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Skyrim:The Rift

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The Rift
(lore page)
Southeast part of Skyrim
The Rift's birch forests

The Rift is a hold in southeast Skyrim, with its capital in Riften.

Riften, the hold capital

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.

Flora and Fauna

The Rift is full of all variants of mountain flowers. The native scaly pholiota and the canis root can also be found there. The Rift is 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 Hold with individual map markers are listed. There are a few places without map markers listed for their significance.

Hold Capital

Farms, Towns, and Settlements including Orc Strongholds and Inns

Camps, including Giant Camps and Military Camps


Dragon Lairs


Ruins including Dwarven and Nordic

Standing Stones and Daedric Shrines

Towers and Forts

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

The Velothi Mountains viewed from Stendarr's Beacon

Unmarked Places

The Rift Quests

Main Quest

Imperial Legion Civil War Quests

Daedric Quests

Dark Brotherhood

Thieves Guild

Side Quests including Divine Quests

Dawnguard Quests


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