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The Assassin: Heroic TierD&D Insider Article
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By Mike Mearls

Assassins are outcasts. They trade away part of their souls for the power of death. Whatever drew a character to this profession, the assassin is an avatar of death and a trained killer from whom few can escape. This exciting new character class is a D&D Insider exclusive -- you can get it here and nowhere else. This article sets your character on the assassin's path with class basics and heroic tier powers and feats. Paragon and epic information will follow, one tier per week. Don't miss the most dangerous new development in D&D!

You are the ghost in the night and the whisper on the wind. Barriers are worthless against you, and you strike your foes with sudden, precise force. You have bound your soul to the Shadowfell and become a creature of darkness, replacing a fundamental part of your being with a dark reflection of your true self. At times, you can manifest this twisted image in place of your body so that you can face attacks with little cause for concern. The infusion of shadow magic allows you to spot the weakest points in a victim's defenses. With a few moments of study, you can reduce even the stoutest warrior to a corpse.

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    About the Author

    Mike Mearls is the Lead Designer for the Dungeons & Dragons roleplaying game. His recent credits include H1: Keep on the Shadowfell and Player's Handbook 2.