WARNING: You most likely do not want to RP an assassin. Just like Dragon RP, you're really not going to run about bragging to people about it. We assassins are the master of deception, and that means being able to get up while you're wife/hubby it still asleep, go out and murder your deader, and come back home in your PJ's while they're still snoozing.
Again: Do NOT RP an Assassin if you intend on brooding hard in a bar flicking daggers at a wall because people will get suspicious. Assassins are NOT viewed as heroes. We're VILE in the eyes of society and even more-so treacherous. Guards do not like you in their city. They also think you smell bad.
My reason for writing this guide is because I have Role-Played an Assassin since the dawn of time, but was never quite good at it in the beginning. After a lot of tips from various Pro's who are now long gone, I decided it's time to pass my knowledge down to the small-time thugs who want to be one of the most badass characters that they can be.
We got that out of the way now? Goody! Let us begin:
"Assassin 101: You're not an Assassin."
Assassin's work underground. To some, assassination is not a life-style but simply a job. To others, assassination is something they're fascinated by and love killing with knives and gloat about it every chance they get in the city. The latter also tends to brag about being a cold-hearted snake (LOOK INTO HIS EYES) despite bouncing about madly telling everyone how they can't get it up without stabbing someone with a BIG KNIFE.
The former is the proper way an assassin would view his job, while the latter is bit of an idiot. Now, this isn't to say assassins can not be violent. Depending on the personality of your character and your subtly, you can be any assassin you want. Heck, you can be the crazed-stabby-stab guy as long as you pull it off right. But first we should get to what it means being an assassin despite your personality.
"Assassin 101: Poisons, Murder and My Little Pony."
You have chosen to be an assassin, but you're just a thug and your only knowledge of what a Black-Jack is within card games. What is there to do? How do I get contacts? How can I make a name for myself? Well slow down there, Billy. You gotta get your trousers up before you want to prance about being a badass. Here's the facts of what is common knowledge to ALL assassins:
-Keen knowledge of every race's anatomy.
-A weapon of choice (Your option to specialize in whatever you want)
Now those are the roots of the grand tree that is an awesome assassin. Now that we have the basics of what makes you an assassin, let us move to fitting personality style:
"Assassin 101: You're a bad ass."
As mentioned before, you can have any personality for your assassin as long as it doesn't reveal their shady profession.
You CAN be the crazed-stabby type as long as they keep it contained within them. This gives you a window to make a character very nervous in public, perhaps sweating all the time or wringing his hands in search of something to sate his lust for killing. These types are the most suspicious and I recommend it to those who already can handle assassins.
The second type is probably the easiest to RP. You're level-headed and act as a commoner amongst people in whatever city you work in. Perhaps you're a quiet librarian, a nasty butcher, or a simple bar-maid who is well known for smiling at folks for serving the best drinks in the city. Whatever you choose for their low-profile profession is completely up to you and I recommend that you choose it wisely. Whatever you make your character do outside of killing reflects their personality.
Ex 1: The dwarven butcher is really a heavy-set assassin who gets his job done by poisoning food and sending it to his target, and relying on his bloody cleaver incase things get messy. He's still subtle despite his bulky size because he knows how to deceive the public eye and even has some great combat skills with his hatchet.
Ex 2: The harmless elven bar-maid smiles sweetly at her people, but will poison drinks or tamper with her bar to set traps. Perhaps her target comes into the bar and sits under a loosened chandelier? When going out to do the job, her lithe and acrobatic body give her the ability to make scaling buildings with ease.
These are just two little examples of the VAST amount of personalities for your assassin. Get creative, but remember to be subtle.