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I've had this idea for a year or so, but I didn't really feel confident in posting it due to my previous absence. After getting back into the game for the last six months or so, though, I'm a bit more confident that I know what I'm talking about.
When you hire a mark, the victim gets a message along the lines of "X has hired Y as a Champion/Assassin on you". It can pop up on screen as a little notification you can easily miss in spam, or as a message if you're offline. I see this as a problem, as the victim can just go "Oh, no problem, I'll just stick to guard stacks and leave when I don't see the Mark any more". This is more or less plausible depending on timezone differences, though.
While the current system is pretty decent, I think it would be improved by removing the message completely. Or heck, even just replace it with "Someone has hired a Champion/Assassin on you". To prevent abuse of this, if the Mark is sucessful, the victim will get something like "You have been slain by Y, who has had his martial services paid for by X". or "You have slain Y, and have found a contract for your death signed by X on his person".
I suggest this so the victim in question doesn't know when he should hide, or collapses into a paranoid mess on a guard stack. The victim should be ready for this kind of attack from, well, anyone. I've had experience with this when I would go to hire a Mark just to be told "You want to hire on this guy? He's just going to stay in his city. I don't think I'll be able to get him". and so on.
What do you guys think?