Characters with the DLC icon Way of Life.pngIntrigue focus get +3 intrigue skill and +5% plot power. They can spy on characters to discover plots, get other imprisonment reasons, or slander people. They can also attempt to free certain prisoners and concubines from captivity.

Success rate improves as a character levels up through Amateur Schemer, then Schemer, and finally the Master schemer.png lifestyle trait.

Spy on

The intrigue focus enables a new diplomatic interaction, letting you spy on one character in the same realm. Every 40 days, a tombola event fires:

Effect Weight Requirements & modifiers
No effect 200* More or less likely depending on:
  • Difference in intrigue skill (at differences of 3, 5, and 10)
  • Schemer level
  • Schemer level of target
Discover plot 100 Target is plotting or backing a plot
You do not already know about the plot
Discover adultery 30* Only when spying on your spouse, concubine, or lover(?). Chance increases if target has more lovers. Chance decreases with tomcat/vixen modifiers on target or lovers, and with lovers who are skilled at scheming.
Opportunity to accuse of crime 10 Target is not an independent ruler
Once per target
3x chance if they are a member of a secret religious society or demon-worshipping society.
Opportunity to spread vicious rumors 30* Target does not already have Vicious Rumors.
  • 1/2 chance if schemer is temperate, just, kind, or honest.
  • 2x chance if target has at least one embarrassing trait: hedonist, drunkard, impaler, decadent, bastard, inbred, dwarf, homosexual, gluttonous, legit_bastard
  • 2x chance if target has at least one character modifier related to adultery
Opportunity to murder 4* Target does not have higher intrigue skill. Requires "Master Schemer" for full weight.
Opportunity to abduct 4* Target does not have higher intrigue skill. Requires "Master Schemer" for full weight.

Any outcome other than "no effect" gives you a level up chance, even if you choose not to take the opportunity presented.

Opportunity to accuse of crime

The first available charge is chosen:

Charge Conditions Allows actions
Charge: Secret Cultist Member of a secret religious society
You are not also a member
Charge: Witch Member of a devil-worshipping society
You are not also a member
Imprison, revoke, execute
Charge: Illegitimate Real father is not known father.
Character does not have the Bastard.png or Legitimized bastard.png trait.
Imprison, revoke
Charge: Heresiarch Any of the following:
  • Cynical.png
  • Target and liege conflict on Ashari.png vs Mutazilite.png
  • Target and liege have different religions within the same religious group (except Pagan or Indian)
Charge: Infidel Target and liege have different Pagan religions Imprison
Charge: Deviant Any of the following traits: Decadent.png, Hedonist.png, Homosexual.png, Possessed.png, Lunatic.png, Arbitrary.png, Cruel.png, Impaler.png, Master seducer.png, or Master seductress.png

Or any of the following character modifiers from affairs: incestuous_adulterer, incestuous_adulteress, adulterer, adulteress, known_sodomite, cradle_robber, adulterous_priest

Charge: Traitor 10% chance Imprison, revoke
Charge: Slanderer 90% chance Imprison

All charges are valid imprisonment reasons, but only three are revoke reasons. If you hope to revoke a title, knowledge of who might be a demon worshipper or hidden cuckoo bastard can help you select good targets. Otherwise, you can target characters who don't meet the requirements for any of the specific charges, and hope you eventually roll the 10% for Traitor. (If you roll the 90% for Slanderer, you may keep it to yourself in order to not exhaust the "once per target" rule.)

You are informed of the charge and given up to 3 options:

  • Inform the liege (if liege is not incapable, inaccessible, a minor, or at war with you)
  • Expose and denounce (if you are the liege) -- gives you a valid imprisonment reason and in some cases a revoke reason
  • Blackmail to prevent factionalism (if you are the liege)
  • Blackmail to join my faction (if you are fellow vassals)
  • No action

If you inform the liege, the liege gets a similar set of options:

  • Expose and denounce
  • Blackmail to prevent factionalism
  • No action

Blackmail is more likely to succeed on characters who are Craven (5x), Proud (3x), Content (3x), Trusting (2x), or Patient (2x). It is more likely to be refused by characters who are Brave (3x), Wroth (3x), Ambitious (3x).

Opportunity to spread vicious rumors

You get a chance to slander the target, giving them the character modifier Vicious Rumors, which modifies general opinion by -10 for 5 years.

The target might find out that you were the one to slander them, modifying their opinion of you by -50 for 5 years. The chance is affected by relative intrigue skill and each character's scheming level.

Opportunity to murder

For 5 wealth you can bribe a guard to kill the target. It has a 50% chance of success, unless the target is paranoid, a master schemer, or has specific character modifiers from the Seduction focus (seduced_loyal_bodyguard or seduced_loyal_spy_maid).

There is also a 50% chance of discovery. The usual penalties for being caught murdering (or attempting to murder) someone apply.

Opportunity to abduct

For 5 wealth you can attempt to abduct (imprison) the target. It has a 50% chance of success, unless the target is paranoid, a master schemer, or has specific character modifiers from the Seduction focus (seduced_loyal_bodyguard or seduced_loyal_spy_maid).


Valid targets are:

  • Your direct vassals (including courtiers) who are imprisoned
  • Close relatives who were abducted as concubines

Discovery of spymaster's plot

If your spymaster is plotting or backing a plot, you have a chance to become suspicious. The MTTH depends on your schemer level, your relative intrigue skill, and whether you have seduced_loyal_spy_maid.

You have a 2/3 chance to discover the plot. If you do, you have a chance to imprison them. If the plot was to kill you or a close relative, you consider them a traitor and can revoke a title.

If you do not discover the plot, there is a 1/2 chance the spymaster becomes more careful, preventing this event chain from firing again.

(If you're Paranoid.png, you might suspect your spymaster even when they are not plotting, leading to different outcomes.)

Success: level up event

On success in events, chance to:

  • Level up intrigue education
  • Gain Deceitful.png (or lose honest)
  • Level up to Amateur Schemer, then Schemer
  • Level up to Master schemer.png, or choose Impaler.png instead

Ambition events

If your intrigue skill is below 8, the following events can fire, each with a MTTH of 280 months.

  • The Necklace (once per lifetime)
  • Gossip (once per lifetime)
  • Old Spymaster (once per lifetime)
  • Alchemy
  • Improved Bodyguard
  • Old Assassin




  • 间接发现阴谋
    • 邀请你加入一个阴谋
    • 发动一场剥夺封臣头衔的战争
    • 对领主显示野心勃勃-25好感 (这意味着他正在密谋伪造对领主头衔的宣称)
    • 尝试谋杀被指派揭露阴谋的间谍总管(event 20290)
    • 寻找In hiding.png 藏匿中的角色可能会揭开未知的谋杀
    • 拥有拥有以下特质的AI角色更容易进行密谋:Ambitious.png 野心勃勃(3x), Deceitful.png 狡诈(2x), Cruel.png 残暴(2x), Arbitrary.png 专断(1.5x), Envious.png 嫉妒(有目标宣称权则2x),

Possessed.png 噩魔附身,Lunatic.png 精神错乱

    • 被以下特质降低了荣誉的AI角色更容易支持谋杀:Deceitful.png 狡诈(-25), Arbitrary.png 专断(-10), Paranoid.png 多疑(-10),Cruel.png 残暴(-5), Greedy.png (-10), Wroth.png 贪婪(-5), Envious.png 嫉妒(-10), Impaler.png 拷打爱好者(-15), Cannibal.png 食人者(-10)
  • 实施阴谋
    • 对低密谋能力的角色更容易实施阴谋
    • 对一些拥有一些尴尬特质(包括享乐主义者,酒鬼,拷打爱好者,腐化,私生子,近亲缺陷,侏儒,同性恋,暴食,合法私生子)的角色散播谣言更容易成功


  • 逮捕你的领主,然后发动一场叛乱,战争分数会因为监禁中的敌方战争领导人而变为100分,不战而胜。(存疑,逮捕了目标后无法向其宣战)
    • 如果你的领主不是独立君主,你可以在叛乱期间监禁他,因为你们都是同一个最上级领地的一部分。
  • 邀请富有的角色来宫廷,然后逮捕并驱逐来获取他的财产。
  • 通过监视来获取理由,逮捕麻烦的封臣,毕竟囚犯是无法参加派系的(但仍可被派系声索宣称)。
    • 如果你觊觎他的领地,则可以故意逮捕失败来逼反他,打一场平叛战争,战胜后他将被你囚禁,领地也因为叛徒身份而可随意剥夺,除他自己外无人反对。注意:派系中的封臣在独自叛乱时会召唤派系成员,所以如果想利用密谋重心来削藩记得先下手为强。
  • 逮捕无继承人的封臣来继承其领地、财产、科技点和宝物。
  • 通过基于指控的威胁和监禁,可以为你的派系获得强大的成员(地牢中的囚犯可能要求改善条件,可以以此换取人情,来强迫他们加入你的派系)。


当获得一个生活方式特质时,不要选择 Impaler.png拷打爱好者。 它虽然提供密谋能力,却不是密谋特质中的任何一级,还会阻止你获得它。


拥有相同重心的封臣们可能是有用的,因为他们可能相互监视并给你提供逮捕理由。但他们也很可能危险,比如传播你的谣言(或者更糟…)。此外,如果AI角色拥有密谋类教育特质、多疑和狡诈三者之一,则其选择该重心的可能性会增加。 避免成为监视对象的方法(英文链接)