Is there a way to bring down the Dark Brotherhood in its own quest-line? If so, how would I start it?

I want to play the game from a completionist's approach trying to finish all the quests, but I don't necessarily want to be a murderer. I am a thief already for the lack of choice concerning the Thieves Guild in Riften, so I hope the game doesn't force me to become a murderer as well.

  • You can fail the first quest related to the Thieves Guild by leaving the area (entering a building or leaving Riften). You are then invited to (but not forced to enter and join) the Guild's hideout should you change your mind.
    – Bravo840
    Dec 7, 2011 at 16:38
  • possible duplicate of How can I stop those assassins that are trying to kill me? Dec 7, 2011 at 17:17
  • @alexanderpas If the other question was renamed into the actual question found in text, namely "How do I destroy the Dark Brotherhood?", I would agree that mine is a duplicate. As it stands now it is not clear at first hint and is not necessarily found. I didn't when looking for the answer before asking.
    – k0pernikus
    Dec 7, 2011 at 18:04
  • I agree, done ;) Dec 7, 2011 at 18:33

2 Answers 2


Yes, you can.

Do the first quest where you kill the head of the orphanage. Get a note from a courier and then go to sleep. You will wake up with the leader of the dark brotherhood in the room who tells you to do something. Kill her instead; it starts you on a quest to eradicate the dark brotherhood entirely.

  • Killing Astrid is no easy task though.
    – Marcelo
    Jan 17, 2012 at 21:27

You can kill the lady in the Abandoned Shack (Astrid) when you wake up. After that you need to go and talk to a town guard who sends you to go kill the remaining dark brotherhood memebers. I think he sends some other guards with you.

This kills off the last remaining Dark Brotherhood people besides the jested, Cicero.

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