You can either put peasants to the torch or put them to work. The latter sounds like something a benevolent ruler in Stronghold 3 would do.
Stronghold 3 will feature two separate story-based, single-player campaigns based around combat and economics. This new trailer celebrates the latter, and talks about some of the random events that can befall your pitiful peasants, as well as talks about the kind of ruler you can choose to be.
On the combat front, the game also features nighttime sieges the ability to design your castle, and more.
Stronghold 3 comes out for PC on October 18.