Beautiful, terribly randomly generated poetry comes to the medieval great strategy game Crusader Kings 3 as part of the next update, and players will even be able to torture enemies into submission with the very worst of their verses.
Expanded significantly with Crusader Kings 2’s Poet features, Crusader Kings 3’s attempts will bring reworked statistics, character interactions and, most importantly, randomized poetry generation, which means you can bask in the digital ditties enchanted by rippling people all day.
Poetry will be generated in the game by combining a specific topic with one of five overarching themes – romance, inheritance, grief, strife and incompetence – so that characters can influence events with a fishing leash or two. Here is one of several randomly generated examples given as part of Paradox’s latest blog post.
Poetically inclined characters can send poems to most people within diplomatic reach, and the result will depend on the topic. A romantic poem, for example, will make the recipient as the author more, and a poem about grief will also improve the relationship, but also give the recipient a stress loss – provided that the content issue is not too inflammatory, of course.
Perhaps most important of all, poetic characters can summon their inner Vogon and torture their prisoners by forcing them to listen to their very worst work. “As with any use of torture interaction,” Paradox explains, “this can lead to an enormous amount of stress.”
Poetry will get to Crusader Kings 3 in the game’s upcoming 1.3 patch, which also introduces winter as a game mechanic and brings various other additions – including the ability to wear the papal hat – as described in Paradox’s latest post.
Crusader Kings 3’s 1.3 update will be accompanied by the game’s first significant DLC drop, which Paradox is set to unveil as part of this month’s Paradox Insider livestream event. It will be broadcast on Twitch at 19.00 British time / 11:00 PT on 13 March.