Anxious [Link]Source Quests and Campaigns pg. 22 (Amazon)
After suffering terribly for not being tightlipped
enough as a child, such as when you accidentally
exposed your family to enemy inquisitors, you developed
a habit of being overly cautious with your words. You
take a –2 penalty on Diplomacy checks and must speak
slowly due to the concentration required. Unless stated
otherwise, you are assumed to not be speaking at a
volume above a whisper.
Attached [Link]Source Ultimate Campaign pg. 64 (Amazon)
You have a strong emotional attachment to
a person or object that you’re terrif ied of losing. The GM
chooses the object of your attachment. Whenever the
object of your attachment is either threatened, in danger, or in someone else’s possession, you take a –1 penalty on
Will saves and a –2 penalty on saves against fear effects.
If the person or object to which you’re attached is ever
lost, killed, or destroyed, exchange this drawback for the
Avarice [Link]Source Ultimate Campaign pg. 65 (Amazon)
Deep, compulsive greed gnaws at you. Whenever
monetary treasure is divided, you must end up with a
greater share of that treasure than your companions or
you’re wracked with feelings of jealousy and ill will. When
treasure is divided, if you do not end up with at least 10%
more treasure than any other individual companion does,
you have a hard time being helpful to your allies. You
become irritable, and can’t take the aid another action for
the next week.
Betrayed [Link]Source Spymaster's Handbook pg. 6
You were reported to a dangerous authority such as the Gray Gardeners of Galt, the high inquisitors of Cheliax, or the Council of Mwanyisa of Mzali, and narrowly escaped death. You second-guess your instincts constantly, leaving you never sure whether or not to trust someone and endangered if you encounter that group’s agents again. You can roll twice and take the lower result on Sense Motive checks to get hunches. You cannot reroll this result, even if
Burned [Link]Source Quests and Campaigns pg. 22 (Amazon)
You were badly burned once by volcanic ash,
torch-wielding mobs, or some fiery accident, and the scars
pain you terribly you whenever you are too near to fire.
You take a –1 penalty on saving throws against fire effects.
In addition, whenever you are adjacent to open flames or
are on fire, you take a –1 penalty on all attack rolls, saving
throws, and skill checks until you spend an entire round
away from fire. These penalties are not cumulative. (An
instantaneous fire effect adjacent to you or affecting you
causes this penalty to apply until 1 round after it is gone.)
Condescending [Link]Source Quests and Campaigns pg. 22 (Amazon)
Raised with the assurance that only
those like you are truly worthy of respect, you have an offputting
way of demonstrating that you look down on those
not of your race and ethnicity or nationality. You take a –5
penalty on Diplomacy and Intimidate checks to improve
other creatures’ attitudes toward you.
Cruelty [Link]Source Quests and Campaigns pg. 22 (Amazon)
You were rewarded as a child for flaunting
your victory over others as completely as possible, and you
discovered you enjoyed the feeling of rubbing your foes’
faces in the dirt. Whenever you are engaged in combat and
there are dying or helpless foes within 30 feet, you take a –2
penalty on attack rolls against foes who are neither dying
Dependent [Link]Source Ultimate Campaign pg. 65 (Amazon)
You are dependent upon the acceptance of
others. Whenever you fail a Diplomacy check, you become
shaken for 1 hour.
Source Ultimate Campaign pg. 65 (Amazon)
You lack confidence in your abilities or
confidence in the universe
at large. Whenever you fail
a skill or ability check, you
take a –4 penalty on that type
of skill or ability check for the
Empty Mask [Link]Source Spymaster's Handbook pg. 7
You have spent so long hiding your true identity to escape political enemies that you have lost much of your sense of self. You take a -1 penalty on Will saving throws against compulsions. This penalty increases to -2 against foes who know your true identity.
Source Quests and Campaigns pg. 22 (Amazon)
You grew up in or near an opulent, decadent
culture that valued nothing more than showing up the
material wealth or accomplishments of others, causing the
seed of envy to be planted in your heart. For each day you
spend without stealing at least 10 gp worth of valuables or
other wealth, attempt a DC 20 Will save. If you fail, you
take a cumulative –1 penalty on Will and Ref lex saving
throws and concentration checks (up to a –5 penalty). If you
succeed, the penalty is reset to 0.
Family Ties [Link]Source Ultimate Campaign pg. 65 (Amazon)
Your family is
extremely important to you,
and you feel disheartened
when you can’t do what
they ask. When a family
member makes a request
of you, you must fulf ill that
request or take a –2 penalty on
all Wisdom- and Charisma-based
ability checks and skill checks until
you either do what was requested or
succeed at a DC 20 Will saving throw,
which you can attempt once per day at the
start of each day. You can’t take this drawback if
you have no family. If you ever lose your family or lose
contact with your family, exchange this drawback for the
Fey-Taken [Link]Source Quests and Campaigns pg. 22 (Amazon)
As a child, you were whisked away to the
First World by mischievous fey for a time. When you
returned, you were ever after considered odd and distant.
You long to return there, and find the mortal world dull
and at times revolting, so you do not eat as you should and
do not question strange visions. You take a –2 penalty on
saving throws against disease, illusions, and poison of all
kinds, as well as against the spells, spell-like abilities, and
supernatural abilities of fey.
Forgetful [Link]Source Quests and Campaigns pg. 22 (Amazon)
You are easily distracted and prone to
forgetting important things. Whenever you leave a
location you have been at for longer than 1 hour, you
must attempt a DC 10 Wisdom check. If you fail, you leave
behind one random mundane item (a purse of money
counts as an item).
Foul Brand [Link]Source Champions of Corruption pg. 29 (Amazon)
You have the symbol of an evil deity burned into your flesh. If the symbol is on your hand, you take a –1 penalty on Disable Device, Disguise, and Sleight of Hand checks. If the symbol is on your face, you take a –2 penalty on Bluff, Diplomacy, and Disguise checks. This does not count as a holy symbol for the purposes of a divine focus for spellcasting.
Guilty Fraud [Link]Source Spymaster's Handbook pg. 7
You received something through trickery that you did not deserve, and your guilt for the misdeed distracts you from dangers around you. You take a -4 penalty on Bluff checks against creatures with an attitude toward you of indifferent or better.
Haunting Regret [Link]Source Quests and Campaigns pg. 22 (Amazon)
When you were young, a relative
with whom you had frequently quarreled passed away
where his or her soul could not rest. Now, the unquiet
spirit appears around you at inconvenient times,
distracting you with regret for being unable to help.
You take a –2 penalty on saving throws against the
distraction ability of swarms and mind-affecting effects
and on concentration checks.
Headstrong [Link]Source Ultimate Campaign pg. 65 (Amazon)
You feel compelled to correct every
action and argument that contradicts your worldview.
Whenever you witness an action or hear an argument
that contradicts your alignment, you must attempt to
stop or correct that action or argument. If you either
don’t try to stop it or fail in your attempt to stop it (as
adjudicated by the GM), you are shaken for 1 hour.
Hedonistic [Link]Source Ultimate Campaign pg. 65 (Amazon)
You are a creature of pleasure and comfort.
Whenever you spend a day without gaining reward or
treasure (at least 10 or more gold pieces) or spending
an hour on entertainment or pleasure, attempt a DC
20 Fortitude save at the end of that day. If you fail, you
begin the next day fatigued. This fatigue lasts 4 hours,
or until you receive a reward or suff icient entertainment
Infamous [Link]Source Spymaster's Handbook pg. 7
You were publicly linked, truthfully or not, to a crime of significant infamy. You draw attention wherever you go and risk imprisonment or worse in the jurisdiction where the crime was committed. You and your apparent allies take a -4 penalty on Diplomacy checks to interact with law-abiding citizens (except enemies of the authority that accused you).
Information Overload [Link]Source Spymaster's Handbook pg. 7
You have had access to thousands of spy reports, many of which turned out to be based on faulty deductions or even intentionally false stories spread by opposed spy groups. At this point, you have been exposed to false knowledge as much as accurate information, and you can’t always remember which is which. You take a -2 penalty on all Knowledge checks, and if you fail a Knowledge check by 5 or more, you can recall information that is diametrically opposed to the truth.
Lonely [Link]Source Spymaster's Handbook pg. 7
You are far too easily convinced of the friendly intentions of others. You take a -2 penalty on Sense Motive checks and on Perception checks to see through disguises, and on saving throws against charm spells and spell-like abilities.
Source Quests and Campaigns pg. 22 (Amazon)
Raised by pirates, bandits, or other
troublemakers unwilling to stick out their necks for
you, you are accustomed to operating on your own. The
presence of allies can easily become a distraction to you,
and you do your best to keep them out of your space. You
take a –1 penalty to AC and on attack rolls while adjacent
to allies or when taking the aid another action.
Lovesick [Link]Source Ultimate Campaign pg. 65 (Amazon)
Your love for another occupies your every
thought, and you become despondent when you are away
from that person. The person is chosen by your GM
(with consideration to your roll on Table 1–56: Romantic
Relationships if you used the background generator). At the
start of each day, if you are away from this person you take
a –2 penalty on initiative checks and Perception checks. If
you ever lose or fall out of love with this person, exchange
this drawback for the Doubt drawback.
Magical Klutz [Link]Source Spymaster's Handbook pg. 7
You were born in a place with a plethora of strangely interacting magic, such as Geb, the Mana Wastes, or Nex, and magic is dangerously eager to surge into action around you. You roll twice and take the lower result on Use Magic Device checks to activate items blindly and on Reflex saving throws against effects produced by magic items.
Mark of Slavery [Link]Source Quests and Campaigns pg. 22 (Amazon)
You were enslaved for part or all of
your youth, and marked as such with a brand or tattoo
that still reminds you of how you were punished whenever
you failed to do what you should. Whenever you fail a skill
check, you take a –2 penalty on any skill check or attack
roll you attempt before the end of your next turn unless it
is a part of retrying the failed skill check.
Meticulous [Link]Source Ultimate Campaign pg. 65 (Amazon)
You plan and prepare everything in detail,
and aren’t good at improvising when things don’t go as
planned. You take a –2 penalty on skill checks for skills
with which you’re untrained.
Misbegotten [Link]Source Quests and Campaigns pg. 22 (Amazon)
Whether due to the inf luence of malign
magic, disease, or the scorn of the gods, you were born
with a troublesome deformity that interferes with your
movement. You take a –2 penalty on all Dexterity-based
Source Quests and Campaigns pg. 22 (Amazon)
Your perception that everyone is innately
good does not bode well in the heat of battle, when less
scrupulous foes might take advantage of your misguided
optimism. You take a –2 penalty to AC against attacks
with improvised weapons and a –2 penalty to CMD
against dirty trick combat maneuvers (see the Pathfinder
RPG Advanced Player’s Guide).
Nervous [Link]Source Quests and Campaigns pg. 22 (Amazon)
Living under constant threat of death or
worse from your oppressive government, your nerves
have frayed terribly. Whenever you take 10 on an ability
check or skill check that imparts any penalty for failure
(aside from wasted time), you treat your check as if you
had rolled an 8 instead of a 10, even if you are able to take
Oblivious [Link]Source Quests and Campaigns pg. 22 (Amazon)
Whether because you are an avid
daydreamer or you are accustomed to everything being handed to you and spelled out for your benef it, you pay
little attention to your surroundings and other people.
You take a –2 penalty on Sense Motive and sight-based
Occult Bargain [Link]Source Spymaster's Handbook pg. 7
You draw magical power from a source, such as a mysterious eidolon, shame-filled phantom, or First World patron, who insists that its identity remains secret. You take a -1 penalty on concentration checks, and you must invoke the entity’s name by word or text each day or be unable to regain spell slots that day. You must be able to cast 0-level and 1st-level spells as a class feature to select this drawback.
Oppressive Expectations [Link]Source Quests and Campaigns pg. 23 (Amazon)
You were raised with the
belief that your family was special, and that those of
your status always succeed at whatever they do. Due to
your concern about upholding the family name and your
memories of the consequences for disappointing them
(such as violence or unsettling disapproval), you are
easily frustrated. When you fail at a skill check, you take
a –2 penalty on checks with that skill until you succeed
or until you fail at a different skill check, whichever
Overprotective [Link]Source Quests and Campaigns pg. 23 (Amazon)
In your youth, you saw a younger
friend or loved one suffer a grievous injury or die, and
you blamed yourself for not having been there to help,
even if there was nothing you could have done. If one
of your allies should fall unconscious from hit point
damage, you take a –2 penalty on attack rolls and skill
checks as long as you are farther than 10 feet away from
your fallen ally.
Paranoid [Link]Source Ultimate Campaign pg. 65 (Amazon)
You believe that someone or something is
always out to get you, so you
have a hard time truly trusting
anyone. Anyone who attempts an
aid another action of any type to
assist you must succeed at a DC
15 check instead of the normal
DC 10 check.
Power-Hungry [Link]Source Ultimate Campaign pg. 65 (Amazon)
addicted to power. You take
a –2 penalty on Will saving
throws against charm and
compulsion effects if the
creature creating the effect
promises wealth or power.
Source Ultimate Campaign pg. 65 (Amazon)
You can’t abide challenges to your dignity,
authority, or honor. When someone threatens, accuses,
or challenges you, you take a –2 penalty on Diplomacy
checks and Sense Motive checks involving that creature
until the creature apologizes to you.
Provincial [Link]Source Ultimate Campaign pg. 65 (Amazon)
You have only one way of looking at
things: the right way. You take a –2 penalty on
Diplomacy checks and Sense Motive checks
made against all creatures whose religion or
alignment differs from your own.
Righteous Indignation [Link]Source Spymaster's Handbook pg. 7
You have difficulty controlling your temper after living in inhuman conditions in Cheliax, Geb, Irrisen, Katapesh, or Qadira. Whenever a foe provokes an attack of opportunity from you, you must take it unless you succeed at a Will save against a DC equal to 10 + your level. You take a -1 penalty on Will saving throws against spells with the emotionUM descriptor that do not also have the fear descriptor.
Secret Shame [Link]Source Spymaster's Handbook pg. 7
You have a terrible fear of the public at large, a group, or an important person (such as your order of knights, your liege lord, your family, or your lover) learning a shameful truth about you. You take a -1 penalty on saving throws against fear effects, and the DC of any Intimidate check to demoralize you is reduced by 1. If you would normally be immune to fear, you do not take these penalties, but instead lose your immunity to fear (regardless of its source).
Sentimental [Link]Source Ultimate Campaign pg. 65 (Amazon)
You are sentimental, and your thoughts
often stray to the past at inappropriate times. You take a
–2 penalty on Perception checks to avoid being surprised
and on Reflex saving throws to avoid traps or hazards.
Shadow-Scarred [Link]Source Quests and Campaigns pg. 23 (Amazon)
You were touched by terrible horrors
that live in the darkness just outside the human sphere,
such as shadow-beasts or aberrations linked to the Dark
Tapestry, and feel your life-force ebb away ever so slightly
whenever you return to the shadows. Whenever you are in
an area of dim light or darkness, you take a –1 penalty
on saving throws.
Sheltered [Link]Source Quests and Campaigns pg. 23 (Amazon)
Brought up in courtly environments and
knowing little of violence, you have trouble getting
accustomed to it. Whenever you have less than half your
maximum hit points, you are shaken.
Sleepy [Link]Source Quests and Campaigns pg. 23 (Amazon)
You must sleep or rest for at least 12 hours each
night to get the benefits of a full night’s rest. You take a
–2 penalty on saving throws against sleep effects.
Spooked [Link]Source Quests and Campaigns pg. 23 (Amazon)
You had a traumatic
experience with a spirit at a young age
that colors your reactions to such creatures even to this
day. Whenever you perceive a fey, outsider, or undead
from within 60 feet, you become shaken for 1d4 rounds
unless you succeed at a Will save with a DC equal to 15
+ the creature’s Charisma modif ier. Immunity to fear
effects does not allow you to forgo this saving throw;
even if you are immune to fear, you must roll the Will
saving throw for this drawback when applicable, albeit
with a +4 bonus.
Superstitious (Drawback) [Link]Source Quests and Campaigns pg. 23 (Amazon)
Raised around those who regarded
most magic as innately dangerous, no matter the source,
you cannot bring yourself to submit to magic willingly
even for your own good. Whenever you are affected with
a harmless spell, there is a 50% chance that you must
roll a saving throw to prevent that effect, even if it would
benefit you. This does not apply to harmless spells cast
by you upon yourself.
Tainted Spirit [Link]Source Quests and Campaigns pg. 23 (Amazon)
When you were a child, a parent or
other person with authority over you made a minor pact
with a fiend on your behalf, stealing some of your vitality
in exchange for a minor boon. At the end of any combat,
you must attempt a Fortitude saving throw. The DC is 10
+ the number of rounds you acted in combat. If you fail
this save, you become fatigued for 10 minutes per round
you acted during that encounter.
Too Many Secrets [Link]Source Spymaster's Handbook pg. 7
You’ve told too many lies, and made up too many cover stories, and now even you can’t keep it all straight. The lies have become reality to you, which makes it difficult to think of a new convincing lie. You hesitate at crucial moments when trying to fool those around you, and likely shouldn’t be in the field at all anymore. You take a -2 penalty on Bluff checks and saving throws against illusions.
Umbral Unmasking [Link]Source Champions of Corruption pg. 29 (Amazon)
You cast no shadow whatsoever, or the shadow you do have is monstrous. Under normal lighted conditions, this is not hard to observe—but uncommon to notice. Creatures that succeed at a DC 15 Wisdom check notice it plainly (an additional Perception check may be required based on environmental conditions). This telltale sign of wickedness cannot be concealed by misdirection, nondetection, or illusions, except those that also affect shadows (such as invisibility).
Unlearned [Link]Source Quests and Campaigns pg. 23 (Amazon)
You have always had diff iculty learning
and retaining information, and know very little about
the world beyond the obvious and what pertains to
your profession. Choose one Knowledge skill. You
cannot attempt untrained Knowledge checks with any
other Knowledge skills, even if the check’s DC is 10
or lower. If you have access to a library that covers a
specif ic Knowledge skill, you may attempt an untrained
Knowledge check with a –2 penalty.
Source Ultimate Campaign pg. 65 (Amazon)
You are sensitive about the way others perceive
you. Whenever you fail an opposed Charisma-based
check, you take a –2 penalty on all Charisma-based checks
for the next 24 hours.
Vainglory [Link]Source Spymaster's Handbook pg. 7
You compulsively seek recognition for your deeds, making it hard to act with subtlety. You take a -1 penalty on Bluff, Disguise, and Stealth checks, and the save DC of any illusion you create is 1 lower than normal.
Warded Against Nature [Link]Source Champions of Corruption pg. 29 (Amazon)
Animals do not willingly approach within 30 feet of you, unless you or the animal’s master succeeds at a DC 20 Handle Animal, Ride, or wild empathy check. Animal companions, familiars, and mounts granted by your class abilities are immune to this effect.
Xenophobic [Link]Source Ultimate Campaign pg. 65 (Amazon)
You have a hard time understanding and
trusting those with unfamiliar ways and appearances.
You take a –2 penalty on Diplomacy and Sense Motive
checks made against creatures of a different race or from
a different culture.
Zealous [Link]Source Ultimate Campaign pg. 65 (Amazon)
You are fanatical in your beliefs, ruled by emotion
over reason. When you attack a creature that you know
worships a different religion than you do, you take a –5 penalty
on the attack roll and a +2 trait bonus on the damage roll with
your first attack.