In Oblivion, you simply have to kill 2 or three people and then are contacted by the Dark Brotherhood in your sleep. In Skyrim, I have killed lots of people, but I can't seem to find the Dark Brotherhood and I haven't been contacted. Is there a different way you join in Skyrim?

  • In Oblivion, you only have to kill one person. I found that out due to an errant fireball during a fighter's guild quest. Dec 15, 2012 at 0:57

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From the Yahoo! Answers post, "How do i join the dark brotherhood in skyrim?":

While on your travels in Skyrim, go to any inn and ask for the latest gossip. The innkeeper will tell you that there is a child trying to perform the Black Sacrement in Windhelm. If you happen to be in Riften, speak to a man named Maul. He will be standing against a post as soon as you enter the city. After sharing some tough words with you, he gives you information on both the Thieves Guild, and the Dark Brotherhood; for a price, of course. You could alternatively talk to Idesa Sadri inside Candalhearth Hall in Windhelm and ask about a cursed child performing the Black Sacrement. Idesa can also be overheard talking to Grimvar Cruel-Sea about the child, Aventus Aretino, outside the Aretino Residence. Aventus Aretino can be found inside the Aretino Residence, which has a novice-level lock. The child will offer you the Innocence Lost quest, which will lead to the quest With Friends Like These....

After Innocence Lost has been completed, a courier will appear and give you a note with the imprint of a black hand and the words "We Know" written beneath it. If you do not receive the note, wait for a couple of days. Once you receive the note, sleep in any bed. Thereafter, you are abducted by the Dark Brotherhood, taken to an Abandoned Shack, and asked to kill one of three people in the room (With Friends Like These... ). Killing one or all of the potential victims will earn you an invitation to join the Dark Brotherhood. You may also take the opportunity to destroy the organization by attacking the Dark Brotherhood representative, Astrid. This will initiate the quest Destroy the Dark Brotherhood!.

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    Please don't take answers from other locations without citing the source. We do not support plagiarism.
    – Wipqozn
    Nov 26, 2011 at 20:13
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    I'm new to the site and didn't realize this. Sorry
    – Hunter
    Nov 26, 2011 at 20:16
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    My apologies if I sounded harsh. I've edited your post to make it fit with our standards for citing sources. The above is a "block quote", which is what we use when taking a large section of text from a source. Also, welcome to our site :)
    – Wipqozn
    Nov 26, 2011 at 20:21
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    @Wipqozn The "Yahoo! Answers" link to hyperboleandahalf.blogspot.com doesn't seem to link to Hunter's source. (can't find any info there about the Dark Brotherhood or a Yahoo! Answers link). I edited the link in the question to lead to the link in your comment. Dec 15, 2012 at 3:29

Complete the quests Innocence Lost and With Friends Like These... to be invited to the Dark Brotherhood.

Speak to Aventus Arentino in the Arentino residence in Windhelm to begin the quest line.

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