Dark Brotherhood is after me for no reason...?
I was exploring and out of no where a Dark Brotherhood Assassin comes and attacks me..I never killed or did anything wrong to make them come after me.
I'm hoping this is just a bug
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zeromaveric Feb 2 @ 6:52pm 
happened to me when i had the Cerwiden follower mod, only they were after her instead. usually when you're attacked by thugs or assassins, one of them should have a note revealing who it was that hired them

it was ironic to me with Cerwiden though since i was the new leader of the DB, and i had to kill my own underlings lol
[T2DS] The First Samurai Feb 2 @ 6:53pm 
I'm playing vanilla Skyrim. No mods at all
And i read the note it was Astrid who hired them
Cornock Feb 2 @ 7:08pm 
I am pretty sure this is just one of the random encounters that you can get (it stops if you join the dark brotherhood). I don't believe it is triggered by any specific action it is just one of those things that makes walking around interesting.
If you're not already a member of the Brotherhood, then you'll get them as random encounters in the wilds of Skyrim while taking a walkabout. There's all kinds of random encounters like that. Like a thief who tries to attack you.

I think, lore wise, it's because you're Dragonborn and there's all manner of people who don't want the return of the Dragonborn. The Brotherhood have no reason to turn down what I think would be a lucrative contract and I have a feeling about who is comissioning the contracts.
Pepe_DeJefe Feb 2 @ 7:16pm 
Yeah, it's just a random encounter, same as those muggers that run up and trap you in a conversation before attacking.

I had the same reaction as you when I first encountered one. I thought it was maybe part of a quest, or that I'd triggered it by ♥♥♥♥ing off an NPC somewhere in the course of a quest and would have to investigate and settle things somehow, and was kinda dissapointed to find out that there's nothing more to it than a random encounter.
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Originally posted by Pepe_DeJefe:
Yeah, it's just a random encounter, same as those muggers that run up and trap you in a conversation before attacking.

I had the same reaction as you when I first encountered one. I thought it was maybe part of a quest, or that I'd triggered it by ♥♥♥♥ing off an NPC somewhere in the course of a quest and would have to investigate and settle things somehow, and was kinda dissapointed to find out that there's nothing more to it than a random encounter.

At least it's not like Morrowind when they come after you in that :D
Incunabulum Feb 2 @ 7:22pm 
Its unfortunate for the Dark Brotherhood. It was these unprovoked attacks that made me decide to infiltrate and then destroy the DB.

If they had just left me alone, there's a decent chance I would have joined them and helped bring about their resurgence.
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Skyrimnut Feb 2 @ 7:48pm 
I have the bandolier mod and it comes with a special DB bandolier that these random encounters always have in their inventories. I collect them as trophies.
Pepe_DeJefe Feb 2 @ 7:48pm 
Originally posted by aka_busker:
Originally posted by Pepe_DeJefe:
Yeah, it's just a random encounter, same as those muggers that run up and trap you in a conversation before attacking.

I had the same reaction as you when I first encountered one. I thought it was maybe part of a quest, or that I'd triggered it by ♥♥♥♥ing off an NPC somewhere in the course of a quest and would have to investigate and settle things somehow, and was kinda dissapointed to find out that there's nothing more to it than a random encounter.

At least it's not like Morrowind when they come after you in that :D

Haven't played Morrowind, so I don't know how that goes. I was thinking about New Vegas, where if you cheese off a major faction, they start sending out hit squads after you. I actually had mods that made the hit squads more dangerous just because I liked how they effected the game (one mod that made them just attack instead of announce themselves, another that added .50 sniper rifles to their leveled lists, plus the more general mods that removed combat music and red enemy dots on the compass).
The Decider Feb 3 @ 1:32am 
I usually only see them after stealing stuff from people or that's at least what the notes imply. Usually the Riverwood Trader sends the first group after me because I always steal the Golden Claw after finishing the quest to get it back.

I'd love to know how they know it was me that took the stuff though. It isn't like I'm just strutting up to them and swiping crap in plain sight. I at least make the effort to sneak up and take it when they aren't looking. If all else fails we play the game where I find a basket/bucket and stick it on their head before sneaking and swiping it.
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voehringer_nitron Feb 3 @ 1:39am 
Originally posted by The Decider:
I usually only see them after stealing stuff from peopleor that's at least what the notes imply.

I'd love to know how they know it was me that took the stuff though. It isn't like I'm just strutting up to them and swiping crap in plain sight. I at least make the effort to sneak up and take it when they aren't looking. If all else fails we play the game where I find a basket/bucket and stick it on their head before sneaking and swiping it. :D:

I once pickpocketed a sleeping guard in Solitude, stealing an Amulet of Mara, some steel arrows and maybe some other stufff. Some time later, I was attacked by thugs, and one of them had a contract on him to kill me, signed "Solitude Guard." I thought the generic signature was funny, and the fact that a guard would hire somebody to kill me. Plus there was no way he could know who did it since he was asleep. Its not like I walked up to him on the street and he noticed his missing things some time later.
gnewna Feb 3 @ 1:44am 
Didn't you notice Skyrim guards are all psychic? How else do they know who I am even in full armour, after having my face re-sculpted, and how else do they know that I'm still angry about that sweet roll?
Pepe_DeJefe Feb 3 @ 2:23am 
There's a mod on the Nexus that will cause any guard who says that sweetroll line to be immediately turned into a sweetroll by a bolt of lightning from Sheogorath.

I tried it out and had a good giggle, but turned it off because I was worried it'd depopulate all the guards if I left it on. There's still a sweetroll kicking about the streets of Windhelm months of in-game time later. Nobody's picked it up in all that time. It's like they know, and are all ignoring it to avoid thinking about the horror.
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gnewna Feb 3 @ 2:28am 
Ha! Do you remember the name of the mod, by any chance?
Pepe_DeJefe Feb 3 @ 2:32am 
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