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How to join The Dark Brotherhood

Go to Riverwood, and speak to the bartender inside the inn. Ask him if he has heard any rumors. He will eventually tell you about a boy that is trying to summon The Dark Brotherhood. (Aventus Aretino) Follow the side quest to Windhelm. When entering Windhelm, take an immediate right, and travel up the path until you encounter a Dark Elf and child talking. Enter the door to their left (Aretiino Residence), and find the child inside. He will ask you to kill Grinelda The Kind in Riften. Go to Riften, enter the orphanage, and kill Grinelda. Fast travel back to Windhelm, and speak to the child again to get your reward. Next, go outside of the city, and wait for 24 hours. A courier will approach, and give you a note with black handprint on it that says "We Know". Go to the nearest inn, rent a room, and sleep for twenty four hours. When you awake, you will have been kidnapped by one of The Dark Brotherhood. They will tell you that if you kill one of the other three people in the room, they will release you. Choose a person, and kill them. Speak to The Dark Brotherhood again, and they will tell you to meet them at their lair in the pine forest in the far southwest corner of Skyrim. Fast travel to the western watchtower outside of Whiterun, then travel west towards the marker. When you reach the door, answer the question asked with "Silence, My Brother" to enter the sanctuary. Speak to the first person you find inside the lair, and you will now be a member of The Dark Brotherhood.

The Dark Brotherhood is the most secretive of all the factions, and can be hard to find. Start by going to bars and asking about rumors or information. Try talking to bartenders in Windhelm. Eventually you will get a tip to speak with a boy named Aventus Aretino, located in the Aretino Residence in Windhelm. You also may be able to speak with him without first receiving the rumor. Speak to the boy, and accept the "Innocence Lost" quest. Nothing will happen immediately after completing the quest, but soon afterwards, a courier will deliver you a note. Then, sleep and you will be contacted by The Dark Brotherhood. Talk to the stranger at your bedside, and you will then be in The Dark Brotherhood secret society.

From: Yoshi, Jan 12, 2013
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