Crusader Kings 3's Royal Court expansion has plenty in store for kings and emperors, but smaller rulers also have a few new things to look forward to. Today's dev diary 74 has shed light on two new decisions available to counts and dukes who, unable to hold court, can petition and pay homage to their liege.
The Petition Liege decision enable gives players the ability to "approach their King-or-above ranked Liege with a Petition at any time through a new decision, providing they have enough Prestige, there is something they can ask for, and they haven’t done so in the last 5 years."
The decision gives you the chance to ask for a council position, a title on which you hold a claim, or help with dismantling a faction that threatens the stability of your realm. Dev diary 74 mentions a total of 14 options that you'll also encounter when you step into the shoes of a liege, "ranging from helping you convert your lands to paying off your debts."
Crusader Kings III: Royal Court's Petition Liege decision acts as an avenue of attempting to get something without instantly declaring war. Lieges can decide whether to receive petitioners, although not doing so will lead to gaining the reputation of a tyrant.
"The request itself may also be rejected once heard, and the odds of acceptance by the AI will be tipped more in your favor if you make reasonable requests and maintain good relations; after all, your boss doesn’t want to be seen as unreasonable," dev diary 74 explains.
Lieges can agree to your demands but demand additional gold or hooks and, if discussing with the person in charge doesn't get you anywhere, convincing one of their advisors, via a skill check, can also yield the desired results.
Only players can petition their liege, but that's not the case with the Pay Homage decision, which the AI can also use in Crusader Kings 3: Royal Court.
"Homage represents the formal pledge of loyalty by a feudal lord to their Liege, and provides Opinion, Renown, and Prestige to both parties, providing the occasion goes smoothly," reads dev diary 74.
The decision costs Prestige, and can only be used by Feudal and Clan vassals once per Liege. While that might sound restrictive, it's nothing a bit of poison or a good old stab can't help with. Lieges can also reject your attempts to pay homage.
"Things can go awry in a variety of ways, depending on the Petitioner’s skills and other factors," according to the developer. "Have you put in the hours to learn Norman, or merely practised a few key lines the night before on the road to Windsor? Will your Shah empathise with your stammer, or imitate it in front of the entire Persian court? Will you forever more be called ‘the Clumsy’ by your vindictive Sultan, simply because you lost your balance once?"
When something does go wrong, the liege can decide whether or not they'll forgive and forget or make a fool out of you, which results in a loss of Prestige and Opinion (otherwise gained when your efforts prove successful).
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