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|Posté le: Ven 22 Déc - 07:57 (2017) Sujet du message: Meet the Sturgians
|It’s that time of the week again when I bring back to you another dev blog for Mountain blade 2: BannerLord. We’ve been through many of the factions in Bannerlord. But today, we are probably one of my favorites and one that I’ve been waiting for: The Sturgians.
The Sturgian forests are forbidding and cold, but great wealth lies within. Wild honey can be found, and bog iron, but the real prize has always been fur. For centuries, brave traders ventured there to buy the pelts of fox, rabbit and ermine from the tribes of the woods. As the empire expanded eastward, that trickle of traders became a flood. Great towns sprung up on the rivers. Fortune-seekers came from the coast, from the steppes, and most of all from the Nordlands. Tribal elders made alliances with the newcomers, sealed by wedding vows, and with their share of the trading profits hired mercenaries to subdue other tribes. Sturgia became a collection of principalities, then a kingdom, the great powerhouse of the north.
The motifs and styles of Sturgian equipment – gilded and peaked helmets, furs and gold brocade, runes and gripping beasts and folk embroidery and Arabesques — will make it some of the most spectacular in the game. Raganvad, the current Sturgian prince, knows how to punish but not how to reward, and he’ll put to the test the old dictum that it is better to be feared than loved.
Sturgia is Nordic-influenced but it’s not really a Viking state: the Nordlands are off of the map (for the present, anyway) and they wouldn’t really form the kind of proto-feudal kingdom that the Bannerlord factions represent.
The Sturgians are based on the federation of city-states known as Kievan Rus, located in today’s Russia, Belarus and Ukraine. Like many boomtowns, the Rus river cities attracted people from faraway lands. Predominantly Slavic communities were forming into states at a breakneck pace and borrowing institutions, religions, and ways of trade and war from their neighbours.
Greek missionaries, Finnic foresters, Turkic and Iranian steppe tribes, and most famously the Varangian Norse all left their mark on the aesthetics of Russian art, arms and armour. We think the motifs and styles of Sturgian equipment – gilded and peaked helmets, furs and gold brocade, runes and gripping beasts and folk embroidery and Arabesques — will make it some of the most spectacular in the game.
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