I'm playing the original Mount & Blade and have thrice gotten the quest to collect money from one of the other lords. In this, it usually starts out at an astronomical number to pay them to collect, and you can persuade them (or use relationship) to reduce the number.
I am level 25 and have 22 Charisma and 3 persuasion, but I seem to fail more often than not; By failing I mean that the amount of direms I am to pay them goes up. Am I using the persuasion skill wrong, or is it a RNG issue? It seems like my persuasion checks don't really matter when it comes to my charisma.
How do I persuade the lords to reduce the amount to pay for collection?