Right, so I gave this a proper go, and, well, I adore this game!! It completely deserves the high praise and high scores the review sites has given it.
In my first proper playthrough (read 3rd time trying after failing the start multiple times), the Petty King Murclad set claim on the duchies of Ireland. After blitzing many counties early in his reign, the Petty King Murclad became disgraced in the eyes of the world. He seized the lands his corrupt bishop fabricated claims for, and retreated to his holding. It was time to focus on building the kingdom.
And then Margrine entered the picture. Part of his court, the daughter of a close ally, married to a Vassal to keep him happy, she started making sexy eyes at the Petty King Murclad. She begged and begged, and after proving her love Murclad finally took her as a lover.
But things turned sour for Murclad. After an unsuccessful hunt, his half-brother betrayed him, killing his nephew and blaming the Petty King. Murclad became more paranoid after that fateful afternoon. So one night as Margrine entered his chambers for a night of passion, the Petty King woke up in a daze, though her to be an assassin here to kill him, and drove a dagger deep into her stomach.
Things turned for the worse for the Petty King from then. He found solstice at the bottom of a flask, and his relationship with his wife deteriorated. She gave him many children, all which started to resent their father for the awful person he’s become.
One morning the Petty King Murclad was conducting training exercises with his troops, when his horse reared suddenly, as if spooked, knocking the Petty King from the saddle, and breaking his neck. The Petty King Murclad was dead.
His heir and son, now Petty King Briarn, became ruler of Munster. It was only after ascending the throne where the plot was exposed. The new Petty King Briarn had placed a snake in the path of his father’s horse to spook him. He was the head of a conspiracy to kill his own farther.
After 5 years of rule, Petty King Briarn turned the duchy of Munster around. He united old alliances, captured the last territories and united the duchy of Connacht, and made peace with the neighbouring Welsh. His story only started now, but great things are expected from the Petty King Briarn.
And that was just the first 5 hours of a playthrough of CK3…