Crusader Kings 2 screenshot from official trailer showing a terrified lady

After introducing nearly every faction and nation into Crusader Kings 2, it appears that Paradox is now getting a lot more experimental with their expansions and DLCs. Just recently they released The Reaper's Due, a DLC that brings with it the black plague and a variety of other maladies, and now they're working on a DLC that brings forth monks, mystics, and secret societies into the mix.

If that sounds like something you might be interested in, then have a look at the recently posted teaser trailer. It doesn't show anything in terms of gameplay features, but it does a rather good job of setting the mood. Here's the video:

As far as the gameplay details are concerned, there is unfortunately not much information available just yet. What I can offer you, however, is the list of features that came with the announcement. While not exactly detailed, it should give you a general idea of what the Monks & Mystics expansion is all about. Here's the list:

• Monastic Orders: With lay offices available to non-clerical characters, monastic orders will increase your character’s piety - but they have expectations.

• Cults: Gnostic heresies may flourish and its is rumored that the worship of Satan continues in the darkened fringes of the world

• Climb the Ranks: Characters work their way up the ladder of Societies, unlocking new abilities and triggering new event chains

• Hunt for Heretics: Send your chaplain out to find secret societies that undermine the holy church and your realm. But what if the hunter is guilty himself?

• Other New Councillor Actions: Your councillors have a fourth action that will make them more powerful and integral to sound rulership

• And much more: Assassins, archaeological expeditions, holy relics, great treasures and more

There is currently no release date set for the Monks & Mystics, but according to the official website you can expect to see it arrive rather soon. For comparison's sake, The Reaper's Due took about a month to go from announcement to release, so expect the same to apply here as well. In other words, my educated guess is that Monks & Mystics will arrive in early January.

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