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Dark Brotherhood Sanctuary (Skyrim)

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"-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. Please reload an old save to confirm if the bug is still happening.
  2. If the bug is still occurring, please post the bug report with the appropriate system template  360  / XB1  ,  PS3  / PS4  ,  PC  / MAC  , depending on which platform(s) the bug has been encountered on.
  3. Be descriptive when listing the bug and fixes, but avoid having conversations in the description and/or using first-person-anecdotes: such discussions belong on the appropriate forum board.
  •  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.


Start a Discussion Discussions about Dark Brotherhood Sanctuary (Skyrim)

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    • Blitzbear93 wrote: hes dead he no longer needs the stuff,besodes 7ts better you having it than someone else taking it... Oh lol ive written e...
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  • The stone of barenziah

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    • Keep the old save just in case but if the Sanctuary is destroyed i think you can still go back and get the gem, also if there are any other g...
    • I don't think you are able to destroy the Stone of Barenziah so try and go back and look for it. It still should be there (maybe on the floor,...

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