The Elder Scrolls - A New Era
Riften, referred to as Rifton in earlier records, is a city situated in the southeastern corner of The Rift, at the eastern end of Lake Honrich, with a good portion of the city actually spilling over the water atop large wooden piers. It is the southernmost and easternmost of all the cities in Skyrim.
In 4E 98, Hosgunn Crossed-Daggers became the Jarl, which he ruled with an iron fist for forty years, until 4E 129, when the people of Riften began an uprising against his tyranny. (Which resulted in the City burning down. Which started with the Jarl’s keep, while he was inside.)
Six years after the Civil war was put to a cease by the Dragonborn, Laila Law-Giver still sits as Riften’s Jarl and served on the Stormcloaks’ side of the civil war between the Empire and the Rebels (Stormcloaks) and some say that she still plans and waits for the Civil War to re-ignite.
After all the competitors of The Black-Briar Meadery, run by Maven Black-Briar, decided to up and sell their businesses to her, the Black-Briars now have the monopoly on the Nord’s favorite Drink “Mead”.
Many speculate how every one of her competitors sold out to her almost all at once, but no one is game enough to say anything about it. They say it’s because she makes the best mead in the whole of Skyrim.
But it’s mostly because many also believe that she has the Thieves’ guild in her back pocket.
Riften also serves as a base for the infamous Thieves Guild, which live in the Ratway below the city. (But they don’t exist do they?)
But if they did exist, and if one did do some looking, they might find them beneath Riften in the Rataway.
Since the guild appointed a new leader six years ago it has been doing better than ever, they get hired to do bigger and better jobs and get paid bigger and better wages.
Their Tavern “The Ragged Flagon” is now the best Tavern in Riften.
Or at least it would be if it existed.
Which it totally doesn’t, much like the Thieves Guild.