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Old Oct 3rd 2014, 03:19 PM
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Default Crusader Kings II and marriages

Marriages are one of the most important aspects of the game. It determines military alliances, gives title inheritances, enables claims and affects overall state stats - as well as determining your children/heir. Here are a few things to keep in mind when arranging marriages for rulers.

1. Marrying into another dynasty brings prestige, but it also comes with an alliance/obligation. For example, marrying a princess of the Holy Roman Empire (HRE) or the Byzantine Empire means you will likely get a really big prestige bonus for the marriage, but you will also receive lots of requests to join wars a thousand miles away that will follow one upon the other with rapid succession starting a day or two after the marriage. Refusing these requests could cost your ruler a 25 to 100 prestige point penalty each time.

2. With respect to marriage alliances, remember that allies on the other side of Europe are much less likely to come to your aid with actual aid when you call them than an ally who is geographically closer at hand.

3. With respect to inheritances, the best marriage partners are ones who either own titles themselves or are direct heirs to titles. If you are lucky enough to marry someone with a title or one who inherits one, your child/heirs of that marriage will get that title/property, not you.

4. It is always good to remember that your dynastic brothers, sisters, sons, daughters, nieces and nephews usually carry claims on your titles - so that marrying them to a powerful neighbor gives your powerful neighbor access to a claim on your titles.

5. Congenital traits can cancel each other out. So if your ruler is Weak, then marrying them to one who is Strong should cancel out the congenital effect on offspring. Attractive counters Ugly, Genius counters Slow.

6. Parents with generally high stats tend to produce children with high stats. Parents with low stats, tend to produce children with low stats - independent of Guardianship. So it is generally wise to seek out marriage prospects with above average stats.

7. For a male ruler looking for a wife, the two best stats to focus on are Stewardship and Intrigue. Midas Touched, or Fortune Builder educations give a fertility bonus, and high stewardship stats are important for your demesne limit and revenue collection. A high intrigue score in a wife is useful because Spymaster is the only Council position that female characters can hold. Spymaster wives make sense because you can usually trust them and they usually like you (though they can be deadly efficient at eliminating any children that you have that are not hers).

8. Remember that just as marrying someone with high prestige gives you a prestige bonus, marrying someone with low prestige gives you a prestige penalty. Sometimes the penalty is worth it to marry some lowborn courtier of a baron - if they are a genius, or if you want to get your hands on a particular claim, but otherwise, it is usually best to marry up rather than down. You never know what surprise inheritances might pop up ten years down the road when you make a good marriage.

Please feel free to share your own marriage strategies or advice.
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Old Oct 3rd 2014, 10:34 PM
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Default Re: Crusader Kings II and marriages

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Please feel free to share your own marriage strategies or advice.
Don't. Just don't.

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