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Proud to be Staffs Story: Staffordshire University Guild of Assassins

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From escaping a Mexican standoff to diving into bushses to evade potential assassination attempts - our Guild of Assassins have brought together a unique community, supporting them through the most challenging and the best of times. Thank you Guild of Assassins, for making us Proud to be Staffs.

 

Staffordshire University Guild of Assassins's Story

"Three years ago I and a few friends started the Staffordshire University Guild of Assassins. What started out as a quirky bit of fun soon became first a serious pastime, then almost a way of life. I've not only had fun here; I've learned an unconventional but practical array of transferable skills and I've met some of the firmest friends I've ever known. Assassin has helped me through some of the darkest times of my life and given me a reason to leave the house when my mental health would really rather not. In the past year alone I've stalked my prey through the streets of Shelton, experienced midnight chases through narrow backstreets, dived unceremoniously into the undergrowth to escape a pursuer, and bluffed my way out of a Mexican standoff only to discover that my opponent was bluffing too. I've experienced the triumph of wiping an entire team in one swoop, and the crushing defeat of an ambush in my own home. I've been in the strangest of duels; a cook-off during Game Jam and guns-and-umbrellas outside a D&D game. I've seen, time and time again, players fight tooth-and-nail to escape a situation they knew had been rigged against them and somehow still come out on top. I've done that myself. These kinds of experiences are tense and exhilarating, and I can't think of anything that offers an experience as broad and varied as the Assassin society. I've loved every second. On the third weekend of March we sent a merry menagerie of murderous madmen, a delegation of dastardly delinquents, to see the sights of the city of Sheffield. There we pitted our skills against seven other universities, most of them veterans and each completely different and trained in areas completely different from our own. We attended our first varsity. We played indoors for the first time and held as long as we could against experienced close-quarter veterans we had no hope of defeating. We took shields and knives to gunfights and somehow still came out on top. We fought battles that were literally won and lost on the changes of the wind. We had the best of times, and boy did we made a name for ourselves. We also came joint first. I'm immeasurably proud of the people who turned out in Sheffield, of their leadership, and - of course - of this society as a whole. For want of a better phrase, my baby is all grown up."