“Leading the line there came walking a big thick-limbed horse, and on it
sat a man of wide shoulders and huge girth, but old and grey-bearded,
yet mail-clad and black-helmed and bearing a long heavy spear”
—The Return of the King
Sometimes a great heart comes in a great body – whether because you are fond of food and drink or because you never had to work hard, you developed a quite an impressive belly.
While this does not mean you are in any way less able than your slimmer companions, it does get in the way sometimes. You tire more easily, and move slower than you normally would. You may even become so morbidly obese that your every movement is a chore and take to sitting or lying down most of the day.
|Requirements||Cannot be an Elf.|
You suffer a -2 penalty on all athletic-type skills (Acrobatics, Jump, Run, etc.) and Weariness tests (but not those from spellcasting).
Additionally, you are never considered less encumbered than “Average Burden” (see tables 9.2 and 9.41 of the Core Book).
|Improvements||Yes; twice. For each additional pick in this flaw you are even fatter than usual. You suffer an additional -2 penalty to athletic-type tests and Weariness tests (except for spellcasting purposes) and are never considered less encumbered than “Heavy Burden” for the first improvement and “Very Heavy Burden” for the second.|