While not a minor faction itself roaming around the world in the hopes of achieving eternal glory and wealth, mercenaries are freelancers, fighters eager to offer their services to the highest bidders, no matter the plans or background of their would-be employers. While they do not even strive for control over Pendor and it's riches, their association with the major factions can have a major impact on how history will be written.
They are men and women from all possible backgrounds one could think of, each showing different prowess in battle. They are seen spending most of their time in taverns, waiting, drinking and eating away all their denars until they can find an opportunity to work and/or move on to a different town. They can hire out by themselves or through specific "intermediaries".
Knowing each and everyone's potential can mean the difference between victory, defeat and/or wasting a lot of money. Below are listed all the mercenaries one could encounter in the busy taverns of Pendor. All the troops from the Mercenary troop trees plus the ones listed here suffer the 166% wage penalty.
3.9 brought a new Mercenary tree, with every troop tree being new. The aim of this was that they were not anymore very expensive whilst performing very poorly (now they're just very expensive, they perform very well). They will perform slightly better than a same tier troop from a kingdom, as these are veterans that seek fortune and glory on their own, rather than having to fight and be ruled by a kingdom.
Their looks are very different, as these come from the 5 kingdoms and with time, the clash of the 5 cultures made these mercenaries be equipped with what they find more appealing, thanks to the freedom obtained by not being attached to a kingdom.
Note: the troops that exist (non-red) will be drastically changed (to better). They just share the same names.
*Townsman can be upgraded as well to Militia Recruit.
**Farmer can be upgraded as well to Pendor Recruit.
They have 1 spawn, Mercenary Company (3.8.4 troop / 3.9 troop):
- 10-50 Mercenary Scout / Mercenary Horseman
- 30-50 Mercenary Armored Crossbowman / Mercenary Armored Crossbowman
- 20-60 Mercenary Horseman / Mercenary Cavalryman
- 50-100 Mercenary Swordsman / Mercenary Swordsman
They can spawn as an independent army (if so, they'll belong to Adventurer Companies' faction, even though its entirely made of mercenaries) or they can be hired as a Mercenary Company by King Ulric, King Gregory IV and Marius Imperator.
Several other troops may be found and recruited as mercenaries in Taverns (all of these will suffer the wage penalty):