categories: Mundane
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.

Other Mundane Defects


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 »


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 »


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


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 »


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


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 »


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


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 »


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 Possessions

The character with this defect is generally incapable of owning or carrying any possessions... 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 »


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 »


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


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 »


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 »

Red Tape

The character has to negotiate his or her way through a complicated bureaucracy in order to accomplish tasks... 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 »

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 »


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


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


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 »