Crusader Kings III Spotlight: Dev Developer Diary #8: Courts, Guests and Wanderers

Dev Diary #8: Courts, Guests and Wanderers

Hello their guys, and I’ve come across a great game in the making. Crusader Kings III! I’m sort of familiar with the Paradox series, and I’m on a great quest to learn Crusader Kings II! But I am excited for this game as well Knights of Honor 2, which looks awesome.

Crusader Kings III on Steam

In this series of special feature spotlight, we’re going to be covering the developer diaries and understand what mechanics are being added into the game. I’m a bit late to the developer’s diaries, but I’ll try and get the latest information and simply not just regurgitate the information so instead we’ll focus on some of the more special features of this game.

Crusader Kings III on Steam

In today’s video, we’ll be covering Lifestyles and Courts/Guests and Wonders and checking the developer diary of number 8: Dev Diary #8: Courts, Guests and Wanderers. The developer who write it was a content designer on CK2 for Reaper’s Due, Monks & Mystics and Jade Dragon. When I heard Jade Dragon I knew this would be the most interesting post. He also wrote the Spymaster Mittens event chain as well and is now a current developer on the CK3 team.

In Crusader Kings III, you will have the choice of playing as a dynasty that rules Kingdoms and can create empires if you so desire. However, I’m a total war/civilization player so I tend to think of nations as factions and empires. In Crusader Kings III, the campaign is more geared towards a role-playing element, giving you greater access to control your characters and manipulate certain characters that wish to betray you. For example, the Warhammer tabletop would be complicated for me to get into as I’ve never tried it before. The Warhammer total war game franchise however made it easy for me to get into the lore and the world. Crusader Kings III has an upgraded campaign map and I am glad they are including India because that will be my first let’s play when it releases. I’ll be sure to make a video series on that.

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One of the things that I like about Crusader Kings III is the new updated UI, and the new graphics. It’s easier to imagine with the new animations of leaders giving some sort of Civilization 5/6 vibes. In Courts, you’ll have to figure out who is your loyal knight, and who isn’t. You can recruit guests or keep them in your court for a while. The main element that I’m getting is that as a King, not everyone will be loyal to you, proclaim loyalty, etc. You will have to figure that out for yourself.

Crusader Kings 3 Coming

One of the elements that Crusader Kings III is trying to make an improvement upon from CK2: Less courtiers. That means it allows you to focus on the ones that do matter. I will have to see how this works when it releases, but why do I like it? Because it has a good system in my opinion of only giving you the courtiers you need to manage your kingdom. I also like that there is the option of giving guests shiny positions, but I want to ask: How important will these guests be – will they serve in your armies? Will you give them that type of importance? Will there be a national roar of eruption across your kingdom? I do hope this feature will give us more role-play elements.

As I read the developer diary of Courts, here are some of the main features:

  • Guests looking for opportunities, this could potentially mean knights wanting a mercenary contract? Wealthy merchants looking for a chance to establish trade guilds that could potentially benefit you or cause a loss? The possibilities are endless. I’d want also admirals that would also seek to gain influential court positions as well. You could have mutinous lords etc. I speculate – but with Paradox games, there’s a certain degree of complexity that you get an appreciation for.
  • Suitors and claimants. Well that’s a bit of a pickle isn’t it? There’s invitation features, and dynasty perks to help you out with attracting guests etc. It would be too much to say in all but you have certain perks that will help you with claimants and suitors. I wonder how this could potentially affect relationships with your family as well.
  • Now a great feature for role-playing is the Wanderers feature. Imagine that you could play as an heir to the throne who is very far down. He could be the son of an illegitimate heir or a daughter. They could be banished or lose their lands. And I’d love to play as a character like that. Because dynasties can be made, can’t they? Does it matter whether you have royal blood or not? You might neglect him – that wanderer could be a claimant as well and it will come to hamper you in the future.
  • Why is this a historically accurate feature? I’ll give you some context for 1704: The Kingdom of France lead by Louis XIV the Sun King was a glorious kingdom. It was the economic powerhouse; it was basically everything that you could imagine. Although it isn’t dynasty related, the Duke of Savoy was a man that was a Francophile to say the least, because he himself was born in Paris and grew up around his court. He had a poor physique, and Louis XIV did not see his potential. His mother was involved in a scandal, and then Louis XIV rejected his service in the French army. Eugene moved to Austria and fought for the Habsburg Monarchy.
  • This would come to hurt Louis XIV when his army was defeated by the British and Austrians at Blenhiem in 1704 lead by the Duke of Marlborough and Eugene of Savoy. Now if I get to replicate this in Crusader Kings III, I will have created my own legacy. My own story of how I neglected a brilliant general that serves the other side.
  • And this is why I am excited for Crusader Kings III. The number of features for this game looks awesome. I cannot wait for this game to come sooner, honestly, and add the game to your wishlist right now!

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Mount and Blade Bannerlord II is a game that was announced in 2012, and is now FINALLY released in 2020. It’s been in the works for quite some time now!

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Mount and Blade Bannerlord: The Empire of Zoros Fan Fiction Part 1!

Hello all, and I’ve been making youtube videos these days, figuring out the thingy majigy about video editors, so I got inspired after watching Surrealbelief’s videos and decided: Why not do a Roman gameplay? I can’t wait for the mods that are going to come out of this. Please please leave a like and comment if you want too. I can’t figure out how to make an thumbnail so this is the best I could come up with for now!

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Zoros, an warrior that had subdued a raider had sworn to unite the empire under his banner. He would unite all the divides, and bridge the gap between rich and poor. He would make it a land of peace, and destroy the enemies that threatened the once glorious empire.

He would name it under a new name: Roma. Where every citizen of the empire would feel peace. Where every citizen would enjoy prosperity and be proud. He would rid the world of bandits, and other enemies.

All Hail Emperor Zoros! Emperor of Roma!

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Mount and Blade II Bannerlord Fanfiction: The Journey of Ariobarnzes part 3!

So here’s the partial story. The rest is covered in my video which I have created. Granted I do make a few hiccups and a few slurring, but this is my first time doing a let’s play! Please do leave a like, a comment and share. Please like as it grows the youtube algorithim!!!!!

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The Journey of the Lion Begins!

Story:

Ariobarnzes held the reins of his horse, the defender of Qayaz that had beaten the Battanian Invasion, staring into the distance of the Western Empire from Tubilis Castle. The defender that had defeated hordes of Battanian scum. The man that had single handily destroyed three armies that had swept destruction over the lands of the proud Aserai. Ariobarnzes would one day take the throne from the Sultan. But that was not his time. His time would come. Defending the people of his city, his home, was his life’s purpose for now. His army of soldiers waited below the hill, camped into a small corner of the rocky gorges.

Ariobarnzes looked at his friend, Sura. A veteran of the Asar Tribe, holding a lance, mounted on his black stallion. Sura spoke. ‘It is a hard and daunting time. The Aserai have peace for now, Ariobarnzes. But soon, I fear the Sultan will be caught into the other nation’s desire for war. It is not the throne that is the objective, it is ruling over it that is difficult enough to maintain.’

Ariobarnzes chuckled. ‘I assumed you would say that, old friend. But you have fought me with for many years. Do you not think the Western Empire will fall?’

Sura glared, his eyes revealing nothing. ‘They are all the same. No matter the Sultan, we are just innocents sent to fight in wars where we win, and then lose. Bandits roam our lands, and they are still difficult to remove, no matter how many times you wipe them out. The Empire was once a strong power, a strong land full of brave and noble people. But that time is gone.’

Ariobarnzes picked up the hint of sadness in his voice. ‘You would be hanged for such blasphemy. If the new recruits from Qayaz heard your words, you wouldn’t live to survive for another day.’

Sura spat onto the sand. ‘I am not a man that gives up his life for a lifetime of slavery. I fight with you, knowing that you have the power to change this land. But you neglect your political affairs Ariobarnzes. You must keep that in mind.’

Ariobarnzes nodded.

‘My Lord!’ A messenger arrived, mounted on his horse. Ariobarnzes turned to face him. ‘What news?’

The messenger spluttered. ‘My Lord, the bandits have been spotted! Mercenaries from the Empire! They sacked our village and destroyed it…no one was left alive. Fire ravages the village as we speak!’

Ariobarnazes’s hand tightened on his reins. Till when would the Bandit scourge be removed? The Khanate had once sacked these lands. And they were a force of nature. A force of fire. A force of power that had swept Aserai’s borders, taking Hassan Fulq for themselves. No Aserai was spared. The bandits pretended to be like them. They would learn the Aserai’s wrath.

‘Men!’ He roared. ‘Pack up! We have bandits to hunt!’

A loud cheer erupted from his men.

Soon, Ariobarnzes and his force of men, the Scourge of the Ravaging Desert made their way across mountains, grassy fields. Peasants and farmers cheered his army, passing through roads. Men came to enlist into his ranks. The bandits were running around like mere fools. Ariobarnzes would spear them. The bandits were soon hunted down, and he gained enough rations to feed his men.

Part 2: The Battle of Garanator

Ariobarnzes unsheathed his falcon sword, a sword from the realm of Calradia. He bellowed his orders. ‘Men! Form a square! You are cavalry of the Aserai Kingdom! And soon, we will be an empire under the command of Sultan Unqid!’

He turned to face Sura. ‘We’ll split our forces! Attack the left flank. I’ll go into charging their flanks.’

Sura nodded. ‘As you say, sahib! Follow me!’

Sura raised his lance, and the cavalry followed him, whooping and cheering.

Ariobarnzes roared at the top of his lungs. ‘Kill these bastards!’

The men of the Western Empire emerged, running with nothing more than cowardice in their souls. Ariobarnzes knew that they were cowards.

Mount and Blade Bannerlord II: The Defender of Qayaz Part 2

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The Aserai shall fight till to the last!

Hello!

And welcome to part 2 of my bannerlord fan-fiction! Some part of this will be in my youtube video soon!

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The Banner of the Aserai Homeland

A short part!

Ariobarnzes held the reins of his horse, the defender of Qayaz that had beaten the Battanian Invasion, staring into the distance of the Western Empire from Tubilis Castle. The defender that had defeated hordes of Battanian scum. The man that had single handily destroyed three armies that had swept destruction over the lands of the proud Aserai. Ariobarnzes would one day take the throne from the Sultan. But that was not his time. His time would come. Defending the people of his city, his home, was his life’s purpose for now. His army of soldiers waited below the hill, camped into a small corner of the rocky gorges.

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Ariobarnzes looked at his friend, Sura. A veteran of the Asar Tribe, holding a lance, mounted on his black stallion. Sura spoke. ‘It is a hard and daunting time. The Aserai have peace for now, Ariobarnzes. But soon, I fear the Sultan will be caught into the other nation’s desire for war. It is not the throne that is the objective, it is ruling over it that is difficult enough to maintain.’

Ariobarnzes chuckled. ‘I assumed you would say that, old friend. But you have fought me with for many years. Do you not think the Western Empire will fall?’

Sura glared, his eyes revealing nothing. ‘They are all the same. No matter the Sultan, we are just innocents sent to fight in wars where we win, and then lose. Bandits roam our lands, and they are still difficult to remove, no matter how many times you wipe them out. The Empire was once a strong power, a strong land full of brave and noble people. But that time is gone.’

Ariobarnzes picked up the hint of sadness in his voice. ‘You would be hanged for such blasphemy. If the new recruits from Qayaz heard your words, you wouldn’t live to survive for another day.’

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Sura spat onto the sand. ‘I am not a man that gives up his life for a lifetime of slavery. I fight with you, knowing that you have the power to change this land. But you neglect your political affairs Ariobarnzes. You must keep that in mind.’

Ariobarnzes nodded.

‘My Lord!’ A messenger arrived, mounted on his horse. Ariobarnzes turned to face him. ‘What news?’

The messenger spluttered. ‘My Lord, the bandits have been spotted! Mercenaries from the Empire! They sacked our village and destroyed it…no one was left alive. Fire ravages the village as we speak!’

Ariobarnazes’s hand tightened on his reins. Till when would the Bandit scourge be removed? The Khanate had once sacked these lands. And they were a force of nature. A force of fire. A force of power that had swept Aserai’s borders, taking Hassan Fulq for themselves. No Aserai was spared. The bandits pretended to be like them. They would learn the Aserai’s wrath.

‘Men!’ He roared. ‘Pack up! We have bandits to hunt!’

A loud cheer erupted from his men.

Soon, Ariobarnzes and his force of men, the Scourge of the Ravaging Desert made their way across mountains, grassy fields. Peasants and farmers cheered his army, passing through roads. Men came to enlist into his ranks. The bandits were running around like mere fools. Ariobarnzes would spear them. The bandits were soon hunted down.

The Battle of Garantor Castle – The Present part 3 to be continued.

Next Battle: The Battle of Garantor Castle

REVIEW OF THE LAST GREEK (COMMANDER #2) BY CHRISTIAN CAMERON

Synopsis

211BCE. The Roman invasion from the western seas is imminent, and from the south the Spartans are burning and pillaging their way north.

Battle-hardened Philopoemen believes the Achean League is facing annihilation if it does not arm. But without a formal army or cavalry, they don’t stand a chance. Convincing his friend and healer Alexanor that the threat is real, together they begin to build a massive cavalry guard from the ground up – one that will fight on all fronts.

It is the last roll of the dice for the Achean League. But Alexanor knows Philopoemen is one of the greatest warriors Greece has ever known – the New Achilles. The Last Greek.

Review

Thank you to Alainna at Orion for giving me an ARC of this copy. The cover design is awesome and its so rich I love the way of the ancient world it describes.

This is a tale of a hopeless pursuit amidst dogged determination. A tale of heroism, love, war, and sacrifice. For there is so much to fit here, that Christian Cameron is at his best. There are epic descriptions of battles, of phalanxes fighting each other left-right and center. You will find characters you love. And characters you hate. The women of this novel, Aspasia and Philla are the towering blocks of this entire story. Watch out for them and keep a certain eye. There is a silver lining to them.

The amazing historical detail, the awesome writing, the technical details are all awesome. I did feel in some parts, that the pacing became a bit slow. That was due to the fact Christian spent a lot of time researching the minor political differences that Phillopoemen had to deal with there. There are so many details that I didn’t even know about, the fact that the Greeks were cheering on Hannibal and that Phillip of Macedon struggled to keep a full army, all the time while the Romans had plenty of man-power. This novel to me foreshadows the fall of Greece. It doesn’t show a future, an alternate history where the Greeks defeat the Romans. The Romans will defeat their rivals because of two things: Money and Manpower. Even if Hannibal could defeat so many Roman armies, he could not replenish his men so easily.

I also like the fact that it shows that in this novel: A Greek is a Greek’s worst enemy. Consider the Spartan tyrant, Machanidas who with Nabis of Sparta tried to rebuild their once lost glory so they could take their power once more…and then you begin to realise Rome’s immense power and influence was behind all of this. Roman money was more than enough to split the Greeks. The Achean League that Phillopoemen had under his control was difficult to manage, and not easy to train troops.

The Romans had immense man-power, as compared to the fact that when the Hellenistic World descended into its Game of Thrones Style conflict, it wiped out many veterans of Alexander’s wars against Persia. The Hellenistic World I think struggled to adopt the Roman formation sucessfully, and the leaders they needed to fight the Romans like Phillopoemen were always hampered by one thing: Ambitious Greeks wanting to suppress Phillopoemen. I mean even under Ptolemy, the Egyptians too became their worst enemies. They too had suffered from Greek oppression, and they had led a revolt against Ptolemy V, which made him lose parts of Upper Egypt and Lower Egypt as well. The Ptolemaics wiped out this part of history and it isn’t well known.

This book brings a lot of history, but to put in this perspective: The Greeks of this new era are fighting in the Macedonian fashion. The old Greek short spear has been abandoned. So expect to see phalanxes on the scale of Alexander’s phalanxes when you see combat. It’s a big story full of exciting characters and great dialogue. Honestly, Alexanor is a great character, and while there is hope, I can’t help but feel sadness because when you look at the history that is written, the Romans just win and conquer Greece and destroy the Hellenistic World. I wouldn’t have doubted if some wise Greek statesmen had the ability to see this.

Overall, a 10/10 from me. Great visual descriptions, great battle scenes, and a rugged determination to fight the Eagle of Rome that will one day, spread its wings over the entire world. But there are stories like this, stories of untold heroism, stories of those warriors like Alexanor and Philopoemen and Mithrades and Surena and Hannibal that fought against the might of Rome. It is these stories that you should give attention too.

REVIEW OF MOUNT AND BLADE II: BANNERLORD (EARLY ACCESS)

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Synopsis:

The horns sound, the ravens gather. An empire is torn by civil war. Beyond its borders, new kingdoms rise. Gird on your sword, don your armour, summon your followers and ride forth to win glory on the battlefields of Calradia. Establish your hegemony and create a new world out of the ashes of the old.

Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord is the eagerly awaited sequel to the acclaimed medieval combat simulator and role-playing game Mount & Blade: Warband. Set 200 years before, it expands both the detailed fighting system and the world of Calradia. Bombard mountain fastnesses with siege engines, establish secret criminal empires in the back alleys of cities, or charge into the thick of chaotic battles in your quest for power.

Strategy / Action RPG
Explore, raid and conquer your way across the vast continent of Calradia, making friends and enemies along the way. Raise your own army and lead it into battle, commanding and fighting alongside your troops in the thick of the action.

Singleplayer Sandbox Campaign
Play the game the way you want to play it! Plot your own path to power in a dynamic sandbox adventure where no two playthroughs are the same.

Extensive Character Creation and Progression Systems
Create and develop your own character to match your playstyle. Progress skills by performing actions as you gain access to a selection of perks that represent your mastery of a talent.

Realistic Economy
See the availability of goods ebb and flow in a simulated feudal economy, where the price of everything from incense to warhorses fluctuates with supply and demand. Turn anarchy to your advantage by being the first to bring grain to a starving town after a siege or reopening a bandit-plagued caravan route.

Multiplayer Game Modes
Put your tactical prowess and combat skills to the test against players from all over the world in a variety of different multiplayer game modes, ranging from small-scale skirmishes up to huge and epic sieges with hundreds of players.

Skill-Based Directional Combat System
Vanquish your foes using the game’s deep and intuitive combat system that is easy to learn but difficult to master.

Breathtaking Battles
Take to the field of battle and experience the brutality of medieval combat in first or third person perspective with hundreds of on-screen units, each with their own detailed AI.

Extensive Modding Capabilities
Customise the game to experience an entirely different adventure of your own creation. The engine and tools used to develop Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord are being made available to the community, so that modders can re-interpret Calradia or create their own worlds!

Review:

Mount and Blade II: Bannerlord.

Please bear in mind I have not played the previous Mount and Blade, and am a new-comer to the franchise. All thoughts are just that. My opinion. Early Access means features of this game will be incomplete and are subject to change upon release. This is a sort of historical fantasy game based on the politics of the Byzantine World, featuring inspiration from Mongolia, the Arabic Tribes before the expansion of Islam, and the late Roman Empires, including the Norse and I believe a Medieval Kingdom. This is the successor to the famous Mount and Blade Warband which is currently £14.99 on Steam. This isn’t your typical Western Medieval fantasy game, but it is more Eastern European inspired. Which is a refreshing change. The combat is hard, it’s realistic, and dangerous. It takes time to get used to the combat and you will fail. A lot. But losing is practice. You will get better at the end.

When you start this game, you’ll get to see an epic art-screen of the factions you choose. The Aserai are what stuck out to me:

Look at the cute camel!
The Persian Lion forges his own journey!

What an amazing experience this game has been in early access. I’ve been playing the Aserai and I seriously love this faction. I love that you can ransom bandits in taverns. I love the art design of the cities and the great armours. If you play as the Aserai, you must ally yourselves with the Khanate or get your armour from them. Also note: You’ll get taken by bandits every so often once your troops get tired or desert. You must constantly buy food and you get a lot of income from ransom. Be sure to smelt your captured swords. You get the ability to escape, but build a large army so you can wipe out the bandits every so often. They’re free real estate. Also note: Quests are small, and they are repeated often. More quests will be added onto this.

The Khanate has the best armour, the best weapons. But the worst infantry so far being as they are based on the Mongols. This games put you in charge of a warrior, where you have the ability to create your own backstory through several different options of story. Eventually, you complete quests, build your army, and become King of the whole world.

So far, since this is in early access, I have not gone to that level yet as I want to enjoy everything the game throws at me. The developers are consistently releasing new patches and new features, and the mods for this game will be fantastic. As a result, here’s my warrior named Ariobarnzes who is inspired by the Persian General, Ariobarzanes of Persis, who gave Alexander the Great a tough time. He is one of the Last Persians so to say.

The game’s graphics are a beauty to behold. Please note this is an early access review. So things will change at the time of the release. What I love about the game:

Excellent graphics of the world

Did they take inspiration from the Byzantines? 🙂


Great twist to the cities – they feel different and everywhere you go there is an different story.

Currently this is in beta, so there’s no quest, but an awesome addition so far.


Great campaign map emulating the recent total wars.
Battles are fun:

See my clan? The Lion!!!

Now on what can be improved:

I have an idea that Bannerlord is trying to go for an Assassin Creed Odyessy RPG element meets Total War meets Elder Scrolls online. Its a lot and this game is very ambitious. It’s what Total War should have evolved into. Some of my nitpicks are the following:

The cities themselves especially for the Aserai do feel a bit copy and paste. I do want more unique Aserai cities and more unique Aserai Castles with tiers to besiege. So you could have 4 levels of walls to defeat. I want my Aserai cities and castles to be bigger.

Quest wise: What we have is actually good story-writing, although the quests are small and often repetitive. The main quest itself is not complete, but I would want it to end with the tying of the end-game result. I want more story quests that emulate historical periods. I want quests that make me emotional. I want this game to have a Witcher 3 quest style branch. Heck, have 200 story quests. I don’t know about the inns and outs of modding, but it would be nice to have a steam workshop and a feature that allows you to create your own stories. Allow the community to create your own stories. Allow us to have some magic in this world.

Voice acting: The game needs voice actors in my opinion, and Talesworlds is a highly capable company of hiring some of the best actors in the showbiz. I am sure they can do this. Get some real celebrities or get the cast of Vikings! The current voice acting for the battles is awesome. NPCs need very good voice actors like in Kingdom Come Deliverance.

Battle wise: I am not a fan of all the blobbing that goes on and would prefer that units fight in matched animation synced combat or allow a more fluid system of Assassin Creed Odyessy and Origin’s combat.

I would also like if it we can enter houses and view the cities and castles from up-top. It is a visual beauty. There must be a photo-mode that must be made as well.

I would also love to see monuments and temples dotted around the world so you can visit. One of the reasons that Origins and Odyessy’s world felt so alive was because you could visit the monuments of heroes and gods. You could visit Oracles and mighty temples. I want the religion to be separate, so it’s more of a tourist attraction so to say. I want to see statures dedicated to heroes that fought in battles especially in the Aserai lands. I’d love to see tombs of famous kings – that you can visit.

The bandit hideouts need a total overhaul in my opinion as they really need an overhaul. As of now, it’s simply wiping two-three bandits, and there needs to be levels of which you can take them on. In terms of combat, I feel my warrior, Ariobarnzes takes too much damage. If he’s wearing heavy armour, I believe he should not get damage from low-tier units. Only heavy infantry should be able to do that damage. That will upscale the difficulty on a much larger level.

We should also have the ability to create our own guilds, our own secret brotherhoods. I, as Ariobarnzes, should be able to form an Assassin Brotherhood. These Assassins are loyal to me, and I can create their own stories. You can send Assassins on missions across the world, burying themselves in the world of politics, where you hear interesting reports. You can even kill leaders when your influence is so high that you can manipulate people to do your bidding. The NPC faces need an overhaul, and the flag banner needs a lot more features.

We should have the ability to change the colour of our armour as well. This would add so much. We should also have a certain feature where if certain units have done well, we can give them names and change the colour of their armours and weapon. This kind of features will add a long way into the campaign. Talesworlds should hire authors of historical fiction to write their story quests. Christian Cameron, Bernard Cornwell, Robert Kane, Giles Kristian, Daniel Kelly, to name a few.

Overall, this is a 10/10 from me. Enjoyable medieval simulation, but it needs a lot more features to make it more playable in the mid-stages. Allow us to form a republic, and many other sorts of different political institutions. Add in a Pope, add in a cardinal system, add religion, allow us to have more politics. Allow us to have a family tree and create more backstory. Let us also have options to add our own story quests, or allow us to fill the backstory or something like that.

I have enjoyed this game so much, that it is worth it. It is worth everything. My review is not complete as of yet. There will be more features and more modding tools added over time. So watch out again for a full review!

Mount and Blade: Bannerlord Fanfiction Part 1: The Rise of the Lion

Hello, and welcome to my fan-fiction on the Rise of the Lion, focusing on the adventures of Ariobarnazes as he forges his own destiny in the world of Calradia!

Links down below:

The epic battles of bannerlord

The horns sound, the ravens gather. An empire is torn by civil war. Beyond its borders, new kingdoms rise. Gird on your sword, don your armour, summon your followers and ride forth to win glory on the battlefields of Calradia. Establish your hegemony and create a new world out of the ashes of the old.

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And so, we begin the joureny of Ariobarnazes

The Lion

Ariobarnzes tightened the stirrup on his horse, and patted it softly. An empire horse from the Northern Empire. Demetrios. His men watched him, as they waited inside their tents, in the glorious army of Sultan Unqid. Unqid had been besieging the Northern Empire’s city for three weeks, and there would be no shame now. Lucon was a man of cunning, intelligence and ruthlenesss. Not a single Aserai had been left alive. Lucon had proclaimed to his people, that only he was the true Emperor. The rest were pretenders. And the Sultan? A precious pretender that wished to have rule over all of Calraida.

Ariobarnzes advanced, as the Sultan’s servant waited for him. The soliders of the Sultan, all bowed and admired him with respect. Ariobarnzes had saved the Sultan’s life from a skirmish sent by Lucon’s assassins. The Sultan had given him the role of a bodyguard to avenge this crime. Ariobarnzes was accompanied by the Sultan’s servant. ‘My Lord, the Sultan awaits you, general Ariobarnzes.’

Ariobarnzes smiled. ‘Then take me to him.’

Ariobarnzes entered the lush, lavish tent of red silk filled with incense. Royal carperts elaborated with the design of golden eagles lay furled up together. Candles had been lit on tables, and the heavily armoured generals wearing black and golden lamellar armour inspected the map of the siege. The Sultan, sported a dark red lamellar armour, his sword and mace at his waist. He spoke. ‘It seems the Lion has arrived. Come! We will be besieging this castle soon, Ariobarnzes. I want you to lead the assault when the moment comes-‘

‘My Lord!’ A servant burst into the room.

The Sultan gritted his teeth in frustration. ‘What is it Uqbal?’

‘It’s Lucon! Lucon’s armies have arrived onto the field!’

The Sultan banged his fist onto the maps. ‘By the Gods of Ubar! Lucon was supposed to be fighting the other Empires. How did he get here so fast? It was no wonder…’ he said, with rising frustration boiling at the top of his lungs. ‘The Emperor held him in high esteem. How many men?’

‘Over twenty thousand my lord, we only have…ten thousand.’ Uqbal replied.

The Sultan rose and stared at his generals. ‘This is not a battle that we will win. But by Ubar’s will, I will give Lucon a bloody nose. We will have to retreat soon. Many of you will be taken prisoner. And that is a good thing. Act as spies in Lucon’s lands. Lucon’s only waging war so he can claim he is the legitimate hier to the empire. Ariobarznes?’

Ariobarnzes bowed. ‘Yes my liege.’

‘Get captured. I want all your reports coming from Lucon’s lands. Either way, you must come back to our homeland. For I fear Lucon will soon launch an invasion…that will destroy Aserai.’ His voice tightened.

‘And that I will not let happen! I am Sultan Ulqid, the tenth leader of the House of Banu Hulyan, and the scourge of the Bronze Desert of Nahasa. Looters and bandits fear me, but they too will be crushed. Aserai will surivie, and I will lead it to glory. Is that understood?’

The Generals bowed.

‘Come then!’ The Sultan unsheathed his golden enjeweled crusted bronze scimitar. ‘We have a battle to fight! And give Lucon a bloody nose!’

The war cries echoed across the battlefield

Sultan Ulqid the Upright!

Sultan Ulqid the Powerful!

Sultan Ulqid the Brave!

Chapter 1: The City of Qayaz

Ariobarnzes awoke from his dream in his small comfortable house, tucked in the tiny city of Qayaz, the days of the last defeated battle still etched in his memory. Now, he was a man that had grown from strength to strength. Taken by bandits, he was soon passing into his maturity as a man. His youth would be over. And now, he needed to make the Sultan favoured him. For the clan of the Lion would one day rule over Qayaz. He would build an empire that would stand for the test of time.

But now, all he wanted was good food and his stomach rumbled. He rose from his bed. Today would be a good day then. More bandits to loot and ransom. That is, if he didn’t end up getting captured so often.

My Most Anticipated Fantasy/Historical Fiction of 2020

So I’ve been a little late to this, but I decided after watching Daniel B Green’s awesome videos, I thought…why not?

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So let’s begin!

  1. The Lion Shield, Wars of Sparta and Athens, by Conn Iggulden
Epic!

The Gates of Athens reminds me back to the good old days of Rome Total War, with those massive city walls that you can see behind. If you look closely, you can see the Acropolis in the background. I felt it was a ltitle disappointing that they didn’t show other aspects of Athens, which I would have loved to seen personally! There isn’t much of the plot yet, but it is set in the Persian-Greek Wars which should make for an epic conflict. Conn Iggulden is an epic writer and I’ve read his entire series of the Mongol Series. This book is currently being published by Micheal Joseph.

2) A Declaration of the Rights of Magicians by H. G. Parry

The Age of Enlightment having wizards? The 18th century? Napoleonic France in the making? This is an ambitious fantasy/alternate history novel. There’s not much I can say but this is def one on my list to watch.

3) The Tower of Fools by Andrzej Sapkowski

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What an epic cover. One of the best.

This book’s reveal by Gollancz was one of the best things I’ve seen so far. You’ve played the Witcher 3 series? Well Andrzej was the man behind the books and the hit Netflix show, the Witcher. I have to do a review on this one soon. This is a fantastic cover, and a plot which is very similar to the video-game Kingdom Come Deliverance. Again, this is on my list as Medieval Eastern Europe? Hardly covered! There’s a lot of exciting stories that can be told here.

4) The City of Zirdai, Book #2 Archives of the Invisible Sword

The City of Zirdai : Archives of the Invisible Sword : Book 2 - Maria V. Snyder

After seeing this, I have no idea why I have not come across this book before. I want to read it!

5) Seven Endless Forests by April Tucholke

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This is just epicness defined. Awesome.

6) The Thousand Deaths of Arnor Benn

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After seeing the plot and the covers, I WANT more fantasy like this. This type of fantasy is my style and the only recent fantasy that I can compare is the Eli Monpress Series. This takes it to the next level. I want an ARC of all these fantastic of books.

7) River of Gold: Empire XI by Anthony Riches

The plot of this book is epic. We get to see the Romans expanding into the ancient Kingdom of Kush! The cover is not yet revealed. Anthony Riches is the bestselling author of the hit series based on Rome: The Empire Series

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The Kingdom of Kush as represented in the video game Rome II

9) Ashes of the Sun by Django Wexler

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Django has a knack, a great talent for writing fantasy. I think he is one of the more under-rated fantasy authors out there, and this new book promises a new world full of fun, adventure and good-old fantasy. So want an ARC of this!

Overall, these are the great books I’m looking forward to in 2020! What are you looking forward too? Comment down below!

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REVIEW OF LEGACY OF ASH BY MATTHEW WARD

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Rating: 10/10

Synposis

A shadow has fallen over the Tressian Republic.

Ruling families plot against one another with sharp words and sharper knives, heedless of the threat posed by the invading armies of the Hadari Empire.

The Republic faces its darkest hour. Yet as Tressia falls, heroes rise.

Game of Thrones meets the Last Kingdom in Matthew Ward’s Legacy of Ash – an unmissable epic fantasy debut of vicious intrigue, ancient magic and the eternal clash of empires.

‘Incredible action scenes’ Fantasy Hive

‘Magnificent and epic’ Grimdark magazine

‘Rivals Brandon Sanderson’s Words of Radiance. It’s really good’ Engadget

Review

I have finished this whopping book of 768 pages. 700 PAGES! That’s how big, that’s how epic, that’s how well written this novel is. What a FANTASTIC READ! 10/10 from me already. This review contains minor spoilers.

This is one of the most impressive fantasy debuts I have ever seen. There are great fantasy authors out there that write terrific books on this scale and magnitude. Ones that come to my mind are Christian Cameron, Mike Shackle and Nick Martell. Matthew joins the ranks of Gywne, Anthony Ryan, Brandon Sanderson and Micheal J Sullivan. That’s how good this book is. The world-building is epic.

Some of the dialogue I loved:

”Liquor has no claim on my wits.”

”I’m not carrying a dagger, I’m a councilman visiting a prisoner.”

”I’m a man of many aspirations. I can always make room for another.”

To summarise, there’s a lot of details: About how a Duke humiliates a Tressian Archimandrite by giving his trusted friend, Revakh to do the job. There’s details of cataphracts and golden immortals fighting medieval knights and I was so impressed. Finally someone took the Sassanid and Persian Achemanid Empire as inspiration. Malachi turned out to be one of the most impressive characters in the book, being the good and noble diplomat that wishes he could get out of this murky entrail of politics. Malachi’s children are also great as well his as wife, Lilly is. Ebigail was the worst character ever. She had spun a web, a dark web that was the cause of many misfortunes. All I can say is…bah! And there have been no shortage of evil people like her in history.

Fantastic Description:

”Where the black stone of the ancient city surrendered to granite colonnades of repurposed streets, he detoured into the unprocessing chambers that bore the antlered crest of the Satanra family.”

And so much of this is rooted from history, I could no doubt get a sense of Byzantine Politics, or maybe even a hint of the messy situtation Italy was in during the 11th century, when the Italian city states fought against each other. The Parliament of Crows is one of those impressive tiny details that you MUST not miss out on. It’ll pay off. And Kasamor…may his legacy last in the echoes forever. May Lumestra bless him always. This is way more historical fantasy that seems similar to Guy Gavriel Kay. All of this fight…all of this…it just saddens me.

I too like reading historical fiction, but there comes a point when you think: What was the worth of it? What was the worth of the Crusades when it lead to Byzantium’s collapse? The Crusades didn’t achieve much in terms of stragetic goals, and it led directly to the Ottomans coming and ruling parts of eastern Europe for a very long time or so. Now apply this to the Hadari Empire being split among warring nobles, and Kai Saran looking to cement his rule against the Tressians. Now what historical comparison can you draw with that? Many!

What does it bubble down too? What’s the main goal? For a mere goal in the Council of Tressia, nobles manipulate each other so that they can preserve their power. That’s pretty much what most of human history is. But it does not let us forget that that in this time, heroes are forged. Epic battles across vast distant landscapes are fought. People die. And their history is written by the victor. Not the loser. Who are we, that as human beings, to have been so blessed that we can share such stories across the ages? What is the light? What is the dark? And what are we? Good and noble beings? Or evil and cruel? Do we not create the monsters of our own fears? These questions now make me ponder after having read this book.

Hats off to the cover designer, Larry Rostant because he DID an AMAZING job that no wonder the cover feels exactly what the novel is about. Out of the ashes, an new empire is born. An empire of thought? An confederacy of republics? And Viktor Akadra? This man is the DEFINITIVE EDITION of an anti-hero. One of the best examples of taking his regrets, and making them to use it as a driving motivation. A man that has commited the most heinous of crimes. Just read. You’ll see a man that will become a legendary warrior. A broken man, that has transformed himself due to his sheer will. Which, no matter what life threw at him, no matter what happened, he fought on. It was his sheer determination, his sheer wit, and his courage that made him become what he was meant to become. And Josiri Trelan? A youngling that had no confidence within himself became a man with clarity and clear thought at the end of all this drama. There is so much drama, so much political intrigue not to meantion the cast of characters. I liked Melanna and felt she needs an entire book of her own, or more scenes of her. I think we’ll see more of her in book 2.

Revakh was an awesome character, simply one of the best. Add Kurkas. He’s a delight! Watch out for him. He’s a very great character. Rosa was a good character, including Calenne, Josiri’s sister. At the end, I think she figures out what she wants. What she’s been running away from her whole life. The Hadari are a really powerful empire and I seriously want a novel on that. I would love to see way more of the Hadari. And kudos to Matthew adding cataphracts! And Golden Immortals! I believe they are inspired from the Persian Immortals. As a minor request, I would love to see this as an Age of Empires II Custom Campaign, a Netflix/Amazon TV show because this show has everything. At this point I’m going to be listing everything. So read this AMAZING book for yourself. I read this and man it took me 10 hours, but that 10 hours of your life is going to be so worth it. Can’t wait for book 2!