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The Dark Brotherhood Sanctuary is located on the west road out from Falkreath. Follow a dirt road, when you spot a door with a Skull carving that requires you to know the password to enter. Dark Brotherhood Santuary is one of two sanctuaries in Skyrim. There is also a sanctuary located nearby Dawnstar (you gain access to this later Dark Brotherhood questline). The leader for the Skyrim Chapter of the Dark Brotherhood is Astrid.

Gain access to the Dark Brotherhood Sanctuary

The question that the “Black door” will ask you is "What is the music of life?". The password can only be given from a member of the Dark Brotherhood. The only way to gain access is to impress the Dark Brotherhood. A good start is to look into the rumor of a boy, Aventus Aretino, who is performing the “Black Sacrament”. The sacrament is a ritual used to get the attention of the “Night Mother”. Aventus is located in his family home Aretino residence in Windhelm.

Word wall

Inside the sanctuary there is a word wall. The wall contains the first word of the Dragon Shout, “Marked for Death”.

Crafting stations

  • Alchemy Lab
  • Blacksmith forge
  • Enchanting station
  • Grindstone
  • Workbench



  • Astrid, Leader of Skyrims's Dark Brotherhood
  • The Night Mother*, Leader of the Dark Brotherhood


  • Babette, Alchemy (Expert)
  • Nazir, Light Armor (Master)


  • Arnbjorn
  • Cicero*
  • Festus Krex
  • Gabriella,
  • Veezara,

* The Night Mother and Cicero only appears after you finish your first contract for the Brotherhood.

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