I'm playing an old version of Crusader Kings 2 (2.1, I think). At one point, Paradox updated the game to include more mercenaries and holy orders. As I was the Irish King at the time, I had the option to create the Irish Band. However, I didn't realize its potential, and as it used up one of my duchy slots, I somehow got rid of it.

At present time, the Irish Band, as with a few others, exists, but has no leader. This means I can not vassalize it.

Is there an in-game method to add a leader to the band?

Alternatively, I assume I can use the console command give_title to hand it to a random character (and then vassalize him), but I'm currently looking for a non-console solution.

  • I'd assume not. Holy Orders/Mercenaries select their new leader when the previous leader dies. If you've somehow glitched them into having no leader, this will never happen. Apr 1, 2015 at 11:47
  • Yeah, that's what I think too. I was thinking to give the title to myself, and then create a random new vassal, but I assume that is only posible for baronies and bishopries.
    – Nix
    Apr 1, 2015 at 11:49
  • I think you should be able to hand off the title for the mercenary band to someone else. IIRC some people had to do this when they somehow inherited a holy order or another, which disabled marriages for the character they were playing.
    – Affine
    Apr 2, 2015 at 0:33
  • @Affine The twist is, that I currently do not control it. No one does; it has no leader. I wanted to know if I could dynamically create a leader, somehow.
    – Nix
    Apr 2, 2015 at 7:45

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The one thing I would suggest would be to do something along the lines of what this guide suggests. Bait the mercenary company by hiring them then running out of gold to pay them until they rebel. This will force them to be a landed character. Probably won't work, but it's worth a shot. Otherwise, the answer is no, there is no way to do this without using console commands, because all diplomatic actions that may bring them under your control so you can appoint a ruler requires a ruler to begin with.

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