Expanding your renown gaining influence, and creating a powerful kingdom takes time in Mount and Blade II: Bannerlord. Nothing happens overnight, and it takes a lot of dedication to do plenty of it. When you first start, you only have a small band of troops to your name, but eventually, you’ll have a powerful clan and kingdom to your name. You can become vassal to the other factions in the game, but can you obtain vassals?
You won’t be able to do it to your companions. To obtain vassals in Bannerlord, you need to do it with those who are already apart of other kingdoms. You can generate vassals from another faction by going to war with them. When battling a clan in the game, check on their encyclopedia page to see what clans are under them. From there, you can pick out and decide what leaders you want to hunt for while you’re doing battle against them.
The first step to obtaining a vassal from another kingdom is to acquire their villages and settlements. Under the encyclopedia page, you can view your target vassal’s settlements. If they’re nearby, go ahead and conquer them to secure the option. Take the territory, and it becomes once. When you next see that ruler on the battlefield, speak to them rather than outright attacking them. You then have the option of charming them to join your kingdom. If they do, all of their existing castles and villages go to your side and become apart of your overall power and influence. Alternatively, a ruler can refuse, forcing you to do battle against them.
Some who you ask to become vassals won’t request anything for an exchange. Others will make high demands, and you can pick and choose what demands you want to meet. Sometimes it’s worth, other times it’s a little extreme, depending on how advanced you are in the game.
The system may change based on player feedback. We’ll update this guide as we learn more about the best approaches for it, and if developer TalesWorld Entertainment changes the current mechanics.