Skeleton in the Closet
2 levels, 1 point per level
not available to metamorphosis forms
The character has a dark secret. Exposure of this secret could cause harm to the character in the form of public humiliation, loss of a job, loss of friends, arrest, injury, or even death. The number of points gained from this defect is based on how severe the consequences of having the secret revealed would be. The secret must be important enough that the character will take active steps to keep others from learning of it. If the secret is ever revealed, the character will suffer the associated consequences, and the point(s) will be taken away or new appropriate defects could be put in place instead. A second-level skeleton is usually reserved for characters who face destruction if their secret is discovered, such as a vampire or werewolf living among humans, or an undercover cop that has infiltrated the mob. While other players in the group may know the secret, their PCs usually should not. Multiple distinct secrets may be purchased for 1 extra point each, but they must be completely separate from each other in nature.
Level One: The skeleton is very difficult to discover, the consequences of discovery are not too severe, and/or the character's reputation will be slightly impacted.
Level Two: The skeleton is relatively easy to discover, the consequences of discovery are major, and/or the character's reputation will be seriously impacted.