"You must be the new Initiate. The Speaker sent word that you were on your way. I'm the Matron of this Sanctuary. Obey me without question and I'm certain we'll get along just fine."
―Astara to the Vestige[src]

Astara Caerellius is an Imperial assassin residing in the Dark Brotherhood Sanctuary, and is the matron of the sanctuary.


Signed in BloodEdit

Welcome HomeEdit

A Lesson in SilenceEdit

A Special RequestEdit

Dark RevelationsEdit

The Wrath of SithisEdit

Filling the VoidEdit


Show: Signed in Blood

"You must be the new initiate. The Speaker sent word that you were on your way. I'm the Matron of this Sanctuary. Obey me without question and I'm certain we'll get along just fine."

Of course, Matron. "And this is for you - shrouded armor, the uniform of the Dark Brotherhood. You're one of the family now. You might as well look the part. And since you showed such experience with the Blade of Woe, take this as well. I expect great things, Initiate."
Show: Welcome Home

"We are all Brothers and Sisters, children of the Night Mother and our Dread Father. Even lone assassins need a family. Introduce yourself to the others. They can provide advice and information, even support for your more challenging contracts."

Will I get another contract soon? "Eager, are you? That's good. Then go and talk to Elam Drals. He handles lesser contracts for the new initiates. Prove yourself to him and more interesting assignments will follow. Welcome to the family."
I'll go and talk to Elam Drals. "Explore the Sanctuary, meet the others. At least ones currently at home. I believe Green-Venom-Tongue, Kor, Mirabelle, Cimbar, and Tanek are avalable. When you're done, Elam should have a new task for you to accomplish."
Tell me more about yourself, Matron. "The past isn't something we talk about here. For most of us, our lives didn't really begin until we were called to serve the Night Mother. And I was called at a very early age."
Have you always been the Matron of this Sanctuary? "No one joins the Brotherhood and immediately steps into a position of power. That's not how we do things. I had to prove myself, show that I was dedicated to the Night Mother and her tenets. I served for many years before I earned my title."
Did you advance though the ranks in this Sanctuary? "This Sanctuary has always been my home in the Brotherhood, if that's what you're asking. I've seen the Gold Coast change over the years. But that's enough questions about me. I wouldn't want to think you were taking my measure for some reason."
I heard something about a Dark Brotherhood member being murdered. "Where did you ...? Ah, they were discussing that at the noble's estate, were they? Bastards! It's true. Someone has been killing our Brothers and Sisters. When the hunters become the hunted, it's like the world has gone askew."
Any idea who the murderer is? "We're investigating the matter. It's not unusual for our past to catch up with us, and it's not like we have a shortage of enemies. We'll learn the identity of this killer and then there will be a reckoning."
Who would dare challenge the Dark Brotherhood? "True, few have the audacity to openly oppose us, but there are many who would love to see the Brotherhood abolished. This feels ... different. Stay vigilant, keep your eyes open, and report anything else you notice as you execute your duties."
How do I advance in the Brotherhood? "A little ambition is good for the soul. But only a little. Complete the contracts assigned to you. It's as simple as that. Every life you send to Sithis pleases the Night Mother and raises your profile. Complete enough jobs and you'll be rewarded."
What happens as I advance? "We'll trust you with more difficult contracts, assign you more high-profile targets. The awards are greater, and we'll ask you to help with matters of importance to the Brotherhood. But don't get ahead of yourself. Start with Elam's contracts first."
Show: A Lesson in Silence

"Once again the pious idiots of Kvatch dare to provoke the anger of the Dark Brotherhood. Such an insult cannot be allowed to stand unchallenged!"

What's going on in Kvatch? "As if the Grand Sermonizer didn't have enough vices to rage about, now she's preaching against the Brotherhood. She says we are weak, powerless. A toothless dragon that inspires ridicule instead of fear. These lies must be silenced—permanently."
I can go to Kvatch. "Be wary. The Order of the Hour has increased its presence in Kvatch. Avoid the warrior-priests if you can. Meet up with Tanek and silence the priests that speak against us, including the Grand Sermonizer. That will put the fear of Sithis in them."
I'll go to Kvatch right away. "Tanek will meet you in Kvatch. I expect the two of you to deal with the Grand Sermonizer and show the people of that hypocritical city the real power of the Dark Brotherhood."
Tell me more about this mission. "The Grand Sermonizer and her priests spread lies about the Brotherhood for reasons I do not yet understand. Whether she seeks to insult us or acts upon some misguided tenet of faith, our response is clear. These impudent priests must die."
Who's this Grand Sermonizer? "She's one of the ranking priests at the Cathedral of Kvatch, right below Primate Artorius in the hierarchy. She won't be easy to find, however. Killing her subordinates may draw her out. Otherwise, rely on Tanek to locate the hole she's hiding in."
Who's Primate Artorius? "Primate Artorius leads the Cathedral of Akatosh in Kvatch. The Chanters and Sermonizers bow to his authority as the Chosen of the Dragon God, and even the Order of the Hour follows his commands. Pious and faithful, I find the man to be insufferable."
Do we really need to send two assassins to Kvatch? "Caution becomes the appropriate response after the deaths of two assassins, Initiate. But make no mistake. I expect you to assassinate the Grand Sermonizer. Tanek will be there to provide assistance, nothing more."
Do assassins often die when they go on missions? "Under normal circumstances, no. These recent attacks against us, however, have made circumstances far from normal. Concentrate on the Grand Sermonizer. That's your primary mission."
What's the Brotherhood's reputation like these days? "The common folk fear us, the political leaders tolerate us, and everyone who needs someone dead and can pay the cost hires us without hesitation. Our reputation remains strong. But these attacks by the Sermonizers. They're obviously up to something."
What do you think they're planning? "It could be anything. Certainly Primate Artorius and his priests have little love for the Brotherhood. I wonder, does the Cathedral to outlaw the Black Sacrament? Would they dare such an action? Regardless, these sermons are bad for business."

After returning back:

"Kor brought Tanek home, injured but alive. He told me you went after the Grand Sermonizer. Tell me, has the deed been done?"

The Grand Sermonizer and her priests are dead. We found Cimbar, tortured to death. "Cimbar was one of our best. To allow himself to be captured like that … I didn't think that either the Grand Sermonizer or the Order of the Hour was capable of such a feat. Why go to all that trouble, I wonder?"
A warrior in black armor captured Cimbar. Said she wanted to learn the location of our Sanctuary. "Black armor? I've heard rumors of such a warrior. But to seek the location of our Sanctuary? It appears we're at war with an unknown adversary. I need to think about this.

By the way, Tanek woke up and asked to see you."

I'll go talk to Tanek.


Show: A Lesson in Silence

Hildegard: "The Grand Sermonizer is at it again, Matron."
Kor: "Those loud-mouthed fanatics! It's time to teach them a lesson about the blessings of silence!"
Astara Caerellius: "Enough! I'll decide how we respond to these malign sermons."
Astara Caerellius: "Initiate, I have a task for you."

After accepting the contract:

Kor: "Initiate, I have my own contract in Kvatch. I'll join you and Tanek as soon as I'm finished."
Hildegard: "Three blades on the same contract? Is that wise, Matron?"
Astara Caerellius: "Just make sure the Grand Sermonizer dies, Initiate. That's my chief concern."


  • "Ah, Initiate. I should be more pleased that the Grand Sermonizer is dead, but I can't help feeling that a storm gathers on the horizon. Elam mentioned that the contracts were stacking up. I suspect he'd appreciate your help, if you'd be so kind." – If spoken to, after talking to injured Tanek during "A Lesson in Silence"
  • "I don't suppose you have a little wolf trailing behind you? No? Seems Hildegard has gone missing again. If she seeks to abandon the Brotherhood, she'll have to be put down. I suppose I can give her a little more time before I write up the contract." – Before "Questions of Faith"
  • "So you decided to help find Hildegard, eh? Well, there's no shame in helping your Brothers and Sisters. Just don't let in interfere with your other duties, Initiate." – After agreeing to help Kor