|Prerequisite||To Kill An Empire|
|Next Quest||Hail Sithis|
|Reward||Blade of Woe|
|Type||Dark Brotherhood Quest|
Death Incarnate is a quest for the Dark Brotherhood in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. After what was supposed to be the Dark Brotherhood's greatest contract in centuries, the Dragonborn learns that it was all a setup so that Commander Maro could attack the Dark Brotherhood Sanctuary. As Listener, they must rescue any surviving members and ensure that the Brotherhood lives on.
This quest begins once the quest To Kill An Empire has been completed.
Entrance to SanctuaryEdit
Commander Maro’s men have located the Sanctuary and are currently raiding it. When the Dragonborn arrives, several Penitus Oculatus Agents will be encountered at the entrance. Festus can be found pinned by a barrage of arrows to the tree outside the door. Kill or evade the agents and enter the Black Door.
Inside the Sanctuary, explosions can be heard from deeper within. Where Astrid would normally be located, there are two Penitus Oculatus Agents. Eavesdropping on their conversation reveals that the Sanctuary is being set alight and an agent named Arcturus has led some other men deeper into the Sanctuary. Kill the agents and move on. Fire magic works well in this area due to the large amounts of oil on the ground. The body of Veezara can be found on the ground here.
Proceed deeper into the Sanctuary, and the death of Arnbjorn will be witnessed; he attacks a group of agents in Beast Form before being slain. His death is pre-scripted, so nothing can be done to save him. Proceed forward, and the dead bodies of Gabriella and Lis will be found. Head into the dining hall where Nazir will be seen battling several agents, along with their leader, Arcturus. Defeat Arcturus and any other agents nearby, then talk to Nazir and follow him, killing any more agents that are encountered.
Embrace the Night MotherEdit
Nazir will run into the Night Mother's room, only to discover that it's a dead end. The Night Mother communicates to the Dragonborn, telling them to embrace her, as it is the only way to survive. Open her sarcophagus and step inside. The screen will go black, and Nazir and Babette will free the Dragonborn some time later, after the fires have died. Just before the coffin doors open, the Night Mother will tell the Dragonborn to speak to Astrid, somewhere inside the Sanctuary.
The Dread Lord BeckonsEdit
Outside the coffin, head out of the grotto and up the stone stairs to Astrid's usual location. Continue into the room on the right, and into a new room beyond that. Astrid is there, burned beyond recognition, lying in the center of a ring of candles in the configuration of the Black Sacrament.
She explains that she betrayed the Dragonborn to the Penitus Oculatus in return for their promise to spare the Dark Brotherhood. She says that her action was unforgivable and that Sithis will judge her accordingly. She asks the Dragonborn to rebuild the Dark Brotherhood, and gives them her Blade of Woe and demands that she be killed, as she has enacted the Black Sacrament on herself.
Regardless of method used, Astrid's death will complete the quest and begin the next, Hail Sithis.
- Astrid cannot be killed with attacks to head, as they will not connect. Attacks to any other area of the body will work.
- Items placed in chests or cupboards near the beds will be lost when this quest begins.
- Arnbjorn's body cannot be resurrected.
- Using Dead Thrall, it is possible to reanimate Astrid.
- Judging by the executioners bag over Krex's head, it is likely the barrage of arrows was done firing squad style.
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