The current character I am playing has descent martial skills (8), but not enough to lead any troops. This is quite common for me, it is more often I let other characters with higher martial skills lead.

However, quite often I gain a military trait anyway, just now I chose to be an inspring leader.

My question is. Does this trait matter at all if the character doesn't lead any troops? Is the currently played character participating in the battles anyway?

Somehow it seems so, since I gained the trait, but I still suspect it doesn't matter unless I assign him as a leader.

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There are more leaders in an army than just the three main flank leaders. If you expand out the information panel on an army like this:

Expanded army page

You can see that every individual levy/retinue/mercenary unit has its own leader slot as well. If I recall correctly, whenever you raise your own personal levies, your character will assume control of that unit of soldiers, so may be "leading from the background" so to speak.

Edit: You can also always check to see if your character is leading troops by checking for a little sword icon on the top left of his portrait.

Also, the trait Inspiring Leader, like all army leadership traits, has no use outside of combat. You can find a full list of these traits and their bonuses here:Military Leadership Traits

  • Excellent! I recall seeing that but I never really payed any attention to it. Makes me glad, because my military traits are not worthless after all. :)
    – Magnilex
    Mar 2, 2015 at 19:55
  • @Magnilex They are worthless unless you are the stack leader. However, it may be worth leading a stack even with a lowish martial. This is because high martial does almost nothing if there are no bonuses they can apply!
    – Affine
    Mar 3, 2015 at 20:46

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