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* No*
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
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.

  • Traits considered virtues will grant a character +10 same faith opinion and +1 monthly piety
  • Traits considered great virtues will grant a character +20 same faith opinion and +2 monthly piety
  • Traits considered sins will grant a character −10 same faith opinion n and −1 monthly piety
  • Traits considered great sins will grant a character −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 religion's tenets can modify, add, or remove the traits considered to be sins and virtues, potentially overriding the list of default traits below.

Religious family Religion Virtues Sins Holy order men-at-arms Holy sites High god name Great holy war name Description
Abrahamic Christianity
  •  Compassionate
  •  Chaste
  •  Forgiving
  •  Sadistic
  •  Lustful
  •  Vengeful
Order Knights 5 God Crusade 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
  •  Generous
  •  Just
  •  Temperate
  •  Greedy
  •  Arbitrary
  •  Gluttonous
  •  Drunkard
Cataphracts 5 Allah Jihad 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
  •  Compassionate
  •  Just
  •  Patient
  •  Cynical
  •  Greedy
  •  Lustful
Shomer 5 The Lord Great Holy War A good life is lived in accordance with the covenant entered between the Hebrew people and the unique and absolute God.
Dualism
  •  Honest
  •  Humble
  •  Patient
  •  Deceitful
  •  Arrogant
  •  Impatient
Mubarizun 5 God Great Purification 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
  •  Generous
  •  Just
  •  Temperate
  •  Greedy
  •  Arbitrary
  •  Gluttonous
Cataphracts 5 Melek Taus Jihad The eternal god created the universe and his seven angels. First among them is Melek Taus, whom god gave stewardship of the world.
Eastern Buddhism
  •  Honest
  •  Calm
  •  Generous
  •  Deceitful
  •  Wrathful
  •  Impatient
Khandayat 5 Siddhartha Great Purification 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
  •  Content
  •  Temperate
  •  Honest
  •  Ambitious
  •  Greedy
  •  Wrathful
 War Elephants 7 Brahman Great Purification 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
  •  Calm
  •  Compassionate
  •  Honest
  •  Wrathful
  •  Sadistic
  •  Deceitful
Khandayat 5 The Tirthankaras Great Purification 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
  •  Diligent
  •  Honest
  •  Just
  •  Lazy
  •  Deceitful
  •  Sadistic
Mubarizun 5 Ahura Mazda Great Purification 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
  •  Compassionate
  •  Content
  •  Humble
  •  Sadistic
  •  Ambitious
  •  Arrogant
Chu-ko-nu Archers 6 Tao Great Purification 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.
Pagan Tibetan
  •  Humble
  •  Calm
  •  Compassionate
  •  Arrogant
  •  Lustful
  •  Greedy
Mountaineers 5 Sangpo Bumtri Great Purification 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
  •  Calm
  •  Humble
  •  Twin
  •  Wrathful
  •  Arrogant
  •  Vengeful
Bush Hunters 6 Amma Great Holy War 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
  •  Content
  •  Temperate
  •  Forgiving
  •  Honest
  •  Ambitious
  •  Greedy
  •  Wrathful
No None 5 Mubyasei Great Purification 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
  •  Content
  •  Temperate
  •  Forgiving
  •  Honest
  •  Ambitious
  •  Greedy
  •  Wrathful
No None 5 Donyi-Polo Great Purification 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
  •  Content
  •  Temperate
  •  Forgiving
  •  Honest
  •  Ambitious
  •  Greedy
  •  Wrathful
No None 5 Tagera Ningwaphuma Great Purification 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.
Shamanism
  •  Brave
  •  Honest
  •  Just
  •  Craven
  •  Deceitful
  •  Arbitrary
 Horse Archers 5 Tengri Great Holy War 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.
Finno-Ugric
  •  Brave
  •  Just
  •  Stubborn
  •  Craven
  •  Arbitrary
  •  Fickle
Metsänvartija 5 Ukko Great Holy War 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
  •  Brave
  •  Honest
  •  Humble
  •  Craven
  •  Deceitful
  •  Arrogant
Bush Hunters 5 Boorii Great Holy War 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.
Slavic
  •  Gregarious
  •  Honest
  •  Just
  •  Shy
  •  Deceitful
  •  Arbitrary
 Horse Archers 5 Rod Great Holy War 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.
Oromo-Somali
  •  Brave
  •  Compassionate
  •  Just
  •  Craven
  •  Callous
  •  Arbitrary
Horn Warriors 5 Waaq Great Holy War 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.
Youruba
  •  Patient
  •  Brave
  •  Just
  •  Impatient
  •  Deceitful
  •  Arrogant
Bush Hunters 5 Ọlọrun Great Holy War 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.
Akan
  •  Brave
  •  Compassionate
  •  Just
  •  Craven
  •  Callous
  •  Arbitrary
Horn Warriors 5 Nyame Great Holy War The various faiths of the Akan peoples worship the children of the creator and mother Earth.
Baltic
  •  Brave
  •  Calm
  •  Just
  •  Craven
  •  Wrathful
  •  Arbitrary
Metsänvartija 5 Dievas Great Holy War 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.
Kordofan
  •  Content
  •  Diligent
  •  Patient
  •  Lazy
  •  Impatient
Horn Warriors 6 Wepwawet Great Holy War Veneration of the ancient gods remains strong here, as does the veneration of the boundary between life and death.
Senegambian
  •  Brave
  •  Forgiving
  •  Just
  •  Craven
  •  Vengeful
  •  Arbitrary
Bush Hunters 5 Roog Great Holy War 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.
Norse
  •  Brave
  •  Vengeful
  •  Wrathful
  •  Craven
  •  Forgiving
  •  Deceitful
Huscarls 5 Odin Great Holy War 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.
Uralic
  •  Brave
  •  Gregarious
  •  Honest
  •  Craven
  •  Shy
  •  Deceitful
 Horse Archers 5 Isten Great Holy War 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
  •  Generous
  •  Just
  •  Temperate
  •  Greedy
  •  Arbitrary
  •  Gluttonous
Palatini 5 Zeus Great Holy War 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
  •  Brave
  •  Honest
  •  Just
  •  Craven
  •  Deceitful
  •  Arbitrary
Mubarizun 5 Zun Great Purification Established by the Zunbil dynasty, Zunists revere and praise the sun for bestowing its bounty upon the surface of the earth.
Paganism
  •  Brave
  •  Honest
  •  Just
  •  Craven
  •  Deceitful
  •  Arbitrary
 Horse Archers 5 Mother Earth Great Holy War 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. 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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