At least they aren’t my knights. My knights demand to only be paid with… A SHRUBBERY!
There’s no reason why Battle Brothers, as a marketed title, can’t switch off of mercenaries. There sure are a lot of people trying to Role Play out of it, or Role Play against it if you know what I mean. The Art of The Warrior Contract deserves its own thread. Can we have our own Huscarls, House Men, you know, or the Knight Orders people roleplay, I think is historically close to the Financial Model you’re mentioning, hey, raiders and the crusader knight expect to get their spoils from the destination, like you’re saying. Maybe we become Landed somehow, the minute you don’t honor the Faction or Village call-to-arms, well that works into the Reputation system nicely.