The hardened character has actually had real world experience that they no longer have the youthful and optimistic perspective that is inherent in new characters just starting on their life journey. This limits some of their starting features, though it allows them to interact more with an experienced players knowledge, and avoid meta-gaming.
If a character’s starting age is greater than 20% more than their normal starting age, they begin play as Hardened. This may vary based on setting, race, and back story, but unless noted, it should be assumed.
Features Prohibited by Beginning Hardened Characters: Bad Luck, Challenging Communicator, Youthful Experience, and Wonderment.