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Overview[ | ]


Kingdom[ | ]

The Lion Kingdom, or Neustria, is the first of what is likely to be several "Kingdoms" added to Northgard in successive DLCs. These factions represent the southerly, continental powers that existed during the viking age, and based on several cultural cues, it's likely the Lion kingdom was inspired by various Franco-Norman groups from the early medieval age.

As a "Kingdom", rather than following the template established by the existing Viking "Clans", this faction overturns a large number of the core assumptions about how city/unit mechanics in Northgard work, particularly with regards to how civilians are assigned to buildings.

Livability[ | ]

The lynchpin mechanic for Kingdoms is a concept called "livability", which is a stat associated with a zone (similarly to building limit, which Kingdoms continue to have). Kingdoms abolish the fixed "2, 3 when upgraded" assignment limit that generic Viking Clans have for their buildings. Livability, rather, establishes the upper limit for specialist workers of any type in a zone; they can be freely divided between any specialist buildings in a zone, including assigning all of them to one building, but can't exceed the livability cap.

For example, a zone with 3 livability, a Foraging Post, and a Lumber Camp could have 3 specialists; all 3 could be Lumberjacks, with no Peasants, vice-versa, or you could have 2 of one job, and 1 of the other.

With small amounts of livability, this doesn't cause a dramatic gameplay difference compared to Viking Clans, but as livability gets boosted past the 4-6 mark, it means a huge number of people can be assigned to a very particular job, giving you flexibility to focus on a certain resource — for example, it can allow you to rapidly finish mining deposits, by assigning a full 5-6 miners. In general, this allows a Kingdom to thrive on relatively small parcels of land, since once they exceed 5-6 livability, they're able to assign more specialists to a zone than most viking clans can.

Boosting[ | ]

Livability can be boosted by several mechanics. Developing a zone adds +1 livability. One of the 3 lore "blessings from the gods", for a Kingdom, is replaced by a "Vow" which adds +1 livability to all zones. A House on its own adds no livability, but will add +1 if upgraded. The Tavern likely is your primary source of livability, as it provides +1 on its own, but both of its upgrades help dramatically; upgrading to a Barroom adds a further +1 (for a total of +2 on that zone), and upgrading to a Hostelry instead, causes every adjacent zone to get +1 livability (the current zone is not upgraded further). Overlapping Hostelries are the most effective way to boost livability across the board.

Abundance[ | ]

Besides simply boosting the number of specialist workers available to be used, the greatest value of boosting livability is to unlock a special state called "Abundance". Once a zone reaches 8 livability, it will unlock a special bonus. The zone, itself, will gain a +15% production bonus, and the global recruitment rate of new Subjects will be boosted by 7.5%; critically, the recruitment rate bonus stacks with multiple instances of Abundance, so boosting several zones into this state can dramatically increase the rate at which the Lion Kingdom gains new people.

Faith[ | ]

Faith replaces Lore as a primary resource for Kingdoms. For unlocking the knowledge tree, it functions almost identically; the main difference is that it is produced by very different units, making your strategy for producing it very different from most Viking Clans. The three "blessings of the gods" for Viking Clans are replaced, instead, by 3 "Vows" which give rather different effects, and a Knowledge victory is similarly possible by unlocking 4 Vows.

The Lion Kingdom can also choose to freely toggle between using Kröwns to hire their troops, like most clans, to instead using Faith. This gives them a lot of economic flexibility

Jobs[ | ]

Kingdoms reskin and rename all of the specialist jobs available to citizens.

Civilian[ | ]

Many of the civilian roles function similarly to prior clans, having only slight stat changes, and a reskin.

  • Subjects replace the Villager, but produce Faith rather than Food. They also can have multiple subjects assigned to build a building, speeding up the process. Subjects also heal when working the same zone as your Town Hall equivalent, the Chapel which you can evolve into a Cathedral for more population space and expands house population space or a Citadel for maximum warband increase and capacity from other camps.
  • Pathfinders replace the Scout, but are otherwise identical. The same is true with the Pathfinder Pavilion being a reskin of the Scout Camp. Note that there is an unusual rule here: the Pathfinder Pavilion seems to be exempt to the Kingdom-driven livability limits, and works exactly like a Viking Clan building, providing only two (or 3 with the upgrade) job slots, and requiring a Chapel (Town Hall equivalent) upgrade to be upgraded.
  • Peasants replace the food gathering capability of the Villager, but require an actual building to assume the job. Like a Villager, they provide meager yields, which become quite bad during the winter. If their Foraging Post is upgraded to a Farmstead, they remain identified as "Peasants", but have considerably better, Farmer-like yields.
  • Deerstalker are nearly identical to Hunters, given by upgrading a Foraging Post to a Venery.
  • Anglers are nearly identical to Fishermen, given by upgrading a Foraging Post to a Fishery.
  • Lumberjacks are nearly identical to Woodcutters.
  • Miners don't even have a rename/reskin.
  • Monks at first glance, are a bit like Menders, but have a far greater Faith output, rivaling Loremasters, which Kingdoms cannot hire (Carved Stones and their equivalents are not workable for Kingdoms). Like Menders, Monks provide healing. One of the upgrades for their Monastery building, the Reliquary, allows Monks assigned there to forge a relic. The other upgrade, the Abbey, serves as an equivalent of the Altar of Kings, providing the same benefits, unlocking the Fame Victory, and also allowing Monks assigned there to generate Fame.
  • Merchants have a reskin, but otherwise are identical. The same is true with their upgraded buildings; the Retail Outlet is a reskinned Marketplace and the Fairground is a reskinned Trading Post.
  • Seafarers replace Sailors, and work somewhat differently in practice; they're unable to generate Lore or Fame as they do for Viking Clans, but one of their upgraded buildings, the Seaport, allows them to generate Food, Wood, or even Stone and Iron as a secondary resource, which prevents the clan from being starved of these resources under duress. Their other upgraded building, the Merchant Port, enables Great Trade Routes and the Trade Victory, as well as providing a +20% bonus to any Seafarers in the zone.
  • Taverners are merely a reskin of Brewers, but their building itself provides major livability bonuses, and will be commonly built for these, even without anyone working it.
  • Smiths share the same name/skin, but ironically work completely differently for Kingdoms — they forge neither tools nor relics. They're assigned to a Smithy, which costs 5 Iron to build (a Dwarven Operative can also be assigned to this building, instead and don't need any livability). A smithy provides a production bonus to the zone, and with the Steelwork lore, gives all units with a training camp in that zone a stacking defensive bonus.

Military[ | ]

The Kingdoms replace the 3 core combat units with something rather different. Note that the Lion Clan can choose to toggle between Faith and Kröwns as a hiring currency for most units, giving them a very flexible economy.

  • The Sentry has no real analogue amongst Viking Clans. It's like a Warrior, but with half the cost, and half the attack power. Because Subjects automatically heal on your initial zone, and produce enough Faith to easily hire Sentries, it's fairly easy for the Lion Kingdom to field the cost to hire them, use them to clear nearby zones, and then eat the financial loss of turning them back to Subjects.
  • The Fantassin is a clear analog for the Shield Bearer, having very similar abilities and strengths.
  • The Champion is very different from the Warrior; it attacks much more slowly, but each strike will (if any suitable victim is nearby) hit two victims rather than one, with full force.
  • The Archer fits the same role as the Axe Thrower or Tracker; a long-range attacker with decent, single-target damage.
  • Only hirable after earning 500 Fame by upgrading a Monks for 100 Faith, the Paladin is a close analogue to the Warrior, but has slightly better health, and much better defense. They also can carry relics around, but the carrier loses his ability to fight.

The Lion Kingdom cannot build Defense Towers, instead building Forts. These have no attack, but allow them to hire the odd-but-powerful Lord unit, or, if they take the Guardian path, the even stronger Leude unit. Lord and Leude regenerate within a Zone with a Forts.

The Warchief equivalent of the Lion Kingdom is Hildegard, a powerful knight armed with mace and shield. Her stats somewhat resemble the Shield Maiden in terms of being biased towards a higher defense stat, than attack. If enemies are killed in a Zone Hildegard is in, she generates Faith based on the strenght of that enemy.

Tools[ | ]

Whilst the Lion Kingdom eliminates the concept of forging and improving civilian tools, this concept is retained for miliary units, with a twist: there are four upgrades available. Each type of upgraded camp (associated with a particular unit type) can forge one of these four, permanently choosing that upgrade for that unit type. However, they can freely pick any of the four.

  • Fury: Rolls a chance that on hit, a burst of AoE damage will be dealt around the target
  • Hauberk: Rolls a chance to cause a unit that strikes this unit, to receive some of the damage it inflicted.
  • Rearguard: Causes this unit, and nearby units, to have a temporary defense boost (for 2 seconds) when hit.
  • Obstruction: Causes this unit to have a chance to slow enemy units (for 3 seconds) upon hitting them.

Starting bonuses[ | ]

Fame Bonuses[ | ]

  • Fame 200 Fame : Religious Processions
Feast costs 3% less for each acquired Knowledge and Vow. Each military camp in a zone with prosperity gives a 5% attack bonus to associated units.
  • Fame 500 Fame : Rise of the Twelve Peers
You can evolve Monk Monks into Paladin Paladins for a cost in Faith Faith. Paladins can be assigned a Relic and carry it with them, including into enemy territory. Relics require no building slot.

Faith Faith Tree[ | ]

Sharp Axes

Your Woodcutter Woodcutters will produce 20% more Wood Wood.


Reduces the amount of Food Food necessary to colonize one zone by 30%.

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Each military building in a building with an active Smithy provides a +5% defense bonus to the associated units.


Permanently increases population growth speed by 25%. You gain an additional 5% during 4 months for each unit from your clan killed by an enemy clan or sacrificed (max +75%).


Increases your Healer Healer's healing speed by 50%.


Reduces extra Wood Firewood consumption during winter by 50% and reduce winter Food Food penalty by 20%.

Shiny Happy People

-20% required Happiness Happiness based on your population.


Increases all your military units' attack power by 20%.

Fur Coats

Your units no longer have reduced power during winter.

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Your next Sentry Camp is upgrade is free. Military Experience Military Experience gains are increased by 15%.

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Military upgrades unlock faster and have a higher chance to trigger.

Feeling Safe

Gain +3 Happiness Happiness if you have a Warchief Warchief and +1 Happiness Happiness per upgraded military camp.

Legendary Heroes

Improves your Warchief Warchief's attack and defense by 25%.

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Chanson de Geste

Killing mystical creates generates Faith Faith.

Mining Efficiency

Miner Miners extract Stone Iron ore from deposits 30% faster.


Your next Anchorage evolution is free. Seafarer Seafarers' production is increased by +20%

Via Regia

Your TradingRoutesTrade Routes produce +100% Kröwns Kröwns.
Your next Mart evolution is free.

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Miraculous Healing

Allied religious buildings slowly heal units within their zones.

Carpentry Mastery

Reduces your buildings' upgrade costs by 20%.
Reduces upkeep from upgraded buildings by 20%.


Reduces prices on the Marketplace Marketplace by 50% and stock replenishment is 20% faster.

Trading Caravan

TradingRoutesTrade Routes earn 20% more Kröwns Kröwns. Relations with neutral factions improve 20% faster.

Relic[ | ]

  • Altar of Volvinius Altar of Volvinius : All resources produced in the zone are replaced with Kröwns Kröwns and all deaths in the zone generate Kröwns Kröwns.
  • Codex Aureus Codex Aureus : Population increase and productivity now require Faith Faith instead of Happiness Happiness. Faith Faith production in the zone is increased by +25%.
  • Lance of Longinus Lance of Longinus : Clan units who died within the Lance's zone can be revived in exchange for Faith Faith.
  • Holy Fire Holy Fire : Feast costs are reduced by 50%, and consume Wood Wood instead of Food Food. During a feast, all your units inside your territory inflict burning attacks. If outside your territory, all your units in the zone of the relic inflict burning attacks.

Strategy/Notes[ | ]

(This section intends NOT to prescribe a way to play, but rather, to note a few important considerations you may want to work into your own strategy.)

  • The Lion Kingdom's Subjects do not provide any Food, so when the game begins, you start with 150 Food, but your consumption of Food and Wood goes up during Winter and for each specialized unit. This is offset slightly by the fact that Subjects (only as Subjects, not any of the Specialists they can become) have no Food/Wood consumption outside of winter, but you will still want to secure sources of these resources soon.
  • Nearly all specialist-providing buildings are upgrades, rather than basic buildings, and therefore they require a small amount of stone to be created (5 rather than the 10 most viking buildings take, subject to "Carpentry Mastery's" discount in both cases). This means that unlike a Viking Clan, securing some supply of stone is critical to diversify your options. Critically, there's a rare, but possible scenario where if you run out of stone, and have failed to build either a Seaport or Retail Outlet, you may get deadlocked in a way that a viking clan would not. Both Lore upgrades for mercantile options give you a single, one-time free building upgrade which can help get around this.
  • An important corollary here is that there is no equivalent of the Healer's Hut which costs only Wood. The Monastery costs 5 stone, but also has a high cost of 100 Wood and 50 Kröwns, making it an expensive building to get early in the game. It is, however, one of only two ways to heal Hildegard, or any military units you consider too expensive to turn back into Subjects. The major patch that came shortly after release did a big rework of the "Miraculous Healing" tech, changing it from healing all units at a flat (and painfully slow) rate, to having triple the rate for a single unit, but dividing it equally amongst all units on the tile. Because of this change, it's viable to get it as an alternative early tech unlock to heal Hildegard et al (note also that it stacks with the passive healing Subjects receive on the starting tile).
  • Because Military Units can be made to cost Faith, because Subjects produce Faith, and because subjects on your starting tile slowly heal, a common trick is to turn them into the very cheap Sentry units (bought with Faith) to clear nearby tiles, and then convert them back into Subjects after taking substantial damage. Having a few wounded subjects healing during the early portions of the game doesn't disrupt your economy, and gives you a means to clear nearby tiles without suffering the timing setback of a unit dying outright. This can be a useful way to conserve health before you're able to erect a Monastery.
  • The Lion Kingdom cannot use any Runestones or equivalents (including Mimirsbrunn or Ancient Graveyard). Zones containing these, however, will provide a +10% bonus to Faith and Kröwns generation inside of them. Note also that this means the Lion Kingdom cannot gain the Lore unlock from Mimirsbrunn — that mechanic is entirely disabled for them. Likewise, they cannot raise the Spectral Warriors from an Ancient Graveyard.
  • Urdarbrunn, on the other hand, fully works for the Lion Kingdom, including the Cleanse ability.

Conquest[ | ]

In "conquest" mode, all clans play a series of 11 maps. The first, middle, and last maps in the sequence give hard-coded, clan-specific bonuses; the other maps randomly generate generic bonuses (which may or may not affect clan-specific units/buildings). The special bonuses for this individual clan are as follows:

  • Hildegard regains health when she generates Faith.
  • Monasteries count as military camps, and Paladins can receive a military upgrade.
  • The clan is no longer limited to a single relic.

Other Clans[ | ]