ASSASSINS AND THE QUISALIS MARK - Achaea Online Help

13.12 ASSASSINS AND THE QUISALIS MARK

(See also: HELP CONTRACTS, HELP CHAMPIONS and HELP WRITS)


What is an Assassin?
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The Quisalis Mark is an organisation of assassins named in honour of Thoth's
chosen who died at Nishnatoba. Though their core denizen membership is
headquartered in the vicinity of New Thera, they also recognise a number of
adventurers as part of their ranks. An assassin accepts paid contracts from
adventurers to ruthlessly and efficiently take out a target.

Contracting an Assassin
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Assuming you have sufficient IC justification for slaying another adventurer
(See HELP PK), you may contract an assassin as such:

CONTRACT ASSASSIN FOR <target> [AT <amount> GOLD] <reason>

You may only do this in the presence of an established contracter for the
Quisalis. These cowled individuals can be found in the drinking establishments
of most cities, as well as the Brass Lantern Inn.

The price of any contract starts at 5000 gold, and may be modified based upon
any public positions they may have. Organisational leaders and other
higher-profile adventurers will require a higher fee. To impress upon the
Assassin the importance of the contract, you may specify an optional higher
fee. A variable portion of the fee will be taken by the organisation, and the
rest will go to the Assassin.

Your reason must be a very clear, brief statement: it will be seen by the
target and is viewable by the administration in the event of a dispute. A good
reason might be "Attacking me in Jaru on the 24th of Sarapin". Using this to
make insults against the victim is forbidden, and will result in administrative
punishment regardless of the context.

Contract Assignments
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Once an Assassin is requested, the contract will be placed on the contract
board for the Quisalis Mark, and all assassins will be informed that a new
contract is available to be claimed.

A contract may be claimed with CONTRACT CLAIM <contract number> while standing
at the contract board, which is located in the Quisalis headquarters under New
Thera. An assassin can only claim one contract every 24 achaean days, although
if they prove skilled and fulfill a contract, this cooldown is reset.

If you are an Assassin and  claim a contract, you must fulfill it within the
time frame of 30
months, or die trying. If the time expires or you are killed by the target, the
contract is failed and your standing in the mark will decrease (see "Standing
with the Quisalis Mark" below).

Joining the Quisalis Mark
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In order to join the Mark, you must find Derillin of New Thera, and JOIN
QUISALIS MARK. Doing so costs 20000 gold. You must be at least level 60 and 21
years of age.

You will then be a registered Assassin. You may not quit the organisation until
approximately 12 Achaean months have elapsed since joining.

While a member of the Quisalis Mark, you are open to being attacked by anyone
at any time; your membership is considered sufficient in-character
justification.

Quitting the Quisalis Mark
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In order to quit the Mark, you must QUIT QUISALIS MARK. 

Standing with the Quisalis Mark
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Completion or failure of a contract will influence your standing in the
Quisalis Mark. Higher rank brings with it many advantages, such as a higher
payout per contract completion and more prestige. The Assassin with the highest
reputation gains a unique HONOURS line and deathsight for as long as he or she
is in that position.

Negative reputation (due to repeatedly failing contracts) will result in the
Mark withholding more of the contract fee. Letting a contract lapse will result
in a far higher
reputation loss than a failed attempt.

Additionally, if you fail to complete a contract for three consecutive Achaean
years, you will be discharged from the ranks of the Quisalis and be unable to
rejoin for the span of an Achaean year. If your reputation among the ranks of
the Quisalis falls to nothing, you will be discharged from the Mark and will be
unable to rejoin for five Achaean years.

(See also: HELP CONTRACTS, HELP CHAMPIONS and HELP WRITS)