Well done, independently minded vassals, well done…
Having a big dynasty means never having to think about turning this guy down.
Let’s find out! Buster lays down 120 gold to get a monastic school up and running in Palermo. Tech bonuses, here we come.
Beirut is taken, but not until after the bullies from Denmark came in and overrode our seniority with their 3800 men. The end result is that is am declared victor of the Crusade, and Count of Beirut, but the Danes ended up with the other two holdings in the county. It’s 200 Prestige and 400 Piety my way, and that’s no small potatoes.
Buster ends up maimed in a pitched battle, woe is he. Thus, my Buster takes after his namesake Buster ever more closely.
That -2 to health means no going on a Grand Hunt too. Waahhh.
Let’s hope it doesn’t go down like this at the Welcome Home party:
Turold shows some more initiative and uses the ducal claim on Nice. You go, Turold!
Update: on April 8, Guy of Apulia joined in, you guys get a big thumbs up from down here in Palermo.
Since these counties won’t produce anything for a while, i have given them out to two separate counts both from the d’Hauteville dynasty.
Turold of Genoa doesn’t wait for me to do it, he goes and does it himself, Usurping the Duchy of Genoa from Nice. Now will he use the ducal claim he gets as a result?
Promotions are good, but bittersweet when the come on the heels of your beloved father’s death. First on our to do list is definitely giving the old man a lavish and traditional Norman send-off. Floating funeral pyre? Crypt? I don’t know, but whatever it is, it should be the biggest one anyone’s seen in these parts in a long, long time. Then, to the more administrative concerns.
- We are in four separate wars, lets win ‘em. None should be particularly challenging, but we don’t want to take our eyes off the prize now do we.
- Demesne rotation. Papa had granted me quite a bit of land to help me build some Prestige before taking over the crown, and now that i have inherited all of his lands, i have more than i can handle. I will need to be smart about what i give to whom, but if i am successful, i can build d’Hauteville power, and use these granted lands to help build opinion amongst my vassals.
- Crown law adjustment. Now that i’m King, i can adjust the crown laws again. We are sitting at low Crown Authority, and I am going to bump that up to medium. (which has now been approved.) This will help keep the vassals in line, while only incurring another -5 points to their opinion modifiers. I can live with that.
- Drop some Duchies. In addition to picking up Dad’s demesne, i also inherited his Ducal titles, and since i have more than two (i have four), my vassals are a bit peeved at me for hogging them. Ideally, i need to give a couple away to get back on everyone’s good side. It may be best for me to wait a bit so i can give one to my own son when he comes of age though…
- Create/Usurp all the duchies that dad was saving up for me. Those punks in Nice already created the Duchy of Genoa, so there goes a bunch of Prestige, and i got sick of waiting for my dad and created the Duke of Sicily well before he died (he was so proud). But the ones that are left should be grabbed now, and given to someone of good d’Hauteville stock.
Under his leadership the Counties of Reggio and Messina added Napoli, Trapani, Girgenti, Malta, Palermo, Siracusa, and Salerno before acquiring the title King of Sicily, after which he went on to acquire the Duchies of Apulia, Benevento, and Venezia, and the counties of Genoa, Capua, and Mahdia. From Count to King with no Duke in between. After patch 1.05, no one will be able to duplicate that feat (unmodded) ever again. RIP Roger ‘the Great,’ King of Sicily. Your place in heaven is assured.