To JOIN The Dark Brotherhood you’ll have to do a miscellaneous quest first entitled “Talk to Aventus Arentino”. To GET that quest you need to first travel to the town of RIFTEN (any carriage can take you there), then as you enter the town a man maned Maul will stop you. You can talk to HIM about The Dark Brotherhood and he’ll mention a local young boy, Aventus Aretino, who ran away and is trying to get their attention.

You can also get this quest by hearing about young Aventus while in a town or tavern. It’s pretty hard NOT to get this quest, really…

To find Aventus, head to the city of Windhelm. There follow the quest marker to find the Aretino Residence. Young Aventus is chanting the dark sacrament over and over: “Sweet mother, sweet mother, send your child unto me for the sins of the unworthy must be baptized in blood and fear.”

Ugh, how creepy! Talk to him and he’ll assume you’re a brotherhood assassin. This will complete that miscellaneous quest and start the quest “Innocence Lost”.


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Guide Information

  • Publisher
    Bethesda Softworks
  • Platforms
    PC, PS3, PS4, Switch, XB 360, XB One
  • Genre
    Action RPG
  • Guide Release
    31 May 2012
  • Last Updated
    24 October 2021
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  • Guide Author
    Greg Wright

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Skyrim is the homeland of the Nords, a fierce and proud warrior people who are used to the bitter cold and mountanous terrain that mark the lands of Skyrim. Wracked by civil war, and threatened by the return of the legendary dragons, Skyrim faces its darkest hour. You must make sense of this maelstrom, explore the frozen tundra and bring hope to the people. The future of Skyrim, even the Empire itself, hangs in the balance as they wait for the prophesized Dragonborn to come; a hero born with the power of The Voice, and the only one who can stand amongst the dragons. You are that Dragonborn.

Version 1.2

  • Introduction to the Races.
  • How to complete every storyline quest.
  • Where to find and conquer every side-mission.
  • Location of every powerful Dragonwall.
  • Search out and defeat every Dragon.
  • How to find hidden, powerful weapons.
  • Over 200 captioned screenshots provide even more help.
  • Dragonborn DLC covered in full.
  • Dawnguard DLC covered in full.
  • Screenshots for the major side-missions.
  • Achievements/Trophy descriptions (includes all 3 DLC packs).
  • Character Creation guide.

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