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< Skyrim: People
(RefID: 0001BDE7)
Location Dark Brotherhood Sanctuary
Race Nord Gender Male
Level PC×1 (range=5-50) Class Assassin
RefID 0001BDE7 BaseID 0001BDB0
Other Information
Health 150+(PC-1)×8.3
Magicka 50+(PC-1)×1.7
Stamina 100+(PC-1)×5
Primary Skills One-handed, Sneak, Archery, Light Armor
Class Details CombatAssassin
Morality No Crime Aggression Aggressive
Essential Yes
Voice Type MaleBrute
Faction(s) The Dark Brotherhood; FavorExcludedFaction
Arnbjorn sharpening a blade
Werewolf Arnbjorn

Arnbjorn is a werewolf assassin, former Companion, and a member of the Dark Brotherhood. He is also Astrid's husband.

He wears a special set of Shrouded Armor, which is cut at the elbow, instead of the usual wrist cut, and fights with an Iron Battleaxe of Chills.

Arnbjorn lives a very relaxed life in the Sanctuary, getting up at 8am. He then spends the rest of the day usually sharpening weapons or talking to the other family members. Then, at midnight, he'll head to his bed to finally get some sleep.

When you greet him, he'll reveal his marital status first, saying, "Let me guess - Astrid failed to mention I'm her husband? She has a tendency to do that. Doesn't want the others thinking she plays favorites." He also uses a lot of food-related nicknames, "What do you want, beef roast?", "You're part of a family now, hamshank. I trust you... you trust me. Got it?", and "Hello, tidbit." He'll also explain these by saying how he thinks of you as food "Don't take offense to the nicknames, morsel. I'm a werewolf. Hard not to think of you as a snack." If he catches you sneaking by him, he'll say, "You're putting your hand... in my pocket? Have you gone complete cracked?" If you ask him to tell something about himself, he will give you a small summary of information. "Look. If you're trying to get to know me - don't. I don't like you, and I never will. It's nothing personal. But... My wife trusts you, and I trust her judgment. So you can't be all bad. Here's all you need to know: I'm a werewolf. I like killing things. I love Astrid. I hate annoying people. And the color blue gives me a headache." This response, however, changes drastically if you are a member of The Companions; "I might ask the same of you. For you are more than mortal. You are moon-born. You are wolf. So you're a Companion, then? I can't imagine you got your gift anywhere else. I hope you have better luck with them than I did. Oh yes, I was once brother to the Companions. Let's just say they found my methods "unsettling." The Dark Brotherhood, obviously, feels differently." If you ask him what he thinks about Cicero and the Night Mother, he will boldly state, "The witless fool and his pet corpse? Take a guess." When exiting conversation, Arnbjorn will use more nicknames, saying either "Take care of yourself, beef roast.", "Later, ham hock.", or a more out-of-character "Yeah, good luck."

Related QuestsEdit

Quest-Related EventsEdit


When you first enter the Sanctuary, Arnbjorn will be taking part in the following conversation:

Quality "family" time

Arnbjorn: "Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!"
Veezara: "Ha ha ha ha! Again! Again! Do the part where he tries to buy you some candy."
Babette: "Okay, okay. Wait. Here we go. "Ooh, you are such a pretty little girl. Would the sweetie like a sweetie? Oh yes, how about some chocolate?" Oh yes, please, kind sir. My mama and papa left me all alone, and I'm so very hungry. I know a shortcut to the candy shop. Through this alley. Oh ya, very good. Very good. My it is dark down here. Oh, but you are so beautiful. Such a lovely smile. Your teeth... your teeth! No! Aggghh!!"
Gabriella: "Oh Babette, but you are so wicked."
Nazir: "What about you, Festus? How did that last contract turn out?"
Arnbjorn: "Oh, yes, please, old man. Regale us with your tales of wizardry..."
Festus Krex: "Ah, the young and stupid. Always mocking the experienced and brilliant. My contract went very well, I'll have you know. Tried a new spell. Little something I've been working on in my spare time. Came "this" close to turning that priest inside out. Damned messy."
Gabriella: "And what of your latest, Arnbjorn. Something about a Khajiit? Merchant was it?"
Babette: "Oh, a big doggy chasing a little kitty! How adorable!"
Nazir: "Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!"
Festus: "Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!"
Veezara: "Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!"
Arnbjorn: "I am not adorable, it was not funny, and he wasn't a merchant. He was a Khajiit monk, a master of the Whispering Fang style. But now he's dead... and I have a new loincloth."
Arnbjorn: "Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!"
Babette: "Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!"
Festus: "Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!"
Nazir: "Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!"

From the very first moment you speak to him it's clear that he is not impressed by you. "Well, well. It's raw meat. Oh, my beautiful wife has told me all about you." Regardless of how you react, he will follow up with "I'll give you a week before you end up dead in a ditch."

The Cure for MadnessEdit

"I gave as good as I got."

When you return to the Sanctuary, you'll find Veezara wounded on the ground. Neither Cicero or Arnbjorn are anywhere to be found. Speaking to Astrid will fill you in on the details, "I want you to find that miserable little fool and end his life! But first... find my husband. Make sure he's all right. After the attack, Arnbjorn flew into a rage. When Cicero left... Arnbjorn went after him. They disappeared into the wild." Once you find evidence pointing to the location that they were headed, Astrid once again urges you to make sure Arnbjorn is in good health, "Every moment counts, so I want you to take my horse. His name is Shadowmere. You'll find him outside, by the pool. Let's just say he's... one of us. Find Arnbjorn. Make sure my husband's all right."

While Astrid is clearly worried, Nazir seems to have more confidence in Arnbjorn, stating "Going after Cicero now would be a fool's errand. That little jester is currently being digested in Arnbjorn's stomach, mark my words."

Once you arrive at the Dawnstar Sanctuary, you will immediately spot Arnbjorn sitting on the ground, clearly in pain. When he notices you, he will say "Should have figured Astrid would send you." Telling him that he is hurt will result in him sarcastically saying "What gave it away? Ha ha ha ha ha. Yeah, got to admit that little jester is good with that butter knife. But don't worry, I gave as good as I got." You can then ask him where Cicero went and he will say "In there! Through the door. Some old Sanctuary, by the looks of it. I would have followed him, but I don't know the phrase." From here on you would tell him that you know the phrase and that he should get back to the Sanctuary "All right, you convinced me. Doubt I'd be much good to you, anyway. The little fop cut me pretty deep. But I slashed him good. Pretty sure I severed an artery. Don't know what you're going to find in there... but you can probably just follow the blood." He will end the conversation with a request "Do me a favor and kill that little jester twice. Just to make sure." After this he leaves with the words "Good hunting. I'll see you back at the Sanctuary." If you exited the conversation at any point, he will say "Gee, thanks for the help."

When you return to the Sanctuary after finishing business with Cicero, Arnbjorn will be happy to see you and say, "There you are. Look, I... I just wanted to say thanks for coming to find me. Back in Dawnstar. Crazy jester finally met his match, am I right?"

Death IncarnateEdit

When you finish To Kill an Empire, and return to Sanctuary, you will find Arnbjorn in Werewolf form fending off members of the Penitus Oculatus, while doing so, he will meet his demise.

Destroy the Dark Brotherhood!Edit

During Destroy the Dark Brotherhood!, you will be sent to kill every Dark Brotherhood member in the Dark Brotherhood Sanctuary, Arnbjorn will be one of the required people to kill. During this quest, he gains a leveled battleaxe as well as leveled gold and two leveled healing potions.

Quest-Related AdviceEdit

Contract Advice
Mourning Never Comes "Yeah. Follow my wife's orders, and don't do anything stupid."
Whispers in the Dark "She said that? If I find anyone working against my wife, or this Sanctuary, I'll beat them to death with their own severed head. Of course, they'd probably already be dead... But you know what I mean!"
The Silence Has Been Broken "Oho! The Listener wants my counsel! I thought you were above the opinions of mere mortals, now that you commune with dead old women."
Bound Until Death "You've got to kill a soft little woman on her wedding day. What's next? Murdering a crippled orphan in his sleep?"
Breaching Security "What's the matter, Listener? Night Mother not feeling very chatty these days? You need help from your flesh and blood lessers? You've got to track a man, kill him, and then frame him for a crime. This contract's perfect... for me. Clearly, my lovely wife made a mistake."
Recipe for Disaster "The last thing you need is my help. Listener or not, you've proven yourself time and again. To Astrid, to the Family... and to me."
To Kill an Empire "You get to kill the Emperor. The bloody Emperor. You'd better enjoy this one. You owe us all that much. So make it bloody, painful, and spectacular."
Honor Thy Family "Ah, don't worry, we all like to break the rules sometimes. Just see Nazir and pay the fine. Seems I do that at least once a month..."


  • Arnbjorn's werewolf form has a base ID of 00032896, and a ref ID of 00101BF8.
  • Arnbjorn's death is scripted and as such, unavoidable.