The player may choose to become a Mercenary for a faction. The function is similar, but not equal to vassalage.
To become a mercenary, you need to make a mercenary contract with one of the factions. This will allow you to fight their enemies and participate in sieges, but you will not receive any fiefs like you would if you were a vassal.
To make a contract you must ask a vassal of the faction that you want to join if they have a task. There is quite a high chance that he will ask you to become a mercenary, which you can then accept.
Mercenary contracts last for 30 days, and can be renewed for another 30 days. When becoming a mercenary, you will receive an initial payment dependent on your renown, honor, relation with the lord you speak with, relation with the faction and your persuasion skill. You will always receive at least 500 denars and never more than 15000. Weekly wages are dependent on your party's combat skill (auto-calc).
- A faction needs to be at war before it starts looking for mercenary help. Hiring mercenaries in peacetime is a waste of money. Once you are a mercenary with a faction, though, you can renew your contract as long as you please regardless of war.
- Kings never hire mercenaries, only lords.
- The faction must have 0 or higher relations with you.