I'm currently fighting to try to subjugate Ostlandet, and my son/heir prompted this message:

enter image description here

My current king (Jarl Tolir) is 56 years old, and I expect him to die at any moment. I just had a successful revolt for independence against the Queen of Sweeden, so I had to push his Ambition to become the King of Norway as soon as possible. I have another son, but he's a chaste-craven-homosexual (which is not heir material). If Hrane goes off to join the Varangian Guard will I lose him forever, or will he return when my current king dies?

Should I allow my only good heir to join the Varangian Guard?

  • 3
    Chaste-craven-homosexual Sounds like an excellent candidate for the clergy! Jun 9 '13 at 22:50
  • 7
    Off-topic. This should be on Parenting.StackExchange
    – user72052
    Dec 2 '14 at 3:21

Upon playing further, Tolir took until the ripe old age of 77 to pass. Hrane (now 48) has returned to claim the throne of Norway, along with a pleasant surprise:

enter image description here

Hrane now has a nice starting prestige of 279 (+200) and a bump of the royal coffers by 200 as well. Be aware, I was prompted that being a member of the Varangian Guard is dangerous, so I'm assuming that members are more likely to die than if they were sitting in a court. However, if you have more than one valid heir (even a chaste-craven-homosexual backup), I would recommend sending your sons to the Guard if they ask.

Yes, you should let your sons join the Varangian Guard. If they return safely, they bring +200 gold/ prestige when they return for their claims and the "Varangian" trait (+2 Martial, +1 Diplomacy).

  • 1
    This is nice, but anedoctical: it would be better to have a more detailed post with many possible outcomes, and some %.
    – o0'.
    Dec 15 '14 at 10:20

No. Your heir could come back blind and castrated, amongst other outcomes.


Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.