The Assassin

The Assassin

The Assassin is a hired killer, a professional who undertakes the murder of individuals for money, patriotism, or personal gain.  Like warriors they are well trained in the use of weapons but unlike the latter, the Assassin would rather do their best to kill without having to face their opponent and then disappear before anyone has the chance to alert the local guard.  They are trained in various techniques to kill quickly and efficiently.  Most people consider Assassins cowards but the work of professional espionage is not for the feint of heart.

Assassins operate as part of a Guild and are often assigned their targets.  There are very few freebooting Assassins but those players who opt to take their Assassin that route sacrifice the Special Advantage of Guild, though they certainly gain a measure of freedom.  During their career Assassins receive training similar to that of a thief but these skills are all designed to better his chances of eliminating the target.  With this in mind they are taught to use poisons, special weaponry, and subversive tactics to achieve their aim.    The primary attributes for this class are Dexterity and Intelligence, with Constitution as secondary.

 

Class Abilities:

 

Level Title Attribute Class Ability Table
1 – 4 Thug Int:           11

Con:       12

Dex:        13

Constitution: The Assassin has been dining on a diet of poisons for some time and gains a steadily increasing resistance to them.  The character starts with a base 35% resistance to common poisons and adds 2% per level.  Unusual or Rare poisons may be resisted based on a 2% per Constitution point total.
5 – 8 Cutthroat Int:           11

Con:       13

Dex:       14

Tools of the Trade: Now well trained in the art of killing the Assassin gains the use of two unique weapons.  The Garrote and the Blow Pipe, both of which are used at a +4 bonus to hit.  Gamemasters may substitute alternate exotic weapons of assassination at their discretion.
9 –12 Executioner Int:           12

Con:       14

 

Chemistry: The Assassin is no longer simply a tool of death, he may fashion what he needs to do the job himself.  He may, given the availability of ingredients, prepare certain proscribed poisons within a day.  The base chance is 35% + 2% per level, which yields D6 doses.  The Assassin may also identify poisons and can detect poison in food or drink given a successful Intelligence check.
13 – Assassin Int:           13

Dex:        15

Technique: “One shot, one kill” is the motto of all Assassins.  Now a killer of the highest order, an Assassin may attempt a Mortal Blow once per combatant.   The character announces he is going to make the attempt, the attack is rolled with a –3 modifier and if a hit is scored then the target must roll a save vs. Breath Weapon or suffer a Critical Hit.  If the Assassin rolls a natural Critical Hit while attempting this move, the result is always death.*

*The ability to attempt this move may be dependent on combat situations, which will be determined by the Game Master.

Special Advantages:

 

Guild:

–The Assassin is under the tutelage of past masters in his field.  He gains all the standard skills of a thief and Backstabs as a thief as well.  When in an area where the guild operates, the Assassin need not worry for money, lodgings, or supplies, though the precise level of these amenities may vary.  This also translates into a +4 to all Disguise checks.

 

Assassination:

–To backstab is a function of getting a good shot in on an unwary foe but to kill requires a special degree of training.  The Assassin has been educated in this delicate yet vicious art.  If the Assassin surprises a victim, he may attempt an assassination.  This must be stated prior to the attack and the percentage chance of success is listed on the Assassination Chart below.

 

Non-Weapon Proficiencies:

The Assassin has learned a curriculum of subterfuge and pain in his time at the guild.  Some secondary skills also accompanied this training.

 

-Education 2

-Disguise

-Shadowing

-Torture

-Palm Object

-Intimidation

 

 

Assassin Skills:

The Assassin is trained in many skills similar to that of a thief in order to more effectively achieve his objective.  Unlike the Thief, the Assassin learns these in a more proscribed fashion and follows the charts below for both Thief skills and his Assassination percentages.

 

Level Open Locks Find Traps Move Silently Hide in Shadows Hear Noise Climb Walls
1 10% 20% 15% 25% 10% 60%
2 15% 25% 21% 29% 10% 63%
3 20% 30% 27% 33% 15% 66%
4 25% 35% 33% 37% 15% 69%
5 31% 40% 40% 42% 20% 75%
6 35% 45% 47% 47% 20% 79%
7 40% 50% 55% 52% 25% 83%
8 44% 55% 60% 57% 25% 87%
9 49% 60% 64% 62% 30% 92%
10 54% 65% 70% 67% 30% 93%
11 59% 70% 75% 72% 35% 94%
12 63% 75% 79% 77% 35% 95%
13 68% 80% 83% 82% 40% 96%
14 72% 85% 88% 87% 40% 97%
15 77% 90% 92% 92% 50% 98%

Assassin’s Skill Table:

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                Assassination Table:

Level of Assassin Level of the Intended Victim
0-1 2-3 4-5 6-7 8-9 10-11 12-13 14-15
1 35% 25% 20% 15% 10% 1%
2 40% 30% 25% 20% 15% 10%
3 45% 35% 30% 25% 20% 15%
4 50% 40% 35% 30% 25% 20% 1%
5 55% 45% 40% 35% 30% 25% 10%
6 60% 50% 45% 40% 35% 30% 15% 1%
7 65% 55% 50% 45% 40% 35% 20% 10%
8 70% 60% 55% 50% 45% 40% 25% 15%
9 80% 65% 60% 55% 50% 45% 30% 20%
10 90% 70% 65% 60% 55% 50% 35% 25%
11 100% 80% 70% 65% 60% 55% 40% 30%
12 100% 90% 80% 70% 70% 60% 45% 35%
13 100% 100% 90% 80% 80% 65% 50% 40%
14 100% 100% 100% 90% 90% 70% 55% 45%
15 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 75% 60% 50%

 

Becoming an Assassin:

As stated in the introduction the Assassin is almost exclusively someone trained as part of a guild or organization that specializes in retaining individuals for the express purpose of murder.  Sometimes they will be part of a larger Thieves Guild, sometimes an agent of a local ruler, king, or other great noble, and of course there are other organizations and Guilds who feel it necessary to have such men and women working for them to insure their work goes unimpeded.    Because of the variety of possibilities there are also many motivations for an Assassin but regardless they are still trained killers and as such they can only be Neutral to Evil in Alignment (excluding Neutral Good), even if they feel that what they are doing is for the greater good.  Assassins can be from any background or social class and usually are.  The character must have a minimum of 13 Dexterity, 11 Intelligence and a 12 Constitution.

 

Advancing as an Assassin:

Assassins are, with rare exceptions, trained by other professionals in a formalized environment.  Thus they will be given jobs to do and be taken care of in a reasonable fashion.  Some Assassins may accumulate wealth through the course of their career either by using people or a cover profession so as to stay under the radar.  Likewise they may be expected to return to their patron a percentage of any gain as a tithe of sorts or they may be required to place all treasure into the common vault to be distributed to everyone as needed.  Regardless, the Assassin rarely lacks comforts, good equipment, or other necessities in order to remain a well oiled machine of death.

 

 

 

                                                                                                            Experience Table:

Experience Level Hit Dice (d8)
0 1 1
2,500 2 2
5,000 3 3
9,000 4 4
18,000 5 5
36,000 6 6
72,000 7 7
124,000 8 8
195,000 9 9
245,000 10 10
305,000 11 11
380,000 12 12
500,000 13 13