I started a new game with Floris mod pack (which is beyond awesome I might add), but imported my level 30 character's stats and started the game off at Swadia. I basically went around and grabbed companions and filled up my army and by day 8 I took a Vyincord castle, and for some reason when they offered peace shortly after and I demanded Haringoth Castle in return, they agreed so by day 8 I had two castles and two villages. Some time later I have eliminated Swadia and have all their territory. But I still haven't attracted a single lord and it's just blind luck the other factions have yet to realize there is no way I could effectively defend my empire if they attacked me. I have fair to good relations with most of the Swadian lords, but none of them will join me even though they have nothing and plenty to offer. Not even the ones with -20 relations with their liege sitting in my cell.
I have about 1000 renown and like 97 honor. I assume my right to rule is still fairly low despite my accomplishments. Is that the majority of the decision if they will join you?
This has been a reoccurring issue for me game after game. I always end up with more territory than I have vassals for, which stalls the game as I can no longer effectively defend what I take and still make progress and it get so very hard to attract vassals.
In my last game, when I eliminated my first faction, most of it's lords which had good relations with me came and offered their services without me seeking them out. This time I eliminated one and not a single person has come.
Any advice would be immensely appreciated.
My second issue is I seem to be a little unclear on exactly how morale is working for my troops. Now that I've finished with Swadia, I'm commonly getting a few troops leaving at night. And of course it's always my rank 5 and 6's. My force morale shows at 99 and most of my troops show "Excellent". None of them were previously prisoners I recruited, they are ones that have trained up in my army. I have a vast selection of quality food and high leadership and whatnot. How can I stop the desertions? This had never occurred for me before Floris and I am playing basically the same way I had previously, so I assume it might be related to this mod?