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'''Aventus Aretino''' is a 10ten-year-old [[SRSkyrim:Nord|Nord]] [[SRSkyrim:Child|child]] located in the [[Skyrim:Aretino Residence|Aretino Residence]] in [[Skyrim:Windhelm|Windhelm]]. He escaped from the [[Skyrim:Honorhall Orphanage|Honorhall Orphanage]] in [[Skyrim:Riften|Riften]], where he ended up after his mother Naalia Aretino died from sickness during the winter, and he now seeks revenge on the owner of the orphanage, [[Skyrim:Grelod the Kind|Grelod the Kind]], for mistreatment of orphans.
 
Aventus wears red colored [[Skyrim:Child's Clothes|child's clothes]] and a pair of [[Skyrim:ClothingShoes#000e80a8|shoes]], and is equipped with a simple [[Skyrim:Iron Dagger|iron dagger]]. He carries a [[Skyrim:Aretino Residence Key|key]] to his house, a selection of [[Skyrim:Leveled Lists#Child|food and toys]], and a small amount of gold.
 
Rumor has it that he is attempting to contact the [[Skyrim:Dark Brotherhood|Dark Brotherhood]]. If you track him down, you will find him chanting the Black Sacrament and he will assume that you are a member of the Dark Brotherhood. Speaking to him gives the quest [[Skyrim:Innocence Lost|Innocence Lost]], which leads to your entrance into the Dark Brotherhood.
 
He can be found in the [[Skyrim:Aretino Residence|Aretino Residence]] constantly trying to call the Dark Brotherhood. While his actions remain the same, his dialogue rotates between several lines until you reveal yourself: ''"Sweet Mother, sweet Mother, send your child unto me, for the sins of the unworthy must be baptized in blood and fear."'', ''"Please... How long must I do this? I keep praying, Night Mother. Why won't you answer me?"'', ''"Die, Grelod! Die!"'', ''"So... very tired..."'', and ''"Grelod, you old crone. You'll get what you deserve. The Dark Brotherhood will see to that..."''
 
When you talk to him and ask if he is all right he will be overjoyed and remark, ''"It worked! I knew you'd come, I just knew it! 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."'' At this point, there are three choices of interaction, but they all lead to the same path:
* ''"Sweet Mother, sweet Mother, send your child unto me, for the sins of the unworthy must be baptized in blood and fear."''
* ''"Please... How long must I do this? I keep praying, Night Mother. Why won't you answer me?"''
* ''"Die, Grelod! Die!"''
* ''"So... very tired..."''
* ''" Grelod, you old crone. You'll get what you deserve. The Dark Brotherhood will see to that..."''
 
:'''I'm sorry, boy, but I'm not who you think I am.'''<br />
When you talk to him and ask if he is all right he will be overjoyed and remark ''"It worked! I knew you'd come, I just knew it! 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."''
:'''Aventus''': ''"YouOf don'tcourse haveyou toare! sayI anything.prayed, There'sand noyou need. You're herecame, so Iand knownow you'll accept my contract."''
 
:'''Yes, of course... The Black Sacrament...'''<br />
At this point, there are three choices of interaction, but they all lead to the same path:
:'''Aventus''': ''"It took so long. So very long. But now that you're here, you can accept my contract."''
 
:'''(Remain Silent)'''<br />
'''I'm sorry, boy, but I'm not who you think I am.'''<br />
:'''Aventus''': ''"OfYou coursedon't youhave are!to Isay prayed,anything. andThere's youno cameneed. You're here, andso I nowknow you'll accept my contract."''
 
'''Yes, of course... The Black Sacrament...'''<br />
'''Aventus''': ''"It took so long. So very long. But now that you're here, you can accept my contract."''
 
'''(Remain Silent)'''<br />
'''Aventus''': ''"You don't have to say anything. There's no need. You're here, so I know you'll accept my contract."''
 
Each path leads to asking about the contract, to which Aventus will reply, ''"My mother, she... she died. I... I'm all alone now. So they sent me to that terrible orphanage in Riften. Honorhall. The headmistress is an evil, cruel woman. They call her Grelod the Kind. But she's not kind. She's terrible. To all of us. So I ran away, and came home. And performed the Black Sacrament. Now you're here! And you can kill Grelod the Kind!"''
 
Before you leave, you can talk to Aventus for more information, such as the reward and a bit of his back story. Telling him that assassinations don't come cheap will result in the reply, ''"I have a family heirloom you can have. Supposed to be sort of valuable. I hope that's all right."'' If you ask him what happened to his mother, he will explain, ''"She got sick, last winter, when the snows came. And she just... she never got better. Not all year. One night she fell asleep and... never woke up. So now I'm all alone. And the Jarl said I had to go to Honorhall Orphanage. It's not fair!"'' Questioning him about how sure he is about murdering Grelod will have him answer, ''"I've never been more sure about anything in my entire life. Someone like Grelod doesn't deserve to live one more day. She's a monster."''
Before you leave, you can talk to Aventus for more information, such as the reward and a bit of his back story:
 
'''Assassinations don't come cheap, boy.'''<br />
'''Aventus''': ''"I have a family heirloom you can have. Supposed to be sort of valuable. I hope that's all right."''
 
'''Tell me about your mother. What happened?'''<br />
'''Aventus''': ''"She got sick, last winter, when the snows came. And she just... she never got better. Not all year. One night she fell asleep and... never woke up. So now I'm all alone. And the Jarl said I had to go to Honorhall Orphanage. It's not fair!"''
 
If you have already killed the target, he will be amazed and remark, ''"I mean, I knew the Dark Brotherhood was good... just not that good! You killed the old hag before I even asked!"'' After completing his quest, he claims that he's going to be an assassin himself when he grows up: ''"When I grow up, I'm going to be an assassin. That way I can help lots of children, just like you."'' However, in the short term, he decides that he will return to the orphanage: ''"I'll go back to the Orphanage in a while. I'll give them time to, you know... clean up the mess."'' (Thoughthough he never does - see [[#Bugs|below]].).
'''Are you sure about this, boy? Murdering this woman?'''<br />
'''Aventus''': ''"I've never been more sure about anything in my entire life. Someone like Grelod doesn't deserve to live one more day. She's a monster."''
 
If you have already killed the target, he will be amazed and remark ''"I mean, I knew the Dark Brotherhood was good... just not that good! You killed the old hag before I even asked!"'' After completing his quest, he claims that he's going to be an assassin himself when he grows up: ''"When I grow up, I'm going to be an assassin. That way I can help lots of children, just like you."'' However, in the short term, he decides that he will return to the orphanage: ''"I'll go back to the Orphanage in a while. I'll give them time to, you know... clean up the mess."'' (Though he never does - see [[#Bugs|below]].)
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== Related Quests ==
 
==Notes==
* Aventus cannot be [[Skyrim:Adoption|adopted]], even when the [[Skyrim:Hearthfire|Hearthfire]] add-on is installed.
* Aventus is sometimes referred to as an [[Skyrim:Imperial|Imperial]] in dialogue from other NPCs.
 
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