I'm trying to play CK2 as a minor count in the service of the King of England, and whenever the King goes to war, I don't seem to be very involved in it – I can basically ignore everything that's going on and just focus on my own holding. If I want to join my liege's wars, I have to raise my own levies and basically follow him around, always one step behind.

Can I give control of my army to my liege, or somehow join my 600 men to his 12000-strong army?


As World Engineeer explains, your liege has a right to a certain amount of your levies. Whatever remains, are your personal levies, to use as you please.

However, it is still somewhat possible to give your liege or even just a chosen ally control over your personal levies. Gather round, and I'll tell you how.

Raise the amount of levies you wish to waste away, and march them to an allied force. With your army still selected, this is when you will see this little chain button appear as highlighted in my much too dark screenshot below:

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As the highlighted tooltip explains, this means your army will start following the allied army around. This is pretty neat in some cases, such as:

a) Due to severe incompetency on behalf of your commanders (and possibly witchcraft), your once glorious army is reduced to a few hobbling peasants. You are in enemy territory far away from home, and all your ships are eaten by termites. An allied force is nearby, but you don't want to tediously move them manually and risk them being torn to shreds because they moved one day too late. You wisely attach them to the allied force, to keep them protected in larger numbers.

b) You finally did something clever, and managed to persuade your liege to claim some lands for you. Everything is going to plan, but your liege just need that final push to win the war. Your hobbling peasants from before won't do much good on their own though, so as before, you attach them to one of the allied armies. Perhaps they can do some good.

Now, the neat thing about this ordeal, is that it is merely a temporary solution, and you are still the man in control. They just follow those other guys around and take part in their battles. When you get sick of that, or you decide it's time for a tactical retreat, you just unattach your guys and run for the hills.

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Now, there are also many scenarios, where this is unfavourable. Being a loyal servant isn't always your best bet. Some times, it's better if your liege bleeds a little. A hurt, injured and weak liege is much easier to depose. ;)

  • Thank you! That made fighting along my liege much easier, especially when my levies are a tenth of my king's. My levies are finally sort of useful.
    – Ragnar
    Jul 12 '13 at 6:57

He has access to some of your levies depending on how much Crown Authority he has which can then be used to increase the size of called levies at a relationship penalty with vassals. He can raise these when he goes to war with someone.

Whatever remains are you are own personal levies, these are yours to control and cannot be combined with his though they can go around conquering stuff he's at war with. Your current character might also be put in charge of one his armies but there's no control that you have over this.

From a historical standpoint, this is realistic. Vassals would be reluctant to send all of their troops to fight in the a far off war since it meant less protection for their lands from pirates and raiders, the schemes of other local lords, and peasant rebellions.

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