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Riften (also known as Rifton) is the capital city of the Hold known as the Rift in southeastern Skyrim. The city lies close to the province's borders with Cyrodiil and Morrowind, and has become home to many Dunmer. It is built on the shores of Lake Honrich, nestled in the Fall Forest. It was once home to a gladiatorial team called the Furies.[OOG 1]
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.
Despite once being a large city and major hub of activity for trade caravans and travelers from Morrowind, Riften fell into a period of decline from 4E 98 when the Jarl was murdered and replaced by Hosgunn Crossed-Daggers (who many believed was responsible for the assassination of the former Jarl). 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. This led to a rebellion of the people of Riften against the Jarl which resulted in much of the city being consumed by flames. Many, including the Jarl, died, and it took 5 years to rebuild the city, though true recovery is ongoing.
- ^ Biography of Queen Barenziah, Volume 1 — Stern Gamboge, Imperial Scribe
- ^ Guard dialogue in Skyrim
- ^ a b The Holds of Skyrim:
A Field Officer's Guide
For Use by Officers of the Imperial Legion
- ^ Map of Skyrim
- ^ Scourge of the Gray Quarter — Frilgeth Horse-Breaker
- ^ Nords of Skyrim — Hrothmund Wolf-Heart
- ^ The Real Barenziah, Part 2 — Anonymous
- ^ Fall from Glory — Nithilis Lidari
- ^ The Nightingales Volume II:-What We Were — Gallus Desidenius
- ^ a b c d Of Crossed Daggers: The History of Riften — Dwennon 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.