Lore:Riften

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Riften
Type Settlement
Continent Tamriel
Province Skyrim
Hold The Rift
Appears in Arena, Skyrim, Online
Riften circa 4E 201
Skyrim

Riften (sometimes spelled Rifton[1][2]) is the capital city of the Hold known as the Rift in southeastern Skyrim.[3] The city lies close to the province's borders with Cyrodiil and Morrowind, and has become home to many Dunmer.[4][5] It is built on the shores of Lake Honrich, nestled in the Fall Forest.[6]

It was in Riften that Barenziah joined the Thieves Guild when she returned to Morrowind from her exile in Skyrim, and the town is well-known as being the base of operations for the Thieves Guild in Skyrim.[7][8][9][3] At its height in the Second Era, Riften was a fairly large city and a major hub of activity for trade caravans and travelers from Morrowind. It was also home to branches of the both the Fighters and Mages Guilds, and was a relative bright spot in the mundanity of The Rift.[10]

However, Riften fell into a period of decline beginning in 4E 98 when the Jarl was murdered and replaced by Hosgunn Crossed-Daggers (who many believed was the one responsible for the murder).[11] Over the following 40 years, the new Jarl imposed unreasonably high taxes on the people and spent most of the coin on building a large, lavish castle for himself.[11] This led to a rebellion of the people of Riften against the Jarl which resulted in much of the city being consumed by flames.[11] Many, including the Jarl, died, and it took five years to rebuild the city, though true recovery is ongoing.[11]

[edit] Notes

  • Arena was originally conceived as a fighting game featuring a tournament that took the player to each of Tamriel's cities to challenge different gladiatorial teams. According to a file from that stage of development left behind in the final game, Riften's gladiatorial team would have been called "the Furies".[oog 1]

[edit] References

  1. ^ Biography of Queen Barenziah, Volume 1Stern Gamboge, Imperial Scribe
  2. ^ Guard dialogue in Skyrim
  3. ^ a b The Holds of Skyrim:
    A Field Officer's Guide
    For Use by Officers of the Imperial Legion
  4. ^ Map of Skyrim
  5. ^ Scourge of the Gray QuarterFrilgeth Horse-Breaker
  6. ^ Nords of SkyrimHrothmund Wolf-Heart
  7. ^ The Real Barenziah, Part 2Anonymous
  8. ^ Fall from GloryNithilis Lidari
  9. ^ The Nightingales Volume II: - What We WereGallus Desidenius
  10. ^ Rivers of Profit in RiftenEyes-With-Intent
  11. ^ a b c d Of Crossed Daggers: The History of RiftenDwennon Wyndell

Note: the following references are not found in game. They are included to provide a rounder background to this article, but may not reflect established lore.

  1. ^ Original TES: Arena texts at the Imperial Library

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