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The Ratway

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"You could say the Ratway is the city under the city. Dark, dangerous, and no place for decent folk."
Riften Guard[src]

The Ratway is an underground tunnel system beneath the city of Riften. It is the base of operations for the Thieves Guild and also serves as home for other castoffs such as Lowlifes


The Ratway is divided into five sections:

There are several weak enemies located in the Ratway Vaults and the Ratway Warrens.

During the main questline, the Dragonborn is sent here to find Esbern, one of the last Blades. There is an entrance near Honorhall Orphanage, down the stairs that are to the right of the eastern door, then left across the water, left from that shot walkway, then the first right.

If there is trouble getting out, a lever next to a draw bridge in the first section will lower the bridge and allow exiting. In the Ragged Flagon Cistern, there is also a ladder up to Riften that may be used once the Dragonborn is a full member of the Thieves Guild.


A Cornered RatEdit

After reading one of the Thalmor dossiers in the Thalmor Embassy during the quest Diplomatic Immunity, the Dragonborn finds out about Esbern, one of the last remaining Blades, and asks Delphine about him. She says he may be found in the Ratway in Riften, and the Dragonborn sets out to find him before the Thalmor do. Access to the Ratway Warrens may require aiding a local thief named Brynjolf in the quest A Chance Arrangement, in the marketplace of Riften. Once this is done, Brynjolf instructs the Dragonborn to go through the Ratway and get to the Ragged Flagon alive, where Brynjolf tells them that Esbern is hiding in the Ratway Warrens. The Dragonborn then goes through a series of tunnels being investigated by the Thalmor, and finds a heavy metal door: Esbern's room's door. Speaking to him about Delphine, the Thalmor, and the return of the dragons reveals more insight into the Blades and convinces him to join Delphine in the investigations, triggering the next quest, Alduin's Wall.

Retrieve Dravin's BowEdit

Dravin Llanith at the Merryfair Farm asks the Dragonborn to retrieve his bow from the Ratway, after it was stolen by thieves from Riften. The bow is located in the lowermost room in the Ratway Vaults.



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