As Imperial Vicar the position of the Savoyard duke within the Holy Roman Empire is strengthened, allowing to more closely imitate their martial techniques. Copied from the Imperial Knights, the lancers of Savoy increase their strength and gain +3 attack, as well as +2 normal and +1 pierce armour. Furthermore, attracted by the Imperial Vicariate, Foot Knights are willing to join the army.
Available to: Savoy
Researched at: Town Hall
An Imperial Vicar (vicarius imperii or provisor imperii) are administrators of the Holy Roman Empire who executed the state affairs in the time between the death of an emperor or king and the election or crowning of the follower. Furthermore, their competencies were the court judgement, tax collecting, legitimations, emancipations, the granting of privileges to the investiture. The vicars also executed the jurisdiction of the king/emperor and were involved in the confirmation of benefices.
The Imperial Vicariate over Italy, which was temporarily claimed by the popes, was controversial between the dukes of Savoy and Mantua.