In The Banner Saga Factions, the player starts out at the lobby screen in the city of Strand. The buildings within Strand provide different services. 

The Great Hall is where players find matches. From there, they can play Versus or Friend Match, with varying timers.

In the Mead House players can recruit new units. Veteran units can also be recruited here for an increased Renown cost, forgoing the kill-tally-requirement for promoting.

The Proving Grounds are where players can organize their teams, assign stats, and promote units.

The Marketplace is where players can purchase more Renown, Renown boosts, additional character skins, and the starter pack.

Within the Hall of Valor reside the annals of war. Only true champions will leave their mark here.