- The Assassin: What do you want?
- Player: How are things going with you, Ling?
- Before A Jade Frog in the Throat:
- Ling: I'm investigating that group of slavers who've been operating in the Arc region. They must learn that they cannot just take what they want, not if they want to keep their heads. Your port is full of idle talk. It is the perfect place to glean information.
- After A Jade Frog in the Throat:
- Ling: I'd rather not be hiding in taverns, but ever since that Death Lotus assassin spotted me I have had to keep a low profile.
- After The Death Lotus:
- Ling: I'm just taking a break from interrogating Bak, that boorish Death Lotus assassin we captured. Nothing like interrogation to build up a thirst.
- After Woe for Wu:
- Ling: Kirau is still looking for Baby Tooth's location. The Death Lotus leader is a man difficult to track down. Luckily for me, Kirau is excellent at what he does.
- After Baby Tooth:
- Ling: How do you think things are going? Kirau's betrayal has left me stung. But I will have my revenge. He will die with my hands about his throat. I've returned here to see what information I can gather, someone must know where Kirau is hiding.
- After Pulling the Tooth:
- The Assassin: I'm still basking in my newfound freedom. With the Death Lotus in ruins I can live my life as I wish. I have you to thank for that.
- After Meet the Partner - Again
- The Assassin: I am anxious to continue with our campaign against Quin. I cannot wait to see what you have planned next.
- After In Memory of Kirau
- The Assassin: I can scarcely believe Kirau's family forgave me. With their support, we will kill Quin - believe me.
- After Assault on Paradise
- The Assassin: One day, I hope to set up a guild of assassins to rival the Death Lotus. For now, I think there's a lot to be learned from watching you in action.
- Before A Jade Frog in the Throat:
- Player: I'm in need of someone with your skills...
- The Assassin: Certainly. I would never turn down a chance to practice my skills.
- Voyage screen opens
- Player: Do you prefer to work alone?
- Without the Convict unlocked:
- The Assassin: If you could find a suitable partner - someone who's used to the shadows - I'd consider working with them.
- Unlock the Convict (90 Thieving required) to unlock additional joint voyages.
- With the Convict unlocked and not present:
- The Assassin: I'd consider working with that convict who frequents your bar. We practice similar crafts.
- If both the Convict and Assassin are in port at the same time, additional joint voyages will be made available.
- With the Convict unlocked and in port:
- The Assassin: I suppose I could do a job with that convict over there. He could watch my back.
- The Convict: Convict? Watch YOUR back? I've never been so insulted.
- Voyage screen opens
- Without the Convict unlocked:
- Player: How's the life of an assassin?
- The Assassin: Not too different from yours, I'd imagine. We are both skilled killers, are we not? You know what a heavy burden that can be, but by only killing the deserving... Well, that can help.
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Meet the Assassin Only if she was not your first adventurer.
- The Assassin: Call off your dogs before I cut off their ears!
- Player: You've killed eight people in cold blood. You're lucky my crew didn't throw you overboard.
- The Assassin: And your crew were wise to stay away from me. I enjoyed killing those slavers, and I would happily kill them twenty times over.
- Player: Slavers?
- The Assassin: Yes, slavers! It's not enough that you westerners take goods from Wushanko; you must take the people also.
- Player: And you're the one to judge and execute the slavers?
- The Assassin: These people are being taken to Morytania. Vampyres won't judge the slavers; they will look hungrily at the slaves and pay for shiploads more.
- Player: Not every westerner is a vampyre or slaver. You could have brought the problem to me - to the authorities - rather than starting a killing spree.
- The Assassin: Why bring it to anyone? In the east, a crime is swiftly answered - with the removal of limbs, or death. I am not one to remove limbs. As you can see, it doesn't stop a person from killing.
- Player: Well, you're in the west now. You are under my supervision while the authorities decide what to do with you.
- The Assassin: If I stay here, it will be because I choose.
- Player: Well, don't kill anyone. I've grown attached to my crew.
- The Assassin: I will only sting if I am provoked, Little Khan.
- Congratulations - you have unlocked the Assassin adventurer, Ling! The Assassin now has a chance to visit your port daily, bringing voyage opportunities.
A Jade Frog in the Throat
- The Assassin: Little Khan, I have something you will want to hear.
- Player: Why do you think I'd be interested in what a sixteen-year old assassin has to say?
- The Assassin: Eighteen-and-a-half, actually. I have new from an old friend and informer. His name's Kirau, and his information has never failed me.
- Player: Well, what news does this Kirau have?
- The Assassin: I drove a group of slavers called the Skulls out of Wushanko. Maybe you have heard of them - they come from around here. Although they may have gone, their eastern contact remains. He's a khan; the ruler of Thalassia. His name is Tombi.
- Player: What do you know about Tombi?
- The Assassin: He runs his island like a factory. While it churns out gunpowder, he uses the wealth to build a palace out of jade. His people hate him for it, but they're too weak to do anything: either they've been broken by the sulphur mines or they're taken by slavers.
- Player: And Tombi's running the slavery ring?
- The Assassin: He knows his people are easy pickings. He used the Skulls so that his hand remained clean. Then he took the lion's share of profits to fund his green palace. He has to die, of course. I could have stowed away on one of your ships, but I thought it polite to ask first.
- Player: You can't just kill him!
- The Assassin: You think I should torture him first? Perhaps you're right.
- Player: No! I mean what happens to his island when he's dead? It'll be chaos.
- The Assassin: This man has sent thousands of people to their deaths! Even by your western standards, the man deserves to die.
- Player: Alright, I'll help you, Ling. But we do it my way. My crew find a replacement to take over, then you remove Tombi.
- The Assassin: Tombi is dead. I like your choice of replacement. He's already hung, drawn and quartered his corrupt officials.
- Player: He hu- what? Well, I suppose that's... thorough...
- The Assassin: There is one small problem. I killed most of Tombi's bodyguards once the alarm was set off, but one got away. He saw my face. I recognised him from... before. He's an assassin of the Death Lotus order. There's not a khan who does not fear them and their work.
- Player: What does this mean for you?
- The Assassin: It means that I need to lie low, Little Khan.
The Death Lotus
- The Assassin: Thanks for talking to me. I know we haven't always seen eye to eye.
- Player: What's happened?
- The Assassin: Remember the assassin who saw my face when I killed Tombi? The Death Lotus assassin. His name is Bak, and he's been making his way home to the Pearl Fortress, their headquarters. He intends to tell them that I am alive. Bak is scum - he'd stab you in the back, just so he didn't have to carry the weight of his dagger.
- Player: You know him?
- The Assassin: I worked for the Death Lotus. Where else could I have become such a trained killer? I have only remained alive because they believe I am dead. If they know I'm alive, assassins will rain down on use like a monsoon.
- Player: So, you want a ship to catch up with him...
- The Assassin: You see much, Little Khan. Kairu tells me that Bak is at the Firebird Inn, on the Chimera Isles. If I promise not to kill him, would you take me there, Little Khan?
- Player: You okay, Ling? My crewmen tell me that Bak was on fire...
- The Assassin: That is not important right now. The Death Lotus know that I am alive. They've sent a top assassin to have me killed.
- Player: The Death Lotus? How'd they find out about you?
- The Assassin: It was that son-of-a-squid, Bak. He sent a letter days ago, and was only heading back to collect a reward. Seems I must kill the leader of the Death Lotus before he kills me. I should let you know who you - we - are up against. To do so means starting with Quin. Have you heard of her? The self-proclaimed 'Khan of the Sea'?
- Player: She's a thorn in everyone's side.
- The Assassin: Quin is a seasinger - a sorcerer with the power to change currents and brew storms. Most seasingers can share their consciousness with a single sea monster, waking it and controlling it. Quin, however, can control all sea creatures at once. While the Wushanko Isles have never been peaceful, Quin brought carnage; an all-out war between the sea and land. Tens of thousands died. Quin won, but the monsters were greatly reduced, which is the only reason we can travel between islands.
- Player: What does this have to do with you and the Death Lotus?
- The Assassin: After the war, so many wanted Quin dead. The Khans of the other islands petitioned the Death Lotus to kill Quin, but the order of assassins was unwilling to risk Quin's wrath, for fear of failure. One khan offered the Death Lotus more wealth than the other khans combined. The order of assassins could not turn it down. I was the best assassin; at sixteen I was peerless. Baby Tooth, my leader and mentor, chose me from the ranks available to him. I was envied above all. The Death Lotus smuggled me on to a merchant ship, to Quin's home island - a place she calls 'Paradise'. It's a small island with one palace standing at its centre; an ivory building that sits on four golden pillars. I positioned myself in the rafters of the palace, and waited for Quin to enter her chambers. Seasingers aren't known for their prowess in combat - certainly not on land - so I was surprised to see her with only one bodyguard: an occultist. My dart flew through the air, but the occultist must have known I was there. Her staff knocked the dart from its flight. I fired again, but creeping fire burned my face, and the dart was wayward. The occultist called for guards. I escaped and hid in the jungle for three weeks.
- Player: What happened then?
- The Assassin: Then? Many things, but I will leave you eager to hear more. Bak is waiting for me, and there is information that I am keen to extract forcibly from his foul hide.
- Player: Don't torture anyone in my port!
- The Assassin: I'll ensure he's quiet, Little Khan, and I'll tell you more of my story once I have gouged the names from Bak.
Woe for Wu
- The Assassin: Big news, Little Khan.
- Player: Your captive, Bak, has information on the Death Lotus? He knows which assassin has been sent to kill you?
- The Assassin: That would be skipping to the end! First, I promised you more of my story. After I failed to kill Quin, the Khan of the Sea, I barely returned to the Death Lotus with my life. I did not know what to expect. I knew Baby Tooth, our leader, would be furious. He told me that I had brought shame on the Death Lotus, that the order of assassins would be lucky to survive Quin's wrath. I was to leave the order. I accepted this with reluctance. Then, Baby Tooth asked me to bare my wrists. Wu, Baby Tooth's fat son, grabbed me by the forearm and raised a blade...
- Player: I'm sorry.
- The Assassin: Before my hand had even hit the floor, Wu had raised his knife again. He grabbed at my other forearm, but his hands were slippery with blood. I wrested myself from his grasp, ran to the window and threw myself into the sea. A merchant ship picked my unconscious body; that's how I met Kirau.
- Player: How could the Death Lotus do that to one of their own?
- The Assassin: We see killing as a game, and I lost. It's how it works.
- Player: So, which of them is after you now?
- The Assassin: Bak revealed that Wu, the one who cut off my hand, is charged with taking me home. Kirau has located him on The Island that Reflects the Moon.
- Player: Will killing Wu stop all this?
- The Assassin: This hydra has only two heads, Little Khan. I kill Wu, and then Baby Tooth.
- Player: So, Wu is dead?
- The Assassin: It is the way of the assassin - fail at your task and your life is forfeit. He failed to take my hand, so I took his head.
- Player: What do you plan to do with it?
- The Assassin: I plan to pull a tooth from its mouth and hang it from my belt. We will talk again once I have met with Kirau. He will find Baby Tooth's location. Soon, I will have another tooth for my belt.
- The Assassin: We have to be quick. Baby Tooth, the leader of the Death Lotus assassins, is visiting the training camps of Tokoko. This may be our only chance. Kirau, my old informer, has learned that he will only be there for a day.
- Player: Do we have a plan?
- The Assassin: I was raised at the training camps of Tokoko. I used to escape for an evening to the local town, so I could steal ramen. I know the camp's ins and outs. We do not have long before he moves again. This is our only chance, Little Khan. This will stop the Death Lotus assassins from chasing me.
- Player: Then you have a ship. Good luck, Ling.
- The Assassin: It... was a trap. If your men hadn't been there, I would be dead.
- Player: But you're alright, that's what's important.
- The Assassin: I feel nauseous. Kirau set us up. It can only have been Kirau.
- Player: You can't know that for sure, he might have been fed false information.
- The Assassin: Kirau knows everything; I always thought he had something of the soothsayer about him. This is purest betrayal.
- Player: What will you do?
- The Assassin: Baby Tooth will pay, but Kirau must die first. Once I've found that serpent, I'll cut open his belly.
Pulling the Tooth
- The Assassin: I visited Kirau. He was sat, cross-legged in his chambers. He knew why I was there, but I didn't move.
- Player: Did he explain why he betrayed you?
- The Assassin: He had to. Quin threatened to level Kirau's village, if he did not set a trap for me. She threatened to kill his family, friends and crewmen.
- Player: Did you let Kirau live?
- The Assassin: No, I stabbed him in the heart and buried him, according to his customs.
- Player: I'm sorry: I know Kirau was your friend. It must have been painful.
- The Assassin: I have the pain locked away, broiling and angry in my chest. I will unleash it on Baby Tooth. That's why I've come here. To attack the Death Lotus at their headquarters, Pearl Fortress. Proud as I am, I know I cannot attack without a ship or a crew.
- Player: That sounds like a suicide missing, Ling.
- The Assassin: I would argue otherwise. The order of assassins has grown complacent and proud. They would not date to believe that someone would attack them brazenly. And you forget that I am angry, and so very good at what I do.
- Player: Then you have my ship and best wishes. Just make sure my crew comes back.
- The Assassin: It is done. Baby Tooth is dead, the Death Lotus assassins are broken and my hand has been avenged.
- Player: Won't they come after you when they get a new leader?
- The Assassin: No. The game has been won. The Death Lotus will acknowledge this, and return to the other games in play. It's how they have always worked. Quin, the seasinger, is another matter. She may yet abandon her search for me, but part of me hopes not. She is the one who got away, and I would jump at an excuse to kill her.
- Player: You're pretty fearsome, you know that?
- The Assassin: Pretty and fearsome. But I could not have got this far without you. You have provided shelter, a ship, crewmen and wisdom when I needed it most. I am at your disposal. Whenever you need me, just let me know, Little Khan. You have to admit, it's been fun.
Meet the Partner - Again
In Memory of Kirau
Assault on Paradise
- The Assassin: I'm fine for drinks.
A Simple Favour
- The Assassin: I can't say I trust you, old man.
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