AFAIK, they do not need to converse to recruit; take this with a grain of salt as my knowledge may be outdatedSo to my original question:- Mechanically, how does AI factions recruiting clans work? Do they have to pay just as much as the player does? Does their king/leader have to meet them themselves just like the player does? or is it a bit "cheaty" for the AI?
I doubt a lord recruited 80+ troops from a village. Do you have a quote on this (I am not doubting you, I am doubting your source)? AI lords "cheat" by having an extra recruitment slot but they are still bound by relations with the notables.From my limited understanding the AI uses a lot of cheats. Just from reading around on the forums I see stories of AI lords being released from captivity, walking into the nearest village and recruiting 80+ troops. Just yesterday I watched a guy on Twitch besiege a Town and an enemy lord had just got there before he did. The AI lord recruited over 40 troops while the siege camp was being constructed. So "a bit cheaty" might be an understatement lol
In the second case, when the AI lord recruited the troops did the garrison numbers go down? The AI could very well recruit from the notables and then drain the garrison. The latter is usually why you have constant armies attacking you, and lords that you captured->released can come back with big numbers.