Hello and welcome to Vikng Age Scandinavia!The Sword and the Axe is a mod for Mount&Blade;: Warband and it focuses on the region of Scandinavia circa 860AD, at the height of what is commonly known as the "Viking Age". Warring kingdoms, ruthless raiders and a massive Frankish Invasion await you. Enjoy!

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Hi guys! This an official article where I will release information about the features of Version 2 of the mod, the release date and other stuff.

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Well, let's kick off with the features:

1) Naval Travel and Sea Battles. Now, you can purchase your ship and roam the Northern Sea. All parties(kings, bandits, jarls and mercenaries) will board ships in order to travel in the sea. Of course, the land you can travel on the land on foot, but this is sth for the plunderers. The ships cost 5,000 silver and dock to anywhere(in the sea, of course). Not all towns have harbors, though, only those that are coastal.
2) Reworked dialogs for all the aspects of the game
3) New companions and claimants, each with his/her own unique story -by the team member EternalPaladin
4) Completely new textures. Close to all textures were reworked, so that they are better, but result to top performance, even to medium end rigs.Also, the dark textures have been mad more "bright" and some new textures were made, like carved woodwork and native scandinavian treebark texture.
5) Some new helmets(not much) and some new swords. A item patch will most likely follow(save compatible) which will include many goodies and a crown(a feature suggested by Snorri321)
6) New mercenaries, the Raiders and customized older ones(Jomsvikings have unique equipment, for instance)
7) Changed scenes for Denmark and Finnmark(no moredesert and khergit stuff) and new scenes for some casltes, as well as secret passages for some castles. Scout before siege!
8) Hidden loot and easter eggs(various references). Find them all!
9) Reworked music, some new tracks, that were suggestions of mod supporters. No Metal tracks ruining your Viking roleplay immersion, I promise!
10) Completely new sounds! From battle horns of victory, to mourning of loss, swords clashing(More metal sounds), new warcries and horse sounds, all is fresh and loud! xD
11) Completely customised artwork, from menus to inventory, close to everything has changed.
12) New font, Aniron. Yes, I know, the previous one was hard to read...
13) No more army routing! You are vikings, damn you, stay and fight to the death! A feature brought to my attention by dykjozo. For those who like the armies to rout, I will include an option to do so. Cowards...
14) Changed tournament equipment, no more turbans or greathelmets.

And many more minor details and tweaks to discover...

Now, as for the release date. The mod would be released in this weekend, but with some new changes and the appropriate testing, it will be delayed for a couple of days. That means some time this week!

IF you have any questions, suggestions or anything else, leave a comment or contact me,I always read them and respond. If you are a guest, I seldom respond, so think about joining, it's a cool site here!

Cheers,
Anthony

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Kriegtooth
Kriegtooth

Holy crap, I havent even gotten the first version yet! :P Anyway, sounds cool. Might just wait for the new version. Anyway, since I havent played, cant say I have any suggestions

I will ask though, whats the map like? I really want a viking experiance across Scandnavia, the British Isles and Ireland, and northern Germany and France. I'd say Russia too, but that might be too big

That way, lots of targets, lots of history, lots of variety. I love having different items from different cultures in my M&B gear and armies.

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dykjozo
dykjozo

There are 6 nordic factions (at least in ver 1)
There poll about adding russian factions, but most ppl didnt want more factions because it would make lags...
I want to try make remake (submod) of this mod just with 2 nordic factions (norse and swealand) and rest (4) would be british or russian, but i dont know much about coding and i dont have much free time so it will take much time to do it alone

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dykjozo
dykjozo

Sry not 2 nordic but 3 (norseland, svealand and denmark)
And 3 british, russian or others near scandinavia

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Llamaviking
Llamaviking

I would've personally sailed to your home and plundered you, if you left out Denmark! :P

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FactioNe
FactioNe

Could i just ask you since you also work on this mod to try out some songs from a norwegian "band" Wardruna which they also use in Vikings serie. And it's all drums and flutes and no guitar or any electric sound whatsoever. The vocals that they produce is amazing and exciting for a viking mod!

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dykjozo
dykjozo

I am not part of team , i just chatted with antonis for some time and suggested that vikings should fight till death

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Kriegtooth
Kriegtooth

Whaaa? You mean the mod is just Nordics? :(

I hope the plan is in the future to get more! Gotta have real victims

Oh well, unite some kingdoms, have some fun :D But this is like, the only Viking Era mod ive seen for M&B, except one that ahhhh....really sucked and was unfinished BAD.

Needs to be bigger. Imagine the possibilities!

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dykjozo
dykjozo

you are right but imagine how much time it would take...
they (this mod's team) have more projects to do + personal life etc.
if u had a big team, you would make it in few months maybe
(i guess , because i i dont know exact numbers - i just know it is a lot of changes to make)
+ if there are more than 6 factions the game will lag, beacuse the game will need more time to load new textures
(maybe you know a clash of kings mod with 20 factions, it looks good, but f.e. when i try to spped time on world map {ctrl+spacebar} the whole map shakes :D )

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Antonis9 Author
Antonis9

Yeah, the man is right. I asked a lot of people if they wanted new factions, and a 92% replied negatively, because they didn't want the lag. Most people use medium end machines that can play warband just fine, but they cannot experience bigger mods. This team's effort is to make mods that will be better than Native, but equally smooth to play, performance wise. And yeah, we all have jobs, studies and other things in our personal life. We do the mod for fun and for the people who cannot, yes, but our free time is limited, as it is. I hope you all understand.

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Kriegtooth
Kriegtooth

Wow, really? :( My computer is pretty...eh. Used to be top of the line in 2007, but now its pretty weak. 4GB of RAM and a 1GB video card. I play the hell outta A Clash of Kings and 1257 AD

I did end up doing the virutal memory expansion trick though, so I dont get any runtime errors

Oh well, maybe someone will take up the task and make a grand viking era mod. :D Not sure why it hasnt been done already, but eh

Looking forward to playing this. My girlfriend has the first version downloaded for me to play tomorrow, so I'll play it some and then give 2.0 a go later on :D

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Antonis9 Author
Antonis9

Well, your PC maybe old, but you have an adequate RAM. One of my friends has 2GB and while he can play many Games smoothly, mods like those you mentioned lag so much that he cannot play. There are many people like him and we design the mods we that in mind. If you have a good memory, you can improve your visual quality, though, by pumping everything to the max.

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aldodf
aldodf

you have an estimated date of release?

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Antonis9 Author
Antonis9

It is stated in the article, man!

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aldodf
aldodf

it is true, I apologize for the trouble, is that I so want to play this mod :)

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Antonis9 Author
Antonis9

No trouble at all, I hope the mod is up to your expectations. :)

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aldodf
aldodf

I am sure that with the new changes, it will be a great mod :)

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Antonis9 Author
Antonis9

Hehe, thanks, hope you and everyone will enjoy it.

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heonpt
heonpt

yeah this is a good mod about Viking

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Antonis9 Author
Antonis9

Thanks!

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Llamaviking
Llamaviking

Sadly, I go on vacation here in 3 days, but I won't be too busy. I've almost taken all of Scandinavia+ Baltics by now! I love this mod, and this 2nd version seems to be very, very promising. I can't wait! :)

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Guest
Guest

I was playing the mod and wondered if i did something wrong with the installation..
When i was at the nordland castle it all looked like i was in the middle east with palm trees and all?
Is this normal? Beacause its not really fitting the setting ;)
(sorry for my poor english)

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Antonis9 Author
Antonis9

Read the article...

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Guest
Guest

**** sorry for bothering you man.
Doing a great job !

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Antonis9 Author
Antonis9

It's not bother, but it is a bit silly to ask a question in the comments of the article that contains the anwer to said question. I don't mean it as an insult, but I wrote that piece of info for you guys, read it before asking, because it may already cover you. If it doesn't, I would be more than happy to help.

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OdinFurstinbomb
OdinFurstinbomb

Make alternate version with viking metal soundtrack too pls ;.;
Just kidding, I'm downloading the second version now. I've got high hopes for this, the closest thing I've found to a good viking age mod is Brytenwalda.

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