The AI clans should hire companions too

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CrazyElf

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The AI clans, like the player factions, should hire companions as heroes.

They would be non-noble, but companions. The reason is to supplement the AI's numbers. Some factions have fewer people than the number of party size, to give an example.

Imagine a faction that has lost their existing people, either due to age, death in battle, or executed by the enemy. This faction may still have money, but is short on the number of lords that it has. Hiring companions would be the solution.

They might prefer companions of their own culture, but they would hire companions.

This would also open the door to a marriage pool for kids to replace the dead as well, if the AI could marry non-noble companions hired if they do not have any noble alternatives (which would be preferred).
 

Lord Irontoe

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I made a similar suggestion a week or two ago. I dont think they should become clan members, though. Main reason being that players would get really annoyed if some other clans keep snapping up the only traders or surgeons in the world before the player could get to them. I'd rather see them hired on short term contracts, like for 30 days or so.

I was thinking of them more in their captain roles, since some of those perk bonuses can be significant. It would be a way of throwing some surprises at the player, since a regular army that you could ordinarily beat no problem might become quite a bit tougher with a few high level captains buffing them up with their perks.

The tricky thing about something having companions work for npc clans is they'd have to be equipped for battle, but I don't know if TW wants to equip them with good gear since players will just use them to poach expensive gear that way. So they'd need to be equipped by the lord who hired them and give it all back when they leave their service. But how to get the ai to equip them intelligently? Maybe it could look at their stats, compare them to their regular troops and give them the gear set of the soldier they're most similar to. Or just equip them the way they equip young lords, though you'd probably get some mismatches in gear vs their skills that way.
 

CrazyElf

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Ultimately the AI is going to need replacements if their clan dies of old age or if they are killed in battle.

Yes, this will mean that the AI is going to have to equip them. As far as gear, the best option is to create a lookup that looks up the skills and then matches it to an XML template.