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Destroy the Dark Brotherhood!
Astrid
Quest Giver Any guard, upon telling them of Astrid's death
Prerequisite Innocence Lost, Kill Astrid
Reward 3,000 GoldIcon
Faction Dark Brotherhood
Quest ID DBDestroy
Destroy the Dark Brotherhood! is a quest available in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.

BackgroundEdit

This quest begins after completing Innocence Lost and starting With Friends Like These.... The Dragonborn is captured by Astrid and brought to an abandoned shack, where they are told to kill one of three captives inside. Killing Astrid instead will fail With Friends Like These... and begin this quest.

WalkthroughEdit

Report Astrid's deathEdit

After killing Astrid, the Dragonborn will be directed to report to any guard with the information that they have killed a Dark Brotherhood assassin. The guard will tell them to report to Commander Maro, who resides at the Penitus Oculatus Outpost in Dragon Bridge.

Maro says that he has been tracking the Dark Brotherhood and waiting for an opportunity to attack. On hearing news of the death of their leader, he tasks the Dragonborn with infiltrating the Dark Brotherhood Sanctuary using the password his agents recently acquired, and slaying every assassin inside.

Kill everyone in the Sanctuary!Edit

Travel to the Sanctuary, near Falkreath. To complete the quest, the Dragonborn must kill Nazir, Gabriella, Arnbjorn, Festus Krex, Veezara, and Lis (the Frostbite Spider).

The assassins are somewhat powerful, and collectively possess a range of attacks that make fighting several of them in the cramped space fairly dangerous. Ironically, although they're assassins, it is particularly easy to sneak up on them. The use of bows, invisibility and poison are effective ways to take care of them. 

Report back to Commander MaroEdit

When the job is done, report back to Commander Maro to complete the quest and collect the reward of 3,000GoldIcon. Once the quest is complete, the Dark Brotherhood Sanctuary will remain accessible and undamaged, in contrast to finishing the Dark Brotherhood quest line when most of it is destroyed.

JournalEdit

Journal Entry

I have killed Astrid, the leader of the Dark Brotherhood. I should report her death to a guard.

  • Objective: Report Astrid's death to a guard

I've spoken to a guard about Astrid's death. He told me I should share this information with Commander Maro, in the village of Dragon Bridge.

  • Objective: Speak with Commander Maro

Commander Maro has tasked me with killing every assassin in the Dark Brotherhood Sanctuary! He has provided me with the pass phrase that will allow me to enter.

  • Objective: Kill everyone in the Sanctuary!

I have killed every assassin in the Dark Brotherhood Sanctuary. I should now report back to Commander Maro.

  • Objective: Report back to Commander Maro

After killing Astrid, the leader of the Dark Brotherhood, I was commissioned by Commander Maro to wipe out the assassins' Sanctuary. I did so, and was rewarded for my efforts. Of course, it will now be impossible for me to join the shadowy organization...

  • Quest complete

TriviaEdit

  • Completing this quest is the fastest way to get the Blade of Woe, by looting it off Astrid.
  • Cicero and Babette are not killed during this quest.
  • Guards can be heard saying afterwards, "I could've gone into that sanctuary and killed all those Dark Brotherhood types but I was... sick that day."
  • When the Dragonborn reports Astrid's death to a guard, they say "I killed the leader of the Dark Brotherhood," though there is no way in-game for the Dragonborn to know that she was their leader. If the Dragonborn survives an attack by a Dark Brotherhood Assassin, it will yield a note signed by Astrid, which gives some clue as to her position. Likewise, if the Dragonborn breaks into the room in the Black-Briar Manor basement where Maven Black-Briar keeps an effigy, there is a note To The Brotherhood addressed to Astrid, which further implies her leadership of the Brotherhood.
  • It is worth noting that completing the Dark Brotherhood questline plus all of the additional assassinations that Nazir has to offer yields 20,000GoldIcon, while destroying the Brotherhood earns only 3,000. Other quest rewards, such as Muiri's marriage option and Shadowmere, will likewise be forfeit.
    • The total amount of coinage that most players will achieve - with the included 20,000 coins, will range anywhere from around 29000 - 34000. This is including the side contracts that Nazir offers, and other missions such as Mourning Never Comes that are required to complete the questline for the Dark Brotherhood.
  • After killing Astrid, the three captives can be freed.

Restoring the Dark Brotherhood questline using console commandsEdit

WARNING: USE AT OWN RISK

  1. Open console
  2. Type setstage db02a 10
  3. Go to the Abandoned Shack
  4. Enter the shack and find Astrid dead
  5. Open console
  6. Click Astrid and type resurrect
  7. Wait until she walks outside
  8. Follow her outside, and she will "fly" away
  9. Go to the Dark Brotherhood sanctuary
  10. Repeat step 5 and 6 on all the dead Brotherhood members


Start a Discussion Discussions about Destroy the Dark Brotherhood!

  • Pay

    10 messages
    • Yeah, I think I was in my level 20s.
    • 82.45.57.57 wrote:if u help Astrid u will get a LOT more u will get 25,000 well... after you complete the questline but that will be mmmmmmmmmm...
  • Destroying the Dark Brotherhood helps the Thalmor?

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    • Once I played through the DB questline once, I thought that The Night Mother was a pretty pointless charactr. She is essentially no different...
    • The Night Mother was sort of the god of the Brotherhood (second to Sithis ofc). In the DB's line of work, learning the name and background o...

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