Vassals, or subjects of a feudal lord, were the lowest class in medieval society. They had to pay homage and provide military service to their liege. In honor of this social contract, vassals could petition for special favors by their ruler.
The ck3 dev diary #61 is a blog post written by the developers of Crusader Kings 3. In this blog post, they explain how vassals can petition and pay homage to their liege in the game.
The Royal Court addition for Crusader Kings 3 has a lot in store for kings and emperors, but there are a few new features for lesser rulers as well. Counts and dukes who are unable to conduct court may petition and offer homage to their liege in today’s dev diary 74, which details two new choices accessible to them.
Petition Liege choice allows players to “approach their King-or-above rated Liege with a Petition at any moment via a new decision, provided they have enough Prestige, there is anything they may ask for, and they haven’t done so in the previous 5 years,” according to the game.
You may use the choice to request a council seat, a claim to a title, or assistance in dissolving a group that is threatening your realm’s stability. When you walk into the shoes of a liege, you’ll be presented with a total of 14 choices, “ranging from helping you convert your holdings to paying out your debts,” according to Dev diary 74.
The Royal Court’s Petition in Crusader Kings III The Liege decision serves as a means of trying to get something without having to declare war right away. Lieges may choose whether or not to accept petitioners, but failing to do so will earn them the reputation as a tyrant.
“The request itself may be denied once heard,” dev diary 74 adds. “However, the chances of approval by the AI will be tilted more in your favor if you make fair demands and keep excellent relations; after all, your employer doesn’t want to be seen as demanding.”
Lieges may accede to your requests in exchange for more money or hooks, and if talking to the person in authority doesn’t work, persuading one of their advisers through a skill check may also get you what you want.
Only players may petition their liege, however this is not the case with the Pay Homage option in Crusader Kings 3: Royal Court, which the AI can also utilize.
“Homage symbolizes a feudal lord’s solemn vow of allegiance to his Liege, and it gives Opinion, Renown, and Prestige to both sides, provided the event goes well,” dev diary 74 says.
The choice costs Prestige and may only be used once per Liege by Feudal and Clan vassals. While it may seem to be limiting, it’s nothing that a little poison or a good old stab can’t fix. Your efforts to pay respect to the Lieges may likewise be rejected.
According to the developer, “things may go wrong in a number of ways, depending on the Petitioner’s abilities and other variables.” “Have you put in the time to study Norman, or have you only practiced a few important lines on the way to Windsor the night before? Will your Shah sympathize with you or mimic your stutter in front of the whole Persian court? Will your vengeful Sultan continue to refer to you as “the Clumsy” just because you once lost your balance?”
When anything goes wrong, the liege has the option of forgiving and forgetting or making a fool of you, resulting in a loss of prestige and opinion (otherwise gained when your efforts prove successful).
Crusader Kings 3: Royal Court will be released before the end of the year, along with the game’s patch 1.5.
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The ck3 royal court culture is a new feature in CK3. Vassals can petition and pay homage to their liege in order to gain favor with them.
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