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Quality Rules

Qualities are one of the main tools in adding flavor to a character, which makes them more fun to play. Qualities below have been clarified, changed, or banned for use when making characters for Runnerhub.

General Rules

Negative qualities must have an actual negative effect on your character. Attempts to work around this and have no real negative impact are not allowed. Negative qualities may be bought off whenever the conditions to do so are met. See the Negative Qualities section for rulings on buying off specific qualities.

Characters may take one new Positive quality per month without an associated contact or solo run, but must meet any stated or implied prerequisites in the text. Doing so costs no downtime, but should be marked in the appropriate Rent thread posts. Qualities purchased through contacts do not count towards this monthly limit, but do still require their karma costs to be paid. GMs may also waive the restrictions on picking up a quality if the character's actions justify it during a run (e.g. proving themselves to be a reliable member of a syndicate may allow them to pick up Made Man, a successful infiltration may justify Catlike, etc.). Qualities with multiple ranks (such as High Pain Tolerance or Focused Concentration) must be bought one rank at a time.

Metagenetic Qualities

General

Metagenetic qualities can only be taken during character creation by characters with the SURGE quality. They are not regular qualities, but a fundamental part of that character. Therefore, it's not possible to buy new positive metagenetic qualities or buy off negative ones in play, unless explicitly stated otherwise in the quality's description. The only exception to this are extraordinary events that cause a mutation of the character (GM discretion). Such changes should always be discussed with TD first.

Freaks

GMs may decide to not apply a character's social penalties from metagenetic qualities (Freaks, p.123, Run Faster) in certain situations (e.g. when their abnormal looks would be beneficial in intimidating somebody). However, this should be the exception rather than the norm. This does mean they apply to Social Competency rules.

Specific Metagenetic Qualities

See the Changelings section in the Chargen rules.

Positive Qualities

Alibi

Characters receive a +2 modifier on Con tests when they have plausible evidence (per the Social Modifiers Table, p. 140, SR5).

Biocompatibility

Characters may purchase Biocompatibility post gen using normal quality purchase rules. It instantly applies to all installed 'ware, granting an appropriately sized essence hole. Adapsin does not stack with Biocompatibility.

Better on the Net

Only available to technomancers.

Brilliant Heuristics

Only available to technomancers.

Candle in the Dark

Only the 15 karma Codes of Honor count for this quality. Loyalty gained from this quality is capped at 6. Contacts whose loyalty is reduced to 0 are lost. If the associated Code of Honor is broken and the option to correct the break in a run, a solo must be completed to earn forgiveness.

Corporate Loyalist

Only available to characters with the Limited or Corporate SINner Negative Quality.

Black Market Pipeline

This applies at chargen, but only to items within a given category. For example, with the category of Vehicles, vehicle mods would not count; with the category of Electronics, modifications for glasses or cameras would count.

Dealer Connection

This applies at chargen, but only to the base costs of the vehicles/drones a character purchases, not any modifications or accessories

Dual-Natured Defender

Toggling Astral Perception with this quality is a simple action as normal.

Fame

Limited to the Local and National fame levels for regular characters. Megacorporate and Global fame are available to "Snowflake" characters.

Fractal Punch

Allowed for all character types.

Hold the Door

Allowed for all character types.

Home Ground

The selected benefit applies to an entire district of Seattle (Renton, Bellevue, Snohomish, etc.)

When using the Digital Turf option, players cannot own a Host, but do have full legal access at either the user or sysop level to the Host with all the applicable boons and considerations. The Host in question is considered to be an R1 Data Hosts with stats decided by the player at time of purchase.

I C U

Note that you need to have visual sight on the target in the physical world to get the bonus.

Jack of All Trades, Master of None

The karma discount from this quality does not stack with any other cost-reduction quality, such as College Education or Linguist.

Lightning Reflexes

The cost of this quality does not double post-chargen.

Lone Wolf

Allowed for all character types.

(Massive) Networker

Do not stack with each other in any way, shape, or form. The price reduction from this quality does not apply to Runnerhub contacts purchased post-gen.

Made Man

The free crime syndicate group contact has a Connection rating of 4 and a Loyalty of 3. For mechanical purposes, treat the group contact the same as an individual contact. See also the notes on group contacts.

Approved Organizations for Made Man are any branch of the following groups:

  • Cutters
  • Laesa
  • Mafia
  • Seoulpa Rings
  • Tamanous
  • Triads
  • Vory
  • Yakuza

Note that no quality is required to be a low-level member in any gang. It may simply indicate it on a character's sheet.

Made Men have an effective +1 line on the NPC Attitude Table in Cutting Aces. They must take care to keep their Rep above -9, or they lose the benefits of this quality, and may experience other in-character issues as well.

Master Debater

This quality allows the character to substitute Logic for Charisma in their Negotiation rolls.

Mystic Foreman

Industrial Engineering is a Knowledge skill (Industrial Mechanic the active skill can be used in place of this knowledge skill) and Chemistry is an Active skill.

Natural Hacker

Only available to technomancers.

Null Wizard

Add Summoning to the list of skills that are not usable.

One with the Matrix

Only available to technomancers.

Otaku to Technomancer

This quality can only be taken at Character Creation (Chargen) and characters which possess it must either have a datajack or an Essence Hole of at least 0.1

Pacifist Adept

This quality may only be taken at rank 1.

Practice, Practice, Practice

This quality only applies to the the Physical, Social, or Mental limits of a skill. Any Hub contacts with the Aptitude quality can provide this quality for any of their associated skills.

Practiced Alchemist

This quality costs 10 Karma

Prime Datahaven Membership

The benefits of this quality only apply to acquiring data, not gear. Use of the membership does not automatically grants access to the data sought, rather, it is using one’s membership to perform legwork. Treat the Datahaven as an individual contact – see the notes on group contacts.

Privileged Family Name

“Home sprawl” is defined as a single district of Seattle (Renton, Bellevue, Downtown, Tacoma, etc).

Prototype Materials

This quality is only available as a run reward, and may not be taken at chargen or purchased in play.

Prototype Transhuman

This quality is only available at chargen, and characters with it count as Special Characters, with all of the restrictions listed in that section applying. The bioware chosen as a benefit of the quality cannot be Used, and can neither be removed nor upgraded. Assensing performed on the character should treat the implants as if they are Deltaware.

Quick Healer

This quality only applies to healing tests made on the character with the quality, and not to any healing tests the character performs on anyone else.

Redliner

The Strength and Agility bonuses apply to all of the character’s cyberlimbs. Keep in mind that the augmented attribute maximum also applies!

Restricted Gear

This quality requires explicit CCD approval and may be denied without further comment. In general, it is more likely to be approved when used for flavorful gear that ties well into a character's background, whereas attempts to simply use it to maximize a character's power are very likely to be denied.

Reverberant

As a reminder Technomancers cannot take this quality, but it is available to all other character types

Sensei

Contacts that are used with this quality have access to the Sensei Archetype Power. This quality is not required in order to purchase Runnerhub contacts which have the Sensei Archetype.

Sharpshooter

This quality applies both its benefit and drawback to melee attacks.

Special Modifications

Elemental weaponry cannot be changed to Acid, Radiation, or Pollution damage types. Weapons which do not intrinsically possess an elemtental damage type cannot have one applied as an effect of this quality.

The Damage, AP, Concealability, and Reach stats on any weapon may be modified. Reach only affects Melee attacks, such as strikes with the butt of a rifle, when applied to Ranged weapons. Modifying Concealability or Reach does not alter the actual size of a weapon.

Recoil Compensation may only be applied to Ranged weapons.

Ammo capacity may only be modified on Ranged weapons, or on Melee weapons with a battery capacity.

Spirit Hunter

Innate powers that cannot be deactivated do not go away (sapience, energy aura, astral form, etc..), but actively used powers are disabled (accident, confusion, elemental attack, etc.)

Sprite Affinity

Only available to technomancers.

Strive For Perfection

The character must make called shots, unless using some other form of special attack such as Suppressing Fire, multiple attacks, or Nerve Strike. They may use any weapon, including unarmed attacks, with the advantage that it halves the penalty for any called shot. When combined with other ways to reduce the called shot penalty, apply this quality’s effects after the other reductions are applied.

Stalwart Ally

"A Long Time" is counted as 6 months.

Team Player

Allowed for all character types.

Trust Data not Lore

Allowed for all character types.

Trust Lore not Data

Allowed for all character types.

Unique Avatar

Allowed for all character types.

Banned Positive Qualities

  • Astral Bouncer (from Forbidden Arcana)
  • Barehanded adept (from Forbidden Arcana)
  • Better to be Feared than Loved (from Chrome Flesh).
  • Chosen Follower (from Forbidden Arcana)
  • Community Connection (from The Complete Trog).
  • Erased (from Run Faster).
  • Friends in High Places (from Run Faster).
  • Groveler (from Kill Code).
  • Revels in Murder (from Chrome Flesh).
  • Trust Fund (from Run Faster).

Negative Qualities

Negative qualities can be bought off whenever the conditions are met for them to be bought off. This includes:

  • Connection to an appropriate hub contact
  • Other contacts with specializations similar/related to the corresponding hub contact (e.g. any psychiatrist contact could provide Therapy like Dr. Gued)
  • An astral quest, in the case of magical negatives like Spirit Bane or Spirit Pariah.
  • Gene therapy to remove allergies and other genetic defects (including some SURGE defects - talk to TD/RD)
  • 7 or more street cred with all notoriety bought off, for social negatives like Bad Rep and Liar. Note: This means that, in the case of Bad Rep specifically, this is the SC you must have after you buy off the quality AND the notoriety it provided (which is 3)
  • Personal choice negatives like Distinctive Style & Signature can be bought off whenever, to signify your character getting over themselves.
  • Records On File can only be bought off through a run or solo run involving data sabotage
  • Resolving a situation in which the character is Wanted requires either through a run or a solo run, approved by TD.
Addictions

Addictions must be to a statted, 'Hub-legal drug, with an addiction rating. Alcohol does not have any addiction rating on Runnerhub, so it is not a legal choice for Addiction. Addictions to simsense (cold- and hot-sim) as well as skillwires are not enforced on Runnerhub, and therefore aren't allowed as subjects for the addiction quality. Please see the rules on drugs usage and addictive substances for more information about the effects of the addiction quality.

Aged

Dwarf and Elf characters may not take this quality.

Albinism

Albinism is not a Distinctive Style.

Asthma

Asthma is not compatible with Allergies to inhaled irritants. This quality is subject to review by CCD.

AVRSE

A "safe place" is specifically a location marked as a safehouse, or a residence owned by the character as part of a lifestyle.

Bad Rep

Characters do not want this quality! Bad Rep is Bad News, and this quality may not be taken at chargen. Characters who had this quality at chargen prior to 4 September 2017 are grandfathered in and keep their rep.

Basement Dweller

Applies to Social Competency

Big Baby

Subject to CCD approval per sheet.

Big Regret

Subject to CCD approval to ensure it is something reasonably able to be discovered.

Brittle Attribute

Only available to technomancers.

Code of Honor

Codes of Honor based on metatypes, genders, ethnicity, and other groups may be taken. This includes specific corporations (AA or AAA are recommended), social groups (Humanis, Anarchists, etc.), ghouls in particular, Infected in general, and so on. All Codes of Honor of this type must have a short description of one or two sentences that explains the requirements of the Code. Sapient Paracritters are not a valid group.

Magicians may take Codes of Honor relating to spirits, which means that "A magician can legitimately choose to not destroy or disrupt any type of spirit from which their Mentor Spirit bestows a bonus for summoning. This Code of Honor respects their Mentor Spirit and is worthy of the Karma."

Existing Codes of Honor may also be customized on a limited basis. All changes must be clearly explained, and are subject to CCD approval to prevent the creation of completely custom Codes of Honor masquerading as RAW ones.

Violating a Code of Honor carries the following penalties:

  1. First infraction: Loss of 1 Karma point (if the character does not have a point of good Karma, then a reduction of 1 Karma from the Mission reward).
  2. Second infraction: No Karma reward for the run, and the player cannot Work For The People with the nuyen reward.
  3. Third infraction: One Edge burnt, immediately.
  4. Fourth infraction: The character cannot use Edge for the remainder of the run, at all.
  • Code of Honor: Like a Boss
    • The Code of Honor is also violated if a sprite or agent under the player’s control causes matrix damage to a target. It doesn’t extend to physical actions that cause matrix damage (e.g. using electric attacks against drones).
  • Code of Honor: Nationalist
    • This quality is allowed for UCAS only, and it is strongly advised that characters with this quality also have the National SINner: UCAS quality. CCD may deny characters with this quality without comment.
  • Code of Honor: Thug Life
    • The expenses (half of the character's income) are treated the same way as a SIN tax: they apply to their direct run rewards, and do not affect Working for the Man/People.
Corporate Pariah

The 7 Karma version of this quality is only available to characters with the Limited or Corporate SINner Negative Quality.

Cyber Snob

The bonus for this quality is 6 Karma, and the required augmentation grade is Alphaware.

Data Hog

Only available to technomancers.

Dependents

Alcohol and Smoking are no longer allowed to be taken as Dependents instead of Addictions. Being addicted to either one as a character trait should be purely roleplayed. Characters with Dependents to either one prior to 24-01-2019 are grandfathered in.

Distinctive Style

This quality functions as in RAW, with the following additions:

  • If the character covers, removes, or otherwise hides what makes their style distinctive, they take a -1 penalty to all actions until they uncover/wear/show their style.
  • Characters who have this quality as a consequence of a metagenetic quality or from being a metavariant do not suffer the penalty when hiding their style, and suffer only the RAW ramifications of this quality.
  • GMs are encouraged to have NPCs make Memory tests when appropriate and remember that a character with this quality is distinctive, IE memorable, in some way.
Driven

Requires CCD approval.

Escaped Custody

Allowed for all character types.

Frostbite

Registering is not a valid option

Incomplete Deprogramming

This quality requires approval by CCD. On submission of the character, players must provide a description of the alternate identity.

Infirm

Buying off Infirm does not restore attributes that it lowered when the quality was acquired.

Know Your Limit

Only available to technomancers.

Lazy Fingers

Karma bonus is now 6 karma, not 10.

On the Wagon

Allowed for all character types.

Pacifism

At the 15 karma level, the character is unable to directly facilitate violence at all - including paying for violence to happen or helping someone else procure the means of committing violence.

Poor Self Control: Sadistic

This quality requires explicit CCD approval and may be denied without further comment.

Records on File

This quality is limited to 3 ranks, or 3 corporations, at chargen. On submission of the character, players must provide a list of corporation(s) that have the files along with what specific information the corporation(s) have about the character and why they possess that information. This list must be adequately explained in the background section of the character sheet, and must be thematically appropriate to the character’s background.

Reduced [Sense]

This quality requires explicit CCD approval, and may be denied without further comment.

Signature

This quality requires CCD approval, and on character submission the player must provide a description of the signature. It must be uniquely used as a signature, and cannot be an item or action which would regularly serve another purpose in combat, as a tool, etc.

Sloppy Code

Applies to Logic+Sleaze tests and the Hide action

Spirit Bane

The selected spirit must be approved by CCD.

Sprite Combustion

Only available to technomancers.

Stay Out Of My Way

This quality requires CCD approval, and may be denied without further comment. The composure test related to this quality may not be applied to other players.

Superhuman Psychosis

This quality requires explicit CCD approval, and may be denied without further comment. Characters with this quality cannot receive bonuses from leadership or teamwork tests.

Taint of Dissonance

Only available to technomancers.

The Goat

The dice pool modifier is changed to -2 from -1.

Thousand-Yard Stare

This quality requires CCD approval, and may be denied without further comment.

Trog Traitor

Keep in mind that characters with this quality take a negative modifier to their Social Limit equal to their Notoriety. Expect what constitutes an ork- or troll-majority area to vary by GM.

Ugly and Doesn't Care

In order to take this quality, the character must offset the removed point in Charisma by spending at least 1 Attribute Point to increase Charisma to meet the Minimum Atribute requirements.

Unsteady Hands

It is up to GM discretion whether this quality triggers at the beginning or end of combat.

Weak Immune System

This quality applies its effect to Toxins as well as Diseases, increasing their Power by +2.

Wired User

Allowed for all character types.

Banned Negative Qualities

  • Alpha Junkie (from Cutting Aces)
  • Amnesia (8 Karma) (from Run Faster).
  • Bi-polar (from Run Faster).
  • Borrowed Time (from Run Faster).
  • Carrier (from Run Faster).
  • Code of Honor: Avenging Angel (from Hard Targets).
  • Code of Honor: Black Hat (from Kill Code).
  • Consummate Professional (from Assassin's Primer).
  • Data Liberator (from Data Trails).
  • Day Job (from Run Faster).
  • Dead Emotion(from Chrome Flesh)
  • Dead SIN (from Better than Bad).
  • Designated Omega (from Cutting Aces)
  • Earther (from Run & Gun).
  • Echo Chamber (from Kill Code).
  • Elevated Stress (from The Complete Trog).
  • Emotional Attachment (from Run Faster).
  • Every Man For Himself (from Street Lethal).
  • Faceless (from Hard Targets).
  • Force of Chaos (from The Complete Trog).
  • Hobo with a Shotgun (from Run Faster).
  • Hung out to Dry (from Run Faster).
  • Impassive (from Hard Targets).
  • In Debt (from Run Faster).
  • Information Auctioneer (from Kill Code).
  • Latest and Greatest (from Data Trails).
  • Leeroy Jenkins (from Data Trails).
  • Pie Iesu Domine. Dona Eis Requiem (from Run Faster).
  • Pregnant (from Bullets & Bandages).
  • Quadriplegic (from Better than Bad).
  • Resonant Burnout (from Kill Code).
  • Stolen Gear (from No Future).
  • This Is Your Last Chance (from Street Lethal).
  • Tough and Targeted (from Chrome Flesh).
  • Wanted (from Run Faster).
  • 'Ware Intolerance (from Kill Code).

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