Originally Posted by MasterofBlasting
Nothing. No quests. I am trying to get the Dark Brotherhood questline going, but no luck. I'm not sure what the deal is, I haven't done that many side quests.
I too took a break and played Dead Island. Pretty fun game, story makes no sense but it's still enjoyable.
Joining the Dark Brotherhood requires you to complete the quest Innocence Lost. Speaking to Innkeepers or to certain NPCs in Riften will inform you that there is a child in Windhelm named Aventus Aretino who is attempting to summon the Dark Brotherhood. Guard NPCs in general may idly chat about this subject.
Alternatively, you can travel to the orphanage in Riften and watch Grelod the Kind, the caregiver to the orphans, yell at them. Speaking to the children will reveal Aventus Aretino's name as well, and his location.
Or, if you wish, you may travel to Windhelm and eavesdrop on a young boy and his caregiver, discussing Aventus' plan to summon the Dark Brotherhood. From there, simply break into the house (located right next to the conversation).
Travel to Windhelm and break into the Aretino home at any time. Inside will be Aventus Aretino attempting to summon the Dark Brotherhood. Speak to him and do his quests.
In a few days a courier will run up to you and give you a note that says, "we know". You must then sleep in a bed for 24 hours and the dark brotherhood quests will begin. It starts awesome too, well worth it.
As for other misc. quests, talk to inkeepers, tavern owners in all the cities/towns, they almost always give gossip that ends up as misc. quests and most of the daedric quests start this way.
Did you do the civil war to completion, that can be lengthy too.
Did you do the companion quests (and all their misc. quests after you finish their main story line?) A lot of their after-quests are to clear out caves, etc. pretty good stuff.
Theives guild? Mages guild? Both have extensive quests to do even after you complete all their main quests, become guild leader, etc. they then have you doing a ton of new stuff for the guild and lots of side quests.