I am starting my second full game of Crusader Kings II as King Stenkil of Sweden. He is married with four sons. Annoyingly, Sweden has an elective monarchy. I really prefer some sort of primogeniture; anything else seems unnatural. Or at least gavelkind. Maybe I'll live long enough to change it.
Until then, Prince Inge is my heir. That's fine. Let's make sure he has a good kingdom to inherit.
You can see what the immediate neighborhood looks like. Norway and Denmark are things, and there are some small entities waiting to be embraced by the Swedish fatherland.
First we marry our heir off to a Hungarian princess.
Then we gobble up Dal, a county between us an Norway we have a de jure claim on.
Next, here's something I get to do that I never did in my first game -- a holy war against the infidels. We look to the north and annex Hälsingland. The pagans to the north joined the war, but had no effect on the outcome. In both wars, I had about 2000 men to less than a thousand for the people I was trying to conquer. I would keep going, but my vassals are getting whiny about the levies, so I'm going to consolidate for a while.
So, who is Duke Niklas, I hear you ask? Well, we are nothing if not about the family history, so let's take a look.
is the 28-year-old son of Count Bror of Finland (1177-1227) and Marta
Ostendotter (1201-1219), Bror's third wife (of four). He has five older
half-sisters, no brothers.
Bror was the son of King Peter.
So, my dynasty started Stenkil-Inge-Boris I-Peter-Boris II-Saga-Iliana.
We are now backing up to the line of Peter, with his nephew Niklas
(Saga's first cousin, the late Iliana's first cousin once removed.) This
is who were are depending on to reclaim the throne.
He is married to the 33-year-old Duchess Elin, and they have three kids, Bror (9), Elin (5) and Lars (3).
am a Duke four times over, holding the Duchies of Uppland, Finland,
Ostergotland and Halsingland. Bror is going to inherit two, and Lars
two. This is the problem with gavelkind succession.
currently at war with the Teutonic Order, and losing. Since I started
it, I wouldn…
It's me, King Matt. My dad sent me into hiding, and it didn't appear to do too well for me. Let's come out of hiding. Worst thing that happens, we start the rule of my son, Count Kettil soon.
Somehow, I've inherited a county surrounded by the Byzantine Empire. Can I figure out how to give that away?
Gave it away to someone in my court, but it's still part of the realm. Defeated the revolting bishop, but discovered the King of Estonia was trying to kill my son. So I killed him first.
OK, if anybody is actually reading along, I'm going to end this experiment here. I think I've learned a little bit about chronicling. In particular, this has been too haphazard and too dry. To do something about the haphazardness, I think I'm going to incorporate the chronicle from the Charlemagne expansion. Maybe that will free me up to be more interesting. Here's an idea of what the chronicle looks like for Matt's reign:
King Algot of Uppland died a natural death o…