Massive number of new and rebalanced troops
Troops are now organised into three tiers. As a landless player, you will only have access to the Peasant Line of troops which you can recruit as normal from villages.
When you eventually become a landowner, Noble troops are available to recruit in towns. All factions have their own Noble Troop lines.
If you choose to become a king or queen, you will have access to special Elite troops which can be obtained by sacking an enemy capital, or building your own recruitment centre in a captured city. Elite troops echo the strengths of their originating faction.
New parties patrol the map. Fear the new Kingdom Patrols, led by elite troops, and the holy Crusaders, rugged Ivory Guards, massive Hordes, vicious Berserkers, noble Councilmen, and Sarranid Dervishes.
Mercenary bands now roam the countryside. They're quite tough, but excellent source of loot and money for the experienced commander.
Bandit troop numbers have been supplemented (parties are bigger).
Lords have been boosted, and Kings made far stronger. They are extremely deadly on the field of battle.
Faction monarchs are now often accompanied by contingents of elite guard. Even an experienced army may have a hard time with them.
Weapons and Armour
Large number of new weapons and armour.
Unique items can be gained from loyalty to your king, if you become a vassal.
Special quest items can be gained from doing quests for other faction leaders.
Kings have unique weapons.
If you are a monarch of your own kingdom and you own a town with a blacksmith forge, there is a good chance the blacksmiths will decide to forge a crown for you.
Lords can be looted after a battle. This means, in theory, it is possible to get the unique weapons off the kings if you manage to defeat them. A higher looting skill will improve your chances of this.
Lots of new horses. Each faction has a specialty horse or two, generally allocated to Elite troops. All horses can be bought at the horse merchant.
A new food type has been added called hardtack. It gives 0 morale boost, but it lasts a VERY long time. Wine and ale are now consumables.
A new item - Whiskey – has been added which gives a +30 morale boost when in inventory, but reduces your pathfinding and spotting skills. This item can only be gained through a quest.
If you are a vassal of an existing kingdom and you get a 50 or higher relation with them the monarch will reward you with a special item.
Dark Knight Invasion
After 150 days in game, a mysterious faction with incredibly powerful troops will invade Calradia from a random direction. At first, only the kingdoms closest to them will bother to fight, but after a while, as their foothold grows, all kingdoms will come to realize this threat for what it is. You can change when they will begin their invasion (including never) in the game settings menu (accessed by camping.)
On the Battlefield
Death Cam - Many battles will now continue even after the player is knocked out. Hit the jump key to start moving the camera around the map to get a better look at what's happening. Use tab to leave the mission when you want to end it. Attack and defend change the height of the camera, and the forward, back, left, right keys control it's position and look angle. Hold shift to move faster. To order your troops in this mode, use Nackspace to call up the console.
Troop Formation system has been implemented. See below for instructions.
Troop Morale system has been tweaked. When a reinforcement wave arrives a fleeing army will rally and a commander's tactics and leadership skills will reduce the chances of their army fleeing in terror. This works for both the player and the AI, so be careful of monarch led armies, chances are they will never flee in terror. You can turn off the morale system from the camp menu and troops will never flee.
Long term wounding has been added. If the player or a companion is knocked out in combat they will suffer a wound (-2) to one of their physical stats. The wound will heal, but it will take time. The player's wounds are listed in the player report, and the companion wounds are listed in the party morale report screen. The wounding system can be turned off from the game settings menu (accessed by camping.)
Modified Shield Bash code has been implemented (Hold defend and click attack while a shield is in hand.)
Spear Wall ability has been added. When on foot and with a spear type weapon equipped hit b to brace the weapon on the ground. Any cavalry charge against a braced spear will suffer horrible damage usually resulting in the death of the horse. While braced you cannot move, attack, or defend, doing so will release the brace. Troops that are also on foot and armed with a similar weapon will also periodically move into a spear wall stance if they have been given the Hold Position or Stand Your Ground orders. Damage from the spearwall is based on the speed of the horse. If the horse is going slow enough it will take no damage at all.
On the battle map a white dot will mark the location of your inventory chest
Similar factions can now group up in combat on the map screen. But only units that makes sense to fight. Passing villagers and caravans will not join most battles unless they are forced to.
In field battles you can whistle for your horse. If you dismount and run around killing people hitting the 'm' key will cause your horse to come to you. Of course, if your horse is dead or you never had one to begin with then nothing will happen.
There is a possibility (based on the lord's personality) that the player will be allowed to go after being defeated, rather than taken prisoner.
20+ new quests. Talk to the guild master, lords, ladies and village elders to receive these quests. Also, there is a quest given by each faction leader which is rewarded with a unique new weapon. Talk to a king/queen when you reach level 10 to receive these quests. Be warned that these quests provide fairly stiff challenges.
The Looting system has been completely rewritten from scratch. The looting skill is worth something now and you will notice this immediately. If you have 0 looting you will have a hard time getting enough loot to upkeep a decent sized army. If you have 10 looting then money will never be a problem for you again so long as you keep killing things. The party looting skill is still used for looting village, etc. However, only the player's skill is used to determine what loot is available to a player after a battle. The companions with looting skill have sold all the loot they found for more money for themselves. They are mercenaries, are they not? You can turn this off in the Camp menu and go back to the classic Native looting system if you want.
Towns and castles owned by the player will now periodically gain and train troops into their garrison exactly the same as with NPC owned towns.
Player owned kingdoms have the possibility of making peace with kingdoms they haven't angered too badly. But it'll cost them.
If you have defeated an enemy kingdom and have lots of captured enemy lords on your hands you can either wait for their ransom or try to convince them to join your faction. To try to convince them you need to have them rotting in a town or castle's prison. Go visit them in the dungeon and give them your ultimatum. The higher your persuasion and the more they like you the better the chance of them joining you. However, if you're very persuasive and they really don't like you it may be difficult to actually get them to follow your orders once they've changed sides.
You can ask for lands back from the lord. Be careful, he will either agree or he will take his land and leave for a different faction similar to when the player refuses to give up captured land. To ask for it back you must visit the lord in person. Such matters are best discussed in person, after all.
Taking a castle or town in battle now causes a negative relation with the previous owner. This is to help balance how easy it is to recruit defeated faction lords.
A travelling minstrel is appearing at a tavern near you. He'll sing a song commemorating your achievements, if you ask him nicely.
As well as bandits, you now have to deal with Assassins as you climb the ranks. If you hold no fiefs, you will be beneath notice, but as you rise in rank and power, other lords will take notice, and hire assassins to hunt you down. A successful assassin attack will leave you debilitated and bedridden for a period of time, which may have serious repercussions if it happens at a critical point in the game.
You too can order Assassin attacks, if you are ruler of a Kingdom. Speak to your Spymaster, who will give you options to either 'assassinate' a lord, or attack a lord's troops. For assassinations, there's a 50% chance of success (after all, you will fight off your own attackers quite often), with various penalties for the lord. For attacks, the mercs you've hired will persevere until either they, or the lord's army, is wiped out.
You can ask another faction's monarch to go to war with a faction you are currently at war with. If they agree it will be very expensive, but you'll have another kingdom facing down your enemy.
Sphere of Influence
The capital system has been implemented. If the player kingdom owns anything better than a single castle then you will need a capital town. If you do not own a town then the player will be considered the capital. This is a bad thing, as will be described below. If the player owns a town and no capital is selected the game will pick one for the player after a few hours. Once moved a capital cannot be moved to a new town for a week.
The capital extends a radius of influence about the town (or player if there currently is no capital town.) Within this influence no villages will rebel. Outside this influence towns and villages will slowly decide they no longer need to follow the player and might rebel. If the center has a 20 or higher relation with the player they will not slide into rebellion. If the village or town is awarded to a lord then the lord will direct their influence on the populace and keep them in line assuring they never rebel. On average a town can be outside the player influence for about 45-50 days before they will rebel. If the player does not have a capital this makes it difficult to go off raiding for extended periods without leaving your lands in the hands of your lords.
If a village rebels it will switch to the outlaw faction so anyone can attempt to loot it. If the player visits the town they can attempt to bring it back into submission by fighting the peasants and the bandits that have joined them. If successful the village will once again belong to the player, but be very poor. If a competing kingdom manages to loot the village it will become theirs.
Lords can now rebel. The player needs to get within a certain distance of the lord (it's pretty large, the typical distance between a town and the 2nd closest castle) once per week or the lord will think he's not being watched. If the lord likes the player enough (depending on his personality type) nothing happens. If he doesn't like the player then his relation to the player drops. If it gets low enough he will rebel. If his old faction still exists he simply goes back to that faction. If it has been defeated he will find, or free, his old monarch and reestablish the old faction. This can be extremely problematic because ALL lords in the game that came from that faction have a chance of joining the rebellion and moving back to the old faction.
Towns and Villages
You can talk to village elders and guild masters from the menu upon entering the town or village.
Mills give their bonus every 2 weeks rather than only when their construction is finished.
Troops can be conscripted from villages if the proper conditions are met. Look under the "take a hostile action" menu, because they don't like being conscripted.
Players can collect all the taxes for their kingdom at once by visiting a town. If the player owns no towns they must still visit all the villages and castles individually.
Building construction time was reduced to 1/3 the normal amount
Nine new buildings added:
• Cattle Ranch - Increases growth rate of cattle and guarantees the village will never suffer a famine killing all their cattle.
• Palisade - Increases the time taken to loot the village.
• Horse Ranch - Expensive, but it increases the prosperity of the village and allows the player to buy a random quality horse every few days for only 500 denars.
• Distillery - Slowly increases the prosperity of the village and guarantees ale and wine are available for purchase from the elder.
• Caltrops - Removes ALL horses from defending or attacking a village.
• Caravan Escort Outpost - Any caravan leaving a town with one of these will have extra mercenaries added for defense, unless they have kingdom troops defending them already.
• Bookstore - Adds a random selection of books to the goods merchant in town.
• Festival Square - Increases the loyalty of the town monthly and increases the morale of the player's party for every 24 consecutive hours rested in town.
• Blacksmith Forge - Automatically refills all defender ammo in a town or castle siege every 60 seconds. Will possibly be used for other things in the future.
If you own a town, you can build a University. You can only ever build one. And it must be in your capital. If you change capitals then it stops working. If you lose your capital with it in there, you better get it back and make it your capital again. About every 2 weeks the university will have a breakthrough in research. Which one is random, but the list includes: +1 pathfinding, +1 spotting, +1 surgery, +1 wound treatment, or +1 engineer to you and all lords/compansion. In addition you could get the double speed siege tower, +2 battle advantage, or weapon repairing at a blacksmith breakthroughs.
Captive lords may now request to duel the player for their freedom. It happens randomly any time the player visits a town they own with a captured lord either in their party or the town's dungeon. If the lord wins they are set free. If the lord loses they will not ask to duel again unless they manage to escape and are captured again. The player may decline, but will lose honor.
The player is able to give troops to the garrisons of towns and castles in their kingdom that they have awarded to their lords. But you will not be able to take troops out of the garrisons.
The player can create customizable sparring matches between their own troops by visiting the arena master of any town.
Lords of any faction can upgrade their own fiefs. No longer will the player be the only person who actually begins construction projects. They cannot build the special recruitment buildings nor the university.
If you are a vassal of an existing kingdom and you take a town or castle you will receive a relation bonus with that faction now.
To assist in keeping an eye on a player's potentially rebellious lands a civics adviser can be hired from the kingdom management menu. Once hired he will appear in the capital's castle and will let the player know not only which centers could potentially rebel, but how close to rebellion they currently are.
The Logistician adviser allows your kingdom to randomly generate patrols like the other kingdoms do. If you have him hired, as well as a civics adviser, you can also talk to him about building upgrades in any of the centers in your kingdom. You will also be notified in game of any buildings that finish construction in your kingdom, even if you don't own the castle/town/village yourself.
The Chamberlain tracks your income and expenses and lists them for the current month and the previous month. It doesn't really do much for the game other than provide interesting statistics, so he's relatively cheap to hire.
The Master Spy adviser will tell you which fiefless lords you might be able to bribe to join your kingdom, and he will tell you where the other monarchs are currently residing. He also gives you the option to attack or assassinate enemy lords. As a little bonus he can also tell you which of your enemies' castles or towns is least defended.
Flexible Game Play
Play your way. New game setting switches were added to the game settings menu, accessed by camping. In this menu you can toggle companion personality clashes, the shield bash system, the spear wall system, if towns and villages can rebel or not, if lords can rebel or not, which loot system to use , whether the morale system will be used, and set when the Dark Knight invasion begins.
Only Companions of level 20 or higher can be granted fiefs. They always give them back when asked for and they will never rebel from you. However, if you give all your lands to companions and your lords have no lands, they will still ask for them and you will have none to give. This means you will have a lot of angry lords who will quickly leave your kingdom.
Other Important Things
Player party size increased. Leadership now gives 10 slots per point.
Prisoner Management doubled to 10 per point.
While building a siege tower or ladder to take a town or castle the player can now access the inventory and party screens.
Persuasion is now Charisma based instead of Intelligence.
The player can change the kingdom color from the kingdom management menu option in towns that they own.
More Troop Information
The troop trees have been juggled considerably. All top tier troops cannot be upgraded to. You must recruit them directly from special buildings. The amount recruited is refreshed every week. At the start of the game each faction's capital has one of these buildings and will supply troops to the lord that owns the town as well as the town garrison. If a town has one of the special recruiting buildings another cannot be built there, it is limited to only one per town. Each faction's type of building is limited to only 2 in the entire game. This means the player can build ONE additional recruitment building in the town of their choice, but they are expensive and take a long time to build.
Nobles have their own troop upgrade paths and can be recruited from towns if the player is a noble themself. Nobles can only be recruited if the player is either a monarch or a vassal. If you are a mercenary or unaligned you cannot recruit them.
Using formations and other battle commands:
Note: you need to turn ON formations in the Camp -> Settings menu first. You'll know if they're working when you see a message on screen, "Forming Wedge" etc. when you press the keys.
Here's a quick tutorial on what key presses do to interact with these additions. Note they only come into play when in standard field and siege combat. You won't see them when fighting peasants after collecting taxes or raiding their village or any of the other special combats that can pop up throughout the game.
2 - infantry only
3 - archers only
4 - cavalry only
j - Form Ranks
p - Form a Line
k - Form a Wedge
u - Remove Formations
t - Display coherence (morale and effectiveness) of both sides
CAREFUL WITH THE Y AND V KEYS!
y - Rally your men when morale is low (Costs experience)
v - Call for reinforcements earlier than the system would give them normally (Also costs experience)
If you kill a lot of enemies the morale gets boosted, and yes, if the morale of either side drops too low there's a good chance they'll "flee in terror" which means unless they're surrounded you'll have to chase them down. For enemies on horseback this can be a pain if you're not good at mounted archery.
To brace a spear, hit the b key while having a braceable spear equipped. It only works in some battles, like open field combat.
To call your mount hit the m key, if it's still alive it'll trot over to you. Obviously, this is only available if you had a horse at the start of the battle and if horses are allowed in the battle.
Once you're knocked out, if the battle doesn't end hit the jump key to release the camera and take a look around the field. Hit tab to bring up the option to end the battle.