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I have a quest to capture a Lord from a certain faction, but they keep escaping after I have taken down their armies. Is there a way to prevent this from happening? Or at least increase the chance that I will be able to capture them?

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Does your question apply to Warband or the original Mount&Blade? –  Joe the Person May 14 '12 at 22:34
    
Warband, but put both in case there is no difference :) –  Svish May 14 '12 at 22:44

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You may only take prisoner people you have knocked unconcious. You must first take down the Lord, then take down their armies. However, if you take a Lord prisoner he may escape after some time traveling.

Escaping: For every 72 hours the Lord is in your party he has a 50% chance of escaping. If you have a jail in your town, you can put him in their and he only has a 10% chance of escaping

Source:
http://mountandblade.wikia.com/wiki/Prisoners

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If they escape after a while, that's ok. I'm mostly annoyed with the initial catching, hehe. Do you have any advice on how to do this? Should I use my own dude to try to hunt down the lord and make sure he's on the ground? Should I order my whole army to use blunt weapons? Think I read somewhere that this maximizes the amount of potential prisoners or something... –  Svish May 15 '12 at 10:05
    
Telling your army to use blunt weapons will make them knock all opponents out instead of killing them, meaning that they all will become prisoners but it also means your army will be a lot weaker since many units - especially archers - don't have blunt weapons and will start fighting with bare hands. However, Lords can't be killed and will be knocked out by any weapon, so using blunt weapons shouldn't be neccessary. I don't know how capturing them is influenced though, for me it appears there is a random chance of them escaping after battle even when knocked out. –  dbemerlin May 15 '12 at 11:04
    
Yeah. I was probably just unlucky then. Had like seven lords get away right after each other :p –  Svish May 15 '12 at 16:39
    
As @dbemerlin said, Lord's cannot be killed (like you!) Therefore, "killing" them in any way will do. Using blunt weapons is good for capturing prisoners, as "normal" units will not be killed. –  Joe the Person May 16 '12 at 1:18

More prisoner management you have, better are chances to capture a lord.

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