categories: Mundane
2 levels, 1 point per level
not available to metamorphosis forms

The character has to negotiate his or her way through a complicated bureaucracy in order to accomplish tasks. This defect is generally associated with characters who are members of law-enforcement organizations or similar government agencies that require paperwork, but large criminal organizations may also require a character to receive permission from several levels of bosses before undertaking certain high-profile jobs such as a hit. Red Tape also includes whatever measures the character must take "after the face" to appease the organization to which he or she belongs. For example, a cop may need to fill out a report every time his or her weapon is fired, or may have to follow a complicated series of steps to obtain a search warrant. A criminal may be required to pay a percentage of his take to the local crime boss or face some very strict penalties.

Level One: This represents a minor but consistent hardship for the character.
Level Two: This represents a major hardship for the character.

Red Tape is taken by this character:
Sagesse la Roque, level 1, Must make a weekly report of activity


Other Mundane Defects

Addiction

The character suffers addictions that may affect his behavior... Go »

Compulsive Curiosity

This defect reflects a character's compulsion to satisfy his curiosity whenever it is piqued... Go »

Compulsive Shutterbug

Intended for photographers, this defect means that the character is compelled to take a photograph of a certain subject whenever an opportunity presents itself... Go »

Conditional Ownership

This defect represents that some item of the character's actually belongs to someone else... Go »

Curse

A cursed character has likely offended a being of great power in his or her past, or is the direct descendant of someone who did so, since curses often pass through bloodlines... Go »

Delusion

This defect is for characters who are convinced about something that isn't true... Go »

Disease

The character is afflicted with a disease that makes life more difficult... Go »

Easily Distracted

When the character encounters an object of obsession, the character becomes incapable of any action (including self-defense) until the object is no longer present... Go »

Gluttony

Any character can enjoy eating, but your character takes it to disgusting and/or unhealthy ends... Go »

Kleptomania

Characters with this defect are prone to taking things that don't belong to them... Go »

Less Capable

Currently, the three game stats indicate the same level of ability in all aspects of each stat: the Body stat represents all physical aspects, the Mind stat represents all mental aspects, and the Soul stat represents all spiritual and willpower aspects... Go »

Luddite

A character with this defect has little or no ability to use machines... Go »

Marked

A character is considered marked if his or her body bears a permanent and distinguishing design that may be difficult to conceal... Go »

Missing Limb

A character missing any of his arms, hands, legs, or feet is at a significant disadvantage in all situations, including combat... Go »

Nemesis

The character has someone in his or her life who actively interferes with goal achievement on a regular basis... Go »

No Family

This defect is for characters who are estranged from their families... Go »

No Sense of Danger

The character may be na├»ve or inattentive or just stupid, but he is unable to tell when he is in danger... Go »

Owned

This defect implies ownership by a group, such as a corporation, a criminal organization, a church, a military faction, a controlling family, a pack of witches, or otherwise... Go »

Phobia

The character suffers a crippling fear of a particular object, event, or person... Go »

Protector

This defect is for characters who go out of their way to protect something that they consider sacred, whether it is religious beliefs, the environment, small children, or another untouchable subject... Go »

PTSD

Sufferers of post-traumatic stress disorder have undergone a severely disturbing experience that leaves them anxious and sometimes unable to cope with regular life afterward, particularly when they encounter sensory triggers that remind them of the trauma... Go »

Recurring Nightmares

When this defect haunts a character, he or she has trouble sleeping at night and functions at less than optimum performance during the day... Go »

Sensory Impairment

One or more of the character's senses (sight, hearing, taste, touch, smell) is either diminished or completely gone... Go »

Significant Other

Everyone has people in their lives about whom they care, but this defect indicates that the character will go to any length to keep a specific loved one safe from harm, even at the cost of his or her own life... Go »

Skeleton in the Closet

The character has a dark secret... Go »

Special Requirement

This defect forces the character to meet a special requirement before an action or task can be completed, or in extreme cases, before the character can function at all... Go »

Stranger in a Strange Land

This defect applies when the character is semi-permanently stuck in a strange land that is unfamiliar... Go »

Under Surveillance

This defect applies when the character is being watched or observed constantly... Go »

Unskilled

The character has very little life experience or special training, and so begins with few or no skill points... Go »

Untraveled

In 1899, travel is much less commonplace than today... Go »

Wanted

The character is a wanted man or woman, either by law enforcement, or by a private organization such as a crime family or gang, and does not want to get caught... Go »