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Dark Brotherhood Sanctuary (Skyrim)

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Settlementicon  Dark Brotherhood Sanctuary
Dark Brotherhood Sanctuary
Hold Falkreath Hold
Location West of Falkreath
Type Settlement
Quests See the Dark Brotherhood
Characters See characters
Word Wall Marked for Death
Location ID DarkBrotherhoodSanctuary
For other uses, see Dark Brotherhood Sanctuary.
"-What is the music of life?
-Silence, my brother.
-Welcome home."
― Door to the Falkreath Sanctuary[src]

The Dark Brotherhood Sanctuary is a small underground settlement located in Skyrim. The last remnants of the Dark Brotherhood are based here. The sanctuary can be found near the road heading west from Falkreath and just southeast of the Roadside Ruins (i.e. on the southeast side of the actual road).



The door to the Dark Brotherhood Sanctuary.

Outside is a pitch-black pool of water and a mysterious door displaying a carving of a skull, with a bloody handprint signifying The Dark Brotherhood emblazoned on it.

Only after the Dragonborn has had direct contact with the Brotherhood can one be allowed entry to the sanctuary. The pass phrase needed to enter, "Silence, my brother," is only gained by starting With Friends Like These…, or killing Astrid when she is encountered and thus starting the quest Destroy the Dark Brotherhood!

Architectural designEdit

Most of the actual sanctuary is an Ancient Nordic Ruin, but also consists part of a cave network with multiple rooms. As most of the sanctuary is an Ancient Nordic Ruin, between two staircases is a Word Wall where a word of the Dragon Shout Marked for Death can be learned.


Inside the sanctuary, a docile pet Frostbite Spider named Lis can be found. Lis is the pet of Gabriella. In her lair is the skeleton of Gaston Bellefort, who, according to his journal, was spying on the Dark Brotherhood and thought himself unnoticed. Attacking Lis will provoke the rest of the Brotherhood.

Dawnstar SanctuaryEdit

Main article: Dawnstar Sanctuary

There is also a Dark Brotherhood sanctuary located near Dawnstar. It is abandoned, but the Dragonborn can gain access to it in a later quest if the Dark Brotherhood is joined. When attempting to gain access to that Sanctuary, the door will ask, "What is life's greatest illusion?" The correct answer is "Innocence, my brother."


Notable itemsEdit


  • In Dawnstar, asking Thoring for rumors will result in him telling the Dragonborn about a black door near Dawnstar. This is a reference to the Dawnstar Sanctuary.
  • If the door to the Dark Brotherhood Sanctuary is approached before completing the quest With Friends Like These... and joining the Dark Brotherhood, no map location marker will be seen.


This section contains bugs related to Dark Brotherhood Sanctuary (Skyrim). Before adding a bug to this list, consider the following:

  1. Confirm all bugs with other editors on the talk page before adding them below.
  2. Always try reloading an old save first, before asking for assistance.
  3. Do not discuss possible bug fixes or origins. Leave those and all other first-person-anecdotes on the talk page, not the article.
  4. Always add  360  ,  PS3  , or  PC   to clarify which system the bug appears on.
  •  PC   360   PS3  All items stored in containers in the sanctuary will be lost after the quest To Kill an Empire, if unmoved.
  • The word that's on the Word Wall can potentially become unavailable after completing the main story quest.
  • For unknown reasons, the game may freeze if entered after Death Incarnate is completed.
  •  360   Sometimes the Dragonborn may normally enter the Sanctuary but suffer extreme lag when inside.
    • Pausing for a few seconds will sometimes solve the lag.
  • If the Dragonborn is using Dead Thrall when entering the sanctuary, the thralls will be lost but remain on the active effects list.
  • The books in the bookshelf may permanently disappear after activating it.
    • This can be fixed by loading a previous save.

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