Saturday, 13 January 2018 12:17

Mount & Blade 2: Bannerlord Introduces the Aserai

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Mount & Blade 2: Banner has announced its latest faction: the Aserai. Based on the tribes that thrived prior to the Arab Conquests of the seventh and eighth century, a typically comprehensive blog post from developer TaleWorlds details their history, lore and combat capabilities.

we learn that the Aserai are comprised of minor factions, much like all Bannerlord cultures. Their scale and institutions don't necessarily fit Bannerlord's political system, we're told, which ultimately means their southern desert homelands are "hard to rule and dangerous to traverse."

"The Aserai are based on the Arab tribes just before the great Islamic conquests of the seventh century, which created a diverse tri-continental caliphate whose scale and institutions don't really fit Bannerlord's political system. In the centuries before, the Arabs formed a series of confederations and kingdoms inside and on the margins of the Arabian and Syrian deserts. Many think of the entire Middle East as arid wastes, even though most of the more famous battles, especially during the Crusades, were fought in coastal Mediterranean regions or the highland steppe of Anatolia. The Arab heartland however really is mostly desert. Our landscapes reflect the harsh beauty of dunes, craggy mountains, and oases, along with the less glamorous stretches of wasteland in between, like scrubland and dry wadis."

Mount & Blade 2: Bannerlord does not yet have a proper release date.