As Sun Tzu once said, “sometimes it’s better to marry off members of your court than engage an enemy in open battle.” He actually didn’t say that. I made it up… But Tzu was a master strategist and I’m sure he said something similar somewhere in The Art of War. The point is that it’s a legit tactic, and you’ll have the chance to use it in Total War Three Kingdoms. Here’s how to marry characters.
How to Marry Characters in Total War: Three Kingdoms
Why Marriage Is Worthwhile
War is as much about politics as it is about fighting, and sometimes it’s better to strengthen bonds with rivals than fight them. In Total War Three Kingdoms, you’ll be able to do just that by offering ladies of your court to opposing generals.
Marriage can be useful for recruiting new members to your faction without having to pay much for the benefit. You won’t have to pay the salary of a character married into your faction. Your retinue, though, will grow by one as a result of this new general joining your faction.
Conversely, you’ll sometimes be offered the opportunity for one of your court members to marry into another faction. This is useful both for increasing your standing with that kingdom, and possibly for getting rid of a general you might not like.
Obviously, with said general not there, you’ll be able to fill that slot with someone more suitable, with the added benefit of gaining points with a rival.
How to do it
For faction leaders, finding a match is as simple as using the find spouse option. But for other members of the court, you’ll need to seek a match for them, which is only available if they’re already unmarried and you have a match that is also unmarried.
First, you’ll need to actually make sure you have a character in your court who is willing and able to marry. You can review the court page by pressing ‘2,’ which will show the hierarchy of your faction, reviewing the members of your court –Warlord, Prime Minister, heir, chancellor, etc, depending on what you have unlocked.
Here you can review which members of the court are eligible for marriage. In some cases, members of your court will already be wed, but in others, they’ll have a wedding slot available.
From here you’ll need to review the court page of the faction you’re intending to marry into to check if they too have an unwed court member available.
You must have 2000 gold to arrange a marriage.
Note that you will only be able to marry characters that are within your family tree. If you have gained a new general and want to marry him/her off, you will need to adopt them into your family.