Mount & Blade: With Fire & Sword - Captain Smith, Pt. 3 & 4

Since the last time we checked Rock, Paper, Shotgun's Quintin Smith put online the last two installments of his Captain Smith series, in which he chronicles his first Mount & Blade: With Fire & Sword playthrough, which also happens to be his first stab at the sandbox series (Part 3, Part 4). Here's a sampling of what you'll find inside:
For the first time, the enemy come to us. Immediately my lines of musketmen open fire, dropping the brigands as they sprint forward into the jaws of death.

Unthinkingly, I begin racing up and down my defenses, because that's what leaders do. I'm so busy barreling around on my horse that I almost forget to issue an order for my men to charge when the shattered bandits finally reach the bottom of my hill, winning me the fight in a matter of seconds.

I'm elated. And here's where the magic happens.

Looking at my map to plan the return trip, I realise that I was fighting in the village of Zamoshye. I was fighting the same bandits that toppled me from my horse three times when I first started playing With Fire & Sword. The bandits that shot at me with such proficiency that I was scared away from riding horses for a month. And who should finally put a stop to them but me! Ha! Sucks to be them! Because I killed them! I am a good captain.