New mod expands options for killing Skyrim’s most hated character – One of those Skyrim characters that everyone loves to despise is Grelod the Kind. That is what happens to a person when they run an abusive orphanage. However, unlike other despised figures like Nazeem or Belethor, you actually get to kill Grelod as part of a quest, since Aventus Aretino assigns you to do so while pretending to be a member of the Dark Brotherhood.
Unfortunately, the mission itself is relatively basic since Grelod is your first kill before you begin the Dark Brotherhood questline, with the only real option to take her down being to sneak up and stab her. Thankfully, one modder has taken it upon themselves to provide players a greater selection of ways to deal with Grelod, even one for all of you out there that wish to keep your hands clean.
The Innocence Lost – Quest Expansion mod created by JaySerpa can be downloaded on Nexus Mods and includes many additional ways to take Grelod’s life, including the ability to poison her favourite wine and toss her over the water after enticing her down to the Riften docks. To learn more about these choices, though, you’ll need to speak with Grelod. After you do, the Dark Brotherhood questline will resume as usual.
If you’re roleplaying as more of a pacifist, instead of having to allow the orphans continue to be abused by Grelod, you can actually have her imprisoned. Either you can use your authority as the city’s Thane to have the guards come and take her away, or you can explore the orphanage itself to gather proof of Grelod’s terrible acts. When she is imprisoned, you might go visit her to discover that the Dark Brotherhood has carried out Arentino’s demand and murdered her there.
But be careful that choosing the pacifist path really prevents you from completing the Dark Brotherhood questline at all. You won’t give Astrid a reason to abduct you if you don’t kill Grelod, therefore you’ll never actually interact with the Dark Brotherhood. On the other hand, if you aren’t killing someone as evil as Grelod, you’re probably committed to the “no murder” idea.
Grelod Skyrim’s most hated character FAQs
Who is Grelod the Kind?
Grelod the Kind is a character in the game Skyrim who is the owner of an orphanage and is known to be abusive towards the children in her care.
What is the quest in which Grelod the Kind is a part of?
The quest in which Grelod the Kind is involved in is called "Innocence Lost" where the player is tasked with killing her by Aventus Aretino, believing the player to be a member of the Dark Brotherhood.
What are the different ways of completing the quest to kill Grelod the Kind?
The mod called "Innocence Lost - Quest Expansion" by JaySerpa on Nexus Mods introduces different ways of completing the quest to kill Grelod the Kind. It includes options like poisoning her favorite wine and pushing her into the ocean after luring her to the Riften docks.
Can Grelod be arrested as an alternative to killing her?
Yes, it is possible to arrest Grelod as an alternative. Players can explore the orphanage and collect evidence of her horrible deeds or use their power as the city's Thane to have the guards come and take her away.
What are the consequences of not killing Grelod?
Going down the pacifist route of not killing Grelod will result in not being able to complete the Dark Brotherhood questline as it is a prerequisite for the quest line.