Is The Dark Brotherhood Quest a Hint?
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So pretty much at the end of the DB quest, you have the mission to finally kill the Emperor which in turn brings back the Brotherhood from its near non-existence to it's former glory.
Let's say you did everything possible in the Questline. You killed the fake Emperor, you killed the head hancho of the Penitus Oculatus in Skyrim ..... and his son, you then kill the real Emperor and compelled by the Emperor to kill the guy who had him killed, who in turn wanted to get a little higher in the ranks of power.
This is a pretty big blow for the Empire at a time it really didn't need. With a civil war going on in Skyrim with a real chance of losing control over the entire area to the Stormcloaks, being already weakened from the Oblivion crisis and a war with the Dominion & being forced to sign a treaty heavily in favour for the Dominion to prevent them from rolling over them.... Let's add up all the worst case scenarios:
• The Dark Brotherhood Kills the Emperor, kills the general of the Penitus Oculatus in Skyrim and kills Amaund Motierre who was a part of the Elder Council.
• Ulfric Stormcloak, with the help of the Dragonborn defeat the Imperials, kills General Tullius, Commander of the Imperial Legion and Military Governor of Skyrim and push the Empire out of Skyrim completely, which has already been demoralized from the death of the Emperor as noted by what a number of Imperial soldiers state when talking to them whom feel nothing but shame for it happening under their watch.
• The love and respect for the Emperor was already going down the toilet since the last of the Septims were no longer in power and there isn't any real hint as to who would be next in line.
• This would no doubt pave the way for the Dominion to finally strike and finish off the Empire once and for all as the Empire is leaderless with no Emperor or General for the Penitus Oculatus or Commander for the Imperial Legion.
As with the Dwemer, the Snow Elves, the Ayleids & others.... Is this all finally pointing towards the end of the Empire itself?
To me, Bethesda sure seems to be gearing for such an end result. Afterall, they never really gave you these options before and no matter what happened in past TES games, it seemed like the Empire would last through it all regardless of what decisions you made. You were never given this amount of choice to make give such a blow to the Empire in any fashion.
Sure, you could avoid the DB quest and wipe out the Dark Brotherhood in Skyrim, thus saving the Emperor's life, but that's taking out an entire guild from the game, thus a game style players enjoy, so to not have the DB in the next TES game would upset a lot of players and would be like taking out the mage guild, or thieves guild & have them never return.
It would seem that Bethesda wants you to save the DB and kill the Emperor as more work was put in that aspect of the game than the other way around.
So is all of this hinting that Bethesda is planning to finally make a big shift in the series and have the Empire wiped out in the next game?