A few of us at work have started “DECEMMER,” (where we draw mermaids for the month of December)…so recently I’ve started doing a series of sketchbook comics about different kinds of merpeople. Here is the first one, about the Mermit-Crab.
*how to spawn demons: a beginner’s guide to chemistry
The things moving and growing out of things due to chemical reactions is NOT OKAY.
*spider shaking dice in casino* come on, daddy longlegs needs a new pair of shoes and a new pair of shoes and a new pair of shoes and a new pair of shoes
well i hope that cruel angel got into grad school
Information session as in a session that kick starts the research you should be doing right now, along with slight tips thrown in. Below is filled with links, questions and comments that might help you with your character. If you have any more questions, feel free to ask me.
Are you encouraging assassination by teaching us this?
No. If you use this for anything other than writing, jail is too merciful. I don’t know why you would, but yeah.
Do you know the definition of assassin?
assassinate: (transitive verb): to murder (a usually prominent person) by sudden or secret attack often for political reasons.
Isn’t that the exact same definition of murder?
murder: (verb used with object): to kill by an act constituting murder; to kill or slaughter inhumanely or barbarously.
Yeah, thanks Captain Obvious. Aren’t they the same thing?
Assassination is a subset, so to speak, of murder. To say you murdered someone is to say you killed anyone, let it be a person in a million dollar flat or the person living in a run-down apartment. To say you assassinated someone is to say you killed someone well known, someone who is widely acknowledged by a large group of people, such as a political leader. So, yes, X-person murdered the President, but the correct term is assassinated.
Why are they an assassin? What is their motive?
Do they kill for the thrill? Are they in debt? Do they just need the money? Do they personally hate the person they’re going to kill? Is it a personal thing or something else?
Were they hired?
When you think about it, non-hired assassins are most likely the people to get caught really fast. Unless they’ve done this often before, they’ll have no idea what they’re doing and the chance that they’ll botch it up increases drastically.
Hired assassins could be people who have killed before, who know how to not get caught, who know their shit, to say the least. However, they could be the kid living on the street who desperately needs the money and who’d do anything for it. Make sure you know the difference.
Is being an assassin their job or their hobby?
If it’s just a hobby for them, your character probably will have another job of some sort. Their job also depends on the answer to the last question. If they travel for their hobby, they might have a job that travels as well. If they don’t travel often and stay in an area for a long time, they’ll have a stable job.
Now, if being an assassin is their job, there’s no doubt that they know how to evade police. They know how to be sneaky, they know how to make sure their prints don’t get everywhere, they know how to get through security, they know how to get past security cameras… you get the point. If they’re being hired for this due to a recommendation, which is probably how they were found in the first place, they’re not going to be hired if they’re shit at what they do. These people are good, and they are also known as hitmen.
Are they going to get caught?
If it’s part of your story line that they get caught, whether it be before or after, you still have to research. Research the laws in the area and the person who was going to be or ended up being assassinated. If they’re the President, it’s pretty much a life sentence, so check that.
Also, if it’s after and they didn’t get caught in the building or specific place, you can check out this post I made on red herrings and killers messing up.
What’s the probability of them getting caught?
Let’s be honest here. Celebrities and political figures make a shit ton of money. The probability that their families and colleagues and fans will go crazy and demand the killer be brought to justice is immense, and the police will be, without a doubt in my mind insanely pressured to bring the culprit in. Noting that forensics is really gaining momentum, the probability of them eventually being caught is great, especially when tons of political figures just start dying out of no where.
How do I implement this in my writing?
Easy. Mention what you must, and the rest shall be assumed. Answer all the questions above, and think about who your character is. Your character is above all a person, and their job, while it may influence them quite a bit, isn’t the only thing about them. Keep that in mind when writing.
How do I implement this in RP?
This depends on your roleplay. If your roleplay is about a bunch of assassins working together or against each other, hiding the occupation won’t be a very big deal. If it’s a different sort of roleplay, like a political one, character’s are going to be hiding that like Christmas presents a week before. Naturally, the character is going to be their own person, so I can’t tell you much on how they’d be like because it truly depends, but being cunning would be a great advantage in such a situation. They’re sly people, and since they can’t tell anyone that they’re an assassin, lies are a big part of their daily life; lying about their jobs, their hobbies, how much they know about cleaning crime scenes, how much they know about fake identities, etc. Essentially, play them out like a character hiding a super dark secret without them ever mentioning the secret to anyone.
How else can I research? What would be the best way to go about it?
Go about research in a logical manner. I’d personally say pull out articles that talked about the assassination of Y and Z. Read about people who have done this. Read about John Wilkes Booth, read about Mark David Chapman. Watch movies, though note that they are rarely very accurate. Read articles. Figure out the mindset.
Do you have anything else worth mentioning, oh person who won’t stop blabbering about assassination?
- Clearly, your character, whether they be a book character or an RP character, should have a motive of some sort.
- They’re comfortable with the idea of murder. Blood probably (though not in all cases) isn’t that big of a deal and they might be okay with getting a bit “dirty” when it comes to these things.
- They will be doing a lot of lying. They’ll lie about where they were last night, who they met up with last night while they were making their money deal, what their profession is if they have none, etc. Being a bad liar could get your character caught.
Help me with my research?
- Etymology of Assassin.
- The Deadly History of Persia’s Ancient Assassins.
- The Buckingham Assassination.
- Presidential Assassinations and Assassination Attempts.
- Murder at Mykonos: Anatomy of a Political Assassination.
- Death of Philip: Murder or Assassination?
- Booth’s Reason for Assassination.
- State Murder.
- Meaning: Assassination vs. Murder.
- A Study of Assassination.
- Murder, Assassination, and Raw Power. (Not the best read.)
- Murder, Russian Style: Political Assassination.
- Getting Away With Murder: Behind the Investigation.
- 13 Year Old Assassin Murdered.
- Female Assassin Implicated in 20 Murders.
- Dubai Murder: Fake Identities, Disguised Faces and a Clinical Assassination.
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