|Jarl's Residence||Mistveil Keep|
|Military Fort||Fort Greenwall|
|Southeast part of Skyrim|
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.
Flora and Fauna
All locations in the Rift with individual map markers are listed. There are a few places without map markers listed for their significance.
- Riften — A major city located in the southeastern corner of the Rift.
- Mistveil Keep — A castle located at the southern end of Riften.
- Riften Stables — A stable outside the northern entrance to Riften.
- Thieves Guild — The headquarters of the Thieves Guild located with the sewers beneath Riften, known as The Ratway.
Farms, Towns, and Settlements including Orc Strongholds and Inns
- Alchemist's Shack — A small wooden shack located between Haemar's Shame and Ivarstead.
- Black-Briar Lodge — A large remote building east of Riften.
- Froki's Shack — An isolated hunter's shack nestled in the southern mountains of the Rift.
- Goldenglow Estate — A honey farm on a group of islands directly west of Riften.
- Heartwood Mill — A struggling lumber mill on the shores of Lake Honrich, west of Goldenglow Estate.
- Ivarstead — A small milling town located at the base of the Throat of the World.
- Largashbur — An accursed Orc stronghold in the Rift beset by giants.
- Merryfair Farm — A poor, small farm west of Riften, owned and run by Dravin Llanith and his wife Synda Llanith.
- Sarethi Farm — A farm between Riften and Ivarstead that has learned to cultivate nirnroot.
- Shor's Stone — A small mining village that operates the Redbelly Mine.
- Snow-Shod Farm — A small farm south of Riften that is owned by Vulwulf Snow-Shod.
Camps, including Giant Camps and Military Camps
- Last VigilDB — A small outcropping in the Velothi Mountains east of Shor's Stone.
- Rift Imperial Camp — A small Imperial camp in the Rift, located south of Ivarstead and a short distance west-southwest of the Ruins of Bthalft.
- Rift Stormcloak Camp — A Stormcloak camp in the Rift, located just northeast of Sarethi Farm and south of Darkwater Crossing.
- Boulderfall Cave — A small cave inhabited by leveled necromancers.
- Broken Helm Hollow — A small bandit camp in the southeast corner of The Rift.
- Clearspring Cave — A small earthen cave overlooking Eastmarch and occupied by a troll.
- Crystaldrift Cave — A small cave that serves as the resting place for a follower of Kynareth.
- Darkwater Pass — A cave near Darkwater Crossing home to Falmer and chaurus.
- Fallowstone Cave — A massive cavern with an exit to Giant's Grove, located in the Velothi Mountains northeast of Riften and a short way north of Lost Prospect Mine.
- Honeystrand Cave — A small bear cave named for several nearby beehives.
- Nightingale Hall — The home of the Nightingales located between Riften and the Shadow Stone.
- Pinepeak Cavern — A small bear cave located along the Treva River.
- Redwater DenDG — A drug den hidden beneath a dilapidated shack, supplying Redwater skooma, located west of Autumnshade Clearing.
- Ruunvald ExcavationDG — A cave located east-southeast of Shor's Watchtower.
- Tolvald's Cave — A large cave in the Velothi Mountains, located northeast of Shor's Stone and south-southeast of Ansilvund.
- Autumnwatch Tower — A pair of abandoned towers located south of Ivarstead.
- Lost Tongue Overlook — A dragon lair on the Jerall Mountains south of Riften.
- Northwind Summit — A mountaintop dragon lair on the border between Eastmarch and the Rift.
- Lost Prospect Mine — An abandoned gold mine found between Fallowstone Cave and Black-Briar Lodge.
- Northwind Mine — A small iron mine on the northern side of Northwind Summit.
- Redbelly Mine — A small ebony mine located in Shor's Stone.
- Angarvunde — A medium-sized Nordic tomb at the foot of the mountains directly west of Riften and slightly northwest of Avanchnzel.
- Arcwind Point — A ruined Nordic structure located at the southern edge of Skyrim, south of Ivarstead.
- Avanchnzel — A large Dwarven ruin filled with Dwarven automatons of all types.
- Forelhost — A ruined fortress on a peak southeast of Riften which contains a word wall for the Storm Call shout.
- Geirmund's Hall — A small crypt east of Ivarstead containing draugr, frostbite spiders, and skeevers.
- Shroud Hearth Barrow — An ancient Nordic ruin located just northeast of Ivarstead.
- Darklight Tower — A tower occupied by hagravens.
- Faldar's Tooth — An old ruined fort located west of Riften and north of Goldenglow Estate.
- Fort DawnguardDG — A large fort southeast of Riften which serves as the Dawnguard's base of operations.
- Fort Greenwall — A fort situated south-southeast of Shor's Stone, northwest of Riften
- Nilheim — A tower east-northeast of Ivarstead containing bandits disguised as guards.
- Rift Watchtower — A small tower in the northern Rift occupied by Orc bandits.
- Shor's Watchtower — A watchtower that overlooks Shor's Stone in the Eastmarch-the Rift pass.
- Stendarr's Beacon — A watchtower home to three Vigilants of Stendarr, south of Black-Briar Lodge.
- Treva's Watch — A fort situated to the southeast of Ivarstead and to the west of Riften.
Landmarks, including Bodies of Water, Clearings, Ships and Shipwrecks
- Autumnshade Clearing — A circular glade inhabited by a spriggan and its attending animals.
- Clearspring Tarn — A small mountain pool on the cliff overlooking Eastmarch, due east of Snapleg Cave and west of Shor's Stone.
- Darkwater River — A river connecting Lake Geir to the White River.
- Giant's Grove — The home of a giant tribe that has defiled a shrine of Malacath.
- Jerall Mountains — A mountain range that stretches along the southern border of Skyrim.
- Lake Geir — A lake in the western Rift.
- Lake Honrich — A lake in the eastern Rift, immediately southwest of Riften.
- Ruins of Bthalft — Dwemer ruins located south of Ivarstead.
- Ruins of Rkund — A remote Dwarven ruin high in the southern mountains of the Rift.
- Treva River — A river in the center of the Rift.
- Velothi Mountains — A mountain range that stretches along the eastern border of Skyrim.
- There are three Dragon Mounds in the Rift.
- There are two Shrines in the Rift.
The Rift Quests
Quests that are started in or related to the Rift (except for radiant quests begun in other holds) are listed here:
Imperial Legion Civil War Quests
- Reunification of Skyrim: Reunite Skyrim under the leadership of the Empire. (radiant)
- The Battle for Fort Greenwall: Take Fort Greenwall for the Imperials. (radiant)
- Innocence Lost: Help an orphaned child avoid being returned to a sadistic caretaker.
- Kill Narfi: Kill a hapless beggar in Ivarstead.
- All primary quests except for Hard Answers, as well as the special jobs, either originate or terminate here.
Side Quests including Divine Quests
- The Book of Love: Help the Temple of Mara spread the cause of love throughout Skyrim.
- Promises to Keep: Help Louis Letrush get Frost from Sibbi Black-Briar.
- Unfathomable Depths: Uncover the memories of the Dwemer.
- Kyne's Sacred Trials: Participate in Kyne's Sacred Trials by hunting the guardian beasts of Skyrim.
- A Return To Your Roots: Go where a famous alchemist could not in order to aid ground-breaking research.
- Infiltration: Help Stalleo take back Treva's Watch.
- Repentance: Help Illia prevent her mother Silvia from transforming into a hagraven.
- Siege on the Dragon Cult: Enter the ruins of Forelhost and defeat Rahgot to recover his mask for Captain Valmir.
- Forbidden Legend: Investigate the forgotten Gauldur Legend.
- Dawnguard Main Questline
- Dawnguard Side Quests (all start here, several take place exclusively in the Rift)
- Ancient Technology: Retrieve Dwemer schematics to improve technology for the Dawnguard. (radiant)
- Bolstering the Ranks: Find Florentius Baenius and recruit him into the Dawnguard.
- Cleansing Light: Kill the boss of a vampire lair. (radiant)
- Destroying the Dawnguard: Kill the Dawnguard leaders.
- Hide and Seek: Kill a vampire masquerading as a citizen. (radiant)
- A New Order: Recruit Isran's old allies for the Dawnguard.
- Rescue: Rescue a victim from vampires. (radiant)
In addition, many miscellaneous quests are located in the Rift. They are listed here.