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The Kingdom of Rhodoks is ruled by King Graveth, while the claimant to the throne is Lord Kastor of Veluca.

The Rhodoks were once subjects of the Swadians, but successfully fought a war for independence under the military leadership of Grunwalder. The Rhodoks later built Grunwalder Castle in his honor, on the site where he fell in battle.

In Mount&Blade: Warband, unlike in the original Mount&Blade, the Rhodok lords are called counts.

Starting in the Kingdom of Rhodoks could be regrettable, as it lacks cheap special goods to be purchased and sold. The countryside is also plagued by Mountain Bandits, which can be troublesome early in the game.

HistoryEdit

As with much of the history of Calradia, that of the Rhodoks is obscure. The Rhodoks were originally part of the Kingdom of Swadia, but rebelled and founded their own kingdom. This is reflected in their troop types and choice of territory. The Rhodoks' pikemen and crossbowmen were fielded in mountainous terrain to defeat the Knights of Swadia, as they lacked cavalry and thus relied on pike and crossbow to prevail over the Knights.

Bunduk recounts how a war veteran named Grunwalder came "over the hills" after the war and taught the Rhodoks the art of war to defend themselves against the Swadians, effectively becoming an ancestral hero to the Rhodok people. Grunwalder would die in the rebellion he started, but his memory would live on as the Rhodoks swore never to bow to any king again. The Rhodoks built Grunwalder Castle at the place where Grunwalder fell in battle as a celebration of his contributions.

However, as Artimenner recounts when the player nears Culmarr Castle, the count of that fortress used its geographical advantage to levy heavy taxes on all nearby caravan routes, and used this as leverage to be elected King of the Rhodoks. All rulers of the Rhodoks thenceforth were elected kings, the latest of which is King Graveth.

RulersEdit

King Graveth

Graveth

Initial ruler

Lord Kastor of Veluca

Kastor

Claimant

VassalsEdit

Note that the vassals listed below are only the ones present at the start of the game. Later on, other vassals may join or leave, and they may gain or lose land or fiefs. This is particularly common when an entire kingdom is conquered, and all the vassals from that kingdom will move randomly to one of the others.

Count Etrosq
Etrosq
Count Falsevor
Falsevor
Count Fraichin
Fraichin
Count Fudreim
Fudreim
Count Gerluchs
Gerluchs
Count Gharmall
Gharmall
Count Gutlans
Gutlans
Count Kurnias
Kurnias
Count Laruqen
Laruqen
Count Matheas
Matheas
Count Nealcha
Nealcha
Count Raichs
Raichs
Count Reichsin
Reichsin
Count Reland
Reland
Count Rimusk
Rimusk
Count Talbar
Talbar
Count Tarchias
Tarchias
Count Tellrog
Tellrog
Count Tribidan
Tribidan
Count Trimbau
Trimbau

TacticsEdit

Also see Kingdom of Rhodoks Tactics.

StrengthsEdit

  • Excellent spearmen for beating back cavalry and holding the line.
  • Outstanding crossbowmen.
  • Excels at defending castles and towns.

WeaknessesEdit

  • Lacking in cavalry.
  • Poor offensive infantry.
  • Lowest strategic maneuverability out of all factions.

SummaryEdit

The Rhodoks rely heavily on well-equipped and hardy militias, unlike the levied footsoldiers and heavily armored knights of their Swadian neighbors.

The Rhodoks are fond of the spear and the crossbow, and their armies are largely composed of spear-armed foot soldiers and professional crossbowmen, both equipped with large Board Shields to offer full protection from volleys of arrows. The top-tier of the Rhodok infantrymen are their Sergeants, armed with Glaives and Military Hammers to give them a great advantage in offensive and defensive engagements. In general, the Rhodok military tree resembles that of the Nords because of the absence of cavalry units.

Rhodok troops are mainly effective against cavalry. Melee battles don't tend to favor their infantry units, but a powerful corps of crossbowmen can soften up the enemy before an infantry charge. Rhodok units are best used in a defensive role in field battles, with infantry in front of ranged units. A corps of Sergeants and Sharpshooters in any army tends to be just fine, especially against Swadian units. Additionally, Rhodoks have more health and speed than any other faction units, and can devastate enemy armies when in the right formation. If you plan on besieging or defending any castles or cities, Rhodok units excel at this role.

TroopsEdit

Rhodocks Encounter

Battle ready Rhodoks.

Rhodok Troop Tree
Tier 1 Rhodok Tribesman
RhodRec
Tier 2 Rhodok Spearman
RhodSpear
Rhodok Crossbowman
RhodCross1
Tier 3 Rhodok Trained Spearman
RhodSpear2
Rhodok Trained Crossbowman
RhodCross2
Tier 4 Rhodok Veteran Spearman
RhodSpear3
Rhodok Veteran Crossbowman
RhodCross3
Tier 5 Rhodok Sergeant
RhodSpear4
Rhodok Sharpshooter
RhodCross4

TerritoriesEdit

The capital of the Kingdom of Rhodoks is Jelkala. The Kingdom of Rhodoks contains the following towns, castles and villages:

Territory of the Kingdom of Rhodoks
Towns
JelkalaVelucaYalen
Castles
Almerra CastleCulmarr CastleErgellon CastleEtrosq CastleGrunwalder Castle
Ibdeles CastleJamiche CastleMaras Castle
Villages
BuvranChaezaChelezDirigseneDumarEmerEpesheFednerGlunmarIbdelesIlvia
IstiniarJamichePagundurReveranRuldiSarenSarimishSerindiarVeidar(M&B)

Note that, over the course of the game, other kingdoms may besiege and take over these lands, and the Kingdom of Rhodoks may gain more. However, these places are the only places from which you can recruit Rhodok troops.

Factions
Mount&Blade FactionsKhergitsNordsRhodoksSwadiansVaegirs
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