In Crusader Kings III, traits represent a character’s personality, reputation, abilities, and physical characteristics. They affect everything about a character, from attributes to the opinion others have on them. Traits can be gained or lost through game events and some can be inherited by descendants.
Each trait has a unique icon that gives a visual hint to its meaning. Our task was to produce a set of trait icons following both Paradox Development Studio’s art style and the historical reference. Anything depicted should have existed in the 12th century, including clothes, architecture, armor, items, etc.
Besides, since the traits icons sit not only under each character description but also end up in other menus, slightly scaled-down, image readability was vital when creating trait icons. Players should be able to easily understand what they are looking at.