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With Friends Like These…

Join the Dark Brotherhood

With Friends Like These…0
27 June 2012 - 3 guides

How to unlock the With Friends Like These… achievement

  • Frankie DrumsNYFrankie DrumsNY383,995
    11 Nov 2011 12 Mar 2012 29 Aug 2012
    55 2 2
    This achievement is obtained after completing the first Dark Brotherhood mission.

    To start this questline, travel to Windhelm. The first city guard you speak to should mention a "curse" and direct you to the Aretino residence. Before entering the residence, you will overhear a conversation outside between Grimvar Cruel-Sea and Idesa Sadri, and they will be discussing what Aventus Aretino has done. You can speak to them to gain additional information, then follow up by entering the house and talking to Aventus, which will trigger the "Innocence Lost" quest.

    Upon completing Innocence Lost, you will receive a message from a courier. After that, go to sleep in a place OTHER THAN Windhelm, and the "With Friends like These" quest will begin when you wake up. Astrid will offer you a choice. Complete the mission (you can't make a wrong choice--I chose all three and received accolades for it) and the achievement will pop.

    WARNING: If you attack and kill Astrid, the entire questline will close to you and you will not be able to get this achievement, "Bound Until Death" or "Hail Sithis" on this playthrough.

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    Graceland BoOya******Possible Spoiler******

    If you make the choice with a shout you get a misc mission from a courier. Might be the same for using other methods but haven't confirmed.
    Posted by Graceland BoOya on 21 Jun 12 at 22:49
    LadyKillerinaThumbs up. :)
    Posted by LadyKillerina on 01 Sep 13 at 00:28
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  • gallzy111gallzy111153,949
    13 Mar 2012 13 Mar 2012 27 Mar 2012
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    Same as the above but with a different style. This can still be completed once the quest "Hero of Skyrim" has been completed as well. The two people outside the house are a small child and an elf who are speaking about the Dark Brotherhood. You then go inside the residence and speak to the child and he will give you a quest.

    A message from a courier may not be necessary. I did not get a message. Just go to sleep in any place other than Windhelm & the quest will begin it's pretty self explanatory from then on.

    What ever you do, do not kill Astrid! Otherwise as stated above the other achievements through her will not be possible in that play through.

    NOTE: After more playing of the game, a courier did come to me. But this was hours and hours after I completed the quest, but doing it before the courier comes to you, does not matter! It can still be done as normal.
  • Life On SaturnLife On Saturn52,842 52,842 GamerScore
    30 May 2015 03 Jun 2015
    3 0 0
    When you're in Windhelm, you may hear guards or citizens talk about how the Aretino House is 'haunted' or 'cursed'. If you go around the right side of Windhelm(From the front door)you should see a woman and a child talking about the Aretino House. To the left of them is a door, which leads to the Aretino House. Lockpick the door and enter, you will see a young boy preforming what is called 'The Black Sacrament'. Approach him and after a few babbles, he will ask you to kill Grelod the Kind in the Riften Orphanage. Enter the orphanage and kill Grelod the Kind. Once you do this the children will start cheering. Now you return to the Aretino House. Aretino will reward you. Next, you have to wait for courier to approach you and give this letter with a black handprint on it saying, 'We Know'. Now you have to sleep in any bed.

    Once you awake, you will be in a cabin with someone named Astrid. She will talk about stuff, then tell you you have to kill someone. Kill any of the three people behind you, and then talk to her. She will say something about her Sanctuary and that you should go there. Go the Sanctuary a little bit out of Falkreath. Enter with the phrase, 'Silence, my brother', then the door will open. Once you enter you will meet with Astrid again then talk to another character, then he will say 'Welcome to the Family', then your achievement will pop.

    Hope this guide helped!
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