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Whispers In The Dark is a quest available in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim in which the Dragonborn must ascertain the intentions of Cicero due to his suspicious behaviour under the direction of Astrid.

BackgroundEdit

Astrid has heard Cicero speaking with someone, in whispered tones, in the chamber of the Night Mother. She fears they're conspiring against the Sanctuary, and wants me to eavesdrop on the conversation. I'm to sneak into the chamber, and hide in the coffin of the Night Mother.

ObjectivesEdit

  1. Hide in the Night Mother's coffin
  2. Eavesdrop on Cicero
  3. Talk to Cicero
  4. Talk to Astrid
  5. Recieve a side contract from Nazir

WalkthroughEdit

Astrid informs the Dragonborn about a matter with which she is concerned. Cicero is acting erratically, locking himself in the Night Mother's chamber, and speaking to someone within. Astrid fears that he and someone else may be conspiring against the Brotherhood. She wants the Dragonborn to hide in the Night Mother's Coffin and find out who he is conversing with.

Night Mother's coffinEdit

The Night Mother's Coffin is in the room of the Dark Sanctuary with the stained glass window, and has a novice lock on it. Upon going inside, Cicero is overheard entering into a conversation and it quickly becomes apparent that he is and has been speaking to the Night Mother, though he has never received a response. The throughout Cicero's one-sided conversation, the Night Mother will be illuminated and speak directly to the Dragonborn informing them that they are the "one" and that Cicero cannot hear her because he is not the Listener. The Night Mother then informs the Dragonborn to seek out and accept a series of contracts from Amaund Motierre in the nordic burial ruins of Volunruud and to tell Cicero the following phrase: 'darkness rises when silence dies'.

Confrontation with CiceroEdit

When the Night Mother has finished speaking to the Dragonborn, the coffin will open and Cicero will express his anger, accusing the Dragonborn of debasing and defiling the Night Mother. Astrid will then enter the room to check on the commotion and when the Dragonborn informs Cicero that that the Night Mother spoke to them, with the phrase she provided, Cicero will become ecstatic and proclaim the Dragonborn as Listener of the Dark Brotherhood. Astrid, however, after being informed of the Night Mother's instructions, orders the Dragonborn not to go to Volunruud until she can assess what has happened and to instead seek out Nazir for contracts, as she feels her authority as Mistress of the Sanctuary has been challenged. After accepting a contract from Nazir, the quest will be complete.

JournalEdit

Whispers In The Dark – DB04
IDJournal Entry
10 Astrid has heard Cicero speaking with someone, in whispered tones, in the chamber of the Night Mother. She fears they're conspiring against the Sanctuary, and wants me to eavesdrop on the conversation. I'm to sneak into the chamber, and hide in the coffin of the Night Mother.
  • Objective 10: Hide in the Night Mother's coffin
20
  • Objective 20: Eavesdrop on Cicero
30
  • Objective 30: Talk to Cicero
40
  • Objective 40: Talk to Astrid
50 While eavesdropping on Cicero, I heard the voice of the Night Mother, who named me Listener. Astrid seems unsure what to believe, and needs time to process this latest development. I'm to see Nazir for more side contract work
  • Objective 50: Receive a side contract from Nazir
200 While eavesdropping on Cicero, I heard the voice of the Night Mother, who named me Listener. Astrid seems unsure what to believe, and it's hard to tell what effect this will ultimately have on the Sanctuary.
  • Quest complete

TriviaEdit

  • It is not possible to look around in the Coffin; the Dragonborn's field of vision is stuck on the Night Mother, most likely so that they will not miss her speech.
  • When eavesdropping on Cicero (before getting caught), at one point in the monologue, he will get frustrated at the Night Mother's silence and shout at her.

BugsEdit

This section contains bugs related to Whispers in the Dark. 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.
  •  PC   360   After entering the coffin, the voice of the Night Mother can become barely audible - subtitles are suggested.
  • After the coffin scene, the Dragonborn is told to speak to Nazir to find more contacts. However, there will be no such option, which prevents continuation of the Dark Brotherhood quest line. This can be fixed on the PC by opening the console and typing SetStage DBSideContract04 0. This will finish the quest and allows the contracts to be taken.
  •  PC   360   PS3  Upon entering the coffin, Cicero may not say anything, and the coffin cannot be left. Waiting as much as 2–3 minutes may work, but not always. This can happen if the iron door to The Night Mother's chamber is closed before going into the coffin.
    • Entering the Night Mother's coffin, then pressing Wait for an hour or two may fix the glitch.
    • Leaving the Sanctuary and coming back before entering the coffin also fixes the glitch and causes Cicero's dialogue to begin properly.
    • Saving the game, exiting, then reloading and waiting for one hour may also begin Cicero's dialogue.
    •  PC  Using the console command TFC to toggle free camera on and leaving the coffin will cause Cicero to enter the room and begin his dialogue.
  •  PC   360   PS3  Skipping through the last lines of dialogue with Cicero may cause him to start repeating his beginning, angry dialogue, though another full conversation will not result. This glitch appears to have no negative effect.
  •  PC   360   PS3  Occasionally during the aforementioned glitch, Cicero may become invincible and will not react to being attacked.
  •  PC   360   PS3  After exiting the coffin, the Dragonborn may be stuck in first person view. Toggling between third and first person does not resolve the issue, nor does completing the quest.
  •  PC   360   PS3  Also after exiting the coffin, the door to the left will not open. However it is possible to walk right through it.


Start a Discussion Discussions about Whispers in the Dark

  • Whispers in the Dark BUG

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    • I'm having an issue after I talk to the Night Mother, Cicero isn't there.  >Talk to Astrid >Unlock coffin >Get inside cof...
    • You could try waiting for a few hours in the coffin room, but if that doesn't work, you may have to reload a save from before talking to ...
  • Cant get the quest ''Whispers In The Dark''

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    • I cant get the quest that requires you to hide inside the night mothers coffin. After talking to Astrid, nothing happens.
    • Finish the quest that has u turn in the contracts to the guy (i dont remember name) and/or enter your journal and set the quest as active
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