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Riftweald Manor

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Riftweald Manor
Riftweald Manor
Riftweald Manor Maplocation
Hold The Rift
Location Riften
Type Residence
Quests The Pursuit
Characters Vald
Enemies 3 Bandits
Riftweald Manor is a large mansion located in Riften. It belongs to Mercer Frey and is involved in the Thieves Guild quest, The Pursuit.  It cannot be accessed before the related quest has begun.


While the interior of the manor appears relatively normal, the main point of interest is a suspicious wardrobe located in a small room by a barred door. This wardrobe has a false back panel which leads to a secret basement.

The basement leads into a series of booby-trapped tunnels that eventually lead to Mercer's office. To get past the flame plate trap room either run across the plates as quickly as possible, or examine each plate before stepping on them. Trap plates will have scorch marks on them in the shape of an "X", while safe plates will be clean.


The PursuitEdit

During the Thieves Guild questline, the manor must be infiltrated to get Mercer's Plans. Entry can be gained by going to the back of the house and speaking to Vald. Engage him in a persuasion test and if successful he will give up the key, which opens the back gate of the manor. Next a ranged spell or shoot an arrow at the gearbox under the balcony and a ramp will fall down. (Or Vald can be killed and the key taken from his corpse.)

To avoid conflict with Vald, wait for him to walk in front of the gate and then pickpocket the key from him. This key opens the gate and the second floor door (both expert locks).

Notable itemsEdit

  • Mercer's office

    Mercer's Office

    In Mercer's office, in the "hidden" basement, there is a bowl filled with precious gems. These gems will respawn a few days after taking them.
  • Chillrend - a unique sword that is in Mercer's office inside an expert display case.
  • Bust of the Gray Fox - a unique item depicting the Gray Fox required for the quest The Litany of Larceny
  • Mercer's Plans - a quest item for The Pursuit. It is on the table in Mercer's office.


  • It is possible to get into the manor without starting The Pursuit by jumping onto the roof of the Temple of Mara and then onto the roof of the manor. The expert locked door there can be picked to enter the house. Another way is to use Whirlwind Sprint to get to the manor's balcony from the house next door. The third way is to shoot gears on the platform hinge with an arrow.
  • The loot and enemies inside the manor appear to reset almost immediately after being cleared. Therefore the manor could be a source of limitless gold if you have the patience to constantly clear and loot it again and again. This occurs even if Mercer has already been killed.


Start a Discussion Discussions about Riftweald Manor

  • Halt in thieves gulid questline

    2 messages
    • If Riftweald manor is broken into before the thieves guild quest "the pursuit", (by using the rooftops and the whirlwind sprint shout) and ...
    • Taking quest items without the quest will almost always make that quest uncompletable and the thieves questline is so buggy anyway, if you l...
  • Can i obtain Mercer's house?

    4 messages
    • you may be able to buy it, that has to be my best guess.
    • Mods my friend... Mods... Otherwise no.

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