Death Incarnate

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Death Incarnate
Prerequisite To Kill an Empire
Required Items {{{req_items}}}
Type Faction

Dark Brotherhood

Quest Giver
Location Dark Brotherhood Sanctuary
Rewards Blade of Woe
Alt Rewards
Required Level
Followed by Hail Sithis!
Quest Objectives

Walkthrough[edit | edit source]

The quest begins automatically when the Dragonborn returns to the Dark Brotherhood Sanctuary after poisoning the Emperor's decoy in To Kill an Empire.

Enter the Sanctuary[edit | edit source]

Returning to the Sanctuary, it quickly becomes clear that not all is well. The rising smoke, the many barrels of burnable liquid and the crucified body of Festus Krex make this immediately clear.

Apparently the Emperor's elite guard, the Penitus Oculatus, was able to track down the location of the Dark Brotherhood Sanctuary and are going about systematically wiping out the Dark Brotherhood members and the Sanctuary.

Search for survivors[edit | edit source]

Inside there are more of these agents, and the heavy smoke makes it very difficult to see and orientate. The dead bodies of Arnbjorn and Gabriella, along with the dead tame spider Lis show that the Penitus Oculatus really must have surprised their victims.

Kill the Legion soldiers inside the Sanctuary[edit | edit source]

Even though the Sanctuary is becoming more and more hazardous, there are still quite a few agents about that needs to be wiped out, for there to be hope of saving any of the Dark Brotherhood members.

Kill Nazir's attacker![edit | edit source]

Further into the Sanctuary, in the dining room, a soldier is attacking Nazir, help him out.

Speak with Nazir[edit | edit source]

Nazir explains the sudden attack, and that almost no one survived.

Escape the Sanctuary[edit | edit source]

Trying to escape, the Dragonborn is trapped in the room with the Night Mother's sarcophagus.

Embrace the Night Mother[edit | edit source]

Embracing the Night Mother, her sarcophagus shuts, protecting the Dragonborn, as it falls through the large window into the water pool in the main cave. Thus saving the Dragonborn from burning to death.

Luckily Nazir and as it turns out Babette pull the sarcophagus onto the shore, and save the Dragonborn.

Talk to Astrid[edit | edit source]

Only to drop the bomb shell, it was actually Astrid who betrayed the Dark Brotherhood to the Penitus Oculatus, jealous of the Dragonborn's status with the Night Mother. Astrid admits to her betrayal, and deeply regrets her transgression.

Kill Astrid[edit | edit source]

The massively burned and dying Astrid asks the Dragonborn to kill her.

(Optional) Retrieve the Blade of Woe[edit | edit source]

The Blade of Woe lying next to her may be used to put her out of her misery.

Return to the Night Mother[edit | edit source]

Return to the Night Mother, and she will inform the Dragonborn that the assassination of the Emperor is still on, and that the next step is to talk to Amaund Motierre in Whiterun again, and to find out where the real Emperor can be found. Thus begins Hail Sithis!.