Skyrim:Innocence Lost

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SR-qico-Dark Brotherhood.png Help an orphaned child avoid being returned to a sadistic caretaker.
Quest Giver: Aventus Aretino
Location(s): The Aretino Residence in Windhelm
Honorhall Orphanage in Riften
Prerequisite Quest: None; however, Delayed Burial is an optional prequel to this quest.
Next Quest: With Friends Like These...
Reward: Aretino Family Heirloom
Disposition: 0→1 (Aventus Aretino)
ID: DB01
 
Aventus Aretino calls upon mysterious forces for help.

[edit] Quick Walkthrough

  1. Speak to Aventus Aretino inside the Aretino Residence in Windhelm.
  2. Kill Grelod the Kind in the Honorhall Orphanage in Riften.
  3. Return to Aventus for your reward.

[edit] Detailed Walkthrough

The Aretino Residence in Windhelm

[edit] Initiating the Quest

If you ask the keeper of any inn about rumors, speak to the children at Honorhall Orphanage in Riften, or eavesdrop on conversations or speak with people—particularly guards—in Windhelm, you will likely hear that a boy named Aventus Aretino is attempting to perform the Black Sacrament, a ritual designed to summon a Dark Brotherhood assassin. Once this topic arises in a dialogue, the objective "Talk to Aventus Aretino" will appear in your journal as a miscellaneous quest.

[edit] Aventus Aretino

Aventus's fury is revealed.

You can find Aventus in the Aretino Residence in Windhelm. If entering Windhelm through the main gate, immediately turn right and proceed up the stairs. Continue straight ahead, passing the house on your left, and turn left around its far corner. You should now be heading north, with the house on your left and a crumbling stone wall on your right. The Aretino Residence is a short distance ahead. If this is your first visit to the area, you can listen to Idesa Sadri and Grimvar Cruel-Sea talking about the matter outside the house. Grimvar has become tired of the excuses and states "Fine. Then I'll invite him out to play". Idesa gives in and admits that the rumors are true and Grimvar persists asking if "...Aventus Aretino is doing the Black Sacrament?", but Idesa warns him that "...Aventus Aretino walks a dark path".

If you do manage to get into the house without the objective in your journal it will be added at this point. Enter the residence by picking the lock to discover Aventus performing the Black Sacrament, and chanting over and over again. He is so engrossed in the ritual that he fails to notice you. When you speak to him, he will be overjoyed and mistake you for the assassin he was trying to summon, "I did the Black Sacrament, over and over. With the body, and the... the things. And then you came! An assassin from the Dark Brotherhood!"

He will tell you about his mother's death and that afterward he was sent to Honorhall Orphanage in Riften, where he was subjected to the cruelties of its headmistress Grelod the Kind. He concocted a plan to get revenge and so he escaped and returned to his home where he set about performing the Sacrament. He expects you to kill Grelod, further stating "She's a monster", to ensure that neither he or his friends will have to suffer any more. You can ask him questions for further details but whatever the course of your conversation with him, it will conclude with your journal marking the introductory miscellaneous quest complete and activating Innocence Lost.

[edit] Grelod The Dead

Grelod tells the orphans they aren't going anywhere.

Travel to Honorhall Orphanage in Riften. Inside the orphanage, if you haven't been there before, you will discover Grelod the Kind verbally abusing her charges, "Nobody needs you, nobody wants you", and that her nickname is a term of endearment that she has bestowed on herself and imposed on the children. Killing Grelod does not constitute a crime so you may kill her in whatever fashion you see fit, however attacking any of the children or Constance is a crime. Whatever manner you choose will be successful as she only has one point of health.

While Constance Michel, Grelod's employee, runs about in a panic once Grelod dies, the orphans will come to gloat over the body, and will express reactions ranging from philosophical reflection, "Kill one person, and you can solve so many problems. I wonder at the possibilities", to simple joy, "Hurrah! Hurrah!" If spoken to, each of the children will share one or more thoughts and feelings about her death.

Return to Windhelm and speak to Aventus. He will greet the news with happiness and show his gratitude by giving you a family heirloom, which is "Supposed to be sort of valuable", however the dinner plate is only worth 100 gold.

[edit] Alternate Path

If you have killed Grelod prior to starting the quest, then when you speak with Aventus for the first time you can tell him that you killed her. He will state that "I knew the Dark Brotherhood was good... just not that good! You killed the old hag before I even asked!" There are no negative consequences to the quest and the reward is the same.

[edit] Notes

  • If you revisit the orphanage after completing the quest, the children will make general comments about things being better with Grelod gone.
  • After killing her, guards may say "Been a murder, over in Riften. Some old lady who runs an orphanage. Those poor children must be heartbroken." Guards in Riften may also suggest some suspicion toward you with "That old woman who runs the orphanage has been murdered. Say, didn't I see you coming out of there...?"

[edit] Bugs

  • Although you will note in your journal that Aventus can return to the orphanage at the completion of the quest, he never does so. He will remain alone in his home. If spoken to there, he will say that he's planning on growing up to be an assassin, "like you". If you talk to him right after killing Grelod, he will say "I'll give them some time to clean up the mess."
    • PC Only This bug is fixed by version 1.2.4 of the Unofficial Skyrim Patch.
      • The patch does not make Aventus available for adoption if Hearthfire is installed.
  • After killing Grelod, Constance Michel will run around in a panic. She may remain stuck in this state even if you return days or weeks later, she will still be running around screaming. Even with Hearthfire installed, she remains panicked and will not be approachable to adopt children.
  • Even if you kill Grelod in another room, upon her death her body will teleport to the main room, presumably so that the children can find it and celebrate. ?

[edit] Quest Stages

(DB01Objective)
Stage Finishes Quest Journal Entry
10
Objective 10: Talk to Aventus Aretino
200 Finishes quest
Innocence Lost (DB01)
5 I heard a rumor that a boy named Aventus Aretino, in Windhelm, has been attempting to contact the Dark Brotherhood. I should find this boy and speak with him, and find out why he wants to contact a guild of assassins.
Objective 5: Talk to Aventus Aretino
20 The mother of Aventus Aretino recently died, and the boy was sent to live at Honorhall Orphanage in Riften. He thinks I'm a Dark Brotherhood assassin, and wants me to kill the Orphanage's sadistic headmistress, Grelod the Kind.
Objective 20: Kill Grelod the Kind
30
Objective 30: Tell Aventus Aretino that Grelod is dead
200 Finishes quest I killed Grelod the Kind, and Aventus Aretino rewarded me with a family heirloom. Now the boy can return to Honorhall Orphanage, and live out his childhood peacefully.
  • The following empty quest stages were omitted from the table:
    • DB01Objective: 0, 255.
    • DB01: 0, 255.
Prev: None Up: Dark Brotherhood Next: With Friends Like These...

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