Adversarial Backgrounds Explanations - All
From WoD GothamAdversarial Backgrounds available in all venues of World of Darkness: Gotham. Please note that Adversarial Backgrounds are Flaws and so they cannot be stacked or differentiated.
Adversarial Backgrounds for Mortals and Everyone Else
Apprentice (Adversary to Mentor) – Apprentices are not supported in WoDG. We rather leave the acquisition of apprentices as a result from a storyline and/or organic character development rather than a planned NPC from character creation.
Blacklisted (Adversary to Certification) – A Blacklisted character is barred from certain practices and, furthermore, known widely for his ineptitude, illegal practices, or general stupidity. This can range from being barred from certain social clubs to having been disbarred or lost a medical license due to malpractice. Serious Blacklisting can cause serious social consequences.
- Trivial Blacklist: Prior minor traffic or drug possession offenses, banned from a social club.
- Minor Blacklist: Prior misdemeanors and career petty criminal; suspended license.
- Moderate Blacklist: Disbarred lawyer or AWOL military.
- Major Blacklist: Felon (can’t vote or carry firearms); unlicensed doctor sued for malpractice.
- Overwhelming Blacklist: Convicted sex offender or legally insane.
Debts (Adversary to Resources) – It’s assumed that there’s a reasonable amount of monthly expenses in running any character. Debt is the amount of money one owes even after that. Perhaps the character is over-extended on a mortgage, racked up a lot of Student Loans, has credit card debt, etc. When the amount of debt exceeds the Resources Rating of a character, the character is in collections and being hounded by creditors. The chart below is a reference for what one can expect at the different ratings for the Debt Trait. However, perhaps you see your character as having a poor credit rating and not as much Debt, then it’s possible to mix and match a crappier credit rating with a lower pay off. Remember that credit rating will follow your character, so paying off a debt is only part of an uphill climb out of the hole and will still require much RP and justification to buy off with Experience points.
| Debt Chart|
|0 Debt Free||W00t! Your character is in the black.||Your character has impeccable credit. FICO is above 800.|
|1 Trivial Debt||Monthly payments of $2,000. Pay off of $30,000.||Your character has a great credit. FICO is between 730-799.|
|2 Moderate Debt||Monthly payments of $4,000. Pay off of $80,000.||Your character has good credit. FICO is between 680-729.|
|3 Major Debt||Monthly payments of $7,000. Pay off of $500,000.||Your character has decent credit. FICO is between 580-679.|
|4 Crushing Debt||Monthly payments of $25,000. Pay off of $1 million.||Your character has bad credit. FICO is 500 – 579.|
|5 On the Run||Monthly payments of $75,000. Pay off of $20 million. Even if you left the country, your creditors would hunt you down.||Your character has very bad credit and his accounts are likely frozen. FICO is below 499.|
Enemies (Adversary to Allies) – Enemies are not supported in WoDG. We rather leave the accumulation of rivals and enemies as an outcome from a storyline and/or organic character development rather than a planned nemesis from character creation.
- Your character is known to a select subculture. Or your character’s ill deeds are old news, like a child felon twenty years later or a junior officer of the SS.
- A majority of the populace recognizes your character’s face and chuckles, like a former political candidate with a sex scandal or a former child actor who’s known for some curious peccadilloes.
- Your character has statewide renown, like the acquitted on-a-technicality real estate swindler or the bimbo of the year from Jerry Springer.
- Nationally infamous; everyone knows something about your character’s ill deeds.
- Your character is an internationally infamous media icon, the latest crooked politician or pederast archbishop.
Notoriety (Adversary to Status) – Like Status, Notoriety is a special Adversarial Background that is handled separately in each venue. No player character can start with Notoriety in their respective supernatural societies without first having approval by the ST and a sufficient character history detailing the reason for the Notoriety. Mortals do not have access to this Adversarial Background. Infamy is better suited for them.
In WoDG, Status and Notoriety among Mages and Vampires is used in a play by forum format. Obviously, Werewolf: the Apocalypse has its own Renown and Ranking System and so has no use for Status or Notoriety.
Ward (Adversary to Retainers) – Wards are not supported in WoDG. We rather leave the acquisition of Wards as a result from a storyline and/or organic character development rather than a planned NPC from character creation.