The problem with Scotland is it's full of Scots. I've dealt with the scots before and they are just bastards really. They were belligerent towards me even though they had no way to fight me as Connacht since i sank any ships around ireland.I would say I'm generally negotiating from a position of equality,owning all of Southern England, Wales and most of Brittany and have two client kingdoms (mercia, who's days are numbered due to their elimination being a victory condition) and Normandy. I'm not short of cash and regularly try to sweeten the deal by offering large sums of cash (20000 gd upwards), and I think I've had only one ceasefire request accepted, Alba seems quite insistent on continuing a war it is slowly losing, having recently lossed two settlements and a number of half to full stack armies (less than 10 turns since). I've also never cancelled any deals or attacked allies. I agree that offering client status (vassal) does work, although I'd prefer to have both ceasefire and vassal as options. I want to stop one war to concentrate on another front. I have every intention of crushing both nations warrig with me eventually.