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Skyrim:The Rift

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The Rift
(lore page)
Capital Riften (map)
Jarl's Residence Mistveil Keep
Military Fort Fort Greenwall
Initial Affiliation Stormcloaks
Imperial Government
Jarl Maven Black-Briar
Steward Hemming Black-Briar
Housecarl Maul
Stormcloaks Government
Jarl Laila Law-Giver
Steward Anuriel
Housecarl Unmid Snow-Shod
Southeast part of Skyrim
The Rift's aspen forests

The Rift is a hold in southeast Skyrim, with its capital in Riften. It is initially affiliated with the Stormcloaks, but can be captured by the Imperials after completing Compelling Tribute and The Battle for Fort Greenwall. It can also change sides as part of negotiations during Season Unending.

The Rift is the southernmost of Skyrim's holds, sitting on a massive plateau in the southeastern corner of the province. The Rift borders both Morrowind and Cyrodiil, and is separated from the rest of the world by steep cliffs and mountains, including the Jerall Mountains, the Velothi Mountains, and the legendary Throat of the World. It holds two large lakes as well as autumnal deciduous forests.

In addition to its capital in Riften, the Rift also houses the settlements of Ivarstead and Shor's Stone.

Map of the Rift
Riften, the hold capital

Flora and FaunaEdit

The Rift is particularly distinctive for its high amount of aspen trees, with white bark and leaves in autumnal hues. For those looking for alchemy ingredients, the Rift contains all variants of mountain flowers, as well as the native scaly pholiota and the canis root. The Rift is also the only place to find wild gourd plants.

As for the fauna the most notable is the rich population of fish and Nordic barnacle in Lake Honrich, which fuel the economy of Riften.


All locations in the Rift with individual map markers are listed. There are a few places without map markers listed for their significance.

Hold CapitalEdit

Farms, Towns, and Settlements including Orc Strongholds and InnsEdit

Camps, including Giant Camps and Military CampsEdit


Dragon LairsEdit


Ruins including Dwarven and NordicEdit

Standing Stones and Daedric ShrinesEdit

Towers and FortsEdit

Landmarks, including Bodies of Water, Clearings, Ships and ShipwrecksEdit

The Velothi Mountains viewed from Stendarr's Beacon

Unmarked PlacesEdit

The Rift QuestsEdit

Quests that are started in or related to the Rift (except for radiant quests begun in other holds) are listed here:

Main QuestEdit

Imperial Legion Civil War QuestsEdit

Daedric QuestsEdit

Dark BrotherhoodEdit

Thieves GuildEdit

Side Quests including Divine QuestsEdit

Dawnguard QuestsEdit

Creation Club QuestsEdit


In addition, many miscellaneous quests are located in the Rift. They are listed here.