Stronghold management (Pillars of Eternity)

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When the player comes into possession of the Caed Nua stronghold, it is old and dilapidated, and they will want to work with their steward to upgrade it as soon as they can. These upgrades will, in turn, increase security or prestige of the place, open up new activities and events that can happen, which will make the stronghold a dynamic and fun place to own. You can further influence it by employing hirelings to stay at your stronghold.

You can begin collecting taxes from your populace as soon as you gain the stronghold. The amount of taxes you collect increases with your prestige (because people know of you and like you), but the amount also increases with higher security, since some taxes are lost to banditry. Additionally, security helps reduce the number of "bad" random events, while prestige increases the number of "good" random events. You will want to keep both of those values high.

Rating summary
  • Prestige – increases the taxes you collect and the frequency of “good” random events.
  • Security – reduces the taxes you lose to banditry and the frequency of “bad” random events.

Upgrades[edit | edit source]

The stronghold and house can be restored and upgraded to increase its aesthetic and practical value. Upgrades are useful in that they can unlock a number of fringe benefits. Most upgrades in some way impact the Prestige or Security of the place. These traits are all-important in determining the success of unexpected events. Other upgrades offer additional buffs to your characters' traits, which are useful in the field. There are five bonuses you will receive for getting and upgrading your stronghold.

  • Resting bonuses: Several of the upgrades to your stronghold will grant temporary bonuses to your attributes or skills when you rest in Brighthollow.
  • Adventures for idle companions: Companions that are recruited but aren't in the party will remain at your stronghold[1] and gain a fractional amount of experience (typically about 75%).[2] While they are idling away at the stronghold, they can take part in their own adventures, earning additional experience for themselves and extra money, items and reputation bonuses for you. If a player uses the stronghold system to manage characters when they aren't in the party, they can have full XP parity if the player wants them to.[3]
  • Merchants: Some of the upgrades provide merchants.
  • Ingredients: Some of the upgrades will generate ingredients used for crafting and enchantment.
  • Special offers: Sometimes visitors to your stronghold will have rare items for sale, or perhaps they will offer you items in return for something else.
  • Security: Most of the upgrades improve the security of the stronghold, protecting your wealth and residents.
  • Wealth: You own all of the surrounding lands near the stronghold and impose a tax on all of the inhabitants,[4] but the tax isn't an endless source of income.[5]

All such upgrades cost both money and in-game time to build but you don't have to wait at the stronghold while they are built. You can continue adventuring, and you will be notified when they are built. Upgrades can also serve as prerequisites for other upgrades. Individual sections of the stronghold get upgraded individually and each section has two states, ruined and restored.[6] Only one upgrade can be conducted at a time.

Upgrade tree[edit | edit source]


List of upgrades[edit | edit source]

Name Prerequisite Bonus Prestige Security Cost Build Time
Eastern Barbican None Bars passage to Woodend Plains + 1 + 2 Free Instantly
Warden's Lodge Eastern Barbican Survival resting bonus and bounties + 2 + 2 1000 coppers (cp) 2 days
Woodland Trails Athletics and Constitution resting bonus + 1 + 2 1500 coppers (cp) 3 days
Brighthollow Restoration Eastern Barbican Needed for resting + 2 + 0 500 coppers (cp) 2 days
Brighthollow Courtyard Pool Brighthollow Repair pool + 1 + 0 600 coppers (cp) 1 day
Brighthollow Hearth Restore order to the keep + 1 + 0 600 coppers (cp) 1 day
Brighthollow Lab Restore lab + 1 + 0 600 coppers (cp) 1 day
Main Keep Eastern Barbican Unlocks visitors and adventures for companions + 3 + 4 1400 coppers (cp) 3 days
Barracks Main Keep Enables hirelings + 0 + 3 2000 coppers (cp) 3 days
Library Lore resting bonus + 2 + 0 900 coppers (cp) 2 days
Merchant Stalls Adds a permanent merchant to the Great Hall + 0 + 0 1400 coppers (cp) 2 days
Dungeons Enables imprisoning characters + 0 + 0 1200 coppers (cp) 3 days
Towers Perception resting bonus + 2 + 1 800 coppers (cp) 3 days
Bailey Main Keep Unlocks other upgrades + 2 + 0 800 coppers (cp) 2 days
Forum[7] Bailey Intellect resting bonus + 4 + 0 1200 coppers (cp) 2 days
Training Grounds Might resting bonus + 0 + 2 1500 coppers (cp) 2 days
Botanical Garden Produces plants every turn + 1 + 0 1800 coppers (cp) 2 days
Hedge Maze[7] Stealth resting bonus + 0 + 3 1400 coppers (cp) 2 days
Western Barbican Main Keep Unlocks other upgrades + 0 + 2 900 coppers (cp) 3 days
West Curtain Wall Western Barbican Protection from the west + 0 + 4 2500 coppers (cp) 4 days
South Curtain Wall Protection from the south + 0 + 4 2500 coppers (cp) 4 days
Craft Hall Dexterity resting bonus, crafting resources + 1 + 1 1600 coppers (cp) 2 days
Curio shop Produces creature parts every turn + 1 + 0 1800 coppers (cp) 2 days
Artificer's Hall Mechanics resting bonus, crafting bonus + 1 + 0 1600 coppers (cp) 2 days
Chapel Resolve resting bonus + 4 + 0 2000 coppers (cp) 2 days

Hirelings[edit | edit source]

Once the player has restored the Barracks in the keep, they can hire up to eight hirelings that can add to the stronghold's Security and Prestige. They can also be used to provide aid to supplicants and to help defend the stronghold during an attack. The player always pre-pays for the services of hirelings for a fixed period of time. Some hirelings will automatically leave after their pay-period is up. If the player cannot pay for the services of a hireling, the most expensive hirelings no longer apply their bonuses to the stronghold. The player has to either find the funds or dismiss the hireling to make use of that slot.

Some hirelings of varying classes are constantly available as a standard. Guest hirelings are available as a result of special events and the player's faction reputations. Their availability at the house may only be for a limited time, or their loyalty might be contingent on the player’s continued good graces with a particular faction.

Given the extreme personalities of some guest hirelings, their bonuses tend to be higher than that of the standard. In some cases, however, their positive bonus in one attribute can come with an added penalty to another. Select hirelings with budget and a healthy balance of Prestige and Security in mind.

Hireling Source Class Cost per day Prestige Security
Berathite Cleric Common Priest 10 coppers (cp) +1 +1
Blooded Thug Common 10 coppers (cp) +1 +1
Goldpact Knight[8][9] Common Paladin 10 coppers (cp) +2
Mercenary Mindstriker Common 10 coppers (cp) +2
Orderless Disciple Common Monk 10 coppers (cp) +2
Rauatai Linebreaker[8] Common 10 coppers (cp) +2
Skirmish Archer Common 10 coppers (cp) +1 +1
Vagabond Skald Common Chanter 10 coppers (cp) +2
Vailian Shock Mage Common Wizard 10 coppers (cp) +2
Vanguard Soldier Common 10 coppers (cp) +1 +1
Warden of the Wilds Common 10 coppers (cp) +2
Aedyran Noblewoman Guest 200 coppers (cp) +6
Brutish Warrior Guest Barbarian 50 coppers (cp) +3 +2
Dunryd Psion Guest Cipher 100 coppers (cp) -2 +2
Fellow of St. Waidwen Guest Paladin 90 coppers (cp) +1 +3
Glanfathan Soul Hunter Guest Cipher 100 coppers (cp) +2 +3
Vicious War Criminal[8] Guest Fighter 350 coppers (cp) -4 +3
Aldwyn The Salty Mast Brothel 10 coppers (cp) +2
Big Durmsey The Salty Mast Brothel 10 coppers (cp) +2
Gjefa The Salty Mast Brothel 10 coppers (cp) +2
Iqali The Salty Mast Brothel 10 coppers (cp) +2
Lyrinia The Salty Mast Brothel 10 coppers (cp) +2
Orico The Salty Mast Brothel 10 coppers (cp) +2
Fampyr The Champion of Berath 20 coppers (cp) -3 +5
Crucible Chevalier Winds of Steel Paladin 20 coppers (cp) +4 +2
Doemenel Thief The Changing of the Guard Rogue 20 coppers (cp) +2 +4
Dozens Mercenary Captain The Bronze Beneath the Lake Fighter 20 coppers (cp) +3 +3
Avenger of Skaen Blood Legacy Priest 65 coppers (cp) -2 +3
Korgrak A Farmer's Plight Ogre 50 coppers (cp) -6 +6
Bleak Walker Paladin Bleak Oath Paladin 65 coppers (cp) -2 +6

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