The Guild of Thieves, Burglars and Allied Trades is a covert guild based in Ankh-Morpork, although it has branches in Bes Pelargic, Djelibeybi, Genua, Mad Stoat and Pekan Ford (see also Thieves' Guild guildhall locations). It is split into five specialisations, each focusing on certain areas of their profession and each equipped with their own set of primaries.
The five specialisations are unique compared to other guild's specialisations, in that they are still considered all part of the same organisation and are governed by the same figure-head. When you join the Thieves' Guild you are originally a Prowler, and can specialise any time before Guild Level 50 by talking to Kordane.
The mugger excels in the more violent form of stealing, known as mugging, oddly enough. Tradition demands that instead of stealthily sneaking up on a victim, that they track the victim into a dark alley and give them a serious beating should they refuse to hand over their valuables. Muggers are ideal thieves for the newbie to Discworld, with a flexible range of skills, they find they can cope with most eventualities.
The most populous of the specialisations, cutpurses represent the more classically educated thief. With a wider range of covert training and a gentleman's style of fighting, they are the nearest thing the Thieves' Guild has to an assassin. Like the mugger, the cutpurse is another good choice for the newbie to Discworld, with a wide range of covert skills and a fighting primary.
Prowlers are focused on general covert skills and are the specialisation with primaries most similar to those the guild had prior to being split. Although equipped with no real combat training, the prowler excels in covert operations unlike any other specialisation except the safecrackers. They are the default specialisation of the Thieves' Guild, but also one of the hardest to start with, which may make them less than an ideal choice for the newbie to Discworld.
Similar to prowlers, safecrackers are covert specialists. Their game is to sneak into buildings and banks and crack open the safes, as the name hints. As with the smugglers, safecrackers are not trained to steal from people or shops and, as with the prowlers, they have no combat abilities to speak of which makes them one of the hardest specialisations to start with. Unfortunately the crack command that allows safecracking is currently disabled, however, safecrackers are still the premiere lockpickers of the MUD. With neither the crack command nor a stealing primary safecrackers are currently at a disadvantage, although the creators indicate that they are working to fix the problem.
As their name suggests, smugglers are adept in the art of importing and shifting stolen goods. They are the fences of the Thieves' Guild, with an eye for determining the value of items. As a smuggler can often have dangerous clientele, they are trained with using swords and similar weaponry. They make up for their lack of a stealing primary with the full range of valueing skills and superb ability to judge weapons and armour.
These eight skills are primaries for every specialisation:
Each specialisation has seven additional primaries:
These are the commands trainable via the teachers in the Thieves' Guild, although more commands may be learned from other sources. The crack command is currently disabled.
** This command is unique to thieves and assassins
- Fence specialisations
- Guild level licences
- Stealing as a newbie feef
- Thieves' Guild guildhall locations
- Thieves' Guild custom clothier
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