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==Interactions==
 
==Interactions==
There are lots of different interactions you can do with and on your characters, including arranging marriages, bribe them, loan from them, or even sacrifice them if your religions so permit and desire. Interactions can cost gold and/or multiple other currency [[power|powers]].
 
 
 
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| Inspire Disloyalty || Reduces the loyalty and increases the corruption of a foreign character.
 
| Inspire Disloyalty || Reduces the loyalty and increases the corruption of a foreign character.
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| Make Friends || Triggers an event chain to befriend the character. Required for recruiting them.
 
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| Marry Ruler || Works if the ruler and target are different genders and are both unmarried.
 
| Marry Ruler || Works if the ruler and target are different genders and are both unmarried.
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| Smear Character || Reduces the popularity of a character.
 
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===Recruiting===
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===How to recruit foreign characters===
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[[File:Diplo_characters_view.png|thumb|500px]]
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# Open the diplomacy view of another country and click View Characters on the right.
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# If the character's loyalty is above 70, use Inspire Disloyalty to lower it.
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# Befriend them using the Make Friend interaction.
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# Recruit them and Grant Citizenship so you can assign them to a job.
  
 
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Recruit General is a separate interaction, which requires their loyalty to be below 25.
 
Recruit General is a separate interaction, which requires their loyalty to be below 25.
  
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There is also a [https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1855664157 Character Finder mod] that does all the searching for you. Not compatible with ironman.
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===How to make friends===
  
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'''To find people to recruit:'''
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When you start befriending someone, you will be presented with several events, where each option provides different amounts of progress.
# Open the diplomacy view of another country and click View Characters on the right.
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You need to choose either:
# If the character's loyalty is above 70, use Inspire Disloyalty to lower it.
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* 2 large options
# Befriend them using the Make Friend interaction.
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* 3 moderate
# Recruit them and Grant Citizenship so you can assign them to a job.
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* 1 large, 1 moderate, 1 small
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This process might cost you up to 100 gold or 5000 manpower or increase tyranny by 5.
  
There is also a [https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1855664157 Character Finder mod] that makes it easier searching for good people. Not compatible with ironman.
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Benefits from being friends:
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* parties of befriended party leaders will support your decisions more
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* other countries will have higher opinion if you're friends with their rulers
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* you can recruit a foreign friend
  
 
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Revision as of 00:22, 23 January 2020

Imperator: Rome tutorial #5 - Characters.
The character view, provides ways to interact with character as well as showing summary view of family, rivals and friends.

Additional and separate from pops, Imperator: Rome defines individual characters. The characters in Imperator are deeply detailed, and together with the pops and the politics are part of what makes a vibrant living world. They have portraits that age gradually, with lots of different ethnicities covering the world. The characters act as rulers, advisors, admirals and generals

Stats

There are 4 primary stats and many more secondary stats that all characters have.

Primary

Main article: Attributes
  • Military power.png Martial represents a character's ability to fight and lead troops. Characters with high martial skills make excellent generals.
  • Civic power.png Finesse represents a character's skill in disciplines requiring a high attention to detail. High finesse characters make excellent governors.
  • Oratory power.png Charisma is a character’s ability to charm and persuade others.
  • Religious power.png Zeal is a character's ability to inspire faith in other characters, and also in calling upon the favour of the gods.

Secondary

These values are all dynamic (i.e. they are accumulated, meaning they can grow and shrink over time).

  • Prominence.png Prominence represents the fame of the character. Jobs and titles help bring characters to public attention.
  • Popularity.png Popularity is a measure of how the people see the character. In republics high popularity characters are more likely to elected leader of the republic. However even monarchies cannot ignore popular people.
  • Loyalty.png Loyalty is a measure of a character's loyalty to the state. Disloyal characters are more likely to cause problems to a ruler than loyal ones. However even the most loyal of characters has their limit.
  • Corruption.png Corruption is a measurement of this character’s willingness to engage in underhanded practices. Greed, bribery and the bending of rules come hand-in-hand with high corruption.
  • Party civic.png Party mercantile.png Party military.png Party religious.png Party populist.png Predilection: Every adult character (in a republic) has a predilection for each of the 5 senatorial factions. The current value is the sum of the total accumulated predilection so far. The amount gained (or lost) per month depends on the character's primary attributes and in case of the mercantile faction on his personal wealth as well.

Other

Health.png The Health stat of a character ranges from 0 to 100, and is increased or decreased by various traits. If the health of a character reaches 0, that character will die. Using the Seek Treatment character interaction will increase the health of the character with a chance of permanently injuring the character.

Cost Wealth: Every character can accumulate money.

Relationships

All characters are members of a family.
Characters also have parents and may have a spouse or children.
They can also have friends and rivals.

Offices

Characters can be given various roles. Besides being ruler of a country, they could be assigned to govern a province, command an army, handle research or be given a role in the government. Some countries allow women to be given offices, and some do not.

Roles in the government include:

  • Consul
  • Praetor
  • Censor
  • Tribunus Militus (Military Tribune)
  • Vulnerarius

(The names used are faction specific)

Traits

Traits can be categorized in the following categories:

  • Personality - This includes being Brave or Coward, Cruel or Merciful. These impacts the character attributes and stats directly, as well as...
  • Military - Usually a character has a maximum of one of those, that may give a bonus or penalty.
  • Health - Stressed, Maimed, Lunatic etc. Not beneficial to the character in most cases.
  • Status - Some exceptional traits that can be given from actions, like Conqueror.

Personality traits

Trait Personal Ruler Governor General Opposites Description & Notes
Abrasive Abrasive Max rivals Max Rivals: +1 Tributary opinion of us.png Tributary Opinion of Us: −5 Good natured Good Natured Some people just can't get along with anyone.


Ambitious Ambitious
  • Military power.png Martial: +1
  • Civic power.png Finesse: +1
  • Oratory power.png Charisma: +1
  • Religious power.png Zeal: +1
  • Loyalty.png Loyalty Gain Chance: +25%
  • Prominence.png Prominence: +20
Content Content Whereas some view the ladder to the top as a challenge, [CHARACTER.GetPraenomen] prefers to see it as firewood.

Characters with this trait will be more likely to murder their way to the top.


Arbitrary Arbitrary Civic power.png Finesse: −1 Diplomatic relations.png Diplomatic Relations: −1 Just Just When it really comes down to it, does anyone really care what is right or wrong?


Arrogant Arrogant
  • Prominence.png Prominence: +10
  • Oratory power.png Charisma: −1
All power costs Power Costs: +1% Modest Modest [CHARACTER.GetPraenomen] is quite simply the best at everything [CHARACTER.GetSheHe] puts [CHARACTER.GetHerHis] hand to.


Assertive Assertive Prominence.png Monthly Prominence: +0.05 Commerce value.png National Commerce Income: +5% Commerce value.png Local Commerce Income: +5% Submissive Submissive Quick in thought, word and deed, [CHARACTER.GetPraenomen] knows the best way to navigate most situations.


Benefactor Benefactor Popularity.png Monthly Popularity: +0.05 Pop happy.png National Slaves Happiness: +5% Pop happy.png Local Slaves Happiness: +10% Harsh Harsh Whilst there may be no such thing as true altruism, [CHARACTER.GetPraenomen] comes awfully close.


Blunt Blunt Oratory power.png Charisma: −1 Improve opinion maximum Improve Opinion Maximum: −25% Silver tongued Silver Tongued Sometimes, facts are just facts.


Cautious Cautious Military power.png Martial: −1 Unit reorganization cost.png Unit Reorganization Cost: −5% Reckless Reckless Even the best laid plans can fail without due diligence.


Chaste Chaste Fertility.png Fertility: −20% Lustful Lustful [CHARACTER.GetPraenomen] considers [CHARACTER.GetHerHis] body an unassailable temple of virtue and honor. So does everyone else.


Cold Cold
  • Max friends Max Friends: −1
  • Oratory power.png Charisma: −1
Bribe character cost.png Assassinate Cost: −25% Loving Loving One could liken the heart of [CHARACTER.GetName] to the icy rocks upon which Prometheus was bound, and yet still be considered generous.


Content Content
  • Prominence.png Prominence: −10
  • Civic power.png Finesse: −1
Ambitious Ambitious Ambition just doesn't come naturally to some. [CHARACTER.GetPraenomen] is all the happier for it.


Corrupt Corrupt Corruption.png Corruption: +10 National tax National Tax: +10% Enslavement efficiency.png Enslavement Efficiency: +1% Righteous Righteous One can go about things in the right way, or the profitable one. [CHARACTER.GetPraenomen] knows the truth of the matter.


Crafty Crafty
  • Corruption.png Corruption: +20
  • Civic power.png Finesse: +2
Enslavement efficiency.png Enslavement Efficiency: +2% Guileless Guileless Wheedling, conniving, and cunning, may not be attractive qualities, but they're never unhelpful ones.


Cruel Cruel Oratory power.png Charisma: −1 Local output National Slaves Output: +5% Local output Local Slaves Output: +10% Enslavement efficiency.png Enslavement Efficiency: +3% Merciful Merciful Suffering and productivity come hand in hand. That is, according to [CHARACTER.GetPraenomen] at least.

Characters with this trait are more likely to murder their way to the top.


Deceitful Deceitful
  • Corruption.png Monthly Corruption: +0.05
  • Civic power.png Finesse: +1
Bribe character cost.png Bribe Character Cost: −25% Honest Honest The truth may be honorable, but, at least according to [CHARACTER.GetPraenomen], it doesn't get you very far.


Devout Devout Loyalty.png Monthly Loyalty: +0.1
  • Omen.png Omen Power: +5%
  • Invoke devotio.png Invoke Devotio Cost: −5%
Lapsed Lapsed Prayer can be a source of hope in dark times. Luckily for [CHARACTER.GetPraenomen], it is often dark.


Dumb Dumb
  • Civic power.png Finesse: −2
  • Loyalty.png Monthly Loyalty: +0.05%
Intelligent Intelligent [CHARACTER.GetPraenomen] was never one for the intellectual pursuits.


Energetic Energetic
  • Civic power.png Finesse: +1
  • Military power.png Martial: +1
Lazy Lazy [CHARACTER.GetPraenomen] always puts in double the effort - even when sleeping.

Characters with this trait will be able to commit certain acts like theft, gambling, and murder, more frequently.


Foolish Foolish Civic power.png Finesse: −1 Shrewd Shrewd The only person unaware of just how gullible [CHARACTER.GetPraenomen] is, seems to be [CHARACTER.GetPraenomen] [CHARACTER.GetHerselfHimself].


Forgiving Forgiving
  • Oratory power.png Charisma: +1
  • Civic power.png Finesse: −1
Tyranny Monthly Tyranny: −0.05 Vengeful Vengeful No crime, no barbed insult, or any manner of offense, is too great for the clemency of [CHARACTER.GetPraenomen].


Founder Founder Loyalty.png Monthly Loyalty: +10% Build cost.png Build Cost: −10% Local output Local Citizens Output: +10% Incapable Incapable [CHARACTER.GetPraenomen] has vision the likes of which has not been seen since the days of Solomon, Romulus, or the great Pharaohs of old.


Generous Generous Popularity.png Monthly Popularity: +0.05 Pop happy.png National Citizens Happiness: +5% Unrest.png Local Unrest: −1
  • Selfish Selfish
  • Miserly Miserly
The simple act of aiding others, is often reward enough for [CHARACTER.GetPraenomen].


Good natured Good Natured Max friends Max Friends: +1 Tributary opinion of us.png Tributary Opinion of Us: +5 Abrasive Abrasive A pleasant demeanor and polite acknowledgments go a long way towards making friends.


Gluttonous Greedy Oratory power.png Charisma: −1 Global population growth.png Local Population Growth: +2% :Self-controlled Self-controlled Nobody would ever dare accuse [CHARACTER.GetPraenomen] of moderation or self-control.

Referred to in game code as gluttonous.


Guileless Guileless
  • Corruption.png Monthly Corruption: −0.1
  • Civic power.png Finesse: −2
Crafty Crafty It's worrying when even the sheep can pull wool over one's eyes.


Harsh Harsh Popularity.png Monthly Popularity: −0.05 Local output National Slaves Output: +5% Local output Local Slaves Output: +10% Benefactor Benefactor While many would employ a mild punishment to fit a mild crime, [CHARACTER.GetPraenomen] considers mild punishment a crime in itself.

Characters with this trait will be more likely to murder their way to the top.


Honest Honest Corruption.png Monthly Corruption: −0.05 Local output National Tribesmen Output: +5% Deceitful Deceitful Even the thought of deception is enough to confuse [CHARACTER.GetPraenomen].

Characters with this trait will never accept a bribe.


Humble Humble Oratory power.png Charisma: +1 Tribute income.png Tribute Income: −1% Local output Local Freemen Output: +5% Proud Proud A healthy respect for one's own place in the grand scheme of things, is what keeps [CHARACTER.GetPraenomen] going.


Incapable Incapable Prominence.png Monthly Prominence: −0.1 Popularity.png Ruler Popularity Gain: −10% Local output Local Citizens Output: −5% Founder Founder Some people, you just can't trust to do anything right.


Intelligent Intelligent Civic power.png Finesse: +1 Loyalty.png Monthly Governor Loyalty: +0.05% Dumb Dumb A mind like no other can solve problems beyond our understanding. A mind like no other, can also create them.


Jealous Jealous Oratory power.png Charisma: −1 Smear reputation cost Smear Reputation Cost: −25% Secure Secure Never quite happy with [CHARACTER.GetHerHis] lot in life, [CHARACTER.GetPraenomen] takes more than a little pleasure in coveting the possessions of others.


Just Just Civic power.png Finesse: +1 Unrest.png Local Unrest: −1 Arbitrary Arbitrary [CHARACTER.GetPraenomen] has become almost legendary for [CHARACTER.GetHerHis] calm, unbiased opinions.


Kindly Kindly Local output National Freemen Output: +5% Loyalty.png Loyalty Gain Chance: +2% Uncaring Uncaring A truer soul there never was, than [CHARACTER.GetName].


Lapsed Lapsed Loyalty.png Monthly Loyalty: −0.05 Omen.png Omen Power: −5% Devout Devout Once a fervent believer, [CHARACTER.GetPraenomen] abandoned [CHARACTER.GetHerHis] faith long ago.


Lazy Lazy
  • Civic power.png Finesse: −1
  • Military power.png Martial: −1
Energetic Energetic If a job is worth doing, [CHARACTER.GetPraenomen] will not be the one to do it.


Loving Loving
  • Max friends Max Friends: +1
  • Oratory power.png Charisma: +1
Diplomatic relations.png Diplomatic Relations: +1 Cold Cold A warm heart and kind gaze can always be found with [CHARACTER.GetPraenomen].


Lustful Lustful Fertility.png Fertility: +20% Chaste Chaste An amorous lifestyle has many benefits, and many drawbacks. [CHARACTER.GetPraenomen] recognizes only the former.


Merciful Merciful Oratory power.png Charisma: +1 Pop happy.png National Freemen Happiness: +2.5% Pop happy.png Local Freemen Happiness: +5% Enslavement efficiency.png Enslavement Efficiency: −5% Cruel Cruel Mercy can take many forms, and [CHARACTER.GetPraenomen] knows them all.


Miserly Miserly Civic power.png Finesse: −1 National tax National Tax: −10% Tax income.png Local Tax: −10% Generous Generous To [CHARACTER.GetPraenomen], wealth is there to be owned; there just always seems to be more to collect.


Modest Modest Popularity.png Monthly Popularity: +0.05 All power costs Power Costs: −1% Arrogant Arrogant The self-effacing attitude of [CHARACTER.GetName] has become a thing of local legend.


Monotonous Monotonous Popularity.png Ruler Popularity Gain: −20% The harsh, grating sounds that occur whenever [CHARACTER.GetPraenomen] opens [CHARACTER.GetHerHis] mouth, have been known to cause crowded rooms to become mysteriously empty.


Narrow-minded Narrow-minded Civic power.png Finesse: −1
  • Pop happy.png National Tribesmen Happiness: +25%
  • Technology speed Technology Speed: −10%
Scholar Scholar [CHARACTER.GetPraenomen] has spent so long remembering the good old days, that any mention of progress causes instant suspicion.


Obsessive Obsessive Religious power.png Zeal: +1 Local output National Citizens Output: −5% Research points.png Local Research Points: −10% Polymath Polymath When [CHARACTER.GetPraenomen] puts [CHARACTER.GetHerHis] mind to a task, [CHARACTER.GetSheHe] could quite forget about anything as trivial as eating, sleeping or at times, breathing.


Pious Pious Religious power.png Zeal: +1
  • Omen.png Call Omen Cost: −10%
  • National tax National Tax: −10%
Skeptical Skeptical The very gods above would struggle to find anything to complain about, looking at [CHARACTER.GetPraenomen].


Plain-speaking Plain-speaking Diplomatic reputation.png Diplomatic Reputation: +3 Sarcastic Sarcastic There are times when matters are just exactly what they seem. For [CHARACTER.GetPraenomen], that is all the time.


Polymath Polymath Religious power.png Zeal: −1 Local output National Citizens Output: +5% Research points.png Local Research Points: +10% Obsessive Obsessive There are few subjects upon which [CHARACTER.GetPraenomen] could not wax lyrical.


Prominent Prominent Prominence.png Prominence: +30 Commerce value.png Local Commerce Income: +10% Unnoticeable Unnoticeable When [CHARACTER.GetName] speaks - people listen.


Proud Proud Oratory power.png Charisma: −1 Tribute income.png Tribute Income: +10% Fort defense Local Fort Defense: +10% Humble Humble Hubris is warned of, in the Greek tales of old. It would seem that [CHARACTER.GetPraenomen] never much cared for the theater.


Rash Rash Civic power.png Finesse: −1 Pop happy.png National Citizens Happiness: −5% Wise Wise Choices become a lot less complicated if one rushes blindly past them.


Reckless Reckless Military power.png Martial: +1
  • Aggressive expansion.png Aggressive Expansion Impact: +10%
  • Warscore cost Warscore Cost: −10%
Cautious Cautious [CHARACTER.GetPraenomen] always has a plan. Curiously, it always seems to be the same one.


Righteous Righteous Corruption.png Corruption: −10 Aggressive expansion.png Aggressive Expansion Impact: −10% Corrupt Corrupt A singular purpose brooks no worldly distraction.

Characters with this trait will never accept a bribe.


Sarcastic Sarcastic Diplomatic reputation.png Diplomatic Reputation: −3 Plain-speaking Plain-speaking Literally everyone loves [CHARACTER.GetName].


Scholar Scholar Military power.png Martial: −1 Technology speed Technology Speed: +5% Research points.png Local Research Points: +10% Narrow-minded Narrow-minded [CHARACTER.GetPraenomen] simply devours knowledge as it were a hearty meal. It seems to sustain [CHARACTER.GetHerHim] about as much, too.


Secure Secure Oratory power.png Charisma: +1 Loyalty.png Monthly General Loyalty: +0.05 Jealous Jealous If [CHARACTER.GetName] had feathers, not even a divine thunderbolt could ruffle them.


:Self-controlled Self-controlled Religious power.png Zeal: +1 Global population growth.png Local Population Growth: −2% Gluttonous Greedy A life of fulfillment, seems to [CHARACTER.GetPraenomen] to lack all sense of purpose.


Selfish Selfish Popularity.png Monthly Popularity: −0.05 National tax National Tax: −5% Generous Generous The most important thing in the world of [CHARACTER.GetName], is [CHARACTER.GetName].


Shrewd Shrewd
  • Civic power.png Finesse: +1
  • Religious power.png Zeal: −1
Mercenary maintenance.png Mercenary Maintenance: −10% Foolish Foolish Nobody fools [CHARACTER.GetPraenomen] twice - if there's a path to a bargain, [CHARACTER.GetSheHe] will be the one to find it.


Silver tongued Silver Tongued Oratory power.png Charisma: +1 Improve opinion maximum Improve Opinion Maximum: +25% Blunt Blunt Even the most skilled of diplomats would struggle to compare to [CHARACTER.GetPraenomen].


Skeptical Skeptical Religious power.png Zeal: −1
  • Omen.png Call Omen Cost: +10%
  • National tax National Tax: +10%
Pious Pious Questioning everything can get tiring, don't you think?


Stubborn Stubborn Popularity.png Monthly Popularity: −0.05 Fort defense Local Fort Defense: +10% Weak-willed Weak-willed The very wrath of the powers that be couldn't budge [CHARACTER.GetPraenomen] after [CHARACTER.GetSheHe] has made up [CHARACTER.GetHerHis] mind.


Submissive Submissive Prominence.png Monthly Prominence: −0.05 Commerce value.png National Commerce Income: −5% Commerce value.png Local Commerce Income: −5% Assertive Assertive The meek aren't really due to inherit anything, just yet.


Suspicious Suspicious Max rivals Max Rivals: +1 Bribe character cost.png Imprison Cost: −25% Trusting Trusting [CHARACTER.GetPraenomen] knows exactly who's out to get [CHARACTER.GetHerHim]. Everyone that isn't called [CHARACTER.GetName].


Tolerant Tolerant Religious power.png Zeal: −1 Pop happy.png Wrong Culture-Group Happiness: +10% Zealous Zealous People from all walks of life can find an unbiased listener, in [CHARACTER.GetPraenomen].


Trusting Trusting Max rivals Max Rivals: −1 Tyranny Monthly Tyranny: −0.05 Suspicious Suspicious To give others the benefit of the doubt, one first must doubt them. [CHARACTER.GetPraenomen] never quite reaches that first step.


Uncaring Uncaring Local output National Freemen Output: −5% Loyalty.png Loyalty Gain Chance: −2% Kindly Kindly The world could fold in on itself tomorrow, for all [CHARACTER.GetPraenomen] cares.


Unnoticeable Unnoticeable Prominence.png Prominence: −30 Commerce value.png Local Commerce Income: −10% Prominent Prominent When [CHARACTER.GetPraenomen] speaks - who is [CHARACTER.GetPraenomen] anyway?


Vengeful Vengeful
  • Civic power.png Finesse: +1
  • Oratory power.png Charisma: −1
Bribe character cost.png Assassinate Cost: −20% Forgiving Forgiving Nothing can stand between [CHARACTER.GetPraenomen] and those that have wronged [CHARACTER.GetHerHim].

Characters with this trait will be more likely to murder their way to the top.


Weak-willed Weak-willed Prominence.png Monthly Prominence: −0.1 Fort defense Local Fort Defense: −10% Stubborn Stubborn The only thing stopping [CHARACTER.GetPraenomen] from simply laying down to die, is indecision.


Wise Wise Civic power.png Finesse: +1 Local output National Citizens Output: +5% Rash Rash Simply having knowledge is not enough; understanding how to apply it, shows true wisdom.


Zealous Zealous Religious power.png Zeal: +1 Pop happy.png Wrong Culture-Group Happiness: −10% Tolerant Tolerant A raging fire burns in the heart of [CHARACTER.GetPraenomen], fueled by the spirit of religious mystery.

Military traits

A character can usually have only one military trait.

Trait Personal General Opposites Description & Notes
Aggressive Aggressive Military power.png Martial: +1
  • Unit heavy infantry.png Heavy Infantry Discipline: +5%
  • Unit war elephants.png War Elephants Discipline: +5%
Tempered by war, [CHARACTER.GetPraenomen] sees [CHARACTER.GetHerHis] formations as a shining sword to thrust into the very heart of the enemy.


Brave Brave Military power.png Martial: +1
  • Morale of armies Morale of Armies: +5%
  • Loyalty.png Loyalty Gain Chance: +2%
Coward Coward [CHARACTER.GetPraenomen] stares danger in the face, and knows victory.


Coastal Raider Monthly Wealth: +1
  • Liburnian Discipline: +5%
  • Trireme Discipline: +5%
Shows superlative skill in knowing the ebb and flow of the tide. Such a skill comes in handy when taking advantage of certain underhanded business opportunities.


Confident Confident Military power.png Martial: +1
  • Unit heavy cavalry.png Heavy Cavalry Discipline: +5%
  • Unit chariots.png Chariots Discipline: +5%
Trusting one's instincts is the first step towards mastery.


Coward Coward Military power.png Martial: −1
  • Morale of armies Morale of Armies: -5%
  • Loyalty.png Loyalty Gain Chance: −2%
Brave Brave To [CHARACTER.GetPraenomen], living to fight another day is vastly preferable to death, honorable or otherwise.


Disciplined Disciplined Military power.png Martial: +1 Discipline.png Discipline: +5% Nothing is more important to [CHARACTER.GetPraenomen] than holding the line.


Oarmaster Military power.png Martial: +1 Naval Movement Speed: +10% Knows just how to squeeze every last ounce of energy out of a rowdy team of oarsmen.


Original thinker Original Thinker Military power.png Martial: +1 Military power.png Siege Ability: +10% The logistics of warfare require a certain innovativeness which [CHARACTER.GetPraenomen] seems to possess.


Princeps Civic power.png Finesse: +1
  • Octareme Discipline: +5%
  • Mega-Polyreme Discipline: +5%
Longs to display the mastery of man over nature. Has a natural flair for the logistics and command associated with keeping things ship-shape.


Sea Dog Military power.png Martial: +1 Ship Capture Chance: +10% A life at sea is all [character] longs for. Others may call [him/her] a buccaneer - but well; they're not far wrong.


Tactically inflexible Tactically Inflexible Military power.png Martial: −1 Reinforcement speed.png Reinforcement Speed: −10% Supply lines, routes of retreat, and all-round good planning, mean nothing to [CHARACTER.GetPraenomen].


Tactician Tactician Military power.png Martial: +1
  • Unit archers.png Archers Discipline: +5%
  • Unit light infantry.png Light Infantry Discipline: +5%
  • Unit horse archers.png Horse Archers Discipline: +5%
Whereas some just see a whirling melee, [CHARACTER.GetPraenomen] sees patterns, weaknesses, and ultimately - victory.


Steadfast Steadfast Military power.png Martial: +1
  • Unit heavy infantry.png Heavy Infantry Discipline: +5%
  • Unit war elephants.png War Elephants Discipline: +5%
The resolve of [CHARACTER.GetName] has become so renowned, that it permeates the very forces [CHARACTER.GetSheHe] commands.

Health traits

Health traits represent various health conditions, mostly detrimental and sometimes fatal.

Trait Personal Ruler Congenital Description & Notes
Arthritis Arthritis
  • Civic power.png Finesse: −1
  • Military power.png Martial: −1
No Often dismissed as the natural decline of the body, arthritis was prevalent throughout the world. Stiffness, joint damage, and pain, were among the common symptoms.


Barren Barren Fertility.png Fertility: −10 No The loss of ability to conceive was a terrible affliction for a woman of childbearing age.


Blind Blind Civic power.png Finesse: −3 No Blindness could be inherent at birth, or caused by a number of virulent diseases. In certain cultures, the blind were revered as holy.


Bloody flux Bloody Flux
  • Military power.png Martial: −4
  • Civic power.png Finesse: −4
  • Religious power.png Zeal: +1
  • Health.png Health: −4
No Hemorrhagic fever ravaged the Mediterranean empires and beyond, at various points in history. Often fatal, it was accompanied by vomiting, necrosis, and often fatal internal hemorrhaging.

Called hemorrhagic_fever in game code.


Brain damaged Brain Damaged
  • Oratory power.png Charisma: −3
  • Military power.png Martial: −3
  • Civic power.png Finesse: −3
  • Religious power.png Zeal: −3
  • Health.png Health: −0.3
No Brain damage is a terrible affliction that can render the victim a shell of their former self. Resulting from many inflammatory or physical injuries, the bearer will require usually require constant care during the time they have left.


Cancer Cancer
  • Oratory power.png Charisma: −2
  • Civic power.png Finesse: −2
  • Religious power.png Zeal: −2
  • Military power.png Martial: −2
  • Health.png Health: −2
No Cancer comes in many forms, and is a death sentence to those who acquire it.


Castrated Castrated Fertility.png Fertility: −10 No Performed as a punishment, extreme treatment, and even as a method of altering the class of a slave, castration removed or suppressed the ability for a male to conceive.


Dementia Dementia
  • Oratory power.png Charisma: −2
  • Civic power.png Finesse: −2
  • Religious power.png Zeal: −2
  • Military power.png Martial: −2
  • Health.png Health: −2
No Dementia eats away at the mind, rendering the sufferer a shadow of their former self.


Depressed Depressed
  • Oratory power.png Charisma: −1
  • Civic power.png Finesse: −1
  • Health.png Health: −0.1
No Depression looms like a dark cloud over [CHARACTER.GetPraenomen], even sadness seems to be out of reach. Every action is mechanical; every word uttered, is an act. All [CHARACTER.GetSheHe] recognizes, is the emotionless caricature of what it is to live.


Diphtheria Diphtheria Health.png Health: −2 No Dementia eats away at the mind, rendering the sufferer a shadow of their former self.


Dysentery Dysentery
  • Military power.png Martial: −1
  • Civic power.png Charisma: −1
  • Health.png Health: −0.5
No An intestinal complaint, dysentery when treated properly, was often manageable. Dehydration however, would often cause serious complications, and could result in death, especially around sources of contaminated water.


Epileptic Epileptic
  • Civic power.png Finesse: −1
  • Religious power.png Zeal: +2
  • Health.png Health: −0.2
Diplomatic reputation.png Diplomatic Reputation: −1 Yes The sacred disease is bound to shorten the life of [CHARACTER.GetPraenomen], but [CHARACTER.GetHerHis] faith is bolstered by it.


Fair Fair Max friends Max Friends: +1 Yes Blessed with Olympian beauty, [CHARACTER.GetPraenomen] has grown used to turning heads.


Frail Frail
  • Military power.png Martial: −1
  • Health.png Health: −0.05
No Frailty could be caused by any number of inherited ailments, and would often affect an individual throughout their life, rendering them weaker than their peers, and often more likely to contract further illnesses.


Gangrene Gangrene
  • Military power.png Martial: −3
  • Civic power.png Finesse: −3
  • Health.png Health: −3
No A necrotic infection of tissue without adequate blood supply, gangrene can set in after grievous injuries, exposure to extreme cold, and internal complications.


Gout Gout
  • Civic power.png Finesse: −1
  • Military power.png Martial: −1
  • Health.png Health: −1
No Gout, often associated with those of lavish lifestyle, causes chronic pain, amongst more serious complications.


Hunchback Hunchback Military power.png Martial: −1 Yes Physical deformities prevent [CHARACTER.GetPraenomen] from enjoying some pleasures in life.


Inbred Inbred
  • Oratory power.png Charisma: −2
  • Civic power.png Finesse: −1
  • Military power.png Martial: −1
  • Fertility.png Fertility: −30%
  • Health.png Health: −0.1
Yes Generations of inbreeding can have... unexpected results.


Invalid Invalid Military power.png Martial: −3 No Incapable of more than the most basic movement, [CHARACTER.GetPraenomen] has to rely on [CHARACTER.GetHerHis] mind for adventure.


Infection Infection Health.png Health: −0.2 No The early stages of an ailment are the hardest to recognize. Whilst it may prove to be minor, it could also develop into something much more serious.


Inflammation Inflammation
  • Civic power.png Finesse: −1
  • Oratory power.png Charisma: −1
No Swelling and inflammation were common complaints. Often symptomatic of future health problems, tenderness and pain were the primary complaints.


Leper Leper
  • Fertility.png Fertility: −1
  • Health.png Health: −0.5
  • Popularity.png Monthly Popularity: −0.2
No Lepers are shunned by society at large; the horrific disease slowly eats away at flesh until little remains.


Limp Limp Military power.png Martial: −2 Yes An old pain prevents [CHARACTER.GetPraenomen] from enjoying full mobility.


Lisp Lisp Civic power.png Finesse: −1 Yes A minor speech impediment can sometimes cause [CHARACTER.GetPraenomen] a great deal of stress.


Lunatic Lunatic
  • Military power.png Martial: −2
  • Civic power.png Finesse: −2
  • Oratory power.png Charisma: +2
  • Religious power.png Zeal: +2
  • Health.png Health: −0.2
Yes [CHARACTER.GetName] is, in no uncertain terms, stark raving bonkers.


Maimed Maimed Military power.png Martial: −2 No Horrifying injuries scar [CHARACTER.GetPraenomen] from head to toe.


Maniac Maniac
  • Health.png Health: −0.1
  • Oratory power.png Charisma: −2
  • Civic power.png Finesse: +2
Yes Unbridled fury leads to moments of utter calm; [CHARACTER.GetPraenomen] is about as predictable as the ocean.



Called schizophrenic in game code.

Mentagra Mentagra Oratory power.png Charisma: −2 No A mysterious disease, thought to have been spread by kissing and bodily contact, Mentagra displayed a facial rash, with sores and severe discomfort.


Mourning Mourning
  • Oratory power.png Charisma: −2
  • Religious power.png Zeal: −2
  • Health.png Health: −0.2
No The loss of a loved one can cut deeper than any physical wound.


One-eyed One-Eyed Military power.png Martial: −1 No Losing sight in one eye could radically alter depth perception. Antigonus, founder of the Antigonid dynasty, acquired the moniker 'Monopthalmus' after losing an eye in battle.


Paralysis Paralysis
  • Military power.png Martial: −4
  • Health.png Health: −0.3
No Partial paralysis could result from a variety of sources, including nerve or brain damage.


Plague Plague Health.png Health: −2 No Plague is spoken of only in whispers; even the suspicion of it is often a death sentence.


Pneumonia Pneumonia Health.png Health: −1 No Lung diseases were commonplace, due in part, to the quality of air in built up areas. Whilst many cases would come and go, the propensity for them to develop into life threatening conditions, made lung disease a subversive killer.


Pox Pox
  • Oratory power.png Charisma: −2
  • Fertility.png Fertility: −20%
  • Health.png Health: −0.1
No Venereal diseases were common in the ancient world. Whilst some had not yet fully developed, others were well documented, and curiously, often thought to be curable by increased sexual activity.


Seeking treatment Seeking Treatment Health.png Health: +0.05 No Medicine is a mysterious art, but surely anything is better than suffering.


Stressed Stressed Civic power.png Finesse: −1 No Sometimes enough is enough; for [CHARACTER.GetPraenomen], that time came about nine months after conception.


Stutter Stutter Oratory power.png Charisma: −1 Yes Public speaking is particularly challenging for [CHARACTER.GetPraenomen].


Ugly Ugly
  • Oratory power.png Charisma: −1
  • Fertility.png Fertility: −20%
Yes [CHARACTER.GetPraenomen] has never had much luck with love.


Wounded Wounded
  • Military power.png Martial: −1
  • Health.png Health: −0.1
No [CHARACTER.GetPraenomen] bears a grievous injury from times past.

Status traits

Status traits represent a character's current activities, lifestyle, reputation, or heritage.

Trait Personal Ruler General Description & Notes
Blood of Antigonos Blood of Antigonus
  • Prominence.png Prominence: +20
  • Civic power.png Finesse: +1
  • Aggressive expansion.png Aggressive Expansion Change: −0.1
  • Fort defense Fort Defense: +10%
Antigonus Monopthalmus was a loyal Satrap of Alexander, who rose to power after defeating Perdiccas, soon after Alexander's death. The very first of the Diadochi to proclaim himself King, he was supported by his loyal family, and established a good reputation amongst smaller, less capable Greek nations.

Given to members of the Phrygian Antigonid dynasty at game start, and inherited patrilineally. Called antigonids in game code.


Blood of Antipatros Blood of Antipatros
  • Prominence.png Prominence: +20
  • Oratory power.png Charisma: +1
  • Build cost.png Build Cost: −10%
  • Legitimacy.png Monthly Legitimacy: +0.05
A great friend of Alexander, Antipater was responsible for safeguarding Macedonia during Alexander's great campaigns. His loyalty to Alexander, and domineering attitude towards the lesser Greek states was tempered by his son, Cassander, whose contempt of Alexander was no secret, and whose legacy included the founding and restoration of many great cities.

Given to members of the Macedonian Antipatrid dynasty at game start, and inherited patrilineally. Called antipatrid in game code.


Blood of the Argeads Blood of the Argeads
  • Prominence.png Prominence: +20
  • Military power.png Martial: +1
  • Aggressive expansion.png Aggressive Expansion Impact: −10%
  • Legitimacy.png Monthly Legitimacy: +0.05
Alexander wept when he heard from Anaxarchus that there was an infinite number of worlds; and when his friends asked him if any accident had befallen him, returned this answer: "Do you not think it a matter worthy of lamentation that when there is such a vast multitude of them, we have not yet conquered one?"

Given to Thessalonike Argead, wife of Basileus Cassander of Macedon, and her descendants at game start. Called argeads in game code.


Blood of the Lagidae Blood of the Lagidae
  • Prominence.png Prominence: +20
  • Religious power.png Zeal: +1
  • Pop happy.png Wrong Culture-Group Happiness: +15%
  • Research points.png Research Points: +5%
Having grown up alongisde Alexander, Ptolemy Soter of the Lagidae, was amongst the first of the seven Somatophylakes. After the partition of Babylon, he settled in Egypt, ruling with a fair hand; despite the vast population of differing cultures. His long-standing dynasty was regarded as highly influential in the patronage of art, philosophy, and science.

Given to members of the Egyptian Lagid dynasty at game start, and inherited patrilineally. Called lagids in game code.


Blood of Lysimachus Blood of Lysimachus
  • Prominence.png Prominence: +20
  • Military power.png Martial: +1
  • Diplomatic reputation.png Diplomatic Reputation: +1
  • Military power.png Execute Cost: −25%
Once a close friend of Alexander, and one of the legendary Somatophylakes; Lysimachus was a brutal yet cunning general, whose grasp of the tense diplomatic situation between the Diadochi was second to none.

Given to members of the Thracian Alcimachid dynasty at game start, and inherited patrilineally. Called alcimachid in game code.


Blood of Seleukos Blood of Seleucus
  • Prominence.png Prominence: +20
  • Civic power.png Finesse: +1
  • Change governor policy cost.png Change Governor Policy Cost: −25%
  • Corruption.png Monthly Corruption: −5%
Unlike the other Diadochi, Seleucus was a person of only mediocre importance during Alexander's campaigns. After a string of victories and defeats, Seleucus finally established his domain with the help of Ptolemy Soter, and embarked on a campaign to regain control of the eastern parts of Alexander's empire. Surrounded on every side by titanic powers, Seleucus was, by necessity, a ruthless and cunning leader.

Given to members of the Seleucid dynasty of Persia at game start, and inherited patrilineally. Called seleucids in game code.


Conqueror Conqueror Prominence.png Prominence: +10 Tributary opinion of us.png Tributary Opinion of Us: +5 Assault ability.png Assault Ability: +10% Like so many before [CHARACTER.GetHerHim], [CHARACTER.GetName] bears the title of Conqueror - and the responsibility that lies with it.

Random chance to be granted to a general after victory in battle.


Orator Orator Oratory power.png Charisma: +1
  • Senate influence Senate Influence: +0.1
  • Legitimacy.png Monthly Legitimacy: +0.1
The mere timbre of the silken words that [CHARACTER.GetName] speaks, can stop others in their tracks.


Olympic competitor Olympic Competitor
  • Loyalty.png Monthly Loyalty: +0.2
  • No Cannot be given jobs in government, political office or military command
[CHARACTER.GetName] is here to compete in the Olympics, and is focusing all his energy on sporting events.

Given to all characters who are chosen to participate in the Olympics.


Poet Poet
  • Military power.png Martial: −1
  • Oratory power.png Charisma: +1
Improve opinion maximum Improve Opinion Maximum: +10% The mere timbre of the silken words that [CHARACTER.GetName] speaks, can stop others in their tracks.


Victorious Victorious
  • Prominence.png Prominence: +20
  • Popularity.png Monthly Popularity: +0.1
[CHARACTER.GetPraenomen] has become a byword for glory - long may [CHARACTER.GetSheHe] vanquish [CHARACTER.GetHerHis] foes!

Random chance to be granted to a general after victory in battle.


Interactions

Interaction Description
Appoint Dictator Can be done to a ruler in a republic when at war or during a civil war. This will allow him to do any diplomatic or character interaction without the Senate interfering, at least until the end of the war.
Assassinate Foreign characters can be attempted to assassinate.
Banish Forces a previously imprisoned character to leave the country.
Bribe Increases the loyalty of a character.
Execute Kills a character.
Free Hands Increases loyalty and corruption if the character is a governor.
Hold Games Costs money and increases the popularity of the current ruler.
Hold Triumph Hold a Triumph in the name of a character with a recent (less than two years ago) victory. Has a chance to give a Cognomen
Imprison Imprisons a character.
Inspire Disloyalty Reduces the loyalty and increases the corruption of a foreign character.
Make Friends Triggers an event chain to befriend the character. Required for recruiting them.
Marry Ruler Works if the ruler and target are different genders and are both unmarried.
Recruit Gets a foreign character to leave their nation and work for you.
Recruit General Gets a foreign general to leave their nation with their army and join you.
Release Prisoner Releases a character from prison.
Sacrifice Prisoner Some religions allow you to sacrifice prisoners of war, making your tribesmen happy and productive and allowing you to stay tribal.
Seek/Stop Treatment Increases the health of a character.
Seduce Governor Convince a governor to join your cause.
Smear Character Reduces the popularity of a character.

How to recruit foreign characters

Diplo characters view.png
  1. Open the diplomacy view of another country and click View Characters on the right.
  2. If the character's loyalty is above 70, use Inspire Disloyalty to lower it.
  3. Befriend them using the Make Friend interaction.
  4. Recruit them and Grant Citizenship so you can assign them to a job.

You can only recruit a character who is:

  • below 70 loyalty
  • your friend
  • not a ruler or the primary heir
  • not a governor, general or admiral

Recruit General is a separate interaction, which requires their loyalty to be below 25.

There is also a Character Finder mod that does all the searching for you. Not compatible with ironman.

How to make friends

Friend event.jpg

When you start befriending someone, you will be presented with several events, where each option provides different amounts of progress. You need to choose either:

  • 2 large options
  • 3 moderate
  • 1 large, 1 moderate, 1 small

This process might cost you up to 100 gold or 5000 manpower or increase tyranny by 5.

Benefits from being friends:

  • parties of befriended party leaders will support your decisions more
  • other countries will have higher opinion if you're friends with their rulers
  • you can recruit a foreign friend