Question from Eltain

How do you join the Dark Brotherhood?

Does Skyrim have any different techniques in joining in comparison to Oblivion?

synbar asked for clarification:

When my daughter played through this, she had the following victims to pick from:
a Nord mercenary named Fal-something the Fearless, a single mother (human) with 6 kids named A___?, and a Khajit named Vash who sseemed a total scoundrel. No Argonian at all.

Could some folks post if they had different victims? It'd be nice to know if you can get variable victims to choose from...

ramayukero asked for clarification:

where do i have to wait?. Cause i'm waiting several hours inside aretino nor outside aretino's house and nothing's happening

Top Voted Answer

Jeter88 answered:

To start the quest to join, you need to talk to the innkeeper in Ivarstead. He will tell you about a boy that is trying to contact the Dark Brotherhood. Travel to Windhelm to speak with the boy and after you finish the quest the boy gives you, wait a little while until a messenger gives you a letter. Hope this helps you.
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mttmoos answered:

I know you can start the quest to join by asking about rumors.. not really sure if this helps any nor am i sure if its any different from oblivion as i havent played it really, but i hope it helps somewhat
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Ace_Dragoon answered:

Different? No. But you may have to try a bit harder. Like murdering a few as opposed to one in previous games.
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Ph0en1xFlam3 answered:

Just Like Jeter88 said you go to Windhelm and find out about the boy who is trying to summon the Dark Brotherhood you go inside talk to him take his Contract then turn it in to him wait a bit and you'll get a letter that just say's "we know what you did" with a black hand as a signature.
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vegetto22 answered:

After you get the note, sleep for at least 8 hours, you'll wake up in an abandoned shack with three people tied up and a dark brotherhood member sitting on a bookcase. She tells you that they know you took the brotherhoods contract and you must pay it in full. In order to do that, you must pick which of the 3 people have a contract on them and kill that person. I picked the argonian, but don't know if it's the same for all scenarios. afterwords, she'll give you a quest to visit the dark brotherhood sanctuary.
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Bulby37 answered:

The same way you join the Nation of Domination.
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Endar_Telvanni answered:

Also, b4 u join the brotherhood go to a farm north of Whiterun (forget its name but its like 2 minute walk from whiterun north tower when heading north) u will find a small (almost seemingly worthless quest) but talk to either the redguard farmer or the creepy jester by the wagon on the road (his name i remember, its Cicero) and they will give u a quest. i started wit da farmer and he told me to report the jester or u could attempt to persuade, intimidate, or (maybe) bribe him to fix the wagon. this doesn't unlock the brotherhood quest the others have mentioned but it is directly tied to the brotherhood in other ways tht i will not reveal. but yeah jeter88 is basically right. u could go straight to windhelm and find the boys house if wanted to but asking innskeepers about rumors usually unlocks it and gives u a map marker.
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macca111 answered:

If you are having difficulty with the Dark Brotherhood quests I have just completed it yesterday. So ask away
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GreatMido answered:

The way to join is to ask the inn keeper at riverwood, ask for rumors eventually he'll say something about a kid trying to contact then follow thy quest then you will have to go to the kid after you do that quest to kill a women in in rifton, thenafter you turn in the quest go to any inn order a room, sleep then there you go. :D
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moist3n answered:

i had the same victims as synbar, so no variation. The courier usually shows up a day or two later, then go to the inn and go to sleep.
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piknim answered:

To join them:
1. Find Aretino in Windhelm. You can get a pointer here via rumors from inkeepers, guards etc.
2. Kill the person in question.
3. Travel between cities until a courier gives you a letter where it says that they know what you did.
4. After this sleep in any bed for X amount of hours.
5. Wake up and kill someone. It doesnt matter whom. If you kill all 3 she will be impressed but nothing changes.
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Mazinger_Kaiser answered:

Kill Grelod the Kind. Then kill anybody for the glory of the Dark Brotherhood.
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Shale213 answered:

You can actually sleep in a bed thats NOTin the town of Windhelm and someone will wake you up from the D.B.
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beyd2k answered:

Yeah i got taken from a dungeon actually but piknim has the correct answer
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skyrim1991 answered:

They are trying to assassinate me........
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jkohya answered:

Piknim's answer is the best one I will clarify some of the points

SMALL SPOILER ALERT++++++++++++++

To join them:
1. Find Aretino in Windhelm. You can get a pointer here via rumors from inkeepers, guards etc. Talk to the kid until the quest starts
2. Kill the person in question. (in Riften and you dont have to worry about being seen on this one just take target out anyway you want.)

3. First go back and turn the quest in to the quest giver. Then travel between cities until a courier gives you a letter where it says that they know what you did. (I just started another questline for a bit until I got the note)

4. After this sleep in any bed for X amount of hours.
5. Wake up and kill someone. You will know when you get to this point it is an event and kinda cool. It doesnt matter whom. If you kill all 3 she will be impressed but nothing changes.
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