The Bird and the Beast/Army Management

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Bandosian battle plans next to the Bandosian record keeper
The Lectern located to the right of the Armadylean quartermaster

During The Bird and the Beast world event, players managed their faction's army by voting in the Army Management interface. This was done by using the Battle plans on a table (for Bandosians) or the Lectern (for Armadyleans) on the ground floor, or by talking to the Armadylean record keeper or the Bandosian record keeper. The voting was done in phases, each phase lasting 5 days.

The management interface was used to recruit more army (bodyguards, ambushers, and battle-mages), and to improve morale. After voting, players claimed bonus experience for any desired skill. This bonus experience was received when training the skill in which the experience was chosen. Although free players could claim the experience, they had to become members to be able to use the experience.

Army management ended at the end of phase 7.

List of choices[edit | edit source]

Phase 1[edit | edit source]

Period 11 December16 December 2013
Question Choose who we should focus on recruiting:
Army status Option Bodyguards Ambushers Battle-mages Morale
A mix of fighters and supporters. Balanced recruiting. Yes check.svg Yes check.svg Yes check.svg Yes check.svg
Fanatics and sympathisers. Focus on ambushers and battle-mages. Yes check.svgYes check.svg Yes check.svgYes check.svg
All we can get, regardless of skill. Greater recruitment at a cost to morale. Yes check.svgYes check.svg Yes check.svgYes check.svg Yes check.svgYes check.svg X mark.svgX mark.svg
Cooks, workers, healers, etc. Large increase in morale. Yes check.svgYes check.svgYes check.svgYes check.svg
Winning choice Bandosian: A mix of fighters and supporters. Balanced recruiting.
Armadylean: A mix of fighters and supporters. Balanced recruiting.

Phase 2[edit | edit source]

Period 16 December20 December 2013
Question Where should we send our recruiters?
Army status Option Bodyguards Ambushers Battle-mages Morale
The city of Falador. More bodyguards but no ambushers. Yes check.svgYes check.svg Yes check.svg Yes check.svg
Varrock's slums. More ambushers but no morale gain. Yes check.svg Yes check.svgYes check.svg Yes check.svg
Villages such as Catherby. More battle-mages but no ambushers. Yes check.svg Yes check.svgYes check.svg Yes check.svg
Ardougne and its marketplace. More morale but no battle-mages. Yes check.svg Yes check.svg Yes check.svgYes check.svg
Winning choice Bandosian: The city of Falador. More bodyguards but no ambushers.
Armadylean: The city of Falador. More bodyguards but no ambushers.

Phase 3[edit | edit source]

Period 21 December25 December 2013
Question What recruitment tactics should we employ this week?
Army status Option Bodyguards Ambushers Battle-mages Morale
Hire mercenaries. Focus on ambushers and bodyguards at a cost to morale. Yes check.svgYes check.svg Yes check.svgYes check.svgYes check.svg X mark.svg
Appeal to the people's fervour. Battle-mages and a morale boost. Yes check.svgYes check.svg Yes check.svgYes check.svg
Offer a sign-up bounty to volunteers. Bodyguards and ambushers with a small morale boost. Yes check.svgYes check.svg Yes check.svg Yes check.svg
Send out press gangs. Even recruitment at a high cost of morale. Yes check.svgYes check.svg Yes check.svgYes check.svg Yes check.svgYes check.svg X mark.svgX mark.svg
Winning choice Bandosian: Appeal to the people's fervour. Battle-mages and a morale boost.
Armadylean: Hire mercenaries. Focus on ambushers and bodyguards at the cost of morale.

Phase 4[edit | edit source]

Period 26 December30 December 2013
Question What institutions are ripe for recruiting from?
Army status Option Bodyguards Ambushers Battle-mages Morale
Prisons - bail out inmates. Many bodyguards and other recruits at a cost to morale. Yes check.svgYes check.svgYes check.svgYes check.svg Yes check.svg Yes check.svg X mark.svgX mark.svg
The Wizards' Guild - recruit wizards. A high number of battle-mages. Yes check.svgYes check.svgYes check.svgYes check.svg
Workshops - entice apprentices away. A broad range of recruits. Yes check.svgYes check.svg Yes check.svg Yes check.svg
The Duel Arena - pick the best. A smaller number of ambushers with high morale. Yes check.svgYes check.svg Yes check.svgYes check.svg
Winning choice Bandosian: The Duel Arena - pick the best. A smaller number of ambushers with high morale.
Armadylean: The Wizards' Guild - recruit wizards. A high number of battle-mages.

Phase 5[edit | edit source]

Period 31 December 20134 January 2014
Question How should we focus on training those raw recruits not yet given a task?
Army status Option Bodyguards Ambushers Battle-mages Morale
Attack and offence. Large numbers of ambushers with some bodyguards. Yes check.svg Yes check.svgYes check.svgYes check.svg
Defence and protection. Large numbers of bodyguards with a small morale boost. Yes check.svgYes check.svgYes check.svg Yes check.svg
Logistics and provision. Large numbers of battle-mages with some ambushers. Yes check.svg Yes check.svgYes check.svgYes check.svg
Support and healing. A substantial morale boost with some battle-mages. Yes check.svg Yes check.svgYes check.svgYes check.svg
Winning choice Bandosian: Support and healing. A substantial morale boost with some battle-mages.
Armadylean: Attack and offence. Large numbers of ambushers with some bodyguards.

Phase 6[edit | edit source]

Period 5 January9 January 2014
Question We need to search further afield for troops. Where should we look?
Army status Option Bodyguards Ambushers Battle-mages Morale
The Karamja docks. A broad range of troops. Yes check.svg Yes check.svg Yes check.svg
The far west, near the elves. Focus on bodyguards and battle-mages. Yes check.svgYes check.svg Yes check.svgYes check.svg
Guerrilas from Morytania. Focus on ambushers and battle-mages. Yes check.svgYes check.svg Yes check.svgYes check.svg
The Fremennik to the north. Focus on bodyguards with a boost to morale. Yes check.svgYes check.svg Yes check.svgYes check.svg
Winning choice Bandosian: The Fremennik to the north. Focus on bodyguards with a boost to morale.
Armadylean: The far west, near the elves. Focus on bodyguards and battle-mages.

Phase 7[edit | edit source]

Period 10 January14 January 2014
Question The weapon is almost charged. We need one final push.
Army status Option Bodyguards Ambushers Battle-mages Morale
Hire everyone we can find. Many troops of all types at a cost to morale. Yes check.svgYes check.svgYes check.svg Yes check.svgYes check.svgYes check.svg Yes check.svgYes check.svgYes check.svg X mark.svgX mark.svg
Focus on a last assault. Many ambushers with a morale boost. Yes check.svgYes check.svgYes check.svgYes check.svg Yes check.svgYes check.svg
Ensure we have enough workers. Battle-mages as well as other troops and a small morale boost. Yes check.svg Yes check.svg Yes check.svgYes check.svgYes check.svgYes check.svg Yes check.svg
Fiercely protect what we have. Troops mainly consisting of bodyguards. Yes check.svgYes check.svgYes check.svg Yes check.svg Yes check.svg
Winning choice Bandosian: Hire everyone we can find. Many troops of all types at a cost to morale.
Armadylean: Fiercely protect what we have. Troops mainly consisting of bodyguards.