I think he means in the game though without editing the code, it's a shame that would be another neat little featureYep. It's pretty simple actually. Open the "settlements.xml" file in notepad or notepad++ and look for the village_type attribute. Change the production to something else, save, and you're good to go. You can do a search for the specific villages you want to make it easier to find them.
The file is found in the steamapps > common > M&B2 > Modules > Sandbox > ModuleData folder.
Oh you should be able to use already captive prisoners that's really annoying.They have to be fresh too! If you've had them in a prison he won't take them. Unless maybe I was trying to give soldiers only.... I don't know but it's oicky!
oh i didn't see it in that and i've played 1.4.3 for more than a few hours and never had the quest thoughEhm. It was mentioned in 1.4.3 patchnotes