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Kingdom of Swadia

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A Kingdom of knights and counts situated in central Caldaria, represented by the color orange.


    King Harlaus 

King Harlaus

The king of Swadia.
  • Achilles' Heel: Harlaus is a highly competent opponent in battle, but his equipment is heavy and cumbersome. Chances are he will be taken down by an archer/fast melee character or be thrown from his horse and ganged up on by a group of soldiers.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: Generally held to be the most dangerous NPC in the game, bar none.
  • Fat Bastard: A reputation Harlaus developed due to his tendency to hold feasts at improper times, including when he's under siege. In reality, it's a uniform AI behavior applied to all Monarchs to try and keep vassal relations above water, Swadia just gets hit with these because they have to fight on multiple fronts.
  • It's All About Me: If you are allied with Swadia, be prepared to see "King Harlaus has decided to give the fief of [Town/Castle/Village] to King Harlaus" A LOT.
  • Mighty Glacier: The single hardest opponent to kill in the entire game, he has the best armor possible, a good sword, and shield, luckily, he's a bit of a Stone Wall, since he doesn't have a lance.
  • Old Soldier: One of oldest monarchs. However, his high level and high tier equipment make him one of the most dangerous.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Like all Calradian monarchs, he's active on the field during campaigns. (Well, sometimes.)
  • Screw the War, We're Partying!: Memetically infamous for this, as he will often call all of the lords together for feasts, even when the enemy breaks in the doors and starts running rampant. This is a bit unjustified since it's a uniform AI Monarch behavior, one that's *caused* by the enemy gaining ground, and is a desperate attempt to keep vassal relations functional enough to wage war. Swadia just gets hit with this *a lot* because it has to fight on multiple fronts against multiple enemies.
  • Stay in the Kitchen: While all other rulers have logical, if a bit selfish, reasons for denying or not acknowledging a claimant's right to the throne, Harlaus' reason is only that "She is a woman, and would not rule well," and gives no other reasons.
    • Jerkass Has a Point: He mentions that while there were warrior queens before, all of them end up leading the Swadian army to ruin.
  • Weapon of Choice: A Heavy Bastard Sword and Knightly Heater Shield. Combined with his armor and horse, this makes him an absolute monster, especially as Artificial Stupidity makes lances rather ineffective compared to what they'd be for players.

    Lady Isolla of Suno 

Lady Isolla of Suno

A claimant to the throne of Swadia.
  • Action Girl: Starts at a high level, and even if she isn't given different equipment to replace her noble clothes dagger, she will take out several high-level troops before being knocked unconscious.
  • Fiery Redhead: She has red hair and before she was forced to flee accused Harlaus' supporters of treason. Though she recognizes that this had hurt her chances, she still intends to take back her throne by force.
  • Noble Fugitive: Exiled from the Kingdom of Swadia by virtue of being a rival claimant to the throne.

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Kingdom of Rhodoks

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A kingdom of spearmen and counts situated in southern Caldaria, represented by the color green.


  • Elective Monarchy: Unlike their neighbors the Swadian and the Vaegirs, the nobles do elections to elect one of their own as their king. However, their system is hampered by corruption and easily manipulable either through force or blackmail.
  • Fantasy Counterpart Culture: Of Medieval Spain and Italy.

    King Graveth 

King Graveth

The king of Rhodoks.
  • Aristocrats Are Evil: According to him, the only "liberty" the lords of Rhodoks truly value is their own.
  • Benevolent Boss: Tends to shower vassals he likes (including the player) with castles and cities.
  • Come with Me If You Want to Live: A dark example, as he basically blackmailed the electors to vote him King or he would let an enemy force capture or kill them.
  • Democracy Is Bad: Is of this opinion. He has nothing but contempt for the Rhodoks' system of Elective Monarchy or the traditional rights of their nobility, and took power through blackmail and threat of force.
  • Elective Monarchy: Was elected by the rest of the Rhodoks nobility to his position, although his methods were controversial (to put it mildly) and he has a strong ideological hatred for it.
  • A Father to His Men: Claims his close relationship with the army and his soldiers (and, implicitly, with the common folk from whom the levies are drawn) makes him a better king.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Like all Calradian monarchs, he's active on the field during campaigns.
  • Weapon of Choice: A Heavy Bastard Sword and Knightly Heater Shield much like his Swadian Counterpart, Harlaus. He falls short of his northern rival in armor and horse however.

    Lord Kastor of Veluca 

Lord Kastor of Veluca

A claimant to the throne of Rhodoks.
  • Elective Monarchy: Claims that King Graveth's holding the electors hostage for their votes renders him an illegitimate monarch.
  • Hypocrite: Does he proclaim himself a provisional acting king and call for elections after you give his rival the boot? No.
  • Noble Fugitive: Exiled from the Kingdom of Rhodoks by virtue of being a rival claimant to the throne.
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Kingdom of Nords

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A kingdom of warriors and Jarls situated in north-western Caldaria

    King Ragnar 

King Ragnar

The king of Nords.

    Lethwin Far-Seeker 

Lethwin Far-Seeker

A claimant to the throne of Nords.
  • Badass Bookworm: Ragnar claims he is an unfit leader as he is a scholar and not a warrior. You can help him prove Ragnar otherwise.
  • Gentleman and a Scholar: Spent his early life as a scholar rather than a warrior, by contrast with the typical Nord lifestyle.
  • Noble Fugitive: Exiled from the Kingdom of Nords by virtue of being a rival claimant to the throne.

Khergit Khanate

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An Autocracy of horse-riders and nomads situated in eastern Caldaria, represented by the color lavender.


  • Barbarian Tribe: According to the Khergit Companions, the Khergit Khanate is composed of various Barbarian/Raider tribes with their own culture and sense of honor.
  • Born in the Saddle: Their culture revolves around horse-riding due to their nomadic roots.
  • Fantasy Counterpart Culture: Of the Mongols and Central Asians.

    Sanjar Khan 

Sanjar Khan

The khan of the Khergit Khanate.

    Dustum Khan 

Dustum Khan

A claimant to the throne of Khergit Khanate.
  • Cain and Abel: With his half-brother, Sanjar.
  • Noble Fugitive: Exiled from the Khergit Khanate by virtue of being a rival claimant to the throne.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Did a lot of the leg work governing the Khanate as a child and believes Sanjar usurped the throne because he had time to do so as Dustum was inspecting the border when their father died.

Kingdom of Vaegirs

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A kingdom of expert archers and Boyars situated in north-eastern Caldaria.


    King Yaroglek 

King Yaroglek

The king of Vaegirs.
  • Evil Uncle: According to his claimant even though they are technically cousins; definitely had one for a father.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Like all Calradian monarchs, he's active on the field during campaigns.
  • Sins of Our Fathers: He bluntly admits that what his father did to Valdym was immoral; he simply doesn't think it just to end his reign for his father's crimes.
  • Token Good Teammate: He's the most friendly of the six kings initially established in Calradia, and he's also the only king who didn't personally dethrone his kingdom's claimant.
  • The Usurper: Is the son of one.
  • Weapon of Choice: A Military Pick and Knightly Kite Shield. He's not exactly well-suited for cavalry warfare, especially as his horse is a generic Hunter and weapon that barely reaches infantry while on horseback, but his gear combination makes him suprisingly dangerous in close-in mobs once he's pulled off his horse.

    Prince Valdym the Bastard 

Prince Valdym the Bastard

A claimant to the throne of Vaegirs.
  • Heroic Bastard: Invoked but subverted. The illegitimacy charge was malicious slander by The Usurper. Everyone including the latter's son- who is also the standing monarch and Valdym's rival for the throne- seems to disregard it.
  • Noble Fugitive: Exiled from the Kingdom of Vaegirs by virtue of being a rival claimant to the throne.

Sarranid Sultanate

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A kingdom of expert horseriders and Emirs situated in south-eastern Caldaria.


    Sultan Hakim 

Sultan Hakim

The sultan of Sarranid Sultanate.

    Arwa the Pearled One 

Arwa the Pearled One

A claimant to the throne of the Sarranid Sultanate.
  • Action Girl: She's a very combat-capable character in her own right.
  • Born into Slavery: Presumably.
  • Femme Fatale: According to Hakim, she used her feminine wiles to exert control over the realm. Arwa herself claimed it was her superior intellect and managerial skills that gave her the throne. Though those are not necessarily exclusive.
  • Noble Fugitive: Exiled from the Sarranid Sultanate by virtue of being a rival claimant to the throne.
  • Rags to Royalty: Went from being a slave in the old Sultan's household to being ruler of the Sarranids herself... until she was deposed by her nephew Hakim.
  • Wicked Stepmother / Evil Aunt: According to Hakim.
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