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Honor in Mount & Blade

Overview

A guide about honor in Mount & Blade

Regarding the difference between Mount & Blade and Mount & Blade: Warband

There are two different games: Mount & Blade and Mount & Blade: Warband.

While they have similarities, not everything works exactly the same. This guilde will cover honor in Mount & Blade, NOT in Mount & Blade: Warband.

This means that if you read somewhere that a specific action will yield you honor in Mount & Blade and it isn’t included in my guide, then it’s probably because that only works in Mount & Blade: Warband and NOT in Mount & Blade.

Also my guide probably won’t cover everything, because Mount & Blade is such a complex game, and I’ve written this guide out of experience. Considering each gameplay is different, it’s possible that my style of playing Mount & Blade does not include all variants related to honor in the game.

Relevance of Honor in Mount & Blade

WHY IS HONOR IMPORTANT?

Honor is the second only to renown when it comes to relevance in the grand scheme of things. While renown allows you to have a bigger party, honor improves your chance of being elected marshall (renown also plays an important role to being elected marshall).

WHY WOULD I WANT TO BE ELECTED MARSHALL?

Because then you will be the one making the decisions of where and when to attack, and rallying the other lords to a siege.

Honor in Mount & Blade

SOURCES OF HONOR IN MOUNT & BLADE
Not comprehensive, only the most common ones

  • Allowing a defeated lord to walk away free from a battle instead of imprisoning him
  • Completing a mission of taking down a fugitive but refusing the reward
  • Defending a lady’s cause against another lord
  • Freeing a lord by defeating those who carry him as a prisoner

MOST EFFICIENT WAYS OF GAINING HONOR

  • Allowing a defeated lord to walk away free from a battle instead of imprisoning him
  • Freeing a lord by defeating those who carry him as a prisoner

In my opinion, the most efficient way to gain honor by far is by allowing defeated lords to go free (and rescuing imprisoned lords by defeating enemy lords). In a single, big battle with many enemy lords, if your faction wins and you participated, you can get up to 20 or 30 honor in a single game day, if you get the option to imprison / let go a lot of lords.

Defending ladies’ honor is troublesome because you will only get a little honor (2, if I’m not mistaken) and your relationship to another lord will decrease by a lot (-20). It also takes some time because you will have to travel. So I do not consider this to be efficient. The only advantage to it is that you’ll get 2000 denars, but there are other, more efficient ways of gaining denars in Mount & Blade. All in all, it’s not worth it in terms of honor.

Commons Myths About Honor in Mount & Blade

MAXIMUM HONOR IS 99 – FALSE

This is not true. I have personally already achieved 110 positive honor in vanilla, unmodded Mount & Blade, not to be confused with Mount & Blade: Warband.

REFUSING PAYMENT AFTER DEFEATING INVADING BANDITS ON A VILLAGE BRINGS YOU HONOR – FALSE

This may be true for Mount & Blade: Warband, but this is not true for Mount & Blade. Refusing payment in Mount & Blade (not to be confused with Mount & Blade: Warband) will have the only impact of improving your relation to that village which you helped, nothing else. I have done this numerous times in Mount & Blade and never received any honor for it. In Warband, however, it does give you honor, but that’s not the game this guide is for.

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