Most assassination attempts come from a single assailant, or perhaps a few. Not this one.
The large-scale assassination still aims to kill a single or a few persons, but it is more similar to a military action: the assassins might number in the hundreds, with military weapons. They are still likely to attack fanatically, and will need the numbers anyway, since the target will have a large number of at least equally well-trained bodyguards.
Expect desperate close-quarter fighting, sacrifices, The Cavalry
, and only a few people still living in the end.
- David Weber has used this trope no less than three times.
- In ''The Armageddon Inheritance'', where over a hundred man with military equipment tries to kill Horus and Jiltanith, by orders of the Mole in Charge. One of the twelve bodyguards survives.
- In ''By Heresies Distressed, where over two hundred men tries to kill Empress Sharleyan. Of the over seventy bodyguards, only one survives.
- In ''War Maid's Choice'', where first over two hundred men, and then over four hundred arrives in a second wave, to kill King Markhos. Surprisingly, half of the fifty or so bodyguards manages to survive until The Cavalry arrives.