The world of Aberrant is a realm of secrets, covert conflicts and double-agents. Such being the case, many novas wish to maintain private lives away from the bustle of fame. The Cipher Background can represent a number of things – an aptitude for hiding secrets, lack of registration with governments or credit bureaus, possibly even one or more alternate identities. Cipher is particularly prized by the black ops of Project Proteus and the mask-wearing elite caste of novas, as both of these groups prefer to hide their true faces and names from public scrutiny.
For each dot you possess in Cipher, the Storyteller adds an additional level of difficulty to any investigations into your character. This Background may fluctuate if you don’t maintain a certain level of secrecy. The 1 Storyteller should determine if there’s a risk that new information develops in the wake of your character’s activities.
- 0 - Normal; just like everybody else, anybody can read your life story.
- 1 – A couple of your secrets are well hidden.
- 2 -Your data trails are hard to follow.
- 3 – You project the identity you wish to project.
- 4 – Even you have trouble remembering.
- 5 – Your secrets are completely safe.