Mount & Blade 2 Bannerlord Main Quest Guide
This is a guide for Bannerlord’s Main Questline.
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Part One: The Search
This is the first quest in Bannerlord’s Main Questline, unlocked after finishing the hideout quest at the beginning of the game. You will have to travel the continent of Calradia in search of 10 nobles who possess knowledge of a great battle that took place many years ago. Each noble has their own story to tell.
The nobles you need to find, in no particular order, are:
Once you have talked to all of the nobles about the battle, part two will unlock.
Part Two: The Banner
Meet With Istiana
Meet With Arzagos
These are the next two quests in Bannerlord’s Main Questline. You will have to travel to the residences of Istiana in Epicrotea and Arzagos in Marunath. Istiana and Arzagos will both talk to you about the banner and the empire. Istiana will ask you to rebuild the banner and use it to save the empire, while Arzagos will ask you to rebuild the banner and use it to destroy the empire. Talking to either of them will unlock the quest below, but you will need to talk to both of them and say you support their respective causes to complete the quest below.
Assemble The Dragon Banner
This quest involves finding 3 pieces to rebuild the banner. You already have 1 piece that you found at the start of Bannerlord’s Main Questline. The remaining 2 pieces can be found in hideouts not far from Epicrotea and Marunath, which Istiana and Arzagos will mark for you on your map.
After collecting all 3 pieces, you must choose to return to either Istiana or Arzagos. Remember, Istiana wants to reunite the empire, while Arzagos wants to destroy it. Choose carefully.
Upon informing Istiana and/or Arzagos that you have collected all 3 pieces, you must choose to support an existing imperial fragment (path to save the empire*), join a non-imperial kingdom (path to destroy the empire*), or create a new faction entirely (path to save the kingdom if imperial in culture, path to destroy the empire if non-imperial in culture). Once you have chosen your path, part three will unlock.
*You must present the banner to the faction leader of the faction you intend to join to complete the quest.
Part Three: The Empire
Unify The Empire
You are given this quest if you decide to reunite the empire. You must capture/help capture 3 major settlements that are imperial in culture.
Destroy The Empire (Speculated)
You are given this quest if you decide to destroy the empire. You must capture/help capture 3 major settlements that are imperial in culture.
Istiana’s Conspiracy (Speculated)
You are given this quest if you decide to destroy the empire. A conspiracy bar will progressively fill while the quest Destroy The Empire is active.
You are given this quest if you decide to reunite the empire. A conspiracy bar will progressively fill while the quest Unify The Empire is active.
You are given this quest after you decide to reunite or destroy the empire. You have a limited amount of time to complete this quest before it is cancelled/failed. (Speculated: Travel to the city where Istiana/Arzagos resides to stop conspiracy, perhaps by slaying them in their home.)
Conspiracy Uprising (Speculated)
It is currently speculated that, should you fail to unify/destroy the empire before the conspiracy bar fills, that a great new challenge/obstacle will arise, perhaps in the form of an army or an enemy alliance.
This is the extent of my current progress in the main questline*
End of Guide
Let me just say, this is exactly what I was hoping for in Bannerlord as far as quests are concerned (questline to save or destroy the Calradian Empire).