My name is Slith and I am assassin class enthusiast as well as pvper to the bone. Since I am following Crowfall assassin related news I have decided that I might as well create a thread to compile all the informations and keep them updated.
Couple of notes:
I want to post only official informations and keep speculations to a minimum however I might offer some commentaries If I have missed something/misread the information please let me know so I can update/correct it I want to keep Q&A format as it's easier to re-write when more information is made available
Artwork that I refer to:
concept artwork wallpaper artwork male assassin stretch goal artwork zobiville artwork assassin gameplay assassin vs frostweaver male assassin
Links that I refer to:
02/04/15 - Day 4 - Assassin Vs Gryphon twitter: Fae wings twitter: other assassin classes twitter: male assassin FOUNDERS' UPDATE: THESE ARE EXCITING TIMES! $2.35 MILLION (+ $70K) pledge update WHISPERS, DARK WINGS AND MURDER
Which race is playable assassin archetype?
The assassin archetype has been repeatedly refereed to as "Fae Assassin" - most recently in founders update. However developers mentioned "Fae" only in relation of female members of that race and males were regarded as "counterpart of the Fae" and a "Halfbreed Assassin". Males do not consider themselves neither Fae nor humans ("I am not Fae – I am much too tall, too heavy. Human? Clearly not!").
It is not clear wheather there are female halfbreeds, but even if there is a such possiblity lorewise it won't be represented in-game.
What is known about Fae apperance?
Female: all the artworks depict Fae as slender women with blond hair and very long elf-like ears. Both of the females (the artworks clearly show two different assassin Faes) have either war paint or tattoo on their faces and one has a tatto on her leg. Those features are present on both artwork and pre-alpha in game screenshot. Fae is supposed to be a very small race as Todd Coleman put it "Fae are actually pretty small. the... 2nd? smallest of the races.". It is not evident on artwork showing Fae next to Champion, but then again Champion's size is very inconsistent.This race has angel-like wings.
Male: Nothing is known about the apperance of male Fae as they are killed upon birth. Halfbreed males are offspring of female Faes and human males. Halfbreed males are heavier and taller than female Faes, but still have wings. For the purpose of blending into human society halfbreeds get their ears cut off.
Outdated: almost nothing is known about male assassin. Larissa Angus posted hi-res artwork of male assassin on twitter and on that piece males are lacking the long ears. Those ears are either underdeveloped because males are halfbreeds (you can read my musing on this subject here) or perhaps because those were purposely cut off (Todd Coleman apparently likes that idea). Males still have wings.
Where do Fae come from?
In archetype backstory a name "Riverlands" is mentioned as a place that Fae dwell in (and where males are not allowed). However Riverlands is not a place or a continent, but rather a series of worlds ("Riverland Worlds"). Apparently in Crowfall universe races inhibit more than one world which is hinted at in Legionnaire backstory ("Our Empire stands unrivalled. One hundred Worlds, ours by right. If not for the Hunger, we would surely rule the Realms of Man").
Most likely males reside in a different place as "Men do not belong in the Riverlands…. not even the breeders.". Halfbreeds males live with humans.
What is known about Fae society?
In Fae society males are killed right after birth and the act is called "The Farewell Kiss". This partice of killing males continues for generations now and it is based on a belief that all tyrany and suffering is created by males. This practice is not easy for some Fae mothers ("Some mothers cry. Some plead for assistance"), but it is contiued ("For generations, this has been our practice") and apparently it is effective ("For generations, we have known peace"). Some female Faes rebel against this practice and run away.
From the short story we learn that "Men do not belong in the Riverlands…. not even the breeders. They are captured, they serve their purpose, and they are killed'. So there are both Fae males (breeders) and halfbreed males (Fae/human hybrids). Halfbreed males are sterile and do not serve as breeders ("Sterile, too. I can’t seem to yield a crop but not for a lack of sowing my seed in whatever fields I could plow").
Faes are most likely hated by humans and killed on sight in a manner similiar to medival witches - by burning ("I don’t remember her. I’ve walked the street where they built the pyre… it stirs no memories")
Outdated: Nothing more is known about males, but apparently the writers came up with a way to offer the male equivalent of this archetype without breaking Fae backstory
What is known about assassin archetype?
Assassin is classified as specialist - stealth and shares that role with Ranger. In all media assassin is shown to dual wield daggers.
Assassin might be a single DPS class since Todd Coleman confirmed that "there will be other assassin characters, but they won't be named "assassin."
What's with the wings?
Assassins can't fly. It's more of a steady glide than full-on flight. The wings on the artworks are shown to be purple, but probably those will be will have team color (knight's cape acts in a same fashion). The assassin vs frostweaver artwork might be showing assassin attacking his opponent from air
When will assassin be a playable class in the alpha?
Rangers will be the first playable stealther class in the development cycle.
Outdated: Todd Coleman hinted that stealthers (ranger or assassins) might be next to get made (and even "hinted" is too big of a word).
* added more info on halfbreeds
* removed some outdated info
* added assassin vs frostweaver artwork and a commentary about flying