Whilst there’s multiple modes to Mount and Blade 2: Bannerlord, the main meat of the game comes in the form of the single-player campaign. It’s there you’ll be spending the majority of your time, fighting wars, defeating enemies, chasing down rogues, and romancing partners.
The game’s campaign is open world and open ended, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t quests and story missions to go on and complete. Here’s how the story, and quests, work in Mount and Blade 2: Bannerlord.
Rebuild Your Clan
At the start of the game you’ll be tasked with rebuilding your clan. This sees you increase your wealth, hire a companion, grow your party, and will naturally be done as you play. This sets the stage for you to have your own clan and learn how to use them to your advantage.
Currently one of the largest quest chains and the main quest line in the game focuses around reassembling the Dragon Banner. Legend has it that the owner of the banner will be the one to re-unite the fallen empire of Calradia, will that be you? In addition, this is how you form your own faction throughout the game.
Many side quests come in the form of specific tasks handed out at the various villages which dot the game map. Similar to previous Mount and Blade games, these range from rescuing kidnapped villagers to helping a landlord gain access to their purchased land. You’ll get reputation boosts and minor rewards for helping villagers out, but really the true reward comes in the form of helping those less well off.
Similar to villages, you’ll be able to pick up side quests in towns. These can be given by nobles or notable townspeople and offer a variety of tasks to succeed at. You may be smuggling weapons for a gang member or uncovering a spy ring through careful detective work. As above you’ll net yourself a tidy profit in renown and money for helping out in towns.
Istiana’s Plan / Arzagos’s Conspiracy
This quest is a bit different from the ones preceding and comes as part of the main quest, helping you to learn the intricacies of diplomacy as well as how to declare war. At some point you’ll meet a pair of influential people who want to push you in their direction. Whomever you side with, the other person will later in the game attempt to ruin your plans.
This quest sees you uncover a conspiracy and declare war on your faction’s enemies, acting as a tutorial as well as a chance for you to engage in a bit of Mount and Blade action with your army.
Of course, you’re free to play Mount and Blade 2: Bannerlord your way instead of completing quests or storylines, as the open world game gives you a huge amount of breadth and scope for roleplay as well as opportunities to carve out your own fiefdom.
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