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In Mount & Blade: Warband, I swore allegiance to the Kingdom of Swardia. As such, I'm currently a Vassal under King Harlaus.

The king, being the generous sort, awarded me a small fiefdom consisting of one village. However, I feel I need a castle in which to store prisoners and plan my next course of action. Particularly one close to said village.

How can I acquire a castle?

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An interesting aspect is that sometimes when you capture a castle and form a new faction, lords of other factions may defect to your faction and bring their fiefs with them. Sometimes it is not that great though as last time it happened to me I found 1,200 Vaegirs knocking on the door! I misread it as 120, so was a bit shocked when it said "You have 80 fit troops against 1,200...". It could only end in tears. –  Sam Jul 23 '13 at 11:32
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The best way of getting a castle or town is to capture one yourself. Keep an eye out along the borders where towns and castles frequently change hands. Those places usually have a rather weak garrison so you should be able to take it without too much trouble.

When you capture a town or castle, you can make the request to your king that you want to keep it. Unless you've just recently been rewarded a fief, the King will almost always grant you the town/castle you've just captured. Don't count on the king giving you one otherwise unless your reputation with him and the other lords are all super high and you manage to convince them to support your cause.

If the castle near your village is already owned by a lord (almost 100% of the time it is), then you are out of luck, you can't get that one unless an enemy faction captures it and you retake it.

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What is a lot harder though is keeping a castle after you have captured. It is fun to get a castle in the early stages of the game, but you will find it hard to build up the garrison before someone takes it off your hands again. Castles with lots of villages near by can be useful as you can do little runs to the villages to stock up your garrison - you really want over 100 before you start wandering further afield. –  Sam Jul 23 '13 at 11:30
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To quote the wiki:

Castles are found all over Calradia, and each one has a nearby village. In order to take control of a castle, you must besiege it...

With an enemy castle...you have the option to besiege it and claim it for your own...

There are other ways for a faction to capture a castle in Warband other than just besieging it. They can also wait for the food supply of the castle/town to run out, and then take control, or if a lord holding a castle/town defects without being indicted, it will go to the new faction defected to...

Should the player conquer a castle without being sworn to a liege, he takes the castle for himself, and founds a new kingdom...

If the player conquers a castle when they already have their own new kingdom, they are given a list of Vassals that are with the player's kingdom to take control of the castle, the option for the player to take control of it is available, and the option for the castle to have no Lord is available as well.

So, you can either revolt against your current kingdom to found your own and conquer a castle for yourself through one of the methods mentioned (or conquer and then possibly decide to revolt if the king doesn't give it to you) or become buds with your king and convince them to appoint you as lord of a castle.

If you conquer a castle yourself, like when conquering a village or fief, you can ask your king to give it to you and if they don't you can either renounce your oath and fiefs, renounce your oath alone and take your fiefs and the one you just captured thus causing you to rebel, or you can take a payout. The kings apparently make the decision randomly, but key factors seem to be renown and relationship with the king although there is some mention that each fief, city and castle holds some value and that kings try to balance this value out across all vassals. Apparently you can possibly convince other lords to support your claim to the castle with some persuasion.

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I high discourage revolting this early on as you'll easily get squished especially if you don't already have a castle to stock your elite troops. –  z - Apr 24 '12 at 12:24
    
@yx. I never claimed revolt was wise in the early stages. The question was "How do I get a castle?" and I was merely answering. Revolt can very well be an option as far as how to get a castle. I don't assume Fluttershy to be foolish enough to revolt before they're beefy enough to survive. –  skovacs1 Apr 24 '12 at 17:42
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The more the king likes you the more chances you have of him giving you the castle you conquererd. In my time i had 3 little fiefs, no castle and no large city. When i finally captured my first castle the king said he would prefer it to give it to his friend instead of me. But because i was a nobleman i let it slide, now the fun part was that about a few moves after the castle was again under enemy control. So then it was the second time i conquered the castle alone (This time was easyer because there were only recruits present in the castle, and i gave them free passage if they left) . Now i asked it again, and because he already gave it as a present to another "friend", he was able to give it to me.

I would suggest trying to capture one alone and you should have a higher percentage to get it. (I have no source for this, but I did capture a great city alone and the king gave it to me directly)

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Capture a castle with 100 or so people on your own - not as a vassal or merc.

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