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We combined Abbey & Mayor with Bridges, Castles & Bazaars for the first time last night, and one situation cropped up for which I want to clarify the rules.

I created a small city (with no banners), as defined for the Castle requirements, but only had a Mayor to hand. The Mayor rules state:

When a city containing a mayor is scored, ...

IE the banner / number of followers rule doesn't come into play here as the city -> castle is specifically not a scoring event.

The Castle rules state:

... the owner of the city chooses whether to score 4 points, as normal, or to make it into a castle.

The CAR changes "owner" to "occupier", but otherwise is more or less the same. Since I'm not scoring, my reading is that the Mayor is the owner/occupier.

Is my interpretation correct - can a Mayor become a lord in a castle?

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Short and simple answer: The mayor cannot be placed in a castle.
(From footnote 161 in the Carcassonne Complete Annotated Rules)

If the mayor is in a city that is turned into a castle, you won't get any points from the mayor as there are no banners in a castle. In that case, the mayor will not be returned to you until the castle is scored (that is to say, an adjacent structure is completed).

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    Thanks - I missed that footnote! Was looking more under the castles section. May be worth mentioning that this footnote takes the form of an official clarification. Commented Aug 27, 2015 at 8:40

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