Santar said:I'm gonna address the above for a bit. While I agree that just going back to "Pick your Mark" would be the easiest solution, I do think my idea for a Quisalis council has merit. I'll flesh out the idea a bit, and hope that the following elucidation will alleviate some concerns.Xinna said:
I don't really think a player council determining which marks are "competent" enough is a good idea. It's too subjective and would cause too much drama.
The subjectivity and the drama issue are obviously at the forefront of the perceived problems with an idea like this, however, if you structure it properly, you can minimize the risk of those problems.
For starters, there are no Quisalis in Cyrene or Targossas. That eliminates a lot of potential issues immediately by decreasing the amount of people that have to "get along" with this, so to speak.
So we're working with four cities and rogues. Each city should appoint one assassin to be their council member of the Quisalis. You have one from each city: Mhaldor, Ashtan, Hashan, Eleusis. Then from those four people, you have them select a rogue Quisalis to fill out a council of five.
Now, this council would review all prospective members of the Mark. There would be two compartments of the Mark. Assassins that can take contracts. And members of the Mark that are trying to prove themselves. 3/5 council members would need to give their blessing to a Mark member to allow them to become a true assassin. The blessing could be removed at any time. It'd essentially be a blessing on behalf of that city/rogues.
Any good fighter that can kill people regularly should have no problem convincing 3/5 council members to give their blessing. For the most part, high-end fighters value and respect other people that are good at killing people. This usually supercedes personal differences to a large extent. There could still be some personal bias, but it'd likely be a small amount, and it'd be minimized by the fact that you only need 3 votes. Thus you couldn't be held out just because 1-2 people don't like you. The council members would also be accountable to their cities. And the rogue council member would be accountable to the other council members. This sort of structure would keep things reasonable.
To give an illustrated example of what you'd likely end up with: You'd probably see Xer for Mhaldor, Jhui for Ashtan, Hhaos for Hashan, Rangor for Eleusis, then whatever rogue gets chosen. Do you believe that these five people would be capable of properly judging whether or not someone should be allowed to take contracts or not? Personally, I have faith that they would do a fine job.
Edit: Also, for added integrity, could even add in a Patron, not necessarily for overseeing this day to day, but dealing with any bias problems.
I think this idea would function well. And, didn't see the Ourania post. Could move this to ideas for discussion.