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23rd May '17 8:20:40 AM BeerBaron
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* A considerable number of organizations in ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'', including the Morag Tong (a government-sanctioned assassin's guild in [[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]] Province) and the Dark Brotherhood (a fully criminal offshoot of the former).
** Interestingly enough, the Dark Brotherhood is not just an assassin's guild, it is a psychotic cult whose main deity feeds on death. The other deity they worship, the Night Mother, ascribes to TheSpartanWay, as she [[spoiler:allows the player character to slaughter his/her way through the upper ranks of the Brotherhood because they were stupid enough to let someone specifically out to destroy them reach the inner circle of their organization.]]
** Although, while the members are crazy, they seem to have [[EvenEvilHasStandards some firm standards]]. You lose part of your paycheck for anybody else aside from the intended target dying in the mission area. They appear to very much dislike the wholesale slaughter of innocent people, but one unnoticed target or another they do seem to encourage as that is how you gain entry into the guild, just no mass murdering people for the hell of it. Also, the lower level leaders are very much sane in a professional way, and generally only care if you are doing your job right.
** By the time of ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'', the Dark Brotherhood is now down to a single chapter in Falkreath. As such, the current leader Astrid has taken a less religious approach to things. She later proves to be quite the ControlFreak when the player is recognized as the Listener of the Night Mother fairly early on in the story, eventually resorting to [[spoiler:dealing with the head of the Emperor's personal guard to try and sell you out, only for this to backfire horribly on her]]. When first encountered, the player character can either begin a short quest chain to ''wipe them out'' or join them and put them on the path to renewed glory.

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* A considerable ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' includes a number of organizations in ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'', including which may qualify, but two are most prominent: the Morag Tong (a government-sanctioned assassin's guild in [[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]] Province) and the Dark Brotherhood.
** The Morag Tong is a guild of assassins officially sanctioned by the [[OurElvesAreBetter Dunmer (Dark Elf)]] government. To put it lightly, the Dunmer [[TheClan Great Houses]] don't get along very well, and since open warring between the Great Houses would weaken the Dunmer overall, the Morag Tong was sanctioned as the solution. Whenever someone with a enough wealth to hire the Morag Tong wants someone dead, an "Honorable Writ of Execution" will be created for that person and a Tong assassin will be dispatched to kill them. They [[EvenEvilHasStandards follow a strict code of honor]] and are [[ProfessionalKillers highly professional]] in regards to their work. (Even if one of their agents could get away without getting caught following an assassination, they are still encouraged to turn themselves in and present their Honorable Writ of Execution to ensure that everything remains above board.) After aiding in [[TheKingslayer the assassination of Emperor Reman Cyrodiil III]] at the end of the 1st Era, they were outlawed everywhere in Tamriel except for Morrowind.
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Dark Brotherhood (a is a fully criminal offshoot of the former).
** Interestingly enough,
Morag Tong who operates throughout the Dark Brotherhood is not just an assassin's guild, it is rest of Tamriel. They are a psychotic much more PsychoForHire group, doubling as a [[ReligionOfEvil cult whose main deity feeds on death. The other deity of Sithis]]. Despite this, they worship, the Night Mother, ascribes to TheSpartanWay, as she [[spoiler:allows the player character to slaughter his/her way through the upper ranks of the Brotherhood because they were stupid enough to let someone specifically out to destroy them reach the inner circle of their organization.]]
** Although, while the members are crazy, they seem to
do still have [[EvenEvilHasStandards some firm standards]]. You lose rules, such as losing part of your paycheck for anybody else aside from the intended target dying in the mission area. They appear to very much dislike the wholesale slaughter of innocent people, but one unnoticed target or another they do seem to encourage as that is how you gain entry into the guild, just no mass murdering people for the hell of it. Also, the lower level leaders are very much sane in a professional way, and generally only care if you are doing your job right.
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right. By the time of ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'', the Dark Brotherhood is now down to a single chapter in Falkreath. As such, the current leader Astrid has taken a less religious approach to things. She later proves to be quite the ControlFreak when the player is recognized as the Listener of the Night Mother fairly early on in the story, eventually resorting to [[spoiler:dealing with the head of the Emperor's personal guard to try and sell you out, only for this to backfire horribly on her]]. When first encountered, the player character can either begin a short quest chain to ''wipe them out'' or join them and put them on the path to renewed glory.
14th May '17 9:07:35 PM nombretomado
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* The [[SortingAlgorithmOfEvil Gung Ho Guns]] in ''{{Trigun}}'' are the murderous minions specifically of the BigBad, selected for their power and willingness to slaughter people, up to and ultimately including ''[[KillAllHumans everybody]]''. In the manga, however, some slots in the Guns are explicitly filled from the ranks of [[ProfessionalKiller The Eye of Michael]], which is one of these that fronts as a Christian church and has its roots in a plant worshiping cult. They therefore tune in to the AncientConspiracy part of the trope. The arrangement is useful to [[BigBad Knives]], because it means if one of these minions dies off there's already a contract in place to bring in a replacement.

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* The [[SortingAlgorithmOfEvil Gung Ho Guns]] in ''{{Trigun}}'' ''Manga/{{Trigun}}'' are the murderous minions specifically of the BigBad, selected for their power and willingness to slaughter people, up to and ultimately including ''[[KillAllHumans everybody]]''. In the manga, however, some slots in the Guns are explicitly filled from the ranks of [[ProfessionalKiller The Eye of Michael]], which is one of these that fronts as a Christian church and has its roots in a plant worshiping cult. They therefore tune in to the AncientConspiracy part of the trope. The arrangement is useful to [[BigBad Knives]], because it means if one of these minions dies off there's already a contract in place to bring in a replacement.
10th Mar '17 11:09:10 AM DeisTheAlcano
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* Aryan Brotherhood from BreakingBad. They are introduced as neo-Nazi gang, but this is an InformedAttribute, since they aren't shown doing anything except for contract killings.

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* The Aryan Brotherhood from BreakingBad.''Series/BreakingBad''. They are introduced as neo-Nazi gang, but this is an InformedAttribute, since they aren't shown doing anything except for contract killings.
25th Jan '17 12:43:44 PM Tacitus
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* In ''WebVideo/SwordArtOnlineAbridged'', the PlayerKilling guild Laughing Coffin shows up to do some contract killings as in the source material, though [[HeroicComedicSociopath Kirito]]'s method of handling the situation is a ''bit'' different - he advises them to drop the [[AsTheGoodBookSays "Bible-quoting serial killer"]] motif they've got going [[DoWrongRight and totally rebrand themselves with a new PR campaign to reach more clients.]] They withdraw to follow his advice, but a later episode reveals that they [[TooDumbToLive had the bright idea to include directions to their exact location in their promotional video.]]
24th Jan '17 2:32:57 PM foxley
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* ''Literature/JoePickett'': In ''Stone Cold'', Joe is sent to Medicine Wheel County to investigate what retired financier Wolfgang Templeton is up to on his ranch. It turns out that Templeton is running a murder-for-hire organisation, with Joe's friend Nate as one of his operatives.
12th Jan '17 9:16:38 PM Fireblood
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** This is further explored in ''Discworld/{{Thud}}'', in which it's mentioned that the Assassin's Guild does not take contracts on people whose death they feel would be disadvantageous to the stability of Ankh-Mopork (in Vimes' words, "would not only spoil the game but toss the board out the window"). To date, this list contains the current patrician, Vetinari, and the commander of the city watch, Vimes. Both men have proven to be very assassination-resistant anyway: A NoodleIncident is referred to about the last assassin sent after Vimes before the ban; apparently Vimes overpowered him and had him put on a boat headed for [[LandDownUnder XXXX]].
*** Also on the list of "Do not assassinate" is Foul Ol Ron, not because of any sort of importance but rather the opposite: there just wouldn't be any ''point''. (One guild member suggested that the proper fee to inhume Ron would be one groat.)

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** This is further explored in ''Discworld/{{Thud}}'', in which it's mentioned that the Assassin's Guild does not take contracts on people whose death they feel would be disadvantageous to the stability of Ankh-Mopork (in Vimes' words, "would not only spoil the game but toss the board out the window"). To date, this list contains the current patrician, Vetinari, and the commander of the city watch, Vimes. Both men have proven to be very assassination-resistant anyway: A a NoodleIncident is referred to about the last assassin sent after Vimes before the ban; apparently Vimes overpowered him and had him put on a boat headed for [[LandDownUnder XXXX]].
*** Also on the list of "Do not assassinate" is Foul Ol Ron, not because of any sort of importance but rather the opposite: there just wouldn't be any ''point''. (One ''point'' (one guild member suggested that the proper fee to inhume Ron would be one groat.)groat).


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* ''Literature/VillainsByNecessity'': The assassins guild Sam used to be a member of.
8th Jan '17 4:45:45 PM nombretomado
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* Koroshi, the assassin's guild from ''UsagiYojimbo''.

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* Koroshi, the assassin's guild from ''UsagiYojimbo''.''ComicBook/UsagiYojimbo''.
16th Dec '16 8:23:46 AM ChaoticNovelist
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In various forms of fiction, it is terribly common to have various criminal organizations floating around with a single purpose in life: [[ProfessionalKiller causing death to others]]. In {{Fantasy}}, it is often called [[WeirdTradeUnion The Assassin's Guild]], but it could appear under any number of other names or in any number of settings. Their goals for this vary. It's often simply for money, but it could just be a group that enjoys playing politics. In that case, there's some overlap with the AncientConspiracy, except they're not that old ... and not that big.

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In various forms of fiction, it is terribly common to have various criminal organizations floating around with a single purpose in life: [[ProfessionalKiller causing death to others]]. In {{Fantasy}}, it It is often called [[WeirdTradeUnion The Assassin's Guild]], but it could appear under any number of other names or in any number of settings. Their goals for this vary. It's often simply for money, but it could just be a group that enjoys playing politics. In that case, there's some overlap with the AncientConspiracy, except they're not that old ... and not that big.
15th Oct '16 8:48:06 AM Derkhan
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** The Kingdom of Letheras has the peculiarly named [[WeirdTradeUnion Rat Catcher's Guild]] which purposes to do just that, catch rats and other vermin. In truth, they act as the unofficial assassins guild, [[ThievesGuild the guild of thieves]], a refugee smuggling ring ''and'' are conveniently contracted by the crown to investigate disappearances.

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** The Kingdom of Letheras Lether has the peculiarly named [[WeirdTradeUnion Rat Catcher's Guild]] which purposes to do just that, catch rats and other vermin. In truth, they act as the unofficial assassins guild, [[ThievesGuild the guild of thieves]], a refugee smuggling ring ''and'' are conveniently contracted by the crown to investigate disappearances.
14th Oct '16 5:53:49 PM Derkhan
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** The Kingdom of Letheras has the peculiarly named [[WeirdTradeUnion Rat Catcher's Guild]] which purposes to do just that, catch rats and other vermin. In truth, they act as the unofficial assassins guild, the guild of thieves, a refugee smuggling ring ''and'' are conveniently contracted by the crown to investigate disappearances.

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** The Kingdom of Letheras has the peculiarly named [[WeirdTradeUnion Rat Catcher's Guild]] which purposes to do just that, catch rats and other vermin. In truth, they act as the unofficial assassins guild, [[ThievesGuild the guild of thieves, thieves]], a refugee smuggling ring ''and'' are conveniently contracted by the crown to investigate disappearances.
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