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
|Period||11 December – 16 December 2013|
|Question||Choose who we should focus on recruiting:|
|A mix of fighters and supporters. Balanced recruiting.|
|Fanatics and sympathisers. Focus on ambushers and battle-mages.||—||—|
|All we can get, regardless of skill. Greater recruitment at a cost to morale.|
|Cooks, workers, healers, etc. Large increase in morale.||—||—||—|
|Winning choice||Bandosian: A mix of fighters and supporters. Balanced recruiting.|
Armadylean: A mix of fighters and supporters. Balanced recruiting.
|Period||16 December – 20 December 2013|
|Question||Where should we send our recruiters?|
|The city of Falador. More bodyguards but no ambushers.||—|
|Varrock's slums. More ambushers but no morale gain.||—|
|Villages such as Catherby. More battle-mages but no ambushers.||—|
|Ardougne and its marketplace. More morale but no battle-mages.||—|
|Winning choice||Bandosian: The city of Falador. More bodyguards but no ambushers.|
Armadylean: The city of Falador. More bodyguards but no ambushers.
|Period||21 December – 25 December 2013|
|Question||What recruitment tactics should we employ this week?|
|Hire mercenaries. Focus on ambushers and bodyguards at a cost to morale.||—|
|Appeal to the people's fervour. Battle-mages and a morale boost.||—||—|
|Offer a sign-up bounty to volunteers. Bodyguards and ambushers with a small morale boost.||—|
|Send out press gangs. Even recruitment at a high cost of morale.|
|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.
|Period||26 December – 30 December 2013|
|Question||What institutions are ripe for recruiting from?|
|Prisons - bail out inmates. Many bodyguards and other recruits at a cost to morale.|
|The Wizards' Guild - recruit wizards. A high number of battle-mages.||—||—||—|
|Workshops - entice apprentices away. A broad range of recruits.||—|
|The Duel Arena - pick the best. A smaller number of ambushers with high morale.||—||—|
|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.
|Period||31 December 2013 – 4 January 2014|
|Question||How should we focus on training those raw recruits not yet given a task?|
|Attack and offence. Large numbers of ambushers with some bodyguards.||—||—|
|Defence and protection. Large numbers of bodyguards with a small morale boost.||—||—|
|Logistics and provision. Large numbers of battle-mages with some ambushers.||—||—|
|Support and healing. A substantial morale boost with some battle-mages.||—||—|
|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.
|Period||5 January – 9 January 2014|
|Question||We need to search further afield for troops. Where should we look?|
|The Karamja docks. A broad range of troops.||—|
|The far west, near the elves. Focus on bodyguards and battle-mages.||—||—|
|Guerrilas from Morytania. Focus on ambushers and battle-mages.||—||—|
|The Fremennik to the north. Focus on bodyguards with a boost to morale.||—||—|
|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.
|Period||10 January – 14 January 2014|
|Question||The weapon is almost charged. We need one final push.|
|Hire everyone we can find. Many troops of all types at a cost to morale.|
|Focus on a last assault. Many ambushers with a morale boost.||—||—|
|Ensure we have enough workers. Battle-mages as well as other troops and a small morale boost.|
|Fiercely protect what we have. Troops mainly consisting of bodyguards.||—|
|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.