Who carries the burden of this flaw?
- All on the character.
- Mostly the one, but associates share a little.
- The flaw usually effects (most) everyone associated.
- An enemy for one (usually) ends up an enemy for all.
- It's up to the SG to avoid this loophole.
- As SG, I don't allow this flaw (or only rarely).
- It's up to the others to veto/accept the danger beforehand.
- Other (see below)
The major flaw "Enemies", is defined as "endangering" only the person choosing it, but, in my experience, more often than not the entire covenant/party shoulders the burden, whether voluntarily or not, sooner or later. And even if their hand is not forced, associates often provide the solution for the character, removing the burden of the flaw without anyone suffering much of the penalty.
"The Baron is an Enemy to one Character. TB's men show up and give that character grief, or threaten to. The entire party/covenant bands together, both to form a plan and with their personal resources, to remove this thorn from their collective side before proceeding with whatever they were doing before this speedbump appeared.
The Character with the Enemy rests easier, knowing they are safe with their allies... (and thinking that this was the cheapest "Major Flaw" they ever saw!"..."[/i]
Even while the flaw states "...this is best agreed upon with the storyguide and the rest of the troupe", an enemy that seems perfectly reasonable becomes insignificant to the character, because their problems become the problems of the entire covenant (or adventuring party), and the entire resources of same are thrown against them. Any threat against a member of the covenant is addressed by the entire covenant, sooner or later, done deal.
To me, this has always seemed unfair, both that the Character in question gets such a flaw for minimal "shared effort", and that others inherit the enemy and the majority of that enemy's threat without benefit of "taking the flaw".
In your sagas, does this seem balanced? Does it seem fair? Do characters who take large enemies face those enemies themselves, or do they draw on (part of) the entire covenant for support? Do the enemies threaten just that one character, or do they inevitably pose a (lesser) threat to all who are connected to the character with the flaw?