Elder Kings is an Elder Scrolls themed total conversion for the Paradox Development Studio game Crusader Kings 2. It allows players to live out their dreams of ruling one of the great realms of Tamriel and leading their dynasty through it's various eras and challenges. While still effectively a Work-In-Progress Project, Elder Kings still offers one of the biggest gameplay experiences available for a released CK2 mod!

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Version 0.1.1 of the Elder Kings Mod for CK2 - Full Release This is a self-installer version. Prior to installation, please uninstall all existing versions of the mod.


[Added] Russian portraits for Reachmen (if you have Russian portraits DLC).
[Added] More religion decisions for other religions (courtesy of DarkReborn).
[Added] New traits (Virile, Rebellious, Disloyal, Lead from the Fore, Lead from the Rear)
[Added] Female Mer portraits.
[Added] 2 New events to Rally Rebels Marshal job action (the modifier currently has no effect, so there are now random events to give revolt risk).
[Added] 2 New events to Survey Steward job action; Bandit Camp Discovered and Buried Treasure Discovered, both have a chance of giving money, while the Buried Treasure one also has a chance of giving a random artefact.
[Added] New Retinue for the Khajiit (Anequinan and Pellitinian Cultures now get their own seperate Retinue).
[Added] New CBs (Liberate Countrymen, "Honour War" for lack of a better name)
[Added] New spells to the Spellbook (Heal, Grand Healing, Beautify, Harmony).
[Added] Basic Dunmer House traits system (very quick sketchy work to ensure most Dunmer get their House Trait, let me know if it's causing issues).
[Added] Arumba's GUI Tweak and Shortcuts mod.
[Added] Several lore names to the lists.
[Added] Reachman trait.
[Added] Minor title Auto Assignment Decision.
[Added] A "System" to try and make Mer realms a little less stable. Their long lifespans (and thus long reign durations) caused them to stack up +100 opinion, leading to far too much stability and steamrolling of other non-mer realms by the AI. AI Vassals of long reigning Mer will now get events reducing their opinion a little the longer the Mer reigns, hopefully reducing the long reign, but not eliminating it outright.
[Tweak] Raht trait brought in line with Strong trait, and added to event weights.
[Tweak] Decreased requirement for Marshal Councillor job from 15 Martial to 12 Martial (for non-Martial Educations; Martial educations can still always be Marshal).
[Tweak] Changed Lead Troops into Battle Ambition to only be selectable by those able to lead an Army.
[Tweak] Slightly reduced child mortality
[Tweak] Independent Rulers can be appointed as Army Leaders even if they don't meet the "Marshal" conditions (you can therefore always appoint your own ruler as the leader of an army).
[Tweak] Removed some of the Dunmer House artefacts held at game start, no single Dunmer now holds more than one artefact.
[Tweak] A character can only create 1 Knightly Order in their life time.
[Tweak] Merged Martial triggered mods into Martial stat.
[Tweak] Merged AI and player minor title triggered mods.
[Tweak]Cultural combat tactics so that at least all the Tamriel races have one unique combat tactic
[Tweak]Agile now affects chance of death, chance of wounding, and chance of serious head injury
[Tweak]If you have too many lifestyles (only doable with ruler designer) than you will lose all your lifestyles
[Tweak] Reduced Swordmaster martial buff to +1 martial.
[Tweak] Fertility in some races (primarily Mer)
[Tweak] Becoming Craven battle event has been reduced in frequency, now your Martial and education directly affect it (higher martial and higher education are more unlikely to get it, but only the Martial orientated educations).
[Tweak] Maimed/Wounded/Death battle event weights have been tweaked to reduce frequency based on martial skill and various traits.
[Tweak] Altered Interracial marriage maintenance event to be low MTTH rather than an on_action yearly event.
[Tweak] Hid some traits from ruler designer.
[Tweak] Added checks to minor titles candidate decision so children will no longer appear in the list.
[Tweak] Buffed Tend Wounded job action.
[Tweak] Reduced Argonian fertility buff (due to decreased child mortality with the removal of VIET childbirth death events).
[Tweak] Restored vanilla movement speed (it was 1/3 slower than vanilla, now it's the same).
[Tweak] Readded the "attribute = learning" line to the Court Wizard. For some reason defying logic, this actually causes the Cout Wizard to rename itself to High Priest, it's an issue in base CK2, not something I can fix (so let me know if you'd rather have the number displayed and x2 learning bonus, of if you'd rather have the Court Wizard called Court Wizard).
[Tweak] CBs have been scaled back to vanilla settings and rewritten.
[Tweak] Increased Mercenary unit sizes.
[Tweak] Reduced "Improve X" ambitions back down to 10.
[Tweak] Changed some minor titles so they can be accessed at a lower rank (which was always the intention).
[Tweak] Changed the Imperial Commune's mercenary vassal from Legion Cyrodiil to the Imperial Knights.
[Tweak] "Blind" (congenital blindness trait) now has a small health malus.
[Tweak] Thu'um decision temporarily disabled until the event chain is completed.
[Fix] Prevented being able to select a start date earlier than 3370 (this was never intended).
[Fix] Restored Magicka Potions to their original position in the Spellbook (they're no longer nested under Fortify Spells).
[Fix] Immortals and Briarhearts getting Incapable and Infirm traits from normal health events based on age. They can still gain Incapable or Infirm via assassination attempts, battles and other "unnatural" events.
[Fix] Immortals and related trait-Characters should no longer recieve the Old Age and similar modifiers.
[Fix] Hundreds of localisation fixes.
[Fix] Become Great General Ambition.
[Fix] Broken Necromancer events.
[Fix] Several duplicate ID errors.
[Fix] Error in Portraits.gfx causing CTD.
[Fix] Readded a missing event from the Spymaster's Build Spy Network.
[Fix] Religious heads giving you jip for heretics when you're not even part of their faith.
[Fix] Dead children getting pet cats (although, cats *were* the guardians of the souls of the dead :P)
[Fix] Several duplicate Baronies removed.
[Fix] When a character is able to choose another child's education path other than their own, the decision wasn't flagged as "important", and thus no one knew it was there.
[Fix] Numerous education system bugs.
[Fix] Duplicate trait (Pilgrim) removed.
[Fix] Pregnancy events should no longer allow inter-racially incompatibles or infertiles to breed.
[Fix] Some unit positions have been fixed.
[Fix] Battle event for veteran trait not functioning properly.
[Fix] Granting Assassin titles and demoting shouldn't be possible at the same time.
[Fix] Wrong terrain types (if you spot anymore you think are wrong let us know).
[Fix] Dozens of other minor bug fixes.
[Removed] VIET Childbirth death events.
[Removed] Telvanni Relation System due to severe lag issues.
[Removed] (actually disabled) new crown laws, unfortunately their modifiers don't work (support for custom laws and other mechanics is incredibly low in CK2 *rant rant*).

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Revan22598 Apr 13 2013 says:

Hello I think I am the first person to download the mod off of moddb and I am using steam it does not seem to work for steam users.

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FrostFall Apr 19 2013 replied:

im having the same problem how did you fix it ? please help

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DeFoamBah Apr 19 2013 says:

Everytime i start the game from steam i get a runtime error and the game just crashes. Would appreciate some help.

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Tobbs90 Apr 19 2013 replied:

I'm having the same problem. I'm pretty sure the mod is installed correctly, yet it crashes whenever I try starting it.

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thegreenplant Apr 19 2013 replied:

Same for me does anyone know a fix I really want to play

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FrankenTan Apr 20 2013 says:

Hello! Will there be a linux-compatible version of this mod? It seems great!

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ShadowSparxx Apr 22 2013 says:

The mod will not crash if you have the Legacy of Rome expansion. In the first version of the mod, there was a patch that allowed use of the mod if one did not have Legacy of Rome.

I'd suggest checking at the Elder Kings forum, might be a new patch over there.

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Sjaleo Apr 25 2013 says:

As there is only the Automatic Installer with it's preset destination, I as a Steam player can't find it in my mods list. Any help, please? :/

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anycent Apr 27 2013 says:

Finnaly got it to work. My question is how do you form cyrodiil or skyrim?

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FELIXLEGIONS Jul 4 2013 says:

You guys cannot put mods in the CK2 directory you have to put it in the documents directory of CK2 in C:\Users\?\Documents\Paradox Interactive\Crusader Kings II this works for steam except you people are too stupid to see the "DontPutModsHere" txt. file in the CK2 mods folder.

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