This guide will show you how to own the available house in Riften as well as acquire the title Thane of Riften and be assigned the Housecarl that comes with the position. This guide does not include any glitches.
Firstly you will need to go outside the town to the fishery. The door to this part of the town is by the blacksmith. Once you are in this area you should enter the fishery when it’s open and search for an Argonian woman. This woman will say something about being ill and after further investigation you will find she is a Skooma addict. She will ask for a healing potion; any potion will do. Once you have given this to her she will thank you and you will receive a quest to locate the Skooma dealer in Riften.
To do this you will need to speak with the Argonian woman again and [Pursuade], [Intimidate] or [Bribe] her in order to find out who sold her the Skooma. Now go and see the Jarl in the keep inside Riften. She will ask you to kill the Skooma dealer and will give you the key to the warehouse he is in. After killing him return to the Jarl.
She will now give you a quest to eliminate the source of the Skooma. Follow your quest marker and kill everyone in the cavern it leads you to. After doing this return to the Jarl again and she will commend you and give you a reward. You’re almost done!
You now need to help out at least two, possibly three citizens around the town. Talk to random people and get quests to help them with things. Here are some people who give quests in Riften:
- The Blacksmith
- The Jewelry Merchant
- The lady in the Chemist
- The man in the Stables/by the bridge
Doing any of these quests will count. Once you have done enough, return to the Jarl and you can purchase Honeyside Manor for 8000 gold. The house is well worth this amount. After you’ve made the purchase, speak to her again and she will confer upon you the title of Thane. Once you are a Thane you will be assigned a Housecarl who you will find waiting for you in your house. You can also buy upgrades to your house.
WARNING: Do not buy any upgrades to the house until after you have spoken to the Jarl again and been made a Thane or you will never be able to become a Thane of Riften due to a glitch – at least not until Bethesda correct this issue with a patch.
This house in Riften is worth buying because it has an Alchemy area, an Enchanting area, and two mannequins which allow you to use the duplicating items mannequin glitch to get infinite gold for yourself. To get the mannequins you must first buy the Enchanting area upgrade for the house.
If you have any questions or issues, please don’t hesitate to comment on this guide or ask for help in the forum.
Written By: Luther