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 mechanic requires the Conclave DLC.
This is lighter than family, friendships and rivalries, which are long term relationships.
A character can only owe another character at most one favor at a time.
|Anyone||Buy Favor||Enough wealth and high enough opinion.|
|Anyone||Swaying||Possible outcome of inviting your swayee to a long visit.|
|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||👑 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||👑 Chancellor is either diligent or (12+ diplomacy and gregarious ).|
|Liege||Train commanders||👑 Vassal with a leadership trait offers to train three commanders in that trait.|
Vassal must have 12 martial, , and a leadership trait (not including Holy warrior or Chinese traits).
At least three of the liege's commanders must have 6 martial, room for another leadership trait, and no traits that are eligible for teaching.
|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||👑 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.|
👑 When playing as a liege, it may be worthwhile to ensure these events can trigger.
Favors can be used for the following:
|Use of favor||Requirements||Notes|
|Make a council member vote like you on the council||
|Start a law vote for your liege||
|Prevent or force a realm peace from your liege|
|Ask your liege to press one of your claims in a war||
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:
|Force acceptance of a Arrange Marriage or Arrange Betrothal proposal||
|Force acceptance of an Educate Child proposal||
|Force acceptance of an End Plot or Stop Backing Plot request|
|Force acceptance of an Invite to Court proposal||
|Force acceptance of a Call to Arms|
|Force acceptance of an Ask to Embargo proposal|
|Force someone to join factions you lead||
|Force your liege to give you a Council position||
|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, which occurs when the head of dynasty has high enough Diplomacy, Intrigue and Learning at the same time. (?)|
|Force acceptance of Demand peace||The Reaper's Due|
|Force acceptance of Demand gavelkind||The Reaper's Due|
|Call in Succession Support||
||Will vote as you do for 10 years|
Preventing troublesome uses of favors
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 (or with regents) 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.
- If your income is substantial, consider redeeming the favor using wealth.
Other ways of gaining favors
- Players who were playing as vassals have noted that a fellow council voter may approach the player's character and request for council support in exchange for a favor, if relations with their liege are bad; this comes after the player used the Intrigue focus to inform their liege of the council voter's misbehaviour. This can help a lot for the "Shadow Prince" achievement.