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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 within the religion as hostile. Other Eastern Religions are still treated as astray.

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. Each virtue and sin has a multiplier that determines how important it is to the faith. The default multiplier is x1, but some virtues and sins have multipliers of x2, x2.5, or x5.

Characters receive +10 Same faith opinion and +1 Monthly piety times the virtue's multiplier per virtue. Similarly, characters lose -10 Same faith opinion and -1 Monthly piety times the sin's multiplier per sin.

Regardless of the multiplier, each virtue only counts as a single virtue and each sin only counts as a single sin. This is relevant for tenets such as Legalism, which change the cost of laws based on the number of virtues and sins.

For example, the Mandé religion considers  Twin to be a virtue, with a multiplier of x2.5. It gives +25 Same faith opinion and +2.5 Monthly piety. Similarly, the Hedonistic tenet makes  Temperate a sin with a multiplier of x2. It penalizes -20 Same faith opinion and -2 Monthly piety.

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 (x2.5)
  •  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
Tengrism
  •  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

Religion Description
Christianity

Focused on the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth, Christianity revolves around the concept of salvation, in which adherents are forgiven for their sins and welcomed by God into the afterlife.

Islam

Islam is the final revelation of the Abrahamic faith, guided by the word of God, as revealed to the Prophet Muhammad. It focuses on living a good life in servitude to the one and only merciful God.

Judaism

A good life is lived in accordance with the covenant entered between the Hebrew people and the unique and absolute God.

Dualism

Dualism most commonly is the belief that there are two fundamental forces which exist in direct opposition to each other; a benevolent spiritual force that gave birth to the human soul, and a malevolent material force that created the human body.

Miletê Tawûsê Melek

The eternal god created the universe and his seven angels. First among them is Melek Taus, whom god gave stewardship of the world.

Buddhism

Buddhism follows the teachings of Gautama Buddha and subsequent "enlightened ones", in order to overcome the suffering of existence, inflicted by the endless cycle of change through death and rebirth. Achieving enlightenment is the path to release from Samsara, into the non-existence of Nirvana.

Hinduism

Hinduism is a dharma, a way of life, that includes a multitude of gods and religious practices. Shared is the belief in samsara, the endless cycle of the soul's continuous rebirth into the world, and moksha, the freeing from that cycle.

Jainism

Jains seek to follow the twenty-four teachers, the thirtankaras, to leave the world's eternal cycle of death and rebirth by attaining omniscience, Kevala Jnana. Non-violence and good lives is at the center of Jainism, for and the foremost prayer states that "the function of souls is to help one another."

Zoroastrianism

Following the teachings of Zoroaster, Zoroastrians believe in the lord of wisdom, Ahura Mazda, who is the source of all good, and who opposes falsehood, represented by Angra Mainyu. A Zoroastrian seeks the path of Truth through Good Thoughts, Good Words and Good Deeds.

Taoism

Tao is the source, pattern, and substance from which all things exist. Living in harmony with the Tao leads to peace, contentment, and upon death, ascension to live within the Tao as an immortal spirit.

Tibetan

Bön is an ancient shamanistic religion indigenous to the region of Tibet. It is characterized by meditation, mystical rituals, and a strong belief in animistic spiritualism.

Mandé

The native faiths of the Mandé people focus on venerating both the great spirits of the land as well as the honoring the spirits of the dead.

Hsexje

The folk religions of the Qiangic tribes focus on the worship of the Gods of nature and their ancestors, as well as the veneration of white flint stones which are said to possess spirits of nature.

Tanism

The religion of the Tani Lhoba and their neighbors focuses around a duality of natural deities who are worshiped as the Suprume Being. To the Tani, these dual deities are Donyi, the sun goddess, and Polo, the moon god.

Mundhumism

Mundhumism is a religious tradition of the Kirati peoples of the Himalayas that focuses on the ancient stories and songs called Mundhum, which they consider to be their scriptures. Mundhumism is a syncretic religion, that incorporates many deities and practices from Hinduism along with the worship of ancestors.

Steppe

Tengrists view their existence as sustained by Tengri, the eternal blue sky, and Eje, the fertile earth mother. Adherents are expected to keep the world in balance by living an upright, respectful life; deceitfulness and subversiveness are highly stigmatized.

Akan

The various faiths of the Akan peoples worship the children of the creator and mother Earth.

Baltic

As adherents of "the abode of inner peace", Baltic pagans focus on living in harmony with the natural world around them while preserving the traditions and stories of their ancestors.

Finno-Ugric

The veneration of nature and a profound respect for one's ancestors and their traditions are what define Finno-Ugric paganism. Held in high regard amongst adherents is "sisu", a Finnish concept of stoic determination, grit, bravery, and resilience.

Hausa

Venerating the spiritual force that resides in all physical things, the priestesses of this faith serve as intermediaries between mankind and the spirits of the world.

Kordofan

Veneration of the ancient gods remains strong here, as does the veneration of the boundary between life and death.

Norse

The native faith of the Scandinavian region, Norse paganism revolves around reverence of gods known as the Æsir. Adherents are expected to live — and preferably die — in an honorable fashion.

Oromo-Somali

The world is ruled by many deities, but they are all subject to the highest one, Waaq, the god of the sky. Rain and life is brought down to us from above.

Senegambian

The Serer people's traditions outline the way of the Divine, the path to living a spiritually fulfilling life in honor of one's ancestors and the creator of the universe, Roog.

Siberian

Siberians believe in a horizontal world where men and beasts all live in clans, linked together through alliance or vengeance. Hunting is a core part of the equilibrium between taking and giving life, and with death all souls travel downstream to reincarnate in the clan they lived in previously.

Slavic

Emphasizing personal duty, morality, and conformity, Slavic paganism is the blanket term for the myriad native faiths of much of Central and Eastern Europe. Community is an important part of most, and religious ceremonies are often public gatherings which celebrate beauty and joyfulness.

Youruba

Though he created the universe, the high god of the Yoruba pantheon remains distant from mortal affairs. Practitioners instead pray to the òrìṣà, innumerable spirits sent by the higher divinities to guide humanity along their chosen path.

Uralic

In the native Mogyër faith each Táltos, or priest, is chosen by the gods prior to their birth. Endowed with superhuman strength, wisdom, and powers, Mogyërs entrust these Táltos with protecting their communities and leading them to prosperity.

Greco-Roman

Hellenists worship the ancient Greek and Roman gods, said to reside on Mount Olympus. Each god has their own aspects and is venerated by their worshipers in their own way.

Zunbil

Established by the Zunbil dynasty, Zunists revere and praise the sun for bestowing its bounty upon the surface of the earth.

Paganism

Commonly defined by a reverence for nature, ancestor worship, and a belief in spirits, many native faiths are considered to be various forms of paganism.

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. Some holy sites are shared between multiple faiths. Faiths of the same religion frequently share holy sites. Most religions have 5 holy sites per faith, but a few have more. New faiths will inherit the holy sites of their parent.

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