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13.2 Assassinations and Training
Before you enter the world of clandestine murder, check the targets you are terminating. Some of them may have other quest-related objectives that change or disappear completely after you assassinate them. Although this never prevents you from completing essential quests, checking the Atlas and the Index prior to taking a victim down is worthwhile.
Skills to Learn
Entering buildings, finding a target, quietly slaying them, and leaving without raising the alarm (or even being seen) requires proficiency in the following skills, which you should think about improving through training and constant use:
One-Handed: for daggers and stealth attacks
Archery: for removing foes from long range without causing a ruckus
Light Armor: so you can sneak and still take damage
Sneak: arguably the most important skill if you’re taking a clandestine approach to assassinations
Lockpicking: helpful when trespassing in a locked a building
Illusion spells: such as Invisibility to help you sneak, and Fear or Pacify for an easier getaway
Alchemy: for creating poisons to tip your weapons with
Occasional other spells: such as Detect Life when you’re looking for foes, friends, or targets
The Assassination Itself
The following are some overall tactics that are worth thinking about employing:
The basic kill: Find the target. Produce your preferred melee weapon. Hit the target with it until he or she expires. Then fight or flee out of the location (if you’re spotted), and damn the consequences!
The ranged kill: If you prefer longer-ranged magic or bows, utilize them when attacking the target. If you can fire from cover and without being seen (crouch to check), so much the better.
The stealth kill: Increase your Sneak using augmentations to decrease your visibility, attack in the dead of night and from behind, and then merge back into the shadows if you’re spotted.
The poison kill: When culling your target, you obviously want to complete the task as quickly as possible, so coat your assassination weapon in poison so your target dies with one swipe.
In addition to a comfy bed and like-minded attitudes, the main members of this assassin guild are dazzlingly proficient in a particular skill. Speak to each of them, and increase the chosen skill by a point. If you have the gold, you can complete this numerous times...