Most warriors fight for a higher cause: king, country, God, or honor. The soldier of fortune fights for a much more practical reason: to earn a living. In theory, the soldier of fortune is a mercenary whose only loyalty is to his own self-interest. In practice (at least in fiction), soldiers of fortune often discover that there are limits to what they’re willing to do in the name of greed. A few even turn on their employers in favor of what is right.
I said that after GenCon I'd let you know more about some of the stuff we're working on here at Hex. This is a bit longer after GenCon than I'd planned, but that just helps illustrate why we don't usually give firm release dates until we've got something nearly done. Hex is very much a part-time operation, and we've all got real jobs and lives that sometimes (ok, often) interfere with writing books about paranormal high school kids and monsterploitation detectives. Also, we've learned the hard way that it's usually better to put a project on hold for a while rather than to keep slogging away after we've gotten completely burned out on the project, so sometimes things sit around "in development" for months or years before we finish them.
The guardian is a character who is responsible for protecting a particular person, place, or object. Some guardians are destined or chosen for their position, while others are hired or even self-appointed. Regardless of how they got the job, the main thing that separates a guardian from simple hired muscle is the seriousness with which he treats his responsibility. To the true guardian, the charge’s safety and protection are tantamount, and keeping them out of harm’s way is a source of pride and honor.
Characters in fiction often have disadvantageous quirks and foibles that, while annoying, aren’t really Weaknesses in QAGS terms. Willow Rosenberg’s “frog fear” is a good example of this kind of thing, as is her pal Anya’s fear of bunnies. Such minor disadvantages are not really debilitating to be considered a Weakness, probably should have some game effect. As Weird Times at Charles Fort High readers already know, this dilemma can be solved in the QAGS system by adding a new word called Flaws.
The Loose Cannon
The loose cannon, also known as the cop on the edge, is a law enforcement officer who is far more concerned with justice than proper police procedure. The loose cannon is a shoot first, read Miranda rights later kind of guy, and as a result he’s always one step away from being kicked off the force (usually by a black man with a predilection for screaming things like “This time you’ve gone too far, McBain” at the top of his lungs). When the court system fails to punish a criminal (often because of technicalities resulting from the loose cannon’s disregard for proper procedure) the loose cannon will sometimes take it upon himself to punish the bad guy personally. While the loose cannon is not required to turn in his gun an badge first, it is traditional to do so.