Valuing diversity and equality, the Silent Assassins have welcomed acolytes of a disparity of ages, from varying places of origin, and trains just as many women as men. Embracing collective wisdom, assassins and acolytes share techniques with each other and develop a sense of camaraderie that is lacking at the Assassin's Guild in Rifthold. Because of the self-imposed silence of many of its acolytes, the order has developed a means to communicate through sign language. The order also hosts a number of foreign dignitaries, who offer positions to the most impressive assassins, both short term and long term contracts.
Nestled between the crimson sand dunes of the Red Desert, the fortress of the Silent Assassins is made of red sandstone topped with battlements and encircled with lush green trees. Snaking rivers run along the floor, the expansive courtyard contains numerous pools and wildlife, leading to open air training rooms and various hallways. It also has a large dining hall, stables, a private receiving chamber, communal baths, and countless sleeping quarters.
With the scorching desert climate, the local sustenance consists of plenty of water, grilled fragrant meats such as charred lamb, spiced grains, fruits, and dates.
:Like the assassins in Adarlan, they develop a variety of skill sets although emphasize unnervingly quiet movements. In addition to daily meditations and drills, most individuals participate in the daily run, a six mile round-trip run to the nearest oasis, hauling two buckets of water; scaling the sand dunes is notoriously difficult. Cleaning the rooms of the older assassins is part of the training for younger acolytes, in order to teach them responsibility and humility.
- The Assassin's Blade: The Assassin and the Desert by Sarah J. Maas, pg. 120
- The Assassin's Blade: The Assassin and the Desert by Sarah J. Maas, pg. 132