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The Principality of Sturgia is a kingdom in Mount&Blade II: Bannerlord. It is ruled by Prince Raganvad, and occupies the snowy northernmost mountain territories of the continent of Calradia.

The principality's history began when Nordic traders and adventurers migrated from the northeast territories seeking land and wealth, and eventually formed diplomatic and marriage alliances with the native tribes of the Sturgian region, merging the two cultures together into something new, with a violent, warlike but also mercantile mentality.

Heavily armoured infantry bearing thick shields to form a shieldwall is the core of Sturgian military, although cavalry and archer units are also employed prominently. When travelling through snowy regions on the overland map, Sturgians move 10% less slowly than other factions.

200 years later, in Mount&Blade: Warband, the Sturgian empire has extended its holdings southward to some of the Empire and Battania, but the Sturgians have experienced a cultural split, with the Nords living in the west and the Sturgian Vaegirs in the east.

Official Description[]

The confederation of small kingdoms that is now the Principality of Sturgia came into being only a century ago. As boomtowns sprung up along the great rivers of the north, the local tribal leaders forged marriage pacts with Nords and other adventurers, hiring their swords to subdue their neighbors. Under pressure from the empire, they elected a prince to lead them in war, and eventually the princes became a hereditary office. But the idea of a monarchy has never sat easily with the independence-minded boyars, and the potential for rebellion always lurks under the surface of Sturgian politics.

Lore[]

"The Sturgian forests are forbidding and cold, but great wealth lies within. Wild honey can be found, and bog iron, but the real prize has always been fur. For centuries, brave traders ventured there to buy the pelts of fox, rabbit and ermine from the tribes of the woods. As the empire expanded eastward, that trickle of traders became a flood. Great towns sprung up on the rivers. Fortune-seekers came from the coast, from the steppes, and most of all from the Nordlands. Tribal elders made alliances with the newcomers, sealed by wedding vows, and with their share of the trading profits hired mercenaries to subdue other tribes. Sturgia became a collection of principalities, then a kingdom, the great powerhouse of the north."

Ruler[]

Prince Raganvad

Raganvad.png

Initial ruler

Tactics[]

Strengths[]

  • Powerful heavy infantry options.
  • Noble shock cavalry on par with other cavalry.
  • Axes are commonplace among troops, giving them a significant edge in melee combat.
  • Mounted skirmishers provide an effective counter to cavalry.

Weaknesses[]

  • Mediocre archers.
  • Lack of true mounted archers.
  • Inconsistent troop progression.
  • Sturgian territory is stretched across a wide border, which can result in multiple wars fought on far away fronts.


Economy:[]

  • Medium.

7 cities, 8 fortresses and 32 villages. Main products: fur (main producer), flax (main producer), cattle (main producer) and fish.


Troop tree[]

Sturgia icon.png Sturgia Troops
Chevron-1.png Icon troop type infantry.png Recruit
Chevron-2.png Icon troop type infantry.png Warrior Icon troop type infantry.png Woodsman Icon troop type infantry.png Warrior Son
Chevron-3.png Icon troop type infantry.png Soldier Icon troop type infantry.png Brigand Icon troop type bow.png Hunter Icon troop type infantry.png Varyag
Chevron-4.png Icon troop type infantry.png Spearman Icon troop type infantry.png Line Breaker Icon troop type cavalry big.png Hardened Brigand Icon troop type bow.png Archer Icon troop type infantry.png Varyag Veteran
Chevron-5.png Icon troop type infantry.png Heavy Spearman Icon troop type infantry.png Heavy Axeman Icon troop type infantry.png Heroic Line Breaker Icon troop type cavalry big.png Horse Raider Icon troop type bow.png Veteran Bowman Icon troop type cavalry big.png Druzhinnik
Chevron-6.png   Icon troop type cavalry big.png Druzhinnik Champion

Towns[]

Territory of Sturgia
Towns
BalgardOmorRevylSibirTyalVarchegVarnovapol
Castles
Mazhadan CastleKranirog CastleNevyansk CastleOv CastleTakor Castle
Urikskala CastleUstokol CastleVladiv Castle
Villages
AlebatAlovBorchovagorkaBukitsChornobasDninDvorustaFerkhForin
GlavstromIsmilkorgKarburKargrevKorsyasKranirogKvolMazhadanMarabrot
NevyanskOmkanyOvRadakmedRodobasSafnaSkorinTakorUrikskalaUstokol
VisibrotVladivYangutumZhemyan

Clans[]

Clans of Sturgia
GundarovingVagirovingOrmidovingVezhovingTogaroving
IsyarovingUbrovingKulovingKostoroving

Vassals[]

Tovir, Asta, Simir, Valla, Vidar, Young Tenir, Vyldur

Minor factions[]

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Skolderbrotva.png
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The Lake Rats live by Shemyr of the Lake Rats - i.e. luring ships onto shoals with false lighthouses and beacons. The Skolderbrotva are a mercenary brotherhood. The Forest People are a semi-nomadic clan, burning clear, unclaimed forest parcels to farm away from the prying eyes of nobles and landlords.

Trivia[]

  • The Sturgians are based on the Kievan Rus', a polity in medieval eastern Europe consisting of Slavic peoples and some Varangians, who were Norse and mixed Norse-Slavic traders, warriors, and adventurers. It was a loose federation of city states, most of whom were located in the area of modern Russia, Belarus and Ukraine.[1]
  • They occupy the portion of the map that will become the lands of the Nords and the Vaegirs preceding the events of Mount & Blade/Warband.
  • They appear to be the predecessors of the Kingdom of Vaegirs due to their cultural appearance and location, though they lack the Vaegir's excellent archers. This specialty might have developed in the intervening years from prolonged contact with the steppe factions. They do not appear to be significant ancestors of the Nords, due to the Nords migrating south from Nordland and Jumne.
  • The chiefs of the Sturgians clans carry the title of Kniaz, a title of nobility originating in Eastern Europe, in particular employed in Ukraine, Russia, Poland and Hungary.

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References[]


Classic/Warband Factions
KhergitsNordsRhodoksSarranidsSwadiansVaegirs
With Fire & Sword Nations
CossacksCrimeansMuscovitesPolishSwedes
Napoleonic Wars Nations
AustriaFrancePrussiaRheinbundRussiaUnited Kingdom
Viking Conquest Factions
Cultures
AnglesBritonsFrieseGaelsNorsemenPictsSaxons
Factions
AileachAlbanAlt ClutBrycheiniogConnachtaCornubiaDanmarkEast EngleFriese
GlywyssingGwyneddLaiginLaithlindMideMierceMumainNorthhymbreNorthvegr
OsraigeUladhWest Seaxe
Bannerlord Factions
Kingdoms
AseraiBattaniansEmpire (NorthernSouthernWestern) • KhuzaitsSturgiansVlandians
Minor Factions
Beni ZilalBrotherhood of the WoodsCompany of the Golden BoarEleftheroi
Embers of the FlameForest PeopleGhilmanHidden HandJawwalKarakhergit
Lake RatsLegion of the BetrayedSkolderbrotvaWolfskins
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