Each faith has a large number of doctrines. Doctrines determine what is allowed and what is forbidden within a faith.
Main doctrines determine the rules of the faith itself and have a considerable impact on how the realm is governed.
|Category||Doctrine||Effects||Max piety cost||Requirements|
|View on Gender||Male Dominated||
||Temporal Head of Faith|
|Head of Faith||None||
||Theocratic clerical tradition|
|Muhammad's Succession||Sunni||Considers faiths with the same doctrine to be astray||
|Shia||Considers faiths with the same doctrine to be astray||
|Muhakkima||Considers faiths with the same doctrine to be astray||
|Zandaqa||+5 Advantage against enemies of the same religion||
|Ecumenism||Ecumenism||Considers faiths with the same doctrine to be astray||N/A||Cannot be chosen for a custom religion|
- See also: Marriage
Marriage doctrines determine who a character can marry, when can they marry or divorce, and the status of children born out of formal relationships.
|Category||Doctrine||Effects||Max piety cost||Description|
||Marriage is a sacred bond between two individuals. Attempting to form such a bond with multiple people at once is sacrilege.|
||Since marriage is a holy union, having multiple marriages is clearly more holy than having just a single marriage — so long as each marriage is holy in and of itself.|
|Consorts & Concubines||
||Marriage is a sacred bond, but as long as their spouse takes priority one may be permitted to have concubines or consorts to engage with as well.|
||The vows of marriage are final and binding. Only death may do us part.|
|Must be Approved||
||While the bonds of marriage should not be taken lightly, extenuating circumstances can sometimes make divorce a necessity.|
||Marriage is merely a partnership between two people, and like all partnerships, can be ended at will.|
||Blood determines lineage, not marriage. Children born out of wedlock are just as legitimate as any other.|
||Marriage is holy, so children born outside of it must be blessed in another way if they are to be considered legitimate.|
||The bonds of marriage are sacrosanct, and children born outside of wedlock will always be illegitimate.|
||It is a sin to permit two relatives to marry each other or engage in sexual relationships.|
||Cousins may be related, but distantly enough that it is acceptable for them to marry in order to preserve their lineage.|
||As long as they are not directly related, family members are permitted to marry each other for the good of the dynasty.|
||It is natural and healthy for family members to love each other, and those who say that love should be restricted to non-sexual relationships are fools.|
Crime doctrines determine whether certain acts are accepted, shunned or crimes. Shunned activity gives rise to secrets that can be blackmailed for a weak hook, while criminal activity gives rise to secrets that can be blackmailed for a strong hook. Exposing such a secret gives the relevant characters a negative fame trait, and causes them to lose a level of devotion and opinion with all characters who consider the activity shunned or criminal.
Clerical doctrines have various effects that only apply to court chaplains, realm priests, temple holders, and characters with the Monk trait.
|Category||Doctrine||Effects||Max piety cost||Description|
||The priest derives its authority from the divine, and that still applies here on Earth.|
|Alms and Pacification||
||Our priests are entrusted with ensuring that the poor and downtrodden have sufficient food and shelter when they can not provide it for themselves.|
||Every able-bodied person has a duty to take up arms and defend our faith, and it is the responsibility of our priests to remind everyone of this.|
|Clerical Gender||Only Men||
||Only men can shoulder the great responsibility of serving as priests of our faith.|
||Anyone who has felt the call of the divine should be able to serve as a priests, no matter their gender.|
||Only women are wise enough interpret the divine will and serve as priestesses of our faith.|
||Marriage is a holy institution, and priests should be able to take part in it just like any other faithful adherent.|
||Becoming a priest means devoting one's life to the divine. It is inherently unfaithful to consider taking a mortal spouse in addition to that.|
|Clerical Appointment||Temporal, Revocable||
||Priests are ultimately servants of the realm, and so should be able to be hired and fired by their liege as any other vassal.|
||While the head of faith should appoint all priests, secular rulers should still be able to fire those who fail them.|
|Temporal, for Life||
||While a ruler should be able to select their own priests, their responsibilities are holy and sacred, and their appointment should not be subject to revocation.|
|Spiritual, for Life||
||Priests are servants of the divine, and as representative of the divine, the choice that the head of faith makes for the position is final and absolute.|
Special doctrines are encountered on some faiths as an additional doctrine.
|Teachings of Jesus||
||All Christian||There are those in the world who adhere to the teachings of Jesus without acknowledging his divinity. Though blasphemous, we should still show compassion to these misguided souls, as they may one day become converts to the true faith.|
|Teachings of the Prophet||
||All Muslim||Although they do not follow all of the laws of the Prophet, there are some in this world who are more guided by the will of Allah than they know. With time, these half-converts may even give up their evil ways and become true members of the Ummah!|
|Teachings of Moses||
||All Jewish||Not all among the gentility dwell in sin. There are those who respect God's chosen people, and these deserve a measure of our respect in turn.|
|Naked Priests||Priests and Zealous characters do not wear clothes||Digambara||Our priests know that clothes entrap the spirit and prevent us from achieving true enlightenment. Only by shedding our garbs can we awaken our souls and experience The Tirthankaras' love.|
|Rightful Rulers of the World||−50% Holy war piety cost||Dharmic religion that enacts the Unite India decision||We are those who will usher in an era of peace and prosperity for all peoples. We are the rightful rulers of the world.|
|Full Tolerance||All faiths are considered Righteous||All (requires the Faith Tolerance game setting set to Full)||Everyone is free to choose their own faith. Our differences do not divide us, they make us stronger.|
- This bonus applies only if leased to the realm priest. Temporal clergy do not get the bonus.
- This negates the opinion penalty for being hostile.