Rieklings are a race of small, blue-skinned humanoid creatures native to northern Solstheim. They are aggressive, and can be dangerous in groups. Despite being considered little more than beasts by the local Nords, Rieklings are naturally cunning. Some are intelligent enough to speak Cyrodilic, although they rarely say anything intelligible. Rieklings also have their own language. Apart from this, they have little culture of their own. They scavenge what few relics they can find from the other races, and form strange attachments to these treasures.
Rieklings are known to use spears, lances, blades, shields and axes in combat. They often tame Tusked Bristlebacks, a native type of boar, for use as warmounts. They also have the ability to create simple traps to guard their lairs. Rieklings can be found wandering the wilds of Solstheim, in their lairs, or waiting in ambush for an unlucky traveler. They have a tribal society, often led by a chief. Members of the tribe are known as "tribe-kin". Rieklings can construct basic structures, such as tents, fences, bridges and lookout towers. They partake in ritualistic "Godspeak" ceremonies. One such ceremony involves the use of Scathecraw, or "redgrass", a plant native to Vvardenfell which spread to southern Solstheim after the Red Year. Rieklings are fond of "dizzydrink", alcoholic beverages that they scavenge.
The origins of Rieklings are a mystery to the people of Tamriel. The local Nords believe them to be descendants of the snow elves, related to the other elven races, but this claim is not supported by scholars. The Imperials consider them to be nothing more than "ice goblins". The Rieklings seemingly consider Solstheim to be the entire world "within great water", making it unlikely that they have a presence away from its shores. They commonly dwell in ice caves or remote locations, but they have been known to inhabit Dwemer and Nordic ruins as well.
The Rieklings have a history of conflict with both the Nords and the local wildlife. They are known to hunt wolves and torment the spriggans. The Skaal are attacked by them frequently. Karstaag the frost giant once employed Rieklings to guard his fortress, Castle Karstaag. When he was taken by werewolves to participate in Hircine's Hunt in 3E 427, a Riekling named Dulk took control of the castle in his master's absence. Dulk attempted to enlist the help of several grahls, but the creatures turned on the Rieklings and killed many of them. The grahls were killed by the Nerevarine and a Riekling named Krish. In 4E 201, a tribe of Rieklings attacked the mead hall at Thirsk and drove out the Nords.
On mainland Skyrim, goblins are sometimes known as rieklings, although they bear little resemblance to the creatures of Solstheim. In 2E 582, the Ice-Biter Tribe of rieklings attacked the town of Cragwallow in Eastmarch and were wiped out in retaliation.
- ^ Korst Wind-Eye's dialogue in Bloodmoon
- ^ Dragonborn loading screen
- ^ a b c Events of Dragonborn
- ^ a b Events of Bloodmoon
- ^ a b Riekling Chief's dialogue in Dragonborn
- ^ Skaal dialogue in Bloodmoon
- ^ Athellor's dialogue in Bloodmoon
- ^ Fort Frostmoth dialogue in Bloodmoon
- ^ Appearance of Riekling Lances in Bloodmoon
- ^ The Ritual of Trees
- ^ Tharsten Heart-Fang's dialogue
- ^ Events of ESO