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Race Nord
Gender Female
Level PCx1 (min 5)
Class Assassin
Faction Dark Brotherhood
Rank Leader
Services Contracts
Essential Yes
Ref ID 0001BDE8
Base ID 0001BDB4

Astrid is the leader of the Dark Brotherhood in Skyrim. She resides in the Dark Brotherhood Sanctuary, near Falkreath. Married to Arnbjorn, a fellow Dark Brotherhood assassin, she holds the responsibility of finding new recruits in the Night Mother's absence. She offers the Dragonborn many of the Dark Brotherhood's main quests. She is usually found in the first room of the Sanctuary.


Astrid decrees her unbeatable dictatorship, comparable and stronger than even the The Five Tenets. She tires of the laws and restrictions that limit the Brotherhood, deciding that a sort of family-like unity benefits the members of the Brotherhood better than structure.


Innocence Lost


Astrid sends the Listener on a contract.

Successfully killing Grelod the Kind for Aventus Aretino causes Astrid to kidnap the Dragonborn while they sleep. She brings them to an abandoned shack and asks them to kill one of three hostages. Regardless of whom the Dragonborn kills, Astrid gives them directions to the Sanctuary, and invites them to join her "family".

Should the Dragonborn choose to kill Astrid instead during this encounter, Commander Maro learns of the deed, and tasks the Dragonborn with eradicating the remaining members of the Dark Brotherhood.

Whispers In The Dark

Astrid asks the Dragonborn to spy on Cicero, as she suspects that he is plotting with another member of the sanctuary to destroy the brotherhood. The Dragonborn obeys, hearing the Night Mother speak and becoming her Listener. Threatened by the Night Mother's choice, Astrid reclaims her authority by sending the Dragonborn on off-handed contracts until she investigates the contract the Night Mother told to the Listener.

Death Incarnate


Astrid performs The Black Sacrament on herself.

Upon the attack on the Dark Brotherhood's sanctuary, many of the Assassins of the Dark Brotherhood fell, including Astrid. She begs the Dragonborn to kill her by performing The Black Sacrament, dubbing the Dragonborn her replacement as leader of the brotherhood and admitting she was wrong for defying the Night Mother. She also explains that she negotiated with the Penitus Oculatus, Commander Maro, into revealing the identity of the Dragonborn in exchange for political immunity. Maro went back on his word, attacking the Sanctuary. She asks to be killed with her Blade Of Woe, but it doesn't matter what you do it with. After Astrid's death, the Dragonborn and the remaining assassins move to the Dawnstar Sanctuary, where Cicero fled and can still be found if you chose to let him live.




  • Sometimes Nazir mentions Astrid waiting at a pool, after completion of the questline, even if she's dead.



Start a Discussion Discussions about Astrid

  • Astrid - During Death Incarnate

    30 messages
    • wrote:Flamedude22 wrote:Peaches?Why not Zoidberg? Zoidberg was crispy too
    • wrote:*SPOILER ALERT* I have done atleast 15 "The Dark Brotherhood Forever" quests. When do they stop? Is it like never ending? A...
  • What age is Astrid?

    18 messages
    • I would place Arnbjorn around 45-50 and Astrid maybe late 30's- early 40's. Though Astrid may even be in her 20's give her rebellious nature, w...
    • Dovahsebrom wrote:I wonder if his werewolf form would be white... No you see him fighting as a werewolf during the attack on the dark brotherhood.

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