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Shakar

Assamite Shakar

"Shakar" (pl. Shakari) is the formal (Assamite) term for an assassin, but among the younger operatives of the Black Hand, slang terms such as "eraser", "hit man", and even "terminator" have become equally popular, particularly among those who do not actually function as assassins themselves.

OverviewEdit

The real skill of the assassin isn't their ability to kill their target. All Black Hand operatives are more than capable of killing another Cainite, even one of considerable age and power, if given sufficient opportunity.

What sets the assassins apart from their fellows in the Hand is their ability to kill their target on his home ground (sometimes even surrounded by allies and formidable defenses), to do so quietly and efficiently, and to just as quietly depart without raising even a hint of alarm.

The goal of a competent shakar is to be totally unnoticed, even by their intended target. In many cases, the assassin also sets up another Lick of the target's acquaintance, either a rival or avowed enemy, so the death will be blamed on another party. This focuses any attempts at vengeance away from the truth, and keeps the Camarilla from realizing how serious a threat the Sabbat's assassins really are.

Since the assassin usually is working alone or with minimal support from a kamut that is waiting for them outside their target location, they're totally on their own should they be discovered. A successful assassin is one of the most careful and cautious operatives in the Black Hand, and dislikes dealing with the unexpected. They put considerable time and effort into investigating, observing and planning the strike, leaving nothing to guesswork or random chance.

It may be noble to die in the cause of Caine, but no assassin wants to earn that honor through stupidity - their own or anyone else's. If something goes wrong, it's the assassin's call whether to continue and improvise, or scrub the mission and regroup. Most prefer to err on the side of caution and survive to plan again.

StatusEdit

The Black Hand's reputation as a faction of silent and highly efficient killers is deeply rooted in Sabbat folklore. Among some Sabbat, admiration of the skill and deadly art of the assassin, whether perceived as ninja, shakar or Mafia hit man, has nearly become a cult in itself, though influenced far more by popular culture and creative speculation than the truth . The real assassins of the Black Hand, most of whom keep their affiliation with the subsect a closely guarded secret, avoid any contact with their would-be devoted fans.

Despite the extreme awe in which the Black Hand's faceless assassins are held by their Sabbat brethren, they do not succeed nearly as often as popular urban legend would have their fans believe, and many never return. The survival rate of assassins is tied very closely to their degree of success in avoiding notice while on a mission.

Known ShakariEdit

Most - but not all - of the Black Hand's shakari are Assamite antitribu, who have made a thorough study of the skills that have made their clan name synonymous with assassin in both major sects. Here there's a list of the Cainites that have been already described as Shakar:

ReferencesEdit

Caine's Chosen: The Black Hand, p. 30-31

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