Back from india and italy. Loads of new stuff for me, even discovering the actual founding of a covenant near Padova in 1220 (search for Cittadella on the internet, including images, to see why I think it is 100% a spring covenant ).
During those trips I read Lords of Men (really good book, comments forthcoming in a few days if I find the time). After reading it I started to wonder about a few issues that LoM and Covenants did not completely solve for me. Basically I am talking about the military power of a manor house and that of a small castle.
One of the issues I have with LoM is that you seem to require Covenants to work with it: it is not a stand alone supplement. I know that people will argue about repetition et al, but I prefer my supplements to be wholistic. One of the areas where it is not clear cut is what are the costs of having military forces in a manor, or what is the level of military might that you are likely to find in a manor.
As written, I would have said that a manor tends to have a resident knight and a sergeant…. And servants. No other soldiers at al. There is also the levy to be called in times of strife (10 to fight abroad, 20 to fight in home ground) but that is about it, and they are NOT professionals, so they are not standing soldiers in the manor but peasants.
In the whole book there is not a map or drawing of what would constitute a “typical” manor house. What a typical manor TERRAIN would be is fairly easy to get, since we all have seen hundreds of times, but the concept of a manor is something I do not have as readily available: most are not castles after all. I have found images of manors in the internet, yes, but they tend to be from later periods and be fairly different from what it is described. So far the best image I have found for a manor comes from the 3rd edition book Mistridge….
So, after all that ranting, my main questions would be:
What is the normal professional soldiery contingent that my PCs are likely to find in a “mythic” manor (in the same sense as a “mythic pound”: the average benchmark of the game). No soldiers? 10-12 soldiers? A thousand?
What kind of cost is this soldier contingent likely to represent to the manor expenses?
The 2 same questions for a small castle in times of peace.
The cost of a knight is stated to be around 5 pounds IIRC (serf’s parma); what about that of a sergeants or foot soldier?
In times of war I would assume that all the above numbers will double and that the levy will be called to stand ready.
- (Making a mortal jump now…), in ToME in the story of lady Martha it is stated that she has a household of several knights (a banner or so, so I assume 5 knights and 5 sergeants). It is not stated how big her lands are, but it is mentioned that there is only one manor there. Wouldn’t that be too much of a cost for her? Should she be said to have several adjacent manors?
I am probably missing some important points here, but I fail to see where, so I would appreciate help in defining the “typical” manor construction and its “typical military might to my player. Thanks