I don't know what happened, but in three months, without apparently anything of note happening, my personal levy size more or less halved.

I would stress out I'm talking about personal levy, not vassals. Is there something that can affect it?

I gave out a single city to a vassal, but clearly it's not that: it was a ~400 soldiers city, and we're talking about a ~11000 to <3000 drop.

My demesne is too big, but it was so even before (actually now it's 10/6 vs. 11/6 of before). I didn't change wife, I didn't change councilors. Maybe a different heir got voted, but I can't see how that could be related either.

I converted one of my counts to my religion, but, again, what she did in her own county could hardly affect what happens in my demesne…

I'm absolutely clueless about this, I'll attach a couple of screenshot, let me know if you need more data.

Ledger, before

Ledger, after

Some more screenshots.

I've just noticed a very strange things: the portraits of the females changed! Including the deceased ones… is that normal?

Character, before

Character, after

Armies, before

Armies, after

  • Did your martial skill suddenly change due to dying/regency/events?
    – Unfair-Ban
    Dec 24 '14 at 23:59
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    How long had you been over your demesne limit?
    – Unfair-Ban
    Dec 25 '14 at 0:09
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    Being over the limit applies penalties to levy size and income that are applied over time. Try giving away the excess titles.
    – Unfair-Ban
    Dec 25 '14 at 0:14
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    @Studoku I tried to give away all excess titles, and within days the limit increased back to 7.5k. Will you post that as an answer?
    – o0'.
    Dec 25 '14 at 19:01
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    You're no longer getting personal levies from the holdings you gave away. It's in my answer.
    – Unfair-Ban
    Dec 25 '14 at 23:32

Controlling more holdings than your demesne limit allows gives you significant opinion, income, and levy penalties. These penalties do not affect you for a few months- giving you a chance to give away conquered lands before suffering penalties.

You were over your limit (significantly over your limit at that) for a few months and the levy penalties kicked in. To solve this, give away titles (or increase your demesne limit) so you are no longer above your demesne limit.

You won't get personal levies from the holdings you give away but you'll get more in total (and get vassal levies from the ones you give away).

  • One interesting exploit I've come across is that levies are not affected if they've already been raised. This may be game version dependent, and I haven't tested it in a while, but I've been able to raise levies of a county before giving it away or transferring vassal control to another vassal, effectively getting some troops out of thin air. This does not remove the maintenance cost, however, so it's only really applicable if you're ready to send them to war.
    – Dacio
    Aug 24 '15 at 16:33

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