So, I was enlisted in a Hakkon party (Hakkon General III), as i got knocked down and retreated, then went back in with the next wave, at the end screen, as Hakkon general was defeated, i could hire men... including all the defeated lords. So, now i have a party of my own with 6 hakkon lords. I dont see how this is normal . Also, i can talk to them, alter their equipment, change skills when available. Kinda funny to have lords run around the battle field and massacre everything for me. Basically, if you get knocked down, retreat, and the army is defeated, then you are saved by another party from the same faction, it allows you to resque any prisoners, and take the hostile ones, like you were the one to engage.