StructureEditThe Listener hears the commands of the Night Mother and the Speakers enact her will. Each Speaker in turn has a Silencer -- a private assassin specifically empowered to do the will of his or her Speaker.
Roles of SilencersEdit
The Silencers are the personal assassins to the members of the Black Hand. Each Speaker (although apparently not the Listener) is entitled to a personal assistant that will eliminate any target they see fit. These very experienced assassins qualify as members of the Black Hand itself, but their existence is kept a secret to the rest of the Brotherhood. As Lachance says they are the nails to each finger.
According to Lucien Lachance, the Silencers are above the laws of the Dark Brotherhood, and are largely allowed to operate as they see fit.
This faction can only be joined after the Dark Brotherhood quest: The Purification.
Behind the scenes Edit
- The Black Hand is a reference to the real-life 'Black Hand'. The historical Black Hand was a Serbian nationalist group involved in the assassination of Franz Ferdinand, triggering the events leading to World War I. They had their own 'Seal' similar to the red hand symbol for the 'Black Hand' in Oblivion.