I found the boy's home before I actually found the quest instead of doing the mission.

will that still count? will I still be able to join The Dark Brotherhood or will I have to start over again and do the whole Quest step by step

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While the answer provided by Yasskier is correct in itself, it doesn't focus on your question; can I continue the dark brotherhood quest even though I have found the home of Aventus Aretino without having been given a quest.

The answer is; yes.

After all, the quest to join the Dark Brotherhood is Innocence Lost which only begins when you speak to Aventus - it cannot begin before this point. So, just go on into the house and speak to him.

The "mission" you may be referring to is the miscellaneous objective "Talk to Aventus Aretino" which can be given to you by asking an innkeeper for rumours. This isn't required to begin the main Dark Brotherhood quest, it's just a rumour that points you towards a potential quest. There's a lot of quests that have a rumour as a "pointer", but you can always start them yourself without ever hearing about the rumour; this is the situation you find yourself in.

Rumours usually come from innkeepers or guards and will result in a miscellaneous objective and a quest marker, but other than that can be ignored or followed at your leisure. Other examples include:

There are quite a few others too.


The condition of joining (or destroying) the Dark Brotherhood depends on the completing the "Innocence Lost" quest: You need to talk Aventus Aretino in Windhelm and kill Grelod the Kind in the Honorhal Orphanage. After killing Grelod, go to sleep - you will be kidnapped by Astrid and then you have a choice: either kill any of the prisoners if you want to join the brotherhood or kill Astrid if you want to destroy it.

Visiting the Sanctuary before that shouldn't influence the outcome.

  • It doesn't affect the questline if ya find the Sanctuary first. I actually knocked on both sanctuary doors before finding out how to join and I completed the questline. It does let you into the Sanctuary if you go to one before joining, by the way. Jan 16, 2019 at 2:02

You don't need to worry.

You finding the boy is the "normal" way of doing the quest. You will hear gossips and such around town and this is the start of the quest.

The "abnormal" way is to go kill Grelod in Riften without the quest.


Yes because you need to complete the innocence lost quest but if you kill Astrid than you can not join because you will have started the quest The rebellion of the dark brotherhood

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