A Lesson in Silence


Dark Brotherhood Sanctuary, Kvatch


Unidentified Sithis' Touch Foot Armor
1 Skill Point
Average Leveled Gold
20 Dark Brotherhood Reputation 

A Lesson in Silence is a quest in Elder Scrolls Online. 

Quest Information

Recent lectures in Kvatch by the Grand Sermonizer of Akatosh and her priests paint the Dark Brotherhood as powerless pretenders not to be feared. Astara wants the Grand Sermonizer dealt with—permanently.





  • Astara and the Dark Brotherhood have need of me. I must travel to the Sanctuary and speak to Astara.
    Objective: Talk to Astara
  • Astara ordered me to go to Kvatch to meet up with Tanek. Then we can determine how to demonstrate the Dark Brotherhood's true power to the Grand Sermonizer and her followers.
    Objective: Travel to Kvatch
  • I reached Kvatch. Now I should talk to Tanek and determine how we're going to proceed.
    Objective: Talk to Tanek
  • I need to kill Akatosh Sermonizers in the streets of Kvatch, being careful to avoid guards and witnesses. The death of her priests should draw out the Grand Sermonizer so that Tanek can find her hiding spot.
    Objective: Kill Akatosh Sermonizers: 0/3
  • Astara and the Dark Brotherhood have need of me. I must travel to the Sanctuary and speak to Astara.
    Objective: Enter the Grand Sermonizer's Estate
    Optional Step: Kill More Akatosh Sermonizers: 0/2
  • We entered the estate where the Grand Sermonizer is hiding. I should look around and see if I can determine what's going on here.
    Objective: Spy on the Grand Sermonizer
  • The Grand Sermonizer is alone in the interrogation hall. Now's our opportunity to complete our mission and assassinate her for speaking out against the Dark Brotherhood.
    Objective: Enter the Interrogation Hall
  • The Grand Sermonizer vanished, but she left behind the assassin she tortured to death. I should stand aside and let Tanek investigate the scene.
    Objective: Wait for Tanek to Investigate
  • The Grand Sermonizer disappeared before I could finish her off, but Tanek still suffers under her spell. I should make sure he's all right before I chase after the Grand Sermonizer.
    Objective: Check on Tanek
  • Kor arrived to help Tanek. He ordered me to finish the mission and chase down the Grand Sermonizer. I need to follow her escape route before she gets away.
    Objective: Follow the Grand Sermonizer's Escape Route
  • I found the Grand Sermonizer's escape tunnel that runs beneath the estate. I should follow after her and try to catch her before she gets away.
    Objective: Pursue the Grand Sermonizer
  • I caught up to the Grand Sermonizer and her cadre of Order of the Hour soldiers. Let the final battle begin!
    Objective: Defeat the Grand Sermonizer
  • The Grand Sermonizer is dead. I should return to the Dark Brotherhood Sanctuary and report what happened to Astara.
    Objective: Return to the Sanctuary
  • Astara needs to hear about what happened at the Grand Sermonizer's estate. I should tell her what happened to Brother Cimbar and about the warrior in black armor.
    Objective: Talk to Astara
  • Kor helped Tanek make it back to the Sanctuary, though Tanek was badly injured by the Grand Sermonizer's trap. Tanek has asked to see me. I should check on him.
    Objective: Talk to Tanek
  • Tanek recovers under the watchful eyes of Kor and Hildegard. I should wait for them to finish their visit.
    Objective: Wait for Kor and Hildegard
  • Tanek sent Kor and Hildegard away and asked to speak to me privately. I should find out what he wants.
    Objective: Talk to Tanek


Notes, Prerequisite & Next Quest


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    • Anonymous

      A Lesson In Silence is bad quest writing. Tanek acts like a novice in carelessly examining the tortured body of Cimbar. Kor makes the professional guild of assassins look like the brotherly-caring fighter's guild in abandoning the mission to get wounded Tanek back to the sanctuary leaving the player to battle nine foes including the Grand Sermonizer alone. It's all too Touchy-Feely for a mission-oriented assassins organization. Totally wussy-lame and unreal for the Dark Brotherhood.

      • Anonymous

        as i have to defend tanek the one women wont die i hit her once her life goes to zero and she wont die help please its doing my head in

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