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Favor.png Favors are a type of relationship and a sort of currency between characters, where one character is in debt towards another character because of a past action.

This is lighter than family, friendships and rivalries relationships, which are long term relationships.

A character can only owe another character at most one favor at a time.

Gaining favors[edit]

Character Reason Requirements
Anyone Buy Favor Enough wealth and high enough opinion.
Liege War chest donation Liege has the Build a war chest  ambition. You take the decision to offer a donation of 200g. They accept it (random based only on their traits).
Liege Bankruptcy Liege has negative wealth and randomly asks you for money.
Liege Steward creates windfall πŸ‘‘ Steward has 15+ stewardship and is ambitious . Liege has not had this event trigger before. Liege must have a county that is not the capital and can be given away: the steward hopes to be gifted the county but is given a favor instead.
Liege Chancellor teaches languages πŸ‘‘ Chancellor is either diligent  or (12+ diplomacy and gregarious ).
Liege Train commanders πŸ‘‘ Vassal with a leadership trait offers to train three commanders with the same trait.
Vassal must have 12 martial and be "playable". At least three of the liege's commanders must have 6 martial and no leadership traits. Holy warrior  does not count in this event. If the vassal has multiple leadership traits, only the first trait is taught.
Liege /
Fellow councilor
Requested council support They request your support in council votes, offering a future favor rather than calling in an existing one.
Councilor Discovery of theft One of your councilors has less than 35 opinion of you, is arbitrary , or is greedy  and not just ). They steal money and you catch them.
Prisoner Complains about dungeon cell You choose to release them, rather than putting them in the oubliette where they belong.
Vassal Requests county from liege Acquire Title ambition
Vassal Requests vassal transfer πŸ‘‘ Desires transfer of their de jure vassal. Both the liege and the lower-tier vassal must be at peace.
Vassal Demanded that other vassal surrender If you interfere in a vassal war by demanding that the defender surrender, then the attacker owes you a favor.

πŸ‘‘ When playing as a liege, it may be worthwhile to ensure these events can trigger.

Using favors[edit]

Favors can be used for the following:

Use of favor Requirements Notes
Make a council member vote like you on the council
  • They are on the same council (and not your liege)
  • They are not already influenced by a favor (e.g. from another councilor)
  • Lasts 3 years.
  • You cannot buy another favor from this character while this favor is active, even for an unrelated purpose.
Start a law vote for your liege
  • Council must be empowered to vote on laws
  • Currently a free voter ("not under a favor")
  • Open the laws screen (F4) and select your liege's title from the top strip.
  • Can start votes on vassal-obligation laws and most council laws, but not on succession or basic realm laws.
  • Liege will be forced to vote against the proposed law.
  • Liege will be unable to initiate a law change for a while.
Prevent or force a realm peace from your liege
Ask your liege to press one of your claims in a war
  • Liege's council must be empowered to vote on war declaration
  • Liege's council must agree
  • Liege must not have a truce with target
  • Liege must be at peace
  • Liege must be able to declare the war (no raised levies)
  • Liege must not have recently refused to press our claims

You can request that your liege press your personal claim or declare a de jure war on your behalf. To request, right-click on the target (not on your liege).

As liege, you have the option to refuse such a request. If you refuse:

  • The favor is not spent
  • The requester's opinion decreases (-5 "Refused to press claim" for 1 year)
  • The council becomes discontent for 2 years (but no tyranny is incurred)
Force acceptance of a Arrange Marriage or Arrange Betrothal proposal
  • Your candidate is dynastic
  • Their candidate is not the ruler or heir
  • Marriage is patrilineal or your candidate is the groom
  • Can be used across religion groups!
  • Immediate!
  • Betrothals arranged using favors cannot be broken, but the marriage can be delayed indefinitely
Force acceptance of an Educate Child proposal
  • Can be used across religion groups!
  • Immediate!
  • Guardianship contracts can always be broken (a bug?)
Force acceptance of an End Plot or Stop Backing Plot request
Force acceptance of an Invite to Court proposal
  • Not married
  • Not a councilor
  • Not close relative of current liege
  • Can be used across religion groups!
Force acceptance of a Call to Arms
Force acceptance of an Ask to Embargo proposal
Force someone to join factions you lead
  • You must lead a faction they can join
  • Adds opinion modifier "-5 Coerced into Joining Faction" for 10 years
    • They will join other factions you start in the future
Force your liege to give you a Council position
  • Right-click liege, select "Demand Council Position", and select the position you want
  • Liege is not allowed to fire councilor, but may swap positions
Ask for Pardon Liege has one of 20 specific opinion modifiers (ones that allows imprisonment?)
Force decadent kinsman to to straighten up They initially refused to straighten up Option may be hidden if four other options are available (?)
Force acceptance of Demand peace DLC icon Reaper's Due.png The Reaper's Due
Force acceptance of Demand gavelkind DLC icon Reaper's Due.png The Reaper's Due

Preventing troublesome uses of favors[edit]

It is often possible to mitigate the risk of letting another character hold a favor on you:

  • Councilors often spend favors to suggest law changes. Lieges without absolutism may wish to fire any council member who gains a favor on them.
  • Vassals often spend favors to gain council positions. A liege can preempt this by transferring them under another vassal of higher rank, or reduce the damage by swapping the new councilor into a harmless Advisor slot.
  • Rulers sometimes spend favors to force marriages. If a courtier is above 12 but isn't ready to marry, set up a fake betrothal so other rulers can't nab them.

Other ways of gaining favors[edit]

  • I have remarked that fellow vassal voter will come to me to vote with him in exchange of favor if his relation with liege is badly hurt, just after I used spy focus to inform his liege of some bad doing on his part. This can help a lot for shadow prince achievement.
Personal attributes
Attributes β€’ Traits β€’ Piety β€’ Prestige β€’ Culture β€’ Religion β€’ Dynasty β€’ Nicknames β€’ Opinion
Diplomacy β€’ Decisions β€’ Education β€’ Marriage/Breeding β€’ Regency β€’ Favors
Factions β€’ Ambition β€’ Plot β€’ Focus
Assassination β€’ Tyranny β€’ Banishment β€’ Execution β€’ Imprisonment β€’ Title revocation β€’ Bribes
Council β€’ Courtiers β€’ Disease β€’ Succession β€’ Alliances