Now, to continue with this questline, go head back home (or a secure bed somewhere) and sleep for awhile (I slept for 24 hours, just to be sure). You SHOULD awaken in unfamiliar territory and someone named Astrid will ask you if you slept well. She’ll tell you that by all rights, Grelod was a Dark Brotherhood contract… a contract you stole, which means that you owe her a kill. She has asked you to kill someone in the shack that she took you to in order to earn your freedom and repay your debt.

You’ll find three hostages behind you. Now, try as you might, there is NOTHING here that’s going to tell you WHO has the contract out on them. You can talk to each of them to hear who they are (and get some speech skill opportunities) but in the end you must kill one of them.

Personally, I killed all three, as they all seemed like they could be guilty (and Astrid will also make a different comment depending on how many of the three you actually kill - which is a nice touch).

Go talk to Astrid now who will congratulate you. She’ll also say that it’s not a matter of WHO has the contract out on them: she told you to kill one and you did. She’ll give you the key to the shack and will then tell you to seek out her family in the Pine Forest (which is to the south, by Falkreath). The Dark Brotherhood Sanctuary is there. She’ll also give you the password to the black door: “Silence, my Brother”.

Head over to Falkreath and head west to The Dark Brotherhood Sanctuary (which is pretty easy to find and not very well hidden if you ask me). Give the door the password: “Silence, my Brother” , and head inside. You’ll find Astrid here so talk to her to officially join The Dark Brotherhood. She’ll give you a welcoming present (a set of their clothes) and this quest will end. The next Dark Brotherhood quest, “ Sanctuary “, will now be triggered.

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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
    17 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.

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  • 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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