In the middle of quelling a rebellion this strange army appeared in the south of my lands - Hugh's Host. It has something like 6 stacks of 4k men or so and practically decimated my forces. Thing is, no new war happened and I really have no bloody idea who the hell that Hugh guy is. Any idea what this could be?

  • I would guess that it is a mercenary company employed by one of your enemies. I've never heard of Hugh Host, though, and he/they doesn't show up in the list of mercenary companies. Is he the captain of some company? – Nix May 10 '14 at 20:06
  • Are you sure you had no notification? You might have clicked through the "someone is raising an army to come take your land in 2 years" 2 years ago. You should have also gotten a notification when he started, and a war declaration. – Affine May 12 '14 at 14:07
  • They also conceivably might be hostile because they are also at war with your enemy (and are at cross purposes). – Affine May 12 '14 at 14:07

This is a game mechanic where randomly some character will raise a huge army and come to attack your lands with a claim to one of your titles. The easiest way to deal with it is to assassinate the character (the army disbands if you murder the leader).

It's more tricky if they are your relative as being caught killing them will give you a kinslayer trait and probably also a negative opinion modifier with a bunch of your vassals. In that case you should consider fighting it out. Otherwise if you can afford it, or even better if you can put together a plot, murder would be the preferred solution.

Edit: One method which I have found useful also against adventurers from your own realm (such as your relatives) is to have them excommunicated and imprisoned if you can afford the piety cost (works especially well if the head of religion is your vassal). The adventurer icon will not go away, but when the time comes for the adventure nothing will happen and the adventure will be cancelled. At that time you can either release the person or keep them in jail (depending on what you feel is useful/appropriate).

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  • If you're Catholic, buying a papal indulgence can help with getting people to forgive you for the murders, even your own kin. – Dacio Nov 23 '15 at 17:16

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