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This is a working space for fleshing out a short intro video about the Dark Brotherhood in Skyrim.

As you're editing keep in mind that this should be about 3-5 minutes long, so cover the highlights -- interested readers can dig deeper in the text of the article page.

See blog post for more info.

I've provided a helpful format to let us segment the video into scenes.

Feel free to edit text and also the scenes and their order. This is looking very draft-ish now, but do flesh out parts if you can to make them sound more like a final product. :)

Cheers,

Springteufel

Scene: Intro Edit

Narration: Give a short introduction to the Dark Brotherhood like:

  • The Dark Brotherhood is an organization of highly skilled assassins who fulfill murder-contracts from everyone who reaches out to them through the Black Sacrament.
  • They revere the avatar of entropy and chaos Sithis and their spiritual leader the Night Mother.

Visuals: what should we show to accompany and illustrate the narration? describe a scene or still from the game, you can also link to image/video but that is not required


Scene: History of the Dark Brotherhood Edit

Narration: Where did the Dark Brotherhood come from?

  • The Dark Brotherhood grew out of the Morag Tong cult of Morrowind, after the Tong were outlawed across most of Tamriel following the assassination of Potentate Versidue-Shaie in the early years of the Second Era.
  • Some years after this, the Dark Brotherhood emerged, following the Night Mother's instructions; murdering for profit alone, rather than the political and religious motives of the Tong. Over time, the Night Mother is believed to have steered the Brotherhood to serve Sithis rather than the Daedric Prince Mephala revered by the Tong.
  • Who was the Night Mother? None know for sure. Some say she is Mephala, dissatisfied with the failed Morag Tong and now using another organisation to further her goals. Others claim she was a high-ranking member of the Tong, dissatisfied with the group's inaction during the Akaviri Potentate. Still more claim that she was the mortal lover of Sithis, who slew her own children in an act of devotion to the Dread Father.
  • The open and relatively egalitarian nature of the Dark Brotherhood ensured it flourished. Unlike the Morag Tong, who were very specific about who they killed and why, the Brotherhood would kill anyone for those who could pay. With the Tong still outlawed, this assassin's guild and religious cult spread relatively unnoticed across Tamriel.
  • This was not to last, however, and during the Fourth Era the Brotherhood began to decline sharply, with the organisation having no presence in several of Tamriel's provinces, with the Listener, the head of the order who interprets the orders of the Night Mother, killed. The remaining members of the Cyrodiil order flee to Skyrim, the last remaining Dark Brotherhood Sanctuary on Tamriel.

Visuals: what should we show to accompany and illustrate the narration? describe a scene or still from the show, you can also link to image/video but that is not required

  • Image of Mephala's banner from TES III, as seen in the Morag Tong shrine
  • Night Mother's closed coffin
  • Cuts of people being killed by the Brotherhood
  • Shots of the Lucky Old Lady in Bruma
  • Shots of the Falkreath and Dawnstar sanctuaries.

Scene: The Black SacramentEdit

Narration: How can you make a contract with the Dark Brotherhood?

  • The Black Sacrament is a ritual to contact the Dark Brotherhood and to ask for a murder-contract. The Night Mother hears the wish for the deadly service and is the connector to the Dark Brotherhood.
  • The ritual is cruel: The invoker must create an effigy of the intended victim which consists of real body parts.

Visuals: what should we show to accompany and illustrate the narration? describe a scene or still from the show, you can also link to image/video but that is not required


Scene: Joining the Dark BrotherhoodEdit

Narration: How do you become a member of the Dark Brotherhood?

Visuals: what should we show to accompany and illustrate the narration? describe a scene or still from the game, you can also link to image/video but that is not required


Scenes: Known invocations Edit

Hammerfell Edit

Cyrodill Edit

Skyrim Edit

Narration: Interesting examples for known invocations


Add more scenes as needed