Mount And Blade is a strategy/action RPG game that lets you create a character, engage in diplomacy, craft, trade and conquer new lands in a vast medieval sandbox[^2^]. One of the features of the game is the ability to sneak into castles and towns that belong to your enemies or allies. But why would you want to do that and how can you do it successfully
In this article, we will explain the benefits and risks of sneaking into a castle, as well as some tips and tricks to help you pull it off.
Why Sneak Into a Castle
There are several reasons why you might want to sneak into a castle in Mount And Blade. Here are some of them:
Rescue a prisoner. You can break friendly lords or companions out of the castle prison, gaining you relation points with them and reward money if you are doing it as a quest for one of their relatives[^1^]. You can also rescue enemy lords and try to persuade them to join your side or ransom them for money.
Court a lady. If there is a lady in the castle who you are trying to woo behind her father's or husband's back, you can sneak in and see her. This will increase your relationship with her and may lead to marriage or elopement. However, be careful not to get caught by her guardian or other suitors, as this will damage your reputation and cause trouble.
Gather information. You can sneak into a castle and talk to the locals or the guards to learn more about the situation in the region, such as the strength of the garrison, the morale of the troops, the loyalty of the lords, the plans of the enemy, etc. This can help you plan your strategy and find opportunities to attack or ally.
Sabotage or steal. You can sneak into a castle and cause some mischief, such as setting fire to the granary, poisoning the well, stealing supplies or weapons, etc. This will weaken the enemy's defenses and make it easier for you to siege or raid them later. However, this will also lower your honor and make you more hated by the enemy faction.
How to Sneak Into a Castle
Sneaking into a castle is not easy and requires some preparation and skill. Here are some steps to follow:
Choose your target. Not all castles are equally suitable for sneaking. Some factors to consider are: the size and layout of the castle, the number and quality of the guards, the presence of prisoners or ladies, the relation with the owner faction, etc. Generally, smaller and less guarded castles are easier to infiltrate than larger and more fortified ones.
Dress appropriately. You need to blend in with the crowd and avoid suspicion. Therefore, you should wear clothes that match the culture and social status of the people in the castle. For example, if you are sneaking into a Swadian castle, you should wear Swadian clothes and avoid wearing armor or weapons that are too conspicuous. You can buy clothes from merchants or loot them from enemies.
Wait for nightfall. It is easier to sneak into a castle at night than during the day, as there are fewer people around and less visibility. However, some castles may have torches or lanterns that illuminate certain areas, so be careful not to be seen by them.
Approach the gate. When you are near the castle gate, you will have two options: either disguise yourself as a merchant or a peasant and try to enter peacefully, or bribe or knock out one of the guards and sneak in by force. The first option is safer but more expensive, while the second option is cheaper but riskier. You can also try to find another way in, such as climbing over the wall or using a secret passage if there is one.
Avoid detection. Once you are inside the castle, you need to act casually and avoid drawing attention. You can walk around and talk to people, but be careful not to say anything suspicious or offensive. You can also use your persuasion skill to convince people that you belong there. If aa16f39245