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The High Kingdom of the Battanians is a kingdom in Mount&Blade II: Bannerlord. It is ruled by King Caladog, and occupies heavily forested lands in the northwest of the continent of Calradia.

Battanian civilization consists of loosely organized clans who originally populated most of the Calradian continent, but has been reduced to a small pocket of free territory after much of their land was conquered by the expansion of the Calradic Empire.

Specialties of the Battanian warrior culture include forest warfare, longbowmen, and two-handed swordsmen. On the overworld map, Battanian armies will suffer 10% less speed penalty from moving through forests.

By the time of Mount and Blade: Warband 200 years later, Battania ceases to exist as a united civilization, with all their territory conquered and the people reduced to living as Forest Bandits. The Battanian nation's position in comparison to Warband is in and around Reyvadin, Knudarr, and Radoghir Castles.

Official Description Edit

"From time immemorial there has been a High King of Battania, crowned with great ceremony on the sacred hill of Dunthanach. Ask any Battanian chieftain, however, whose "kingdom" he lives in, and he will look around at his hall and in his fields and his pastures, his flock and his retainers, and answer "Mine, of course." Only lately, following the example of the Empire, have the High Kings made any effort to exert their authority. "Such unruly cattle as my people require a strong herdsman's hand to steer them from the ravine and protect them from the wolf," said one recent high king, just before he was betrayed by a jealous cousin and taken in chains to the nearest imperial outpost."

Lore Edit

"The misty hills of north-western Calradia are dominated by the Battanian clans, the original inhabitants of much of the continent. Their hilltop fortresses have born witness to countless wars fought to resist outside invaders: first the Empire's legions, and more recently the rising Sturgian and Vlandian kingdoms. They are masters of the longbow, the night raid, the sudden wild charge out of the woods. They idolise valour, but especially like it when mixed with a bit of mischief - the cattle thief who can whisk an entire herd into the fog; the champion who dines with a rival tribe, and, regaling his hosts with an anecdote of battle, produces from his bag the skull of one of their kinsmen that he took as a souvenir."

Battanian Lords tell us that the previous high king of Battania, High king Aeril, disappeared.

Additionally, the Encyclopedia tells us a bit more about Battania. We learn of the existence of an "old Battanian tongue"- In the page for Cantrec, we learn that the village is one of the southernmost regions in Calradia that still speaks the language, highlighting the great amount of territory lost by the Battanians in the past. Since Cantrec lies south of most of Battania, it is likely that most Battanians still speak the Battanian language.

TacticsEdit

StrengthsEdit

  • Extremely powerful archers in the noble troop line
  • Falxmen use powerful weapons with very long reach, making them effective against other polearms and mounted enemies
  • Most troops carry varied equipment, including axes for dealing with shields as well as throwing weapons
  • Battanian territory is highly condensed and relatively defensible

WeaknessesEdit

  • Cavalry options are inferior in comparison to all other nations; complete lack of heavy cavalry and horse archers 
  • Limited ranged options outside of the noble troop branch
  • Troops are somewhat less well armoured than their foreign counterparts
  • Battanian territory is surrounded by four other factions, which may lead into a string of wars on multiple fronts

SummaryEdit

Battanian troops are highly specialized in infantry-focused combat. They might struggle to deal with opposing heavy cavalry combined with horse archers, but they are stronger against slower enemies fighting on foot. Protecting their fian champions is important for Battanian forces, since these elite archers are capable of wiping out entire parties on their own if given the chance, but can still become overwhelmed when surrounded by hostile cavalry. They should be covered especially well against fast-moving Aserai Mamelukes, who can engage in close combat with sword and shield if necessary, and other fast-moving cavalry with potential for close combat or throwing weapons.

Since Battanian infantry possesses a variety of throwing weapons, they are able to launch mixed volleys of projectiles against advancing infantry or cavalry while protecting their valuable longbowmen. In addition to avoiding being peppered with thrown spears and axes, players who go up against Battanians should take care to not become exposed to their falxmen, who can easily reach out and take down a mounted rider with their long blades. Battanian horsemen should also not be underestimated, as although they are much weaker than cavalry of other nations, their long lances and powerful javelins can hit hard in ideal conditions.

RulerEdit

King Caladog

Caladog parley

Initial ruler

Troop tree Edit

Battania icon Battania Troops
Chevron-1 Icon troop type infantry Volunteer  
Chevron-2 Icon troop type infantry Clan Warrior Icon troop type infantry Wood Runner Icon troop type bow Highborn Youth
Chevron-3 Icon troop type infantry Trained Warrior Icon troop type infantry Raider Icon troop type infantry Skirmisher Icon troop type bow Highborn Warrior
Chevron-4 Icon troop type infantry Picked Warrior Icon troop type cavalry big Scout Icon troop type infantry Falxman Icon troop type infantry Veteran Skirmisher Icon troop type bow Hero
Chevron-5 Icon troop type infantry Trained Spearman Icon troop type cavalry big Horseman Icon troop type infantry Veteran Falxman Icon troop type infantry Wildling Icon troop type cavalry big Mounted Skirmisher Icon troop type bow Fian
Chevron-6   Icon troop type bow Fian Champion

ClansEdit

Clans of Battania
fen Gruffendocfen Derngilfen Uvainfen Giallfen Eingalfen Morcarfen Penraic

Territory Edit

The Battanians are currently known to have at least these towns, castles and villages.

Territory of Battania
Towns
Car BansethDunglanysMarunathPen CannocSeonon
Castles
Ab Comer CastleAster CastleDruimmor CastleFlintolg CastleLlanoc Hen Castle
Pendraic CastleRhemtoil CastleUthelaim Castle
Villages
Ab ComerAndurnAsterAth CafalBeglomuarBog BethBryn GlasCantrecClag Ban
DalmengusDiantogmailDruimmorDurnEberethFenon TrynFlintolgGainsethGeunat Nal
GlenlithrigGlintorImlaghInvethLindornLlanoc HenMag ArbaMorihigPendraic
RhemtoilSeordasSwenrynTor LeiadTor MelinaUthelaim

Note that during the game these might change, as the Battanians either conquer or lose territory.

TriviaEdit

  • The Battanians are based on different Celtic peoples, in particular from the early medieval times. Their settlements have been described as a mixture of medieval and ancient Celtic.
  • Some Battanian infantry, like the Battanian Falxmen, use Falxes, which were historically used by the Dacians, but from a design that originated with the Sica, a blade of Celtic origin often wrongly credited to the Thracians. This would be a plausible developement in Celtic weapons.
  • It appears that by the time of Warband, the Battanians have been completely wiped out or, more likely, conquered and assimilated by the Vlandians and Sturgians, who would mix with the locals, eventually creating the Swadian, Rhodok and Vaegir cultures.
  • It is possible that the Vaegirs "inherited" their good light infantry and excellent archers from the Battanians.

GalleryEdit

Classic/Warband Factions
KhergitsNordsRhodoksSarranidsSwadiansVaegirs
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AnglesBritonsFrieseGaelsNorsemenPictsSaxons
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OsraigeUladhWest Seaxe
Bannerlord Factions
Kingdoms
AseraiBattaniansEmpire (NorthernSouthernWestern) • KhuzaitsSturgiansVlandians
Minor Factions
Brotherhood of the WoodsCompany of the Golden BoarEleftheroiEmbers of the Flame
Hidden HandJawwalLake RatsKarakhuzaitsLegion of the BetrayedSkolderbrotva
Sons of the ForestThe Forest PeopleThe GhilmanWolfskins
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