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In the religion system Piety.png Piety is a measure of how pious a character is. It increases by a variety of mechanics. It contributes to Score on character's death.

Piety is renamed Karma.png Karma for Hindus, Buddhists and Bön, Purity for Jains and Te for Taoists, but is functionally identical for them.


Gaining PietyEdit

  • Invite and appoint a lord spiritual with high learning skill:
    • You get a small monthly piety gain based on state learning (+0.02/month per point), increased by Majesty technology
    • If tribal, having your lord spiritual Build Zeal gives +0.05 piety per skill per month. With 20 learning this comes out to +1 piety/month.
      • If zealot troops are raised and you are not fighting a holy war, dismiss them within a year to avoid piety loss.
  • Granting a temple to a courtier gives piety (25 piety if barony tier, 50 piety if county capital)
  • Tutor two children. Some childhood personality events let you "pray for the child" if you are not cynical. (Only without Conclave)
  • Some personality traits award Piety per month. Zealous   and Humble   give 1 Piety/month, while Content   and Chaste   give 0.5 piety/month.
  •  Theology Focus can give 100 piety in seclusion event.
  • Warfare:
    • Winning battles and occupations in wars with religious enemies grants Piety
    • Winning holy wars gives you an opportunity to grant temples for 25 Piety each, or even entire counties for more Piety
    • Contributing to successful Holy Wars and Crusades grants Piety
    • When in war, or just raiding, sieging a temple of another religion provides 1-5(?) piety.
  • Some temple buildings give monthly piety to the holder. The holder also provides piety to their liege, depending on opinion.
  • Some  hospital buildings give monthly piety
  • Releasing prisoners of your religion gives 5 piety.
  • Releasing prisoners gives piety if they hold titles (?)
  • Donate to holy orders
  • Allow courtiers to join holy orders.
    • Consider inviting Zealous   men (sons or brothers of count+ rulers), as they are likely to request to join holy orders.
  • Install dynasty members as religious heads or holy order captains.
    • Gives all same-religion rulers of your dynasty (of count rank and higher) +1 monthly piety and +2 monthly prestige.
    • For the Papacy, see controlling the College of Cardinals.
    • Holy orders use Open Elective succession, which is based on the sum of age and prestige. See Advanced marriage guide for strategies to increase dynasty prestige. You can murder the captain and others in line for the title, or press claims against a landed holy order.

Specific religionsEdit

  • Christians:
    • Go on a pilgrimage  .
    • Catholics can also buy indulgences from the Pope.
    • Crusade war chests contains huge amounts of piety as well as piety-granting artifacts. If you contribute enough for your crusade recipient to receive a title, your entire dynasty will additionally get +1 monthly piety as long as the recipient lives.
    • Beatification adds +50 or +250 piety for every dynasty member. Consider landing family members who meet the trait and piety requirements, so they can be beatified upon death.
  • Muslims: Sadaqah charity (not available if you're a Caliph), observe Ramadan, go on Hajj, choose humble trait in Hajj, hold mosques in your demesne, follow the Ashari   school (if Sunni), avoid the Wicked Caliph   trait
  • Jews: Observe Passover.
  • Pagans: Blot/Jarilo/Ukonjuhla/Uzagavenes celebration; (Not Nerge, which isn't religious.) Win county conquests and subjugation wars; Raising runestones (Germanic only).
  • Zoroastrians: Marry close relatives.
  • Dharmic religions: Go on a pilgrimage  . Diwali/Kali Puja festival. Jains receive purity (equivalent to piety) when at peace. Hindus can choose the Smartist   branch. Non-Hindus might consider seducing into Brahmin   caste.

Effects of pietyEdit

  • Having a lot of Piety makes clergy like you more (+1 per 50 Piety, to a max of +10 at 500 piety)
  • Fulfilling the "Paragon of Virtue" ambition requires amassing 2000 Piety.
  • Creating or usurping titles costs less wealth the more pious you are (down to 1/2 price at 1000 piety)
    • Useful for the "Become King of X" ambition, where you already have a discount for creating the kingdom in question.
  • For religious heads, increases moral authority (+0.02%/point, maximum +25% MA with 1250 piety)
  • Zoroastrian emperors who completely control the Empire of Persia and have accumulated 1500 piety can declare themselves the Saoshyant  .
  • Accumulatung title-tier adjusted Piety is one condition for Christian  sainthood; higher Piety also increases the chances of sainthood.

Spending pietyEdit

  • Requesting favors from your religious head costs piety:
  • Some wars cost piety:
    • Muslims fighting other Muslims of their faith, or  reformed pagans with the "Proselytizing" and "Dogmatic" nature fighting members of their faith lose 2 Piety/month.
    • The Muslim-only County Conquest, Invasion and Caliphal Subjugation Casus Belli cost Piety.
    • Indian religions' (Jain, Hindu and Buddhist) Subjugation Casus Belli costs 500 karma/purity.
    • Buddhists must spend 250 karma to launch a duchy-level holy war.
  • Hiring a holy order costs a lump sum of Piety. Note that Catholics can have more than 1 order, making it easier for Catholic rulers to hire holy orders.
  • Creating a Kingdom costs 200 Piety.
  • Creating an Empire costs 400 Piety.
  •  Zoroastrian emperors holding the Empire of Persia require 300 piety in order to restore the Priesthood (and create their religious head).
  • The "Invite Holy Man to court" decision costs 25 Piety.
  • Execution of people of the same religion costs 20 piety.
  • Reforming a pagan faith costs 750 Piety.
  • Muslims need 50 piety to change demesne laws and 100 piety to change crown laws if the council is abolished.
  • Muslims also need 100 Piety in order to request that a decadent relative "straighten up".
  • Secretly converting to another religion requires 250 piety; maintaining the facade during events with the liege also requires Piety.
  •  Nomads can spend Piety on buying and maintaining certain horde troops.
  • Declaring a Great Conquest as Pagan costs 1500 Piety.

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