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Religion

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Introducing CK3 #12 - Religion. Pixelated Apollo will show you all you need to know about religion. Creating your own religion will be like a walk in the park.

Religion determines which deities and holy figures a character or the population of a county believes in. The most basic level is the faith, whose doctrines and tenets determine its effects and laws. Each faith is categorized under a broader religion, which in turn falls under one of three religious families.

Religious family[edit]

Each faith is part of a religious family, which determines how faith hostility is calculated. Faiths that have the  Ecumenism,  Sunni,  Shia or  Muhakkima doctrine consider other faiths with the same doctrine astray. There are also several tenets that modify faith hostility.

Family Different religious families Different religions Different faiths Susceptible to heresies
Abrahamic Evil Evil Hostile Yes
Eastern Hostile Astray* Astray*
Pagan Evil Hostile Astray No
  • Zoroastrianism is the only Eastern religion to treat different faiths as hostile.

Faith hostility[edit]

Each faith has a negative view of every other faith; how negative the effects are depends on the religious family. Faiths with the  Pluralist doctrine have these penalties halved, while the  Fundamentalist doctrine doubles the penalties.

View Character opinion Popular opinion Intermarriage Title usurpation Holy Wars Description
Righteous 0 0 Yes Yes No This Faith is considered legitimate.
Astray −10 −15 Yes Yes No This Faith differs in a way that is not particularly significant.
Hostile −20 −30 Yes No Yes This Faith deviates significantly.
Evil −30 −45 No No Yes This Faith is considered anathema.

Faith organization[edit]

Faith organization describes how organized and coherent each faith is. Faiths can be divided into organized and unreformed, each having advantages but also some drawbacks. Most Pagan faiths start unreformed, while all Abrahamic and Eastern faiths start organized.

Organized Unreformed
Adopt Feudal / Clan Ways decision yes no
Conversion superior inferior
Opinion with Feudal, Republic and Clan Vassals 0 −20
Monthly Prestige 0 +20%
Conversion Cost to Unreformed Faiths +500% 0
Conquest Casus Belli no yes
Pagan combat advantage 0 +10
Faith creation New faiths Reformation

Virtues and sins[edit]

Virtues and sins are traits which a religion or faith considers virtuous or sinful. Some tenets will add great virtues or great sins, which have a double effect.

Trait Same faith opinion Monthly piety
Virtue +10 +1
Great virtue +20 +2
Sin −10 −1
Great sin −20 −2

Religions[edit]

Religions have two main effects. First, each religion has a baseline set of sins and virtues. Second, the religion determines which men-at-arms its holy orders will favor. A faith's tenets can add traits considered sins and virtues, replacing some of the original ones if they happen to conflict.

Religious family Religion Virtues Sins Holy order men-at-arms Holy sites Holy order names High god name Great holy war name Court Chaplain / Realm Priest name
 Count  Duke  King  Emperor
Abrahamic Christianity
  •  Compassionate
  •  Chaste
  •  Forgiving
  •  Sadistic
  •  Lustful
  •  Vengeful
Order Knights 5
  • Guardians of the Shroud
  • Knights of the Chalice
  • Knights of the First Gospel
  • Knights of the Reliquary
  • Order of the Holy Communion
  • Warriors of the Cross
God Crusade Suffragan Bishop Bishop Archbishop Patriarch
Matriarch
Islam
  •  Generous
  •  Just
  •  Temperate
  •  Greedy
  •  Arbitrary
  •  Gluttonous
  •  Drunkard
Cataphracts 5
  • Companions of Hira
  • Warriors of the Hadith
  • Warriors of the Wahy
Allah Jihad Court Imam Mufti Allamah Grand Allamah
Judaism
  •  Compassionate
  •  Just
  •  Patient
  •  Cynical
  •  Greedy
  •  Lustful
Shomer 5 Herem Warriors The Lord Great Holy War Kohen Rabban Nasi Gadol
Dualism
  •  Honest
  •  Humble
  •  Patient
  •  Deceitful
  •  Arrogant
  •  Impatient
Mubarizun 5
  • Army of Light
  • Servants of the Patricians
God Great Purification Didaskalos Bishop Patriach
Matriarch
Patriach
Matriarch
Miletê Tawûsê Melek
  •  Generous
  •  Just
  •  Temperate
  •  Greedy
  •  Arbitrary
  •  Gluttonous
Cataphracts 5 Servants of Melek Taus Melek Taus Jihad Peshimam Pîr Sheikh Baba Sheikh
Eastern Buddhism
  •  Honest
  •  Calm
  •  Generous
  •  Deceitful
  •  Wrathful
  •  Impatient
Khandayat 5
  • Chosen of Ashoka
  • Guardians of Bodh Gaya
  • Sangha of the Stuggle
  • Shakyan Faithful
  • Warriors of the Illuminated Heart
Siddhartha Great Purification Upadhyaya Purohit Rajpurohit Marajpurohit
Hinduism
  •  Content
  •  Temperate
  •  Honest
  •  Ambitious
  •  Greedy
  •  Wrathful
 War Elephants 7
  • Followers of Arjuna
  • Maharatas of the war god
  • Vyuha of the Temple
  • Vyuha of the war god
Brahman Great Purification Upadhyaya Purohit Rajpurohit Marajpurohit
Jainism
  •  Calm
  •  Compassionate
  •  Honest
  •  Wrathful
  •  Sadistic
  •  Deceitful
Khandayat 5
  • Bulls of Rishabha
  • Guardians of the Lotus Ocean
  • Jivas of Madhya Loka
  • Sacrifices of Devloka
The Tirthankaras Great Purification Upadhyaya Purohit Rajpurohit Marajpurohit
Zoroastrianism
  •  Diligent
  •  Honest
  •  Just
  •  Lazy
  •  Deceitful
  •  Sadistic
Mubarizun 5
  • Ahura Mazda’s Champions
  • Fire Walkers
  • Immortals
Ahura Mazda Great Purification Herbad Mobed
Mobedyar
Dastur
Dastuyar
Dastur
Dastuyar
Taoism
  •  Compassionate
  •  Content
  •  Humble
  •  Sadistic
  •  Ambitious
  •  Arrogant
Chu-ko-nu Archers 6 Faithful of Han Chung-li Tao Great Purification Court Priest
Court Priestess
Libationer High Libationer High Libationer
Pagan Tibetan
  •  Humble
  •  Calm
  •  Compassionate
  •  Arrogant
  •  Lustful
  •  Greedy
Mountaineers 5 Guardians of the Five Khandro Sangpo Bumtri Great Purification Upadhyaya Purohit Banchenpo Banchenpo
Mandé
  •  Calm
  •  Humble
  •  Twin
  •  Wrathful
  •  Arrogant
  •  Vengeful
Bush Hunters 5 Watchers Amma Great Holy War Hogon Hogon Hogon Hogon
Hsexje
  •  Content
  •  Temperate
  •  Forgiving
  •  Honest
  •  Ambitious
  •  Greedy
  •  Wrathful
No None 5 Faithful of the war god Mubyasei Great Purification Court Shaman Shaman High Shaman High Shaman
Tanism
  •  Content
  •  Temperate
  •  Forgiving
  •  Honest
  •  Ambitious
  •  Greedy
  •  Wrathful
No None 5
  • Warriors of Mother Sun
  • Warriors of Father Moon
Donyi-Polo Great Purification Court Shaman Shaman High Shaman High Shaman
Mundhumism
  •  Content
  •  Temperate
  •  Forgiving
  •  Honest
  •  Ambitious
  •  Greedy
  •  Wrathful
No None 5
  • Warriors of Mundhum
  • Warriors of the Temple
Tagera Ningwaphuma Great Purification Court Shaman Shaman High Shaman High Shaman
Steppe
  •  Brave
  •  Honest
  •  Just
  •  Craven
  •  Deceitful
  •  Arbitrary
 Horse Archers 5 Lords of the Sky Tengri Great Holy War Shaman High Shaman High Shaman High Shaman
Akan
  •  Brave
  •  Compassionate
  •  Just
  •  Craven
  •  Callous
  •  Arbitrary
Horn Warriors 5 Faithful of Adade Kofi Nyame Great Holy War Court Shaman Shaman High Shaman High Shaman
Baltic
  •  Brave
  •  Calm
  •  Just
  •  Craven
  •  Wrathful
  •  Arbitrary
Metsänvartija 5 Chosen of Perkunas Dievas Great Holy War Court Seerer
Court Seeress
Vaidilė
Vaidilutė
Vaidilė
Vaidilutė
Vaidilė
Vaidilutė
Finno-Ugric
  •  Brave
  •  Just
  •  Stubborn
  •  Craven
  •  Arbitrary
  •  Fickle
Metsänvartija 5 Sons of Kalevala Ukko Great Holy War Noaidi Noaidi Noaidi Noaidi
Hausa
  •  Brave
  •  Honest
  •  Humble
  •  Craven
  •  Deceitful
  •  Arrogant
Bush Hunters 5
  • Spirit Guardians
  • Possessed
Boorii Great Holy War Adjingi
Magadja
Adjingi
Magadja
Adjingi
Magadja
Adjingi
Magadja
Kordofan
  •  Content
  •  Diligent
  •  Patient
  •  Lazy
  •  Impatient
Horn Warriors 5 Faithful of Wepwawet Wepwawet Great Holy War Court Shaman Shaman High Shaman High Shaman
Norse
  •  Brave
  •  Vengeful
  •  Wrathful
  •  Craven
  •  Forgiving
  •  Deceitful
Huscarls 5
  • Chosen of Freyja
  • Faithful of Tyr
  • Jomsvikings
  • Odin’s Valkyries
Odin Great Holy War Godi
Gydja
Hofgoði Riksgoði Riksgoði
Oromo-Somali
  •  Brave
  •  Compassionate
  •  Just
  •  Craven
  •  Callous
  •  Arbitrary
Horn Warriors 5 Faithful of Wiilwaal Waaq Great Holy War Court Shaman Shaman High Shaman High Shaman
Senegambian
  •  Brave
  •  Forgiving
  •  Just
  •  Craven
  •  Vengeful
  •  Arbitrary
Bush Hunters 5 Servants of the Pangool Roog Great Holy War Saltigue Saltigue Saltigue Saltigue
Siberian
  •  Brave
  •  Generous
  •  Temperate
  •  Craven
  •  Greedy
  •  Vengeful
Metsänvartija 5
  • Downstreamers
  • Legion of the Bear
  • Sylvan Saviors
  • Thousand Crows
Numi-Turum Great Holy War Court Shaman Shaman High Shaman High Shaman
Slavic
  •  Gregarious
  •  Honest
  •  Just
  •  Shy
  •  Deceitful
  •  Arbitrary
 Horse Archers 5 Warriors of Perun Rod Great Holy War Zhrets
Zhritsa
Volkhv
Vedunya
Volkhv
Vedunya
Volkhv
Vedunya
Youruba
  •  Patient
  •  Brave
  •  Just
  •  Impatient
  •  Deceitful
  •  Arrogant
Bush Hunters 5 Faithful of Ogun Ọlọrun Great Holy War Court Shaman Shaman High Shaman High Shaman
Uralic
  •  Brave
  •  Gregarious
  •  Honest
  •  Craven
  •  Shy
  •  Deceitful
 Horse Archers 5 Táltos of the Field Isten Great Holy War Táltos Táltos Táltos Táltos
Greco-Roman
  •  Generous
  •  Just
  •  Temperate
  •  Greedy
  •  Arbitrary
  •  Gluttonous
Palatini 5
  • Myrmidons
  • Priesthood of Ares
Zeus Great Holy War Flamen
Vestal
Pontifex Oracle
Sybil
Oracle
Sybil
Zunbil
  •  Brave
  •  Honest
  •  Just
  •  Craven
  •  Deceitful
  •  Arbitrary
Mubarizun 5 Faithful of Zun Zun Great Purification Diviner Diviner Grand Diviner Grand Diviner
Paganism
  •  Brave
  •  Honest
  •  Just
  •  Craven
  •  Deceitful
  •  Arbitrary
 Horse Archers 5 Faithful of Mother Earth Mother Earth Great Holy War Court Shaman Shaman High Shaman High Shaman

Holy sites[edit]

Main article: Holy site

Holy sites are baronies that are considered sacred by a faith. If a faith controls a holy site, all characters belonging to that faith will gain a permanent bonus. For most religions, all faiths have the same holy sites. Most religions have 5 holy sites per faith, but a few have more. All Abrahamic faiths share Jerusalem as a holy site.

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