to your party members or keep them for yourself. There are however benefits to having it yourself as you can get trainer inventory management and persuasion which can all be situationally useful and are exclusively personal. Intellegence governs trainer,tracking, pathfinding , spotting, inventory management, wound treatment, surgery, first aid, engineering and persuasion. (a lot huh) But i repeat , with the exception of trainer, inventory management and persuasion they are party skills that can be given to other party members and you should try to do so! Having a lot of intellegence tends to be underwhelming for the most part until extremely high levels as the main use is to add to persuasion overall which is used for several things i will cover later. However if you put points into agility and strength at the same time at high levels (35+) it will pay off far better then having a very small amount of intellegence only as you get extra skill points to put into everything.

    Charisma! The trait that governs the amount of men you can have with you and trading. Indeed it governs the least skills. However it is by the merit of itself the most useful as it adds one man you can lead for every point you put in it. The good side of charisma? You can lead more men and they can steamroll everything for you and you can just remain lazy. The bad side? Renown does the same thing. A mere 15 renown will put an extra man in your party. Charisma governs Leadership , prisoner management and trading. The only attribute that i dont have to go into the game to double-check about. While trading is an interesting trait to get money with, I find money to be only a minor concern late in the game and only something you have to struggle for in the start. Rememebr however that trading is a part skill, so you dont have to get it yourself but can get marnid to do your work.

    This i probably should have explained earlier. But if you were puzzled fear not because here i am to explain.
    There are several skill types in the mount and blade world, Leader skills, that affect purely you the leader of the party. Giving them to other party members will have no affect. Personal skills that affect the person they are given to solely, and party skills that affect the party using the person with the highest level of skill in said skill It does not stack. That said character development is nothing flashy in mount and blade A recent feature seems to be that enough of a party skill in one character will reinforce the skill of the character with the highest skill. . There are exactly 24 skills to choose from so theres plenty of variation in characters. Here is a list

    Ironflesh, This skill adds 2 health to your character. This is mildly useful but not really great. Im sure if you pump 10 points in it and have 30 strength (which you would, If you pumped 10 points into it) which would be a great boon. With heavy armor you could even survive being lanced. However the skill is fairly useless in the long term. Governed by strength of coruse

    Power strike: This skill adds 8% melee damage to you. Nothing to laugh at! Some weapons require a bit of power strike to wield. I would highly suggest getting points into this trait quickly if you are not a hardcore ranged character, Even if your not a pure melee one either. Its governed by strength too.

    Power throw : Ok honestly i was joking earlier. Noone actually has a throwing character build. But if you have one this is the thing to pick. adds 10% damage to thrown weapons and you need 1 point in it to use some. With 10 in this skill you will be instantly killing enemies when you throw a knife into their head...Not bad! Besides anyone can testify that sticking an axe inside an enemy lords head is as satisfying as the game gets.

    Power draw :The mandatory skills for bows. You not only need points in it to use the better bows (up to 4) but there will be negative accuracy effects until you have 3 more points in it then the requirement of the bow. (so 7 points if it needed 4 to be used) it automatically increases damage by 12% for every point over the requirement of the bow up to a maximum of four, maxing it out at 48%. so far i do not understand why its neccasary to get the skill above 8 points. Its way too good to miss for bow characters though so pick it up when you can until its at 8 (war bow has a requirement of 4 power draw and its the best bow)

    Weapon master: This skill allows you to put proficiency points into the weapons. Sounds good right? well.. Most consider it fairly worthless. Not only do you have to put huge points to increasing a proficiency by one at very high levels, You can also get proficiency simply by using the weapon and its not maxed out anywhere if you do. However if you have nowhere else to put a skill give it a shot.

    Sheild: Well Sheidls got nerfed recently. The really weak ones can break fairly easily. But lets be honest here, Unless your getting couched dont expect it to. most shields have over 400 health and you can get one with 800. This skill is kind of worthless unless your economising on shields which would be strange . however it fits with the move-fast theme , After all youd want a light shield thats not very heavy. This stat reduces shield damage by 8%. It also increases their coverage and speed marginally which is probably the best part.

    Athletics: Want to move fast? This is the skill that does it. It allows you to move at sometimes bizzare speeds if you have little to no armor on. It can be used creatively. Ill just leave it to your imagination

    Riding: The horsey skill. This increases both your speed on a horse and the horses you can use. The best horses take 4 riding skill so you may consider that its best to leave it at that. However the more you put in the faster you ride.

    Horse archery: This skill increases your horse archery goodness. Unless you have 6 in this skill you will be plagued by horrendous accuracy and damage penalties when trying to ride. putting it to 10 means you have only tiny reductions of damage when you fire from horseback which makes it very efficient. Of course anyone whos tried doing this will find firing from horseback is tough.. You cant fire from the left side.

    Looting: pretty self explanatory. More loot! This is a party skill which means you can give it to anyone. I highly suggest raising it to 10 if you can , that means 100% more loot because its 10% more loot per point! It also governs your skill in stealing cattle, the higher your skill the more accurate your prediction of the number of cattle and the more you steal.

    Trainer: This skill is either underrated or forgotten sometimes, Trust me this skill is awesome. One of the best in the game. At low levels the amount you train is negligible. But at high levels you can train huge amounts of men from recruits to knights in just under 10 days. I think on my level 28 character i can alone train 15 or so khergit tribesman into lancers in just 3 days with the 8 skill i have. Do not underrate this skill! Put points into it whenever you dont know what to do with a skill point! Every bit counts! This is in fact a personal skill. So its the only one that "stacks" if you give it to every party member they will all train units!

    Tracking: An interesting skill. It can tell you where there are tracks. Then how old they are. Then who made them. But its not so useful. Make one of your lackeys get a high skill in it as its a party skill. (if your wondering how tracks look go back to the bandit pictures and look at the color coded dots, Thats tracking) Its only useful generally when you have to track a character who moves out of your sight of vision. Its also good for chasing caravans and such

    Tactics: Complex skill. it basically governs battle advantage Every two points extra battle advantage. Battle advantage is basically i can put more men on the field then you can. Several things affect battle advantage like the size of an enemys force (If they have 500 men and you have 50, Even if you set the amount of men on the field to be 24 they will still have a gigantic battle advantage over you) and tactics. High tactics is essential to small-party strategies (if you want to be more of a trader then fighter) . battle advantage is shown at the start of the battle. So for example if you have overall 50 men on the field. Then its equally divided into 25-25 at first. But if you have 10 tactics you get 5 battle advantage which means it turns into 20-30 in favour of you. Tactics also decides how many "mini-rounds" there are in a battle and how many men you have to leave behind if you want to sacrifice men to run away from an enemy.
    Rolf is the guy to give tactics to. dont bother with it yourself.

    Pathfinding: The only skill that affects your speed on the battle map. it increases your speed on it by 3% for every level you put in. Its a party skill so pass it off to someone else

    Spotting: This increases your sight by 10% for every point you put in it. While most people put a "guide character/companion" with ths pathfinding and tracking, some prefer to only pick spotting or tracking. Well tracking is superior for certain quests .. So pick only that if you have to. However spotting allows you to run away from a threat before it comes near you... But i wager by the time you have 6-10 spotting which makes a difference it doesnt matter much anymore.

    Inventory management: This skill increases your inventory size by 6 for every point in it. Good for traders and people who sell tons of loot. But remember that even if you max it it wont change the fact you move very slowly if you have a lot of items on you

    Wound treatment: Parties heal 20% faster per point. While this is great because it means you get health faster, your companions get health faster and wounded soldiers and lame horses get healed faster, Its also not really that great a skill most of the time because its better to usually get off to a city to lick your wounds. But its better then most other skill sso go for it with a healer (jeremus is the best) Yep its a party skill. Remember that when you start sieging its time to seriously consider this skill as you repeatedly assault and cant move or reinforcements arrive to help the enemy.

    Surgery: 4% chance that a "dead' soldier will come back merely as wounded for each point. This is an awesome skill and will certainly help preserve life in your party. When you have some 40-50 Swadian knights with you this is a great help if they may die. Party skill again

    First aid: Every mini-round of battle your heroes regain 5% of their hitpoints. At a high level its certainly impressive and works well with tactics. It is practically neccasary in sieges where you tend to have phases of battle inside them

    Engineering: Well its a party skill. To be honest its among the most useless really. Building things in villages and castles seems to me to be in its infancy and not very useful. However if you wish to do it then this makes it cheaper and shorter. It also reduces time needed to build a siege tower/ladders

    Persuasion: This skill is new, and it seems they tried hard to make it useful without making it overpowered.
    There are a few new quests now that involve persuasion, Generally you haggle with someone over a price and it rolls a dice. If you persuade well the price goes down . If you do it badly it goes up. It is also neccasary if you want to do a rebellion. If you rebel then there is a higher chance that other lords will join you if you have high persuasion

    Prisoner management: This skill increases the amount of prisoners you can hold by 5. Remember to take a prisoner you need to land the final blow with a blunt weapon (mostly maces, staffs , rocks are the only ranged blunt weapon) I believe you should have at least 2 points in this skill as some quests require you to have 6 types of a certain prisoner. .

    Leadership: Every point you put in increases the men you can have by 5. Which is very nice by the way. It doesnt need much commentary as leadership is mostly required depending on your playstyle. Remember that high leadership bolsters morale (you dont want low morale) which is the only reason not to rely fully on renown

    Trade: Best way to buy cheaper and sell higher. It can also help you asses prices so that the game helps you figure out wheres the best places to sell thing you buy at the city you are in. This is a party skill so give it to marnid whos the best trader

    3.0 Combat
    There are a few types of damage in this game, Piercing cutting and blunt. Piercing damage does what it sounds like, it "pierces" through armor. it gets a 50% armor ignoring bonus. Cutting does not ignore any armor, But most weapons with cutting have significantly higher overall damage. Blunt damage also pierces through armor a little i believe, but not sure how much. Its main use is to knock enemies unconcious so you can sell them as prisoners. Swords tend to have a bit of piercing and cutting damage to make them "balanced" Axes tend to have only cutting, Polearms have piercing damage (As if most of them needed it anyway They one shot if you couch them)but a few have cutting damage mixed in, Arrows are almost exclusively piercing, Maces are blunt damage, throwing weapons are all divided, Rocks are blunt (only ranged blunt weapon in the game) javelins/jarids are piercing and axes are cutting

    Note that these rules do not apply in the arena or training as what you "use" is wooden. But the effect tends to be roughly the same.

    3.1 melee character with One handed weapon and shield on horseback
    The "fundamental" early style fighting, Great protection against arrows and the ability to quickly switch to a horse archer, Or lancer and weapons thrower, Or between a two handed weapon and throwing weapon! Basically very versatile , Most "newbies" should have this setup.



    Tricky to get that screenshot actually, You know you have one hand on the control and one on the mouse blocking... Dont expect to get stupidly huge power with this setup, You can technically switch to a 2 handed weapon after you get close to the enemy, But if theyre ranged troops most likely there will still be a few firing at you so its risky.

    3.2 above (dismounted)
    Not a very fundemental difference except its far harder for no gain. I highly suggest against this setup. You can team it up with a bow or a 2 handed weapon again, But a lance is a bad idea. Try and move back when the enemy strikes, You need high athletics for this to work properly.



    Unlike with a 2 hander, Your decreasing your flexibility and your power, dont do it unless neccasary.

    3.3 Melee character with 2 handed weapon mounted

    Soooo. This is true power! Some of the strongest weapons in the game are two handed.. The problem? your vulnerable to arrows and until your proficiency is very high this isnt going to pay off (1 shot everyone before they attack you) It can be paired with a bow, Throwing weapons and lance or a one handed sword and shield, There are also alternating two-handed/one handed weapons(bastard sword) that depend on if you equip a shield or not, Value these highly as they allow you to carry a bow to battle and enjoy arrow protection. Watch out however, their damage is drastically decreased if you have a shield on.



    Hit and run tactics are neccasary, if your against a lone bowman just zigzag slightly and hope he misses.

    3.4 Above (dismounted)
    I love it dismounted. Cutting through the massive hordes of men is fun for everyone. Just because of that i have two screenshots!





    Yeah they are that good! at 260 proficiency....
    Anyway the same tactics apply, Just move back when the enemy strikes or get the weapon setup mentioned above.



    3.5 Ranged character with a bow (mounted)

    Archery is mostly intuition based, Its nto something i would take primarily either, Because unless your very good you will run out of arrows before killing all the enemies. Remember that pressing the shfit key when you fire helps. When you are mounted the best trick is to just stop when firing and then move back and fire again unless yoru fighting horsemen in which case get near them and fire . You wont get a perfect reticitle until at least 6 points in horse archery



    Try and make sure not to waste arrows. Its easy to but theyre precious.

    3.6 Above(dismounted)

    Foot archery is far easier, You have to learn it by yourself again for the most part, but just make sure that you use shift to best determine where the arrow goes.



    Yeah i know what your going to say.. Its the same picture right? Well you are pressing the shift key so it shouldnt matter.


    3.7 ranged character with a throwing weapon(mounted)

    Lets pretend for a moment were not mutually insane by suggesting this as a proper way to fight, but lets assume we are. At least your on a horse so you can retreat when you fail to kill enough men. Try and only throw only the enemy is trying to use a attack and holding the weapon, Then attack and stun them . High athletics is good to have. All the weapons technically have a bonus against shields, So you do more damage to them. Unfortunatly that it could easily take a good 4-5 good shots to break a weak shield.



    Try to stay out of death .. For throwing to be any good you need constant headshots.. but hell noone can deny the satisfaction fo killing a peasent by sticking an javelin into his head.

    3.8 What? You actually want to do this, Above(dismounted)

    The title says it all. Your not only going to use throwing weapons but are going to do it in a situation where you will probably die? Not exactly smart.



    Yeah it feels even better when you can see it properly on foot.. I think axes are even more awesome then javelins too.

    Notice the health.. Its low isnt it? Its dangerous stuff to do this!

    4.0 Advance gameplay
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    FAQ
    Q:Lances are worthless! Why are they in the game/ How do i couch my lance?
    A: You have to not press the attack button at all! this is counter initiutive but just dont press the mouse at all in any way. Just point the lance at an enemy once you reach a high speed and it will hit without you needing to press the mouse

    Q:How do i get a castle or village
    A: The fastest way of doing this is by getting a king to give you a fief. If you did not sign up to become a mercenary captain of a faction then by 160 renown you will not only get offers for the fief, but you can actually request one. Note that this will be the poorest fief in the faction. Also relationship with a king will reduce the amount of renown you need by Relationship X 5 . So by 28 relationship you theoretically dont need any renown at all! You cannot join factions where your relationship is negative
    Then if you become a lord of a faction you can capture additional towns and cities and ask they get added to you, This only happens on a common basis if the kind loves you and you have a ton of renown and captures a lot of previous cities for him. If you a capture a city and are unhappy at his decision to reward it to someone else you can go rebel.
    You can also gain a city by just attacking it if your relationship is low enough with them. Or you can go with one of the claimants

    4.0 Advanced Gameplay
    Here ill go into the meat of the game, The stuff that youll be doing once youve got yourself settled in a little.


    4.1 quests
    Obviously theres going to be a lot of quests in this game to keep it interesting and structured. These quests are various but there are 4 groups from which most of your quests will come from. Lords, Guild masters, Ladies and village elders. They can range from tough to easy to a question of what to sacrifice.

    Lords: Here you will get some basic missions and eventually harder missions. They will be where you go to most of the time. doing missions for them has the great added effect of increasing your relationship with them which is mostly important for either getting more (hard) quests or rebbelion time!

    Deliver a message to another lord: Basic enough, Deliver a message to another lord. This lord can be from your faction or another faction. This increases your relationship when you get it and when you deliver it. 2 rep overall for the guy you did it for and 1 rep to the guy you gave it to. You get 30 gold as a reward fee

    Recover debt from another lord: This quest is also fairly straightforward. Go to the lord and get the debt that varies from 3000, 3500 and 4000 denars. You get to keep 1/5 of what you get. The catch? You need to persuade the lord he should give it to you. There are 2 ways of doing this basically, either ask for the money by paying him a little "bribe" so he gets a bit of money back conviniently while clearing the debt, or appeal to your friendship with him which works if its above 10 with him and reduces it by 3. Both of these factors can be reduced by using "persuasion" the new stat, You can attempt to persuade him and a dice roll is made. If you score positive then the price of denars you need to pay goes down and eventually the relationship "cost" as well, if it gets to 0 you get the debt back for free. the negative side is the dice roll can go against you and you may end up having to pay more. also a lord may decide he is not interested in hearing your endless stream of babble and you will have to wait until tommorow before you can try persuasion again. Obviously higher persuasion skill increases your chances. To finish the quest go back to the guy who gave it to you once you have the debt.

    Hunt down the murderer: You have to hunt down a guy whos murdered. He will stay in a village and hes called the "nervous man" just talk to him and he will become hostile. He appears only in daytime!. Basically just kill him an dhead back to the lord, who will give you 300 gold or if you refuse, a few honour points which i dont know the use of.

    Collect taxes from a village/city: You have to go to a fief and collect taxes, this is easy. Just go to the village and press the "Collect taxes due to _" and it will start collecting. you get 1/5th of the money you get. Villages tend to be poorer then cities. The amount you get is based off your trade value so a high one nets you more money. the catch is they complain . you can reduce the taxes they pay by a half but the lord then only gives you 1/10 of the taxes. and like you less. If you keep going as you are they can "rise up" and try and attack you. its easy to beat them so i have yet to lose to them. But it reduces your relationship with the village . Just take the taxes back to the guy who theyre owed to. You can usually only get this quest when a lord is far away from his town or village.

    Train a group of men: You basically get a group of lower tier units and have to train them to higher tier units through any means. The game actually doesnt distinguish so you can give any men you want, you can give him your 6 khergit lancers the second he gives you the quest if you want.

    Catch the peasents running away: This is a bit of a tough quest to do sometimes and you need to be quick. 3 groups of peasents are running away from the lord and you have to catch them. You do this by telling them to go back to the village theyre from and go away from the town they are going to. You can also let them go to increase your relationship with the village they come from. The catch if when you talk to them they head back, but if you dont follow them every step of the way back theyre going to head back to the city and youll have to talk to them again. You get paid a bit for doing this quest and be warned that not getting all the peasent groups back will reduce your relatonship with the lord, even if he will pay you for them. The lord needs to be in a castle for you to get this quest.

    Kill a merchant: The lord owes some money to a merchant whos blackmailing him, So he decided to send you to kill him. After you get the quest you just press tab and you will find yourself in an alley. Just murder the merchant and your done. Your relationship with the city goes down however. but with the lord it goes up! You will get this quest when the lrod is in a town

    Kill a spy: This one is tricky too. Theres a spy and he has a master that the lord wants you to catch. The thing is he runs away very fast initially. The best way to do this quest is to have several points in tracking, The spy is going to be coloured in blue or his tracks will just show 1 person. just follow them but dont get too close to him or he will run back to the city! When you get the quest he blurs across the map and is going to be a bit far away from you. He is heading to a spot where he will meet someone else. The spy is named remarkable peasent and the master is name unremarkable peasent.. Just meet both of them and press F-11 which means use blunt weapons, because you need to get the guy alive! If you get only one you get less relationship with the lord but still get paid a bit. getting them both increases your relationship and pays out. Youll only get this quest when the lord is in a town.

    Bring a spys report: Do this one slowly! When you get the quest ask him how to recognize the spy, if he says "he" its a male and if "she" its a female. He also speaks the phrase you need to tell the spy! keep it in mind! When get to the city or village he talks of, you need to speak the phrase he gives you to every townsman/women in there until you get the right one who will reply with the proper counterphrase which isnt "huh, what kind of gibberish is that!". just get the report and get back to the lord. If you forgot the phrase you will just have to talk to every townsman in the city with every phrase. Sorry! You will usually get the quest only when a lord is in a town or castle.

    Join the faction as a mercanary leader: This is pretty straightforward, "join" the faction as a mercanary group. Its a way of joining the faction but not becoming a lord. Its pretty straightforward, just join the campaign when there is one. it will give you a quest to join the marshal every once in a while in battle, Just check the quests log to see where the marshal is in fact, for this you get a higher relationship with the faction, lower with the respective factions they are at war with and you get a one-time payment and a weekly wage based on how many men you have and how good they are.

    Quests while on campaign: While your on campaign the marshal may assign you a quest,Just talk to him to get it.

    Scout the area: just get near the villages or castles or towns he talks of (you will see "scouted" on your log when you scout them} and gain a relationship point or two once you finish the quest.

    bring cattle: This can be annoying if the characters move, Just bring the cattle close to them because theyre short of food. I suggest stealing it from a nearby village. if it gets too annoying consider enabling cheat and pressing Control +T for seeing the entire map.

    Exchange the prisoners: This is a bit of an annoying quest, Refusing to do it will reduce your relationship with a lord. Basically just get a few of the prisoners he describes. Just capture the units of the enemy faction until you get what he wants.

    Next ones arent on campaign.

    Capture a enemy lord: They want to exchange lords as prisoners, so go to the enemy faction and defeat a lord in battle and hope you "capture" him and then bring him back. Do it quickly as he could escape if you wait too long

    Start a war : This one is simple. Just find two caravans of the enemy faction, and destroy them to start a war. What you must make sure doesnt happen is getting caught, dont get defeated or battle or get caught in the dugneon of a city! Be warned that doing it will reduce your relationship with some lord who are peaceful and increase it with some that are warlike.

    Incriminate a lord of another faction: This one is rare, and usually comes straight form the king.They will tell you to simply send off a certain soldier to hand over a message that incriminates a lord in a plot with your faction. What will basically happen is get near a city and tell a unit to send the message, who will promptly never come back. Then go to your lord and get the reward. I have no idea what actually happens to the lord.
    It is usually the unit that takes the highest weekly wage that the lord chooses you to send. Oddly enough it can be mercenaries as well.

    Lend companion : This is simple. A lord will ask for one of your companions for a week. Just give it to him and come back in a week to get him back

    Lend surgeon. While not really a quest as such, a enemy lord may come to you in times of war and ask to get your companion with the highest surgery skill. Just send him off!

    Take my wife to a city: This one is easy too, a lords wife joins your party and you have to take her to a city. Dont let someone kill you on the way!

    Guild master: These quests represent the city that your talking to. There are only a few and most reward in a mediocre fashion, but some reward well.

    Escort a caravan: This is basicly escorting a blue-named caravan to its destination, It will automatically follow you wherever you go. You can tell it to stop if you want. Just go near to the city the it asks to go to and then talk to it when your nearby to recieve your reward
    I beleive failing it means you get slapped with a 1000 denar fine

    Bring cattle to a city; Bring some fresh fine cattle to the city, escorting cattle is frustrating, as they move in the exact opposite position to where your standing (and even worse, probably far beyond your range of vision) and surprisingly quickly for cattle.
    You can get cattle in villages by talking to the village elder and saying " i want to buy some goods" or you can steal them by taking a hostile action against the village. Getting cattle to merge is hell so try and get the lump amount you need.
    The thing is being unsynchronised with their speed excruciatingly painful, if they move too quickly they will outrun you! if they move more slowly then you then you generally miscalculate and they move off to the edges of where you need them to go.
    The only tip i have is use the space button, its the easiest way , trust me . Just get closer then use space. Closer then space. you get the idea i hope.
    If you fail this you have to pay a 1000 denar fine. I almost suggest never getting it in the first place!

    Bring goods to a certain inn: i know what your thinking, Sell or drink what they give you? sadly they are unique items that sell badly and cannot be drunk, By know youve probably guessed that its wine or ale they give you. The only downside to this quest is that it makes you very slow. To finish the quest just talk to the innkeeper in the inn of the town your assigned to bring it to.
    Im not actually sure if you can fail this, But i guess if you can it brings a fine as well

    Create peace between factions: This quest is about creating peace, or at least making sure that peace can come through. Sadly some nobles oppose peace for some reason and always veto the decision when it tries to get introduced. The city wants you to create a peace... For a whopping 12,000 denar reward.
    How to do it? Recognize where these two lords are. The one on your faction is hardest to deal with, He will either require a loss of 30! relationship(and you have to be 50 with him for it to work), or 7000 denars into his pockets.. Works the same as the debt quest, you can try your luck to persuade him but its extremely hard and you should be wary of doing it until level 9 of persuasion. Even then it takes a long time. The fellow in the opposing faction isnt as demanding, he just needs 1500 denars and im unsure about how much relationship.
    But theres another option, make sure both lords get captured. Getting yours captured would be a mere whim of chance, but go and get the other factions captured yourself! If you have to lure him out of a castle, then try looting and burning his village.
    You then earn 12000 denars. Or if your insanity knows no bounds you can refuse the money and gain some honor.

    Save a kidnapped girl: This quest will give you a ransom that the bandits are asking for to release the daughter of a rich merchant, and offer you a reward. The bounty and reward are based on the number and distance of the bandits. If you destroy the bandits yourself through a line of dailogue you can claim the ransom for yourself and the reward.

    Ladies: This is tricky, they determine how often they give you quests based on your honor, Which is quite frustrating. as honor grows quite slowly..

    Challenge a lord to a trail of arms : Well basically a lord is telling everyone this lady goes and has orgies with rampant sex with stableboys or some such. Which she is quite offended towards. And she wants you to go beat the crap out of him. Lords are actually quite well equipped so watch out for them! Simply challenging the lord to a trail of arms reduced your reputation with him by 20, a hefty penalty. It increases your honor and reputation with the lady i believe , who can then help you increase relationship with lords who look upon your unfavourably... probably like the one you just challenged

    Get a imprisoned lord out of jail: Quite simple actually. Just go to the specified town and go to the jail (choose the "i found a purse belonging to you" option on the guard) and initiate a dialogue with the cunning plot of exchanging clothes. It is totally irrelevant if your character has a bushy beard and the other guy is bald because the guard used the money to buy beer. You get increased relationship with the lord and lady and a hefty sum of denars with little penalty, a excellent deal overall.

    Village elder: This guy is caring for his village. doing quests for him often increases the prosperity of the village and your relationship with it which is damn nice if you can get it to higher levels.

    Bring the village some cattle: I covered this annoying mechanic earlier, just bring them to the village. Youll have to buy or steal them .

    Bring the village grain: They fell on hard times and need grain, just buy it from other villages or stores in cities and bring it back, being the nice guy you are.

    Save the village from constantly invading bandits by training the peasents: This is not too hard, what you do is "train" the peasents by waiting a few hours and then having a mock-fight with staffs until 5-7 peasents are trained. The amount of peasents trained and how long it takes depends on your level and training skill. Once you have 5-7 a battle will begin with bandits (in which your party joins, Dont worry about losing if you have a big one) and everyone including the peasents rush them. If you win you are presented with what they are willing to give you from their storehouse. (you can refuse too, to increase your relationship with them)

    Save the village from bandits living in it : Technically a related quest, Its about saving the village from bandits living in it terrorizing everyone. You can either get this quest from a peasent who ran away from the village or just stumbling upon the infested village. Just kill all the bandits and the peasents offer you the contents of their storehouse

    4.2: Getting a fief and making it better


    Q:How do i lower relationship with a faction so i can attack them?
    A: Just attack their caravans or delvier demands to their lords. Soon enough your their enemy,

    Q: How do i raise relationship with a faction?
    A: easiest way is to become a mercenary captain for them at first, You can also save their caravans from attacks by bandits and help their lords. Several quests also add a small amount of relationship with the faction especially if you do them for the king. Later on you can help your own factions lords out in battles with anyone all the time which should increase it.

    Q: Where can i find claimants?
    A: Go to a tavern and find " a traveller" go through all their lines and you will have the option to ask them where a claimant is for 30 gold. The claimants move around quickly so dont go if it is a city very far away from you unless your really detmined to find them.

    Q: I captures all the "original faction" stuff in a rebellion, however my faction is still not turned into the original faction itself
    A: This is a bit of a bug. Make sure that every trace of the other faction has died off, Every caravan and peasent traveller. Once you have you may experience a bug in which inexplicably, You simply have to go and lose a battle with the claimant in your party. Its a bug i guess.

    Q: what does renown do?
    A: More Renown allows you to have more men in your party. It also affects other lords responses towards you (Ie your fame runs before you X) and you cannot have a fief or support a claimant until your renown is high enough (160 and 200 respectively) and some quests you can only get when your renown is high enough

    Q: why would i want or need relationship with a village?
    A: If your relationship with a village is high they give you high-tier units instead of low-tier ones. For example a khergit village which i have 15 relationship with could give me 10 khergit skirmishers instead of tribesmen

    Q: What about towns
    A: Im not actually sure. I assume they sell you stuff at lower prices.

    Q: How can i increase city/village prosperity
    A: Buy their stuff lots . Lots and lots. Make sure all the bandits around the village are dead . Also make sure every caravan and peasent from and into that village/city make their way in . Most cities have a default high prosperity or low prosperity so geting stuck with the bad ones is just plain bad luck, You can influence them only to a small extent.

    Q: Lords?
    A: If you have high relationship with a lord, It helps quite a bit if you initiate a rebellion, Also he is more inclined to follow you if he has high relationship with you and you have renown. Also if you become enemies with a lord who has high relationship with you if you tell him "But i dont want to fight" He may say "well..Um..uh i guess i owe you this once" and promptly drop his relationship with you a bit. Some quests only become available or become available more frequently if you have a high relationship with a lord. Also, If you count ladies in they will give gifts to other lords to raise relationship with them if you have high repuation with them.

    Q: I gave my heroes a horse and crossbow and they dont use it?
    A:Only light crossbows can be reloaded on horseback. So they cant reload the bow.

    Q: Does having spare horses in your inventory really reduce penalties for carrying a ton of stuff?
    A: Yes. To an extent it does.

    Thank you turkeys!
    Q:How do you read a book?
    A:You have to click camp then choose the option above wait for a while and then click read a book and choose the book and thats it

    Q: Where are screenshots saved?
    A: It should tell you when you take the screenshot in white text.

    Q: what does honor do?
    A: If you have a lot of honor then some lords will have a large reputation increase with you once you reach a certain threshold, And ladies will only give you quests if you have increasingly high honor. More responses will be honor-based if you have a lot of it.





    Thats all for now ill try and do more later, ill do more in depth quests and then maybe review some mods
    Last edited by Armatus; September 01, 2008 at 12:17 PM. Reason: Updating with additional info
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    Great start! Can't wait for the rest of it
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    I would recomend adding a "leader" tye character and or a medical/stat based character. These would be interesting plays I would think.
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    Great read, keep up the good work!

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    Leader based character is interesting. I will work on that.
    But a medical based charcter is in my eyes pointless because you can get jeremus to do all the work for you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by roy34543 View Post
    Leader based character is interesting. I will work on that.
    But a medical based charcter is in my eyes pointless because you can get jeremus to do all the work for you.
    Good point. In my head that sounded much better. I think what I was getting at was a sort of hybrid character. Example: Archer and support. So instead of mainly combat stats a person would invest most stats on the party. (Path finding, Inventory management, etc)
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    I thought id bump this because i added pictures.
    Anyone know a good photo-uploading site? i use photobucket but it seems to go super-slow for Mount and blade pictures.
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    very veyr good! im now on my way to a vaegir EMPIRE
    +rep and you might want to try imageshack
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    Quote Originally Posted by roy34543 View Post
    I thought id bump this because i added pictures.
    Anyone know a good photo-uploading site? i use photobucket but it seems to go super-slow for Mount and blade pictures.
    Imageshack.

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    how do u read books in the game?

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    You have to click camp then choose the option above wait for a while and then click read a book and choose the book and thats it .
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    This guide is getting big. Im going to move to the next section soon. Thanks for the sticky!
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    I figured you had more than enough info in here that's valuable to players. I thought of combining it with the older tactics guide, but I don't see a practical way of doing that. I like the fact you've added visuals, I for one hate pages of plain text

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    I added a few more pictures.
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    Its updated once again with combat. Rather short because there isnt that many tips to a hack-and-slash.
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    Have you thought of making a pdf of this?

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    No i havent, I dont know if the pictures would transfer easily.
    Does anyone want to see anything else in particular for this guide? I have the basic outline of what to do next and after that im more or less done.
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    The only suggestion I would make is format. There's a lot of BB code you can play with to make it fancy. Not required of course, but just a suggestion.

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    Excellent work Roy! +REP

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    i just thought id say this guide is going to be delayed a bit because im getting Titan quest today and i feel im going to be very addicted to it for a while.
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