Europe is in turmoil. The lands are fragmented into petty fiefs and the Emperor struggles with the Pope. At this very moment the Pope has declared that those who go to liberate the Holy Land will be freed of all sins.
Gather prestige and piety and the world will whisper your name in awe. Will you co-opt other monarchs, and the Pope, under your leadership to liberate the Holy Land? Do you have what it takes to become a Crusader King?
In the 6th and 7th centuries the Merovingian rulers of the Frankish realms, including Neustria (modern France), Austrasia (Middle Francia or Lotharingia), and Burgundy, began to appoint maiores palatii or maiores domus (English: Majordomo, Mayor of the Palace, or Mayor Palatine) from among the nobles to help administer the realm.
Pepin of Herstal, Mayor of the Palace and self-styled "Duke and Prince of the Franks," receives
allegiance from the nobility. He was the father of Charles Martel and grandfather of Pepin the Short.
At first just an advisory and administrative role, the Mayors of the Palace evolved into the true power behind the throne, so much so that the final century of Merovingian rulers are known as Rois fainéant, or "do-nothing kings." Kingdoms under the same king, but different mayors palatine, were often at war with each other under the command of the mayors. Eventually, the last mayor of the palace, the Pippind/Karling Pepin the Short, did away with the facade and totally usurped the title of King itself.
In keeping with this history, A.D. 633: Rise of Islam has added Mayor of the Palace laws, which, similar to revocation laws and centralization, are another set of realm laws that are enabled only for those of Frankish culture, or who claim descent from Merovingian Blood.
There are three levels of Mayor of the Palace law:
To raise the stakes of Council Power factions and wars, Mayors of the Palace law will be increased by one level in the event of a Council victory. However, if you have the misfortune of getting Mayoral Regency, all is not lost. A new plot will appear through which you'll have the chance to reclaim your power, as long as there are enough backers, which shouldn't be too difficult with the big opinion boost you get in a Mayoral Regency.
All in all, it's a neat bit of historical flavor that will be a nice gameplay variation for Frankish or Meroving players.
Look for this and other cool features coming soon in the latest update of the A.D. 633: Rise of Islam mod for Crusader Kings II.
Active and talented modders are wanted to join the Ancient Kings Dev Team!
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Non tested in long game, so probably can be unbalanced
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