Tribunal:Dark Brotherhood Assassins

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A fairly high-level Dark Brotherhood Assassin (db_assassin4)

The Dark Brotherhood Assassins are a set of masked, hostile, generic NPCs of Assassin class in the Tribunal expansion, all of whom are members of the Dark Brotherhood faction [in lore only – see the Bugs section]. All of them added by the expansion are Dunmer and male, though in lore the membership is more mixed. They come in ten varieties (aside from their boss, Dandras Vules), mostly with different levels and ranks, as detailed below. Their role in Tribunal is twofold, in two different sub-quests of the Main Quest of the expansion.

Firstly, they will randomly attack the player character sometimes while using the Rest function (and interrupt it, preventing leveling when they attack), if you are sleeping anywhere but the bedroll in the Census and Excise Office in Seyda Neen. These attacks persist for some time – slowing increasing in frequency and ferocity – until you take the initiative to seek out the Dark Brotherhood by going to Mournhold. See the Dark Brotherhood Attacks quest for details. These sleep attackers increase in power (and eventually – if you delay engaging with most of the Tribunal expansion – in number) as your level goes up.

Secondly, they populate a hidden lair in the Manor District of Old Mournhold, accessed via the Bazaar Sewers under Mournhold's Great Bazaar. You must track down and despatch their boss, Dandras Vules, to get a revealing document from him. See the Hunt the Dark Brotherhood quest for details. The generic assassins respawn there, even after Vules is killed. They also increase in power (but not in number) as your level increases.

  • Major Skills:
Sneak Sneak
Marksman Marksman
Light Armor Light Armor
Short Blade Short Blade
Acrobatics Acrobatics
  • Minor Skills:
Security Security
Long Blade Long Blade
Alchemy Alchemy
Block Block
Athletics Athletics

Gear[edit]

Looting these recurrent enemies is a great source of valuable and useful gear. All wear full suits of Dark Brotherhood Armor, the lightest in the game and the second-best Light-class armor in protection value, after Glass (though the suit lacks a shield). Because they appear in their old Manor District lair in numbers, frequently armed with paralyzing and poisonous weapons, be well-prepared.

Those who attack you in your sleep also bear a pricey Carved Ebony Dart, but you will not be able to take it from one unless you kill him before he can throw it. The melee weapons they bear vary, but are all Short Blade types:

IDs Short Blades
db_assassin1b,
db_assassin1c
Silver Dagger
db_assassin1 Iron Spider Dagger
db_assassin1a Iron Viperblade
db_assassin2a Wild Viperblade
db_assassin2 Wild Vipersword
db_assassin3a Daedric Tanto
db_assassin3 Daedric Wakizashi
db_assassin4,
db_assassin4a
Adamantium Jinkblade of Wounds

Assassin Stats[edit]

As sleep-attackers, their level varies with your own. They attack singly until you are level 20 or higher, whereupon two will appear at a time. Likelihood of attack increases with player level (specifically at levels 4, 10, 20, and 30). The sleep assassins may have IDs db_assassin1b, db_assassin1 (at level 4), db_assassin2 (at level 10), db_assassin3 (at level 20), and db_assassin4 (at level 30).

Those who may appear in Old Mournhold (depending on player level) are db_assassin1c, db_assassin1a (at level 5), db_assassin2a (at level 10), db_assassin3a (at level 20), and db_assassin4a (at level 30), plus boss Dandras Vules (rank 8, Dark Brother).

No assassins with faction ranks 4, 6, or 9 appear in-game, though Severa Magia, Vvardenfell leader of the Dark Brotherhood in vanilla Morrowind (which doesn't have the Dark Brotherhood coded as a faction, or with ranks set for its members) is hypothesized to be equivalent to rank 9 (Master Assassin).

Arranged by increasing level and rank, the generic assassins' stats are the following:

Assassin
 (db_assassin1b)
Added by Tribunal
Race Dunmer Gender Male
Level 1 Class Assassin
Other Information
Health Auto-calculated
Magicka Auto-calculated
Alarm 0 Fight 100
Faction(s) Dark Brotherhood (Apprentice) *
Dark Brotherhood Apprentice
 (db_assassin1c)
Added by Tribunal
Race Dunmer Gender Male
Level 1 Class Assassin
Other Information
Health Auto-calculated
Magicka Auto-calculated
Alarm 0 Fight 100
Faction(s) Dark Brotherhood (Apprentice) *
Assassin
 (db_assassin1)
Added by Tribunal
Race Dunmer Gender Male
Level 3 Class Assassin
Other Information
Health Auto-calculated
Magicka Auto-calculated
Alarm 0 Fight 100
Faction(s) Dark Brotherhood (Journeyman) *
Dark Brotherhood Journeyman
 (db_assassin1a)
Added by Tribunal
Race Dunmer Gender Male
Level 5 Class Assassin
Other Information
Health Auto-calculated
Magicka Auto-calculated
Alarm 0 Fight 100
Faction(s) Dark Brotherhood (Journeyman) *
Dark Brotherhood Operator
 (db_assassin2a)
Added by Tribunal
Race Dunmer Gender Male
Level 10 Class Assassin
Other Information
Health Auto-calculated
Magicka Auto-calculated
Alarm 0 Fight 100
Faction(s) Dark Brotherhood (Operator) *
Assassin
 (db_assassin2)
Added by Tribunal
Race Dunmer Gender Male
Level 10 Class Assassin
Other Information
Health Auto-calculated
Magicka Auto-calculated
Alarm 0 Fight 100
Faction(s) Dark Brotherhood (Wetboy) *
Assassin
 (db_assassin3)
Added by Tribunal
Race Dunmer Gender Male
Level 20 Class Assassin
Other Information
Health Auto-calculated
Magicka Auto-calculated
Alarm 0 Fight 100
Faction(s) Dark Brotherhood (Punisher) *
Dark Brotherhood Punisher
 (db_assassin3a)
Added by Tribunal
Race Dunmer Gender Male
Level 20 Class Assassin
Other Information
Health Auto-calculated
Magicka Auto-calculated
Alarm 0 Fight 100
Faction(s) Dark Brotherhood (Punisher) *
Assassin
 (db_assassin4)
Added by Tribunal
Race Dunmer Gender Male
Level 30 Class Assassin
Other Information
Health Auto-calculated
Magicka Auto-calculated
Alarm 0 Fight 100
Faction(s) Dark Brotherhood (Assassin) *
Dark Brotherhood Assassin
 (db_assassin4a)
Added by Tribunal
Race Dunmer Gender Male
Level 30 Class Assassin
Other Information
Health Auto-calculated
Magicka Auto-calculated
Alarm 0 Fight 100
Faction(s) Dark Brotherhood (Assassin) *

* See Bugs section.

Bugs[edit]

  • Due to an oversight, the masked assassins are members of this faction as a plot/lore point but are not actually coded in the CS with any faction ID, though they do have their faction ranks set.