This may have been answered somewhere or may be completely obvious to others, but it's something I'm curious about. There is a huge emphasis on crafting a narrative with your chosen legendary lord, and to drive said narrative along, you complete specific objectives, and completing those objectives culminates in these epic, named battles like the Battle of Blackfire Pass. My question is this, do the opposing lords also try to complete these objectives, and can they reach a point where you are forced to participate in those battles because an opposing faction is completing their objectives? It's kind of an added threat or defense against(depending on how you look at it) from the AI. You could be struggling to stop the AI from advancing their story, and the named battle that you would be initiating, if you were playing as the opposing faction, is instead initiated by the AI, and would be like a nail in your coffin if you lose, or a turning point if you beat the odds and win. I think it would be interesting if it did work that way, but the AI probably would never get into a position to do that.
Somewhat related second question
With these stories being so important, I'm curious to see what happens when the rest of the map is opened up from future expansions. Does your story continue? If you have all 3 parts of the map open, and you start as the empire, does the rest of the world kind of just wait for you to get there so you can properly do your story? Or does every faction try to complete their objective regardless of whether or not you are anywhere near them? If so, would there be issues where certain factions just happen to get destroyed into essentially nothingness, thus making your objectives easier or harder? I can see it potentially supporting the idea of not being able to conquer everything, because if that was possible, the AI that's doing it's own thing far away from you could mess up the narrative that they are trying to create throughout the expansions by eliminating allies or enemies that are required for your particular story before you ever come across them.
Just two questions that I've been curious about since the news about legendary lords and about not being able conquer everything.