CK2 - Dev Diary #125 - Christian Rulers in The Iron Century

Welcome to another Dev Diary about The Iron Century. Today we are going to talk a bit about some of the Christian rulers you can find in the new bookmark. Note, most of the rulers shown here will have randomized traits.

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Here for a glimpse of what Christian Europe look like in 936.

King Louis IV of West Francia: Louis is among the last kings of the Karling dynasty. He was followed by Lothair, his eldest son, and later his grandson Louis V, which ended up as the final monarch of the dynasty. In our bookmark, King Louis is 15 years old and has recently returned from England to rule his homeland. Under his rule is the strongman Hugues the Great of the Capet dynasty, as well as unruly Occitans in the south and the newly settled Normans to the north. If he can only quell his vassals and their bids for power, West Francia is a strong base for the future of the dynasty.

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King Rudolf of Arles: Originally the king of Upper-Burgundy, he collected the two halves of Burgundy to form the new Kingdom of Arles. The Italians to the east, led by the industrious Hugues of the Bosonid dynasty, form a threat to the capital of Arles as well as the area around Provence. Besides that, Rudolf is in a good position to ally with most of the rulers around him, though his Kingdom is small enough to be tossed aside by the larger powers at play.

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Duke Boleslav (the Cruel) of Bohemia: The Bohemian rose to the title of Duke through the fratricide of his brother (Good King) Wenceslaus. Though his rise to power was bloody, Boleslav ruled well and was known as an efficient administrator. Early in his rule he ended the tribute to the German king Otto, and ended up in conflict with the Germans for the next 15-20 years. Boleslav is a tough start, as he is surrounded by pagans in every direction, be it with the Polish rulers to the north, Hungary to the south or Kievan Rus to the far east.

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Tsar Peter of the Bulgarian Empire: Son of the first Emperor of Bulgaria, he is the heir to a strong legacy. To the south and east is the Byzantine Empire, the Bulgarians have a long history fraught with conflicts and interactions with them. To the north the Hungarians have pushed into the Carpathian Basin, and taken huge chunks of land that used to be under Bulgarian rule. As an extra note here, the Bulgarian Empire is actually a DeJure Empire in the 936 start, spanning the Kingdoms of Bulgaria and Wallachia.

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Basileus Romanos of the Byzantine Empire: We could not have a list of Christian rulers without the Byzantines, could we? Romanos of the Lekapenos dynasty is the co-emperor of the Byzantine Empire, together with Konstantinos of the Makedon dynasty (he holds Nikomedeia and Herakleia), but he is the elder of the two and functionally the one calling the shots. Though the Byzantine Empire has been through a rough ride lately, they have recently come to a peace agreement with their northern neighbors in Bulgaria, and the muslims are shattering at their southern and eastern fronts. With the rise of the many Shia and Sunni rulers (the Fatimids, the Buyids, the Sallarids, the Jannabids, the Hamdanids, the Ikhshidids, the Al-Thamalis etc) in the vacuum left by the weakened Abbasid Caliphate, the Byzantine Empire are posed to take back some of their ancient lands as their enemies are busy fighting one another.

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Hopefully you have found this little look into the some of the different Christian rulers (and of course, there are plenty more for you to find when you get access to The Iron Century yourself). We look forward to see you again tomorrow when we’ll take a look at the Muslim rulers who populate the map in the year 936!

PS, for those who enjoyed the first chapter of Thankmar's Rebellion, here's the second chapter! https://forum.paradoxplaza.com/foru...-iron-century-mini-aar.1179523/#post-25478718
 

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First! Also, amazing work, thank you guys so much for this bookmark, looks like the most interesting one yet. Can't believe I have been playing this game for 7 years and it still keeps getting better. Please do not stop supporting it anytime soon.
 

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I don't know if the colouring is historical (the only colouring I've personally found with a quick search is that for k_bulgaria), but the Bulgarian Empire's CoA looks very much like a temporary revolter title due to the colours chosen. If there's no historical basis for it, I'd argue for replacing it (e.g. with the Balgarsko dynasty's CoA), to avoid confusion at a quick glance.

Also, speaking of stuff near the ERE, do they still have Serbia, Croatia, and Sicily as part of their de jure? They tend to be rather too eager to reconquer those (particularly late in the era; at least they've got the excuse of having a presence there in bookmarks pre-Stamford Bridge), in my experience, so perhaps putting the former two in Carpathia (or a new Dalmatia/Illyria) and the last one in Italia might be sensible, much like how Venice was moved to Italia to keep it safe.
 

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Is there a way to make Bulgaria lose empire rank without conquering it whole as an outside ruler?
 

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@Snow Crystal An off-topic question here, but with the new update will you add an event that simulates the fall of the Knights Templar involving the King of France & the rest of Europe? As currently if you play in a late enough bookmark the Holy Order is gone but if you play in an earlier one they're there & won't disappear ever.
 

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@Snow Crystal An off-topic question here, but with the new update will you add an event that simulates the fall of the Knights Templar involving the King of France & the rest of Europe? As currently if you play in a late enough bookmark the Holy Order is gone but if you play in an earlier one they're there & won't disappear ever.

No plans to add the fall of the Knights Templar at the moment. It came up as a discussion throughout Holy Fury, but we ended up not doing anything with it.
 

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Cool. Bulgaria as a de jure empire is quite interesting. Can you give us a date for when we get to play this baby? Or at the very least a month?
 

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Hungary & Croatia.

I don´t quite understand the reasoning behind this. It drastically reduces the potential for conflicts between BYZ and BUL, only a few counties in the southwest and a county in Thrace are disputed then. How does it make the iron century more "realistic" when Bulgarians and Byzantines are, more or less, just "friendly neighbours"?
 

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I don´t quite understand the reasoning behind this. It drastically reduces the potential for conflicts between BYZ and BUL, only a few counties in the southwest and a county in Thrace are disputed then. How does it make the iron century more "realistic" when Bulgarians and Byzantines are, more or less, just "friendly neighbours"?

They very literally were "friendly neighbours" for the next 30 years or so, after our start date. Bulgaria has a whole lot of barony holdings in Thracian lands though, so I am sure they'll find reasons to start wars with one another.
 

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I don´t quite understand the reasoning behind this. It drastically reduces the potential for conflicts between BYZ and BUL, only a few counties in the southwest and a county in Thrace are disputed then. How does it make the iron century more "realistic" when Bulgarians and Byzantines are, more or less, just "friendly neighbours"?

Bulgaria would have to take either Serbia or Hungary before the status of Croatia ever becomes an issue. I think Croatia is being moved to Carpathia mostly because Croatia and Hungary became united early in the 12 century.
 

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When someone dies in your dungeon & have no living relatives, you should get their gold. It's only realistic. Also, you should get their artifacts. At the very least their should be a mechanic as to how to the odds are of you catching them with their riches on them & how much riches they would have based off opponents (Intrigue*2*martial*1.25) + greed (if greedy =+25/ your (intrigue*3*martial*1.5) or something formula so its more likely that you catch them with more money when they are greedy.