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Dawnstar Sanctuary

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Settlementicon Dawnstar Sanctuary
Dawnstar Sanctuary Hall
Dawnstar sanctuary map
Hold The Pale
Location North of Dawnstar
Characters Babette

Cicero (Conditional)
The Night Mother

Dawnstar Sanctuary is an old, abandoned Dark Brotherhood sanctuary. It is said to be one of the oldest Dark Brotherhood sanctuaries in Skyrim, and hasn't been occupied in over a century.


Cicero flees to the sanctuary during the quest The Cure for Madness. At the end, the Dragonborn has the choice to spare or kill Cicero, although the latter is more dangerous, for when attacked, he drops his wounded facade and fights back with surprising ferocity.

The Cure for Madness must be completed before the sanctuary can be used.

The pass phrase is "Innocence, my brother." If an attempt is made to enter the sanctuary before the pass phrase has been obtained from Cicero's Journal, Final Volume, the option for the correct phrase is not available and the door will reply, "You are not worthy."

Notable figuresEdit



During the quest, "The Cure for Madness," spectral enemies appear in the sanctuary.

Notable lootEdit

Skill booksEdit



  • Leveled weapons - on a weapon rack in the round room just beyond the bottom of the stairs.



  • With high Pickpocket and Sneak, large numbers of arrows can be looted from the Sanctuary Guardians; however, they cannot be looted once slain.
  • After completing the Dark Brotherhood quest-line, two Daedra Hearts can be purchased from Babette inside the Sanctuary. These hearts restock every three days.

Sanctuary upgradesEdit

After moving to the Dawnstar Sanctuary, several upgrades can be purchased from Delvin Mallory in The Ragged Flagon. If purchased, the total upgrade cost is 19,000 GoldIcon. The following upgrades are available for purchase:

  • Master Bedroom (in the westernmost end of the Sanctuary) – contains a mannequin, bookcase, bureau, a chest, and a usable weapon rack.
  • Torture Chamber (east of the dining hall with the stained glass window)– contains four prisoners who, if tortured, reveal the locations of their treasure (each of which becomes a Miscellaneous Quest). Each location yields between 1,000 and 2,000 GoldIcon. The prisoners can also be used for combat training. 
  • Secret Entrance – creates a secret entrance through the stained glass window in the main hall. The exit leads to the south end of Dawnstar near the Khajiit traders.
  • Alchemy Lab with a poison garden (up the stairs and then to the left from the dining hall) – creates an Alchemy lab and a small garden with poison oriented flora.

See Where You Hang Your Enemy's Head for more details.


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  • The alchemy corner with harvesting garden.
  • The Night Mother within Dawnstar sanctuary.
  • The master bedroom.
  • The training hall.
  • The torture room.
  • Dawnstar sanctuary main hall.


Start a Discussion Discussions about Dawnstar Sanctuary

  • Dawnstar sanctuary alchemy garden

    4 messages
    • I love this place true assassin hideout ( dispite the fact that its TOOOO close to Dawnstar)
    • If you want to free the torture victims  (they will still act like being tortured) you can freeze them with ice form and they'll be out of ...
  • The Cure For Madness - Beating it at level 13

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    • wrote:Like how my title says, I actually finished 'The Cure For Madness' at level 13, which seemed surprising, I had a difficult ti...
    • I remember doing Cure For Madness, about level 30-40 on adept difficulty (legendary hadn't been invented back then) my assassin/thief was ...

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