Swadia has been eliminated! One castle was handed over to me, while the other needed more work. The lord who owned it was my Rival. I had to either find a lady to improve my relationship with him; do quests for him to butter him up; or wait till it increased on its own. In the end I thought - FUG YOU!! And stormed the place. He can kiss my heiny now.
Now I see if I can convert some Nords or Veagirs. Wish I could start converting Rhodoks but they are too loyal.
Also, finally got married in game. I can now host feasts. Though I would like an empire to do so. But at least it helps me keep my vassals happy. Sheeh, the life of a king is no easy task.