Firstly, when starting your campaign, you will have to choose a campaign leader. This is an individual character leading your faction, and each leader has their own perks and challenges when it comes to their starting position. While a character like Cao Cao, the game’s recommended character for beginners, comes with a territory (named a ‘commandery’ in-game) and an army, for example, other characters might have one or neither at the beginning of the game. Aside from your starting position, your chosen character also influences your interaction with other factions and characters in your court.
Each individual has certain traits and talents that can help or hinder the running of your empire. When building an army, for example, or appointing an individual to a prestigious position in your court, it’s important that you choose someone with the right temperament for the position. Some characters might have traits that provide bonuses when they’re a general in your army but hold you back when you appoint them as an administrator in one of your commanderies.
Your generals, administrators, and court nobles also interact with each other, and certain events will cause two characters’ relationship to change, which can in turn affect your diplomacy stats. Two generals might befriend each other in battle, for example, or your character might share wisdom with someone at court. Other characters might be rivals and may not want to interact in any way, let alone on the battlefield. These changes will in turn affect the effectiveness of your army and administration and the bonuses you receive. You can also marry any character with one from another faction for diplomacy reasons or capture enemy characters to have them join your cause after completing a battle or conquering territory from another faction.