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So tempting... in fanfic I've developed the idea of the Assassins' Guild school having its nature studies syllabus, with especially pleasing parts of Nature being looked after as classroom pets and so forth. But the AG school does not have a class hamster, nor does it do stick insects in a jar... its animals of interest are more substantial than that, allow for study of species whose habits the student Assassin should reflect upon and try to imitate, provide ample reason for students to remain alert and not get over-confident, and provide an ongoing revenue stream in terms of venom harvested and poisons derived therefrom.... what, from an Assassins' point of view, is there not to like? I leave all this in the capable hands of "south African" Assassin Johanna Smith-Rhodes, a zoologist of the sort who would get fan mail and offers of marriage from Steve Irwin.... maybe she taught Arachne and is looking with pride upon capable ex-pupil, as well as gratefully receiving frequent large parcels from Fourecks which are to be opened with more than usual care...--AgProv 21:28, 30 October 2011 (CET)


A Guild tax of 50% sounds rather Socialist for an institution like the Guild of Assassins and it doesn't seem to be mentioned elsewhere in the wiki. If it's specified in the Discworld's Assassins' Guild Yearbook and Diary 2000 or elsewhere it might well be added to the Assassins' Guild page. --Old Dickens (talk) 05:29, 22 January 2018 (UTC)

There is an aside in one of the Sam Vimes books, where he's dealing with a luckless Assassin, which has Vimes explaining the price payable to at least get a chance to leave Ramkin Manor in one piece. Vimes refers to "Guild takes fifty per cent, doesn't it?" to which the Assassin nods, and then of his own free will, makes a large donation to the Widows and Orphans fund.... AgProv (talk) 21:55, 3 February 2018 (UTC)

Ah, Feet of Clay. Sir Samuel was still on the schedule for a mere twenty thousand dollars at the time. --Old Dickens (talk) 16:30, 4 February 2018 (UTC)