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"Riften bids you welcome. We call this our home. Let those who challenge be wary..."
Description in Arena

Riften, referred to as Rifton in earlier records,[1][2] is a city situated in the southeastern corner of The Rift, at the eastern end of Lake Honrich, with a good portion of the city spilling over the water atop large wooden piers. It is the southernmost and easternmost of all the cities in Skyrim. The city originally served as a trading hub for travelers both to and from Morrowind.[3]

  • Riften circa 4E 201
  • Riften circa 2E 582
  • Riften circa 3E 399
  • Riften Insignia


Second EraEdit

Main article: Riften (Online)

During the Alliance War, Riften was under Ebonheart Pact control. The Rift was under attack by the Worm Cult lead by Thallik Wormfather. Wormfather's plot was to use the legendary axe Wuuthrad to summon the giant Sinmur. The giant had caused heavy devastation on the city of Riften by obliterating their wall and farms. A worm cult plot was discovered with the city, however, the Vestige uncovered the plot and help Riften recover from the attack. [4]

In Queen Barenziah's youth, she and an orphan stable boy named Straw fled from Darkmoor to Whiterun to then hitch a ride to Riften.[5] Straw met a Khajiit named Therris, who planned on robbing the Imperial Commandmant's House. She warned the Commandmant, General Symmachus. He then directed her to the Imperial City.[6]

Third EraEdit

Main article: Riften (Arena)

During the Imperial Simulacrum, the Eternal Champion had at one point visited the city in their quest for the Staff of Chaos. [7]

Fourth EraEdit

Main article: Riften (Skyrim)

In 4E 98, Hosgunn Crossed-Daggers became the Jarl, which he ruled with an iron fist for forty years.[3] In 4E 129, however, the people of Riften began an uprising against his tyranny.[3]

In 4E 201, Riften has garnered a new Jarl named Laila Law-Giver. Riften had allied with its neighboring city, Windhelm, to be a part of the Stormcloak Rebellion in the Skyrim Civil War. The city of Riften is notorious for housing the infamous Thieves Guild. At this time period, however, the influence of the guild had diminished. Over time, the guild has grown and its influence reaches to all corners of Skyrim. Maven Black-Briar has a firm grip of Riften despite not being Jarl.[8]



  • When Arena was going to be a Tournament based game, Riften's team was known as the Furies.[OOG 1]

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Notice: The following are out-of-game references. They are not found in any in-game books, but can still be considered part of The Elder Scrolls lore and are included for completeness.
  1. Go Blades

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