Accidents Happen is a quest in The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion.


The Hero is tasked with killing a Bosmer named Baenlin in the town of Bruma. For the bonus reward, they must kill him in the manner specified as well as leaving the manservant Gromm alive.


Head to Bruma and locate Baenlin's House. It is recommended that if killing him for the bonus (by dropping a mounted head onto him while he rests in his chair) that the Hero enter through the basement behind the house. The door has a hard lock, and so does the second door into the living quarters.

The crawlspace to access the fastenings for the mounted head can be found in the bedroom upstairs. The player can wait inside the crawlspace until 8–11 pm, then loosen the bolts to kill Baelin. Having the spell effect Detect Life can be useful to determine when to drop the head.

It is also possible to go in the front door with an easy lock, as the house is not a trespassing zone, then head upstairs and drop the head. Just make sure to avoid Gromm on the way out, which is most easily done by means of the basement.

Accidents Happen Fastenings

Inside the crawlspace

Do not look through the hole that the head was resting in or Gromm will see the Hero and chase them, causing the guards to chase him and kill him. If collecting nirnroot, don't pass through his bedroom without collecting the potted plant on his desk.

Upon completing this assassination, head back to Vicente Valtieri to receive their new enchanted blade called Sufferthorn. They will also be promoted to the rank of Slayer.


Journal Entry
  • Update: Upon receiving the quest:

I must go to the city of Bruma, find Baenlin's house, and gain entrance. Once inside, I should stage a tragic accident.

  • Update: After entering Baenlin's house:

I have entered Baenlin's house. If I can access the second floor crawlspace and loosen the fastenings on the mounted head, between 8:00 PM and 11:00 PM, it will fall on Baenlin as he rests in his chair. If Baenlin dies any other way, or if Gromm is killed, I will lose my bonus.

  • Update: After dropping the head on Baenlin:

The mounted head has fallen on Baenlin, killing him as expected. I must return to the Sanctuary and speak with Vicente Valtieri to receive my reward.

  • Update: If Baenlin is killed in another way:

I fulfilled the contract, but not in the manner requested. As a result, I have forfeited my bonus. I must now return to the Sanctuary and speak with Vicente Valtieri to receive my reward.

  • Update: After returning to Vicente:

I have spoken with Vicente Valtieri.

  • Quest complete


  • If for some reason Gromm has been killed prior to this mission (i.e. he attacked them while they were independently looting the house, or he attacked them upon entry, and they fled, causing the guards to kill him), Gromm will not be present for this mission, and thus will not meet the bonus critera. However, if they complete the quest and get the bonus, and then go back and kill Gromm, there are no repercussions, as Gromm is useless for the rest of the game (he stays at a bar and mourns his master's death).
  • If Gromm noticed you while you were completing the quest, he will always act hostile towards you for the rest of the game.
  • The Hero can buy the Eye of Sithis from M'raaj-Dar to detect life.


This section contains bugs related to Accidents Happen. Before adding a bug to this list, consider the following:

  1. Please reload an old save to confirm if the bug is still happening.
  2. If the bug is still occurring, please post the bug report with the appropriate system template  360  / XB1  ,  PS3  / PS4  ,  PC  / MAC  ,  NX  , depending on which platform(s) the bug has been encountered on.
  3. Be descriptive when listing the bug and fixes, but avoid having conversations in the description and/or using first-person anecdotes: such discussions belong on the appropriate forum board.
  • Sometimes Gromm may kill Baenlin on his own for no apparent reason.

Dark Brotherhood
Dark Brotherhood Quests A Knife in the DarkThe Renegade Shadowscale (optional)Darkness Eternal (optional)
Vicente Valtieri Quests A Watery GraveAccidents HappenScheduled for ExecutionThe Assassinated Man
Ocheeva Quests The Lonely WandererBad MedicineWhodunit?Permanent Retirement
Lucien Lachance Quest The Purification
Dead Drop Orders Quests Affairs of a WizardNext of KinBroken VowsFinal JusticeA Matter of HonorThe Coldest SleepA Kiss Before DyingFollowing a LeadHonor Thy Mother
Epilogue Quest Whispers of Death

Start a Discussion Discussions about Accidents Happen

  • Not Trespassing My Foot!

    2 messages
    • Ok, so first off, I officially hate Oblivion's save system. WIth A passion. Why can't you load any autosave? Geez. Anywho, so I w...
    • I agree with you about the save- Skyrim has definitely facilitated gaming and cut down rage quits. I've died and had to go back...
  • That IDIOT!!!!

    3 messages
    • Cool.
    • At what point is it happening?  While you're waiting in the loft to drop the head or like as soon as you walk into the house?
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