The Old Gods
It allows a new start date of 867 AD, unlocks a new rebellion system, and makes Pagans playable while adding new mechanics for them.
The launch price was $14.99/€14.99.
It was met with generally favorable reviews.
The following features are included in the patch and DLC:
- Pagans and Zoroastrians become playable.
- The start date is pushed back to 867. Dates between 867 and 1066 are not playable.
- Base religious moral authority depends on holding holy sites (should make it harder to reach and hold at 100% as it is now)
- Pagans only have Gavelkind, harsher short reign penalties, can not demand vassals to convert, are more susceptible to conversion from monotheistic religions.
- To reform a pagan religion, you need 3 of 5 holy sites and a lot of piety.
- Restore Zoroastrianism to prominence by recreating the Persian Empire, thus retaking the religion's holy sites, and appointing a Moabadan-Moabad, and the possibility of becoming the Saoshyant - the prophesized saviour of Zoroastrianism, which is represented as a nickname and trait. Your descendants will also receive a slightly weaker version of this trait, which they will be able to keep even if they convert to another religion.
- Reformed pagans gain a religious head (different for each), all but Norse are church vassals like Patriarchs.
- Reformed Norse get a Caliph-like religious leader called a Fylkir - a secular and religious head, the title will be granted to the ruler who restored the religion.
- Reformed pagans gain holy war and Crusade CBs styled as "great holy wars" but lose subjugation CB and defensive attrition.
- Unreformed pagan religions become heresies upon reformation.
- All religions have 5 holy sites.
- Some heresies have separately scripted holy sites, but most share holy sites with their parent religion.
- Pagan temples can have female holders.
- Most of the new mechanics are not be hard-coded and can be easily changed through scripts for modders.
- You can take female rulers as captive concubine and any child born to a concubine will have the same rights in succession as other children, but will be viewed poorly by others.
- If you make a married woman your concubine it will break her marriage.
- Zoroastrians accept and encourage incest - an incestuous marriage, particularly with a close family member will garner an opinion bonus from vassals, see divine blood.