Landed and not landed refers to whether a character currently has titles.
Landed characters can be rulers or vassals. Unlanded characters can be Guests, Courtiers, Wanderers, or Lowborn.
What are landed characters?
Landed characters currently own land. This means they hold a title, either by inheriting it from family, conquering land, or being granted it by a ruler.
A landed character rules directly over counties and often upgrades individual holdings such as castles and churches. You can also control armies.
Landed characters belong to a dynasty, and they must have heirs to properly pass on their titles.
Players with no heirs lose the game.
There are also characters with higher titles like duke, king or emperor. At these levels, characters can have minions, all of which are minor landed characters themselves.
In CK3 you always play a landed character!
What are non-landed characters?
Characters that have not landed currently have no land. This includes heirs who will inherit titles in the future.
Characters that didn’t land can be dynasty or lowborn. That depends on her parents.
These characters usually exist in the courts of landed characters as courtiers.
Courtiers can be involved in events, hired as council members, married, or traced back to a number of other options.
Missing characters have no land, no holdings, and most often no armies either.
You will never play a non-landed character in CK3 without modding.
Wandering characters are always unmanned, although they may be dynasty members or lowborn.
Wanderers are not tied to a specific farm and can roam freely. They will ask the rulers to help them make claims or perform other services.
Hikers who visit your farm are called guests.
You can pay them to stay as courtiers and give them a role like Councilor, Champion, or Antiquarian.
If you don’t give your unlanded heirs anything to do, they might become wanderers too! Be careful because they can return with armies or cause other problems.
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