There are 3 sliders that change the percentage of troops of each type (cavalry, infantry, archers). Interestingly, if, say the Khergit Khanate had 36% infantry out of 100 men, they will have 36 Dismounted Lancers. These troops can also be fought with or against with multiplayer bots. There are 2 other unique troops that don't appear in single player normally, Nord Scouts and Rhodok Scouts (cavalry).
The player can control one of eleven characters in a custom battle:
The original Mount&Blade had "scenarios" instead. There were 5 scenarios:
- Skirmish 1
- Skirmish 2
- Siege Defense
- Skirmish 3
- Siege Offence
In all of the above, you have a set lord or lady, and fight a set amount and tier of units of a set faction.