Questions tagged [crusader-kings-2]

Crusader Kings II is a strategy game for PC based in the middle ages developed by Paradox Development Studio and published by Paradox Interactive as a sequel to Crusader Kings.

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My neighbour is rich. I want in on that

I noticed that my dear neighbourino has a considerable amount of cash just laying around. Is there any way I can relieve him of it? Or is that money frozen in his Swiss bank account, for his heir to ...
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Is marrying my own sister a good idea?

I am Zoroastrian and marrying my own sister would net me a very nice vassal opinion boost. However, I also run the risk of undesirable genetic traits (inbred). My question is, if you have played the ...
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Will sleeping with my son's wife have a negative effect on our relationship?

I'm relatively new to Crusader Kings 2 and have started as the King of Munster. My first act was to find suitable wives for both myself and my Son and Heir. As my main aim was to expand the family as ...
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As a queen, what must I do to take the son of my husband's dynasty out of succession line? [duplicate]

I have two sons now, one is of my former husband's side and older than the second son of my side from matrilineal marriage. The first son won't leave the succession line. I can't conspire to murder ...
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Can I marry my grandmother?

Looking through the thread about Crusader Kings on a CK Reddit, I ran into the following throwaway comment: The genocides, the murders, the marrying your grandmother and having kids...........
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How do I prevent my imbecile son from being an heir? [duplicate]

I have a daughter and two younger sons; they are all marrying geniuses. My oldest son is inheriting everything and he is an imbecile. My oldest son isn't a traitor so I have no legal rights to ...
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I imprisoned my wife: if I exile her, will we be still married?

Since my wife had the annoying habit of murdering my spymasters, I've decided it was time for her to experience the dungeons. Now I've noticed I've basically four options: execute her exile her ...
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Is there a risk of inbred children with fake fatherhood?

I got an event where my wife cheated on me and got pregnant, but I was unable to prove it. Now her son is listed as my legitimate son. We appear as father and son in family trees, relationship screens ...
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How can I destroy the Papacy as a Muslim or Pagan?

When playing as a Muslim or Pagan, I would like to inflict significant damage on the Christian world, and conquering Rome somehow doesn't grab me as that significant (not to mention that once I saw an ...
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How does Technology Spread work?

Most of the time I have my Marshal train troops, my Steward collect taxes, and my Court Chaplin research Cultural Technology. Except I don't actually know what that Technology Spread effect is doing ...
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A vassal declares war on my heir. What to do?

I have recently made my heir the ruler of a small county I recently conquered. Problem is, one of my other vassals suddenly declared war on my heir over his county! Most uncool. I've not yet given my ...
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Playing Crusader Kings II at very high resolution

I've noticed that in Crusader Kings II you can select the 5K Retina resolution: 5120x2880. I did, and the game resolution itself was correctly set… but the interfaces were just downscaled. That is, ...
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Who should I give titles to?

I've been playing for a few days, but still I'm not sure who should I give or not give land titles. Should I give it all to my heir so when I die he gets everything? Or should I spread it to people ...
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Does my opinion of other people matter?

Each other person shows not only their opinion of me, but also my opinion of them. I know that their opinion of me is important in all kinds of ways, but what is my opinion of them for? For example, ...
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What is the most effective way to kill my wife?

I don't like my current wife so I need to get rid of her. What would be the most effective way to replace her? What other ways are there?
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How do I find out if my firstborn is legitimate?

My wife turned out to be an adulteress and I'm not the father of our fourth child - one of my vassal dukes is. I guess I was too busy ruling an empire and not paying attention to my wife enough (I'm ...
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I dislike the current head of my dynasty, can I arrange an accident for him?

The current ruler of my dynasty is a bit of an idiot. His heir shows much more promise; is there a way to get rid of my current ruler?
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What is the point of duchies if you're king?

Example: I'm king of France and count of all counties inside Normandy. I'm also the duke of Normandy. What benefits does this 'duke of Normandy' title give to me exactly? I tried to give the 'duke of ...
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Can I disown my heir?

Everything was perfect. I have a good and young ruler, who has passed on some good genes to his sons. I also had a lot of spare lands, so I could make my heir a duke and doubly count when he came of ...
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My son/heir wants to join the Varangian Guard, should I let him?

I'm currently fighting to try to subjugate Ostlandet, and my son/heir prompted this message: My current king (Jarl Tolir) is 56 years old, and I expect him to die at any moment. I just had a ...
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My son is a moron and I don't want him inheriting my empire. Why can't I nominate him as a bishop? [duplicate]

This is my firstborn son, Enrique. He's a total moron. Unfortunately, he's also my heir. (I have primogeniture succession and papal investiture.) My usual plan would be to nominate him for a ...
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How can I support the murder-plot of another character?

Thanks to my spymaster I recently found out that there is a conspiracy of nefarious plotters among my vassals who plan the murder of my beloved son. As a ruler and father I am outraged by their ...
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What are the (dis)advantages of having kings as vassals?

I'm newly the Wendish Emperor, as well as King of Poland and King of Lithuania. I also have enough of Pomerania to create that kingdom whenever I want. Because I still have gavelkind succession (...
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How to rig an election?

In my game as the king of Ireland/Wales/Castille, my dear neighbour the king of Scotland, for some crazy reason, agreed to have his brother, who is eligible to the throne, marry my sister in a ...
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What's the benefit of destroying titles?

I am the ruler of three kingdoms. Some of my vassals have a -20 opinion penalty, because they "desire this and that kingdom". There is an option to destroy a King-level title, however it comes with a -...
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How to invade a whole kingdom in Crusader Kings 2?

I'm am playing as England. I wanted to invade Scotland and Wales. When I try to fabricate a claim I only get a claim on a county, not a whole kingdom. It takes a lot of time to capture a kingdom that ...
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How should I punish my revolting vassals?

In my current game so far I've put down a few civil wars (playing as England currently). At the conclusion of the war, the vassals involved are all imprisoned, and I'm left to figure out what to do ...
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How can I play a crazy character?

I would like to try playing a "Lunatic" and/or "Possessed" character, because I heard they have some really entertaining events. Is there a reliable way to drive my current or next character crazy? ...
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How to check opinion between any two arbitrary people?

It's easy enough to check an individual's opinion of you, and their opinion of their liege. But what about their opinion of someone else? For example, say you as a king want to decide how to ...
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Is the ruler designer incompatible with setting the difficulty level?

I'm trying to create some interesting challenge modes in Crusader Kings 2, using the ruler designer in combination with upping the game difficulty. However, when I create a character via the ruler ...
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Why does my monthly balance stay the same when raising taxes?

I noticed several times that my monthly balance/income does not increase when I raise tax. If I look at my vassals it shows I do get extra tax but I never see the actual money. Just now I payed close ...
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What to do with unmarried kinswomen?

I have several healthy, young and fertile kinswomen at my court. Unfortunately, no one wants to marry them matrilineally. I tried looking for duchy and county title claimants, the default search list, ...
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In crusader kings 2, what decides which titles I can revoke through plot?

When you press pick ambition sometimes you get an ambition to revoke a title. This is a great way to reorganize your empire, without having to get claims on the title or incurring tyranny. But I can't ...
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What methods of suicide cause the least amounts of collateral damage?

CK2 is a big game with lots of variables, so I'll stick to adding them upon being requested to minimize the hassle. Anyway, let's say that you have a lot of children and the oldest one claims all the ...
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Why am I suddenly hostile to the whole world?

I've been doing a Cathar world conquest, and suddenly all hell has broken loose. The entire world seems to be against me... in a weird way. I'm not in any war, everyone is just hostile for some reason....
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Why do I have so many Doges?

I'm playing CK2 as a Merchant Republic, and somehow I've managed to create a second set of great houses. It is an Ironman game, so I can't go back to a previous save but I'd really like to get rid of ...
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Why did I lose?

Was I killed? Did my county get invaded by hostile forces? Did my Liege get sick of me converting everyone to Lollardism (HERESY!) and revoke my title? I was happily bumbling along as the Count of ...
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Sometimes after I grant a title to a landless councilor, he becomes ineligible for the seat for a while: why?

I've noticed several times that if I have a landless council member and I grant him a landed title, his seat becomes vacant and I cannot appoint him again. After an unspecified amount of time he ...
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What determines nomadic clan land demand?

Just started out playing as a nomad in 9th century (the Old Gods bookmark). I immediately started conquering more land for my Khaganate and discovered that clans will often demand so much land that ...
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Can legitimised bastards be heirs?

I'm the petty king of Munster. I have a daughter by my ex-wife and my new wife isn't very fertile. I gave a courtier a good tumble, she gave me a son, and I legitimised him. I was expecting the ...
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What do “regions” do?

With a recent update, counties appear to have a new property "region" (or maybe it was always there but only now it appears on the GUI). For example, Worcester is part of "region_british_isles"[sic], ...
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How do I determine a good Babysitter?

How can I ensure that my children are receiving an education befitting their noble birth? I've ended up trying a number of different things, from educating them myself, (which is only allowed ...
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Does army size affect speed of siege?

Is it better to split my units to siege multiple counties at once, or does a stack wear down the defenders quicker?
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How can I persuade my lords to pass a law?

I am trying to raise crown authority, but currently too few lords support the vote. Are there any methods to persuade the lords of the realm to support the new law?
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How to survive the transition from tribal to a republic?

I started a game as Pomeranian tribal in the early middle ages bookmark (Charlemagne). Things went really smoothly as a tribal, large armies and I easily defeated the neighbours. The biggest challenge ...
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I'm a liege without an heir. My wife is barren. What do I do?

I'm a 28yo king of Eire with an old wife who can no longer bear children. (Don't ask me how I got here, things happen in Crusader Kings 2.) I've tried to get rid of my wife, but the Pope won't give ...
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How can I find out how big an opponent's realm is?

In Crusader Kings II, Catholic rulers can ask the Pope for a licence to ki-- er, invade, and take the top-level title (Duke, King, Emperor, God-King, etc.). You can only do this to invade people ...
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How do I deal with Gavelkind inheritance?

I have a minor problem - I started playing as the guy from Aquitane(the southern super-Duke) and now as he is in the fifth decade of his life, I am faced with the threat of losing all of my duchies ...
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Do Crusades or Holy Wars Affect Infamy?

The infamy mechanic has been added as of Patch 2.5.1. It's supposed to work in a similar way to aggressive expansion in EU4, where by conquering provinces will contribute towards your infamy score ...
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How come this county has both Muslim and Christian holdings?

I am neighbouring the Kingdom of Navarra. Some of their holdings have mixed ownership. As you can see in this screenshot, the castle belongs to Navarra, while the temple and the city belongs to the ...