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For other uses, see Dark Brotherhood Sanctuary.

Dark Brotherhood Sanctuary, also known as the Falkreath Sanctuary, is a small underground hideout in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim that is located near the road heading west from Falkreath and just southeast of the Roadside Ruins, i.e. on the southeast side of the actual road. The last remnants of the Dark Brotherhood are based here.


"This Sanctuary has been my entire life since I was a young woman. That's when I first discovered my, shall we call it "aptitude," for elimination."

The door to the Dark Brotherhood Sanctuary.

Outside is a pitch-black pool of water and a mysterious door displaying a carving of a skull, with a bloody handprint signifying The Dark Brotherhood emblazoned on it. When approached, it asks the following of the Dragonborn in order to gain entry: "What is the music of life?" The correct answer is, "Silence, my brother." The incorrect answers are as follows:

  • "Um... the lute? No, drums!"
  • "Screaming?"
  • "Some kind of choir. With chanting."
"-What is the music of life?
-Silence, my brother.
-Welcome home."
―Door to the Falkreath Sanctuary[src]

Only after the Dragonborn has had direct contact with the Brotherhood can one be allowed entry to the sanctuary. The pass phrase needed to enter, "Silence, my brother," is only gained by starting "With Friends Like These...," or killing Astrid when she is encountered and thus starting the quest "Destroy the Dark Brotherhood!" Giving an incorrect answer will cause the door to say, "You are not worthy."

Architectural design[]

Most of the actual sanctuary is an Ancient Nordic Ruin, but also consists part of a cave network with multiple rooms. As most of the sanctuary is an Ancient Nordic Ruin, between two staircases is a word wall where a word of the dragon shout Marked for Death can be learned.

Dawnstar Sanctuary[]

Main article: Dawnstar Sanctuary

There is also a Dark Brotherhood sanctuary located near Dawnstar. It is abandoned, but the Dragonborn can gain access to it in a later quest if the Dark Brotherhood is joined. When attempting to gain access to that Sanctuary, the door will ask, "What is life's greatest illusion?" The correct answer is, "Innocence, my brother." The incorrect answers are as follows:

  • "Um... The one where you saw a lady in half?"
  • "Being happily married?"
  • "Dreams are reality, and reality is really a dream?"

If the Dragonborn answers with any of the incorrect responses, the door will simply reply, "You are not worthy."

Notable items[]




  • If the door to the Dark Brotherhood Sanctuary is approached before completing the quest "With Friends Like These..." and joining the Dark Brotherhood, no map location marker will be seen.
  • If visited after completing the Dark Brotherhood's questline, the hallway to the main chamber and the main chamber itself are still accessible, though the other rooms will be blocked off and cannot be entered. However, if "Destroy the Dark Brotherhood!" is completed instead, the Sanctuary will remain unscathed and all rooms can be entered freely.


This section contains bugs related to Dark Brotherhood Sanctuary (Skyrim). 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  /  PS5  ,  XS  , 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.
  •  PC   360   PS3   All items stored in containers in the sanctuary will be lost after the quest "To Kill an Empire," if unmoved.
  • The word that is on the Word Wall can potentially become unavailable after completing the main story quest.
  • The game may freeze if the Sanctuary is entered after "Death Incarnate" is completed.
  •  360   Sometimes, the Dragonborn may normally enter the Sanctuary but suffer extreme lag when inside.
    • Pausing for a few seconds will sometimes solve the lag.
  • If the Dragonborn is using Dead Thrall when entering the sanctuary, the thralls will be lost, but will remain on the active effects list.
  • The books in the bookshelf may permanently disappear after activating it.
    • This can be fixed by loading a previous save.
  •  PC   When entering the previous Sanctuary after the Dawnstar Sanctuary has been established, the loading screen will still say "The Sanctuary in Skyrim's Pine Forest is the Dark Brotherhood's last remaining refuge in all of Tamriel."
  • Penitus Oculatus Agents may continue to spawn outside the sanctuary after “To Kill an Empire” is completed