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Read First General System House rules

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The Child Flaw, and the Aging Flaw

Let me begin by posting this disclaimer: This is something the STs have been debating for weeks behind closed doors, and we've been agonizing over it with multiple arguments that have at times gotten heated. After painstakingly hashing this out, we've reached a final ruling on this issue:

The Child Flaw is banned.

We know. This is World of Darkness. The Child Flaw has plenty of legitimate uses for the sake of interesting storytelling and plot potential. But there are certain players (and STs) in this game who just cannot bare the sight of children being hurt or abused in any way for reasons stemming from personal trauma, and we have decided to accommodate these players.

That said, we have reached a compromise. While the Child Flaw is banned, the Aging Flaw (M20: Book of Secrets, p. 40, 2, 4, 6, 8, or 10 pts) is not. This flaw runs the gamut from young teenagers (12-17 years old) all the way up to elderly seniors (age 75+). Note that the Child Flaw specifically states that it applies to characters aged 10 and under, while Aging can apply to teenagers, so if you absolutely must play an adolescent, we will still allow it. Yes, even for vampires, Mummies, Wraiths, and Demons.

For younger characters (including characters who only look young), in addition to physical issues such as height (see: the Short Flaw, (M20: Book of Secrets, p. 41), expect to get weird looks every time you're out late at night or during school hours during the weekdays, and forget getting into bars or nightclubs without having to show ID. In the state of Florida, minors are allowed into some businesses that serve or sell alcohol, so long as they are accompanied by an adult, preferably a parent or legal guardian. Florida also has notoriously strict truancy laws, so if it looks like you're skipping school and a cop notices, be prepared to be asked a few questions.

For older characters, with age comes certain health problems, and sometimes supernatural help just won't be enough. If you were embraced by a vampire in your seventies, the tabula rasa will only bend so far, and you may need a few extra points of blood to accommodate for arthritis or osteoporosis. If you're a Mage, there comes a point where using the Life Sphere or the Time Sphere to keep up with the young whippersnappers doing parkour along the rooftops just breaks the willing suspension of disbelief, and Paradox will hit you for it. And so on, and so forth. Use your common sense. Yes, a lot of elderly people are perfectly healthy and can kick ass with the best of them. A 60 year old man in peak physical condition probably can. Somebody in their eighties is pushing it.

This ruling is final. We have been debating this for a long time and this is the deal we've reached that can make as many people happy as possible. Please do not ask us to take this issue up again.
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