What to do with daughters in CK3 – FandomSpot

If you have too many daughters, your best bet is to marry them to form alliances, or replace a dynasty with inheritance. You can also make them councillors, knights or vassals depending on your religion and laws.

Those interested in accumulating inheritable traits could also use daughters to help through strategic marriages.

Marriage

As in olden times, you can marry off your daughters to strange families to form alliances. There are a few other reasons to get married in CK3, depending on what type of marriage you choose.

Normal Marriage – Covenants

The main reason for marrying your daughters is to build powerful alliances with other rulers. Allies can be summoned during the war and will fight alongside you.

An ally that fights alongside the player in a war, providing a significant Troop Bonus / CK3
An ally that fights alongside the player in a war, providing a significant troop bonus

In a normal marriage, the children come from the father’s dynasty.

While this means you cannot inherit through your daughters, it makes it easier for other characters to consent to the marriage.

The acceptance value for this marriage proposal is broken down / CK3
The acceptance value for this marriage proposal will be broken down. Normal marriages are more easily accepted.

Matrilineal Marriage – Covenants and Inheritance

This type of marriage allows the children to inherit the mother’s dynasty. This way you can inherit through your daughters.

Matrilineal marriage is required for those who play as wives or have no sons. Otherwise you have no dynastic heirs and the game ends.

A player with only daughters and no sons / CK3
A player with only daughters and no sons. The first daughter is the heiress

Of course, matrilineal marriages can also be used to form alliances.

However, it is sometimes impossible to get other rulers to consent to the marriage when their son is an heir.

Important male characters or heirs will usually oppose conjugal marriage / CK3
Important male characters or heirs usually oppose conjugal marriage as above

Rulers will often let you marry their second or third heir matrilineally, so if your neighbors have enough children, you still have a chance for an alliance.

This second son is not a direct heir, so matrilineal marriage is accepted / CK3
This second son is not a direct heir, so matrilineal marriage is accepted

Tip: If you matrilineally marry your dynasty member to a secondary heir in another realm, you can murder the heirs before them. Then, after two generations, your dynasty will reign!

councillors

Depending on your religion, your daughters can often be assigned to your council.

Some players can only appoint daughters as spymasters, and others are free to place daughters in other positions.

Equality Preference is highlighted in the Reform Religion/CK3 window
The Equal preference is highlighted in the Reform Religion window. This allows women to be appointed to the council

This is useful when you have a very strong dynasty with high attributes as they are more effective than other candidates.

The Coterie Dynasty perk tree also further empowers your family members, making them even more powerful as council members.

This tree is from the Iberia DLC and is only available for Iberian heirs or those with imperial capitals in Iberia.

The first-tier Inner Circle perk and tooltip from the Coterie Dynasty / CK3 Legacy Tree
The premier Inner Circle perk and tooltip from the Coterie Dynasty legacy tree

Beware of opinion buffs from powerful vassals wanting council seats! Reserving them all for the family can complicate vassal management.

Shield Maidens & Knights

In some cultures and religions, you can turn able-bodied women from your family into shieldmaidens.

This allows them to serve as knights like men.

The player's daughter who was made into a Shieldmaiden / CK3
The player’s daughter made into a shieldmaiden

Depending on your religion, all women can become knights by default.

A mixed selection of male and female champions / CK3
A mixed selection of male and female champions

This is especially useful if your heirs are male. You don’t have to risk your life in battle and can instead raise your daughters to become mighty knights.

vassals

Most of the time, women in CK3 can become minions. This is usually caused by the succession when there are no more male candidates in the dynasty.

The player's sister, an unmarried vassal / CK3
The player’s sister, an unmarried vassal

If succession is set to male only, this is never possible.

Emphasis is placed on male inheritance law, which completely excludes women from inheritance / CK3
Male inheritance law, which completely excludes women from inheritance, is emphasized

However, with the right laws, you can freely bestow titles on women.

With this law you can make your daughters vassals.

Equal inheritance law, equality between men and women in inheritance law / CK3
Equal inheritance law that puts men and women on an equal footing in inheritance law

Refinement of your bloodline

You can use daughters to breed good traits into your dynasty, like beautiful or Herculean.

This is accomplished by marrying her to a man with one of these traits, preferably one or more that your daughter does not have.

This mating could result in children with both traits instead of just one /CK3
This mating could result in children with both traits instead of just one

Your children could inherit good traits from either parent.

If so, you can still marry these children to other characters, add more traits, or strengthen them.

Once you have characters with good traits, marry them back into your main line if possible. Ideally, you will have focused on one trait in your primary line and another trait in your daughter’s line.

The Beautiful trait has been reinforced in the mainline while the Hale trait comes from a cousin/CK3
The Beautiful trait has been reinforced in the mainline, while the Hale trait comes from a cousin

This technique allows you to focus on several heritable traits at once.

This reduces the number of generations you would spend collecting traits!

Of course, additional sons can also be used for this technique.

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