Lore:Riekling

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Rieklings are a race of small, blue-skinned Goblins once present on mainland Skyrim in the Second Era, but are most notably found on northern Solstheim. They are aggressive, and can be dangerous in groups. Despite being considered little more than beasts by the local Nords, Rieklings are naturally cunning. As Rieklings are goblins, they speak the goblin language, and have been conversed with by an expert goblin language linguist.[1] Some have spoken Cyrodilic, although they rarely say anything intelligible.[2] Apart from this, they seemingly have little culture of their own. They scavenge what few relics they can find from the other races, and form strange attachments to these treasures.[3]

Rieklings are known to use spears,[4] lances, blades, shields and axes in combat.[5] They often tame Tusked Bristlebacks, a native type of boar, for use as warmounts. They also have the ability to create simple traps to guard their lairs. Rieklings can be found wandering the wilds of Solstheim, in their lairs, or waiting in ambush for an unlucky traveler. They have a tribal society, often led by a chief. Members of the tribe are known as "tribe-kin". Rieklings can construct basic structures, such as tents, fences, bridges and lookout towers. They partake in ritualistic "Godspeak" ceremonies. One such ceremony involves the use of Scathecraw, or "redgrass", a plant native to Vvardenfell which spread to southern Solstheim after the Red Year. Rieklings are fond of "dizzydrink", alcoholic beverages that they scavenge.[6]

The origins of Rieklings are a mystery to the people of Tamriel. The local Nords believe them to be descendants of the snow elves, related to the other elven races,[7] but this claim is not supported by scholars.[8] The Imperials consider them to be nothing more than "ice goblins".The Rieklings of Solstheim consider it to be the entire world "within great water",[6] meaning that if any exist in other places, the Solstheim Riekling are not aware of them. They commonly dwell in ice caves or remote locations, but they have been known to inhabit Dwemer and Nordic ruins as well.[4]

The Rieklings have some notable history, such as in the mainland in 2E 582, the Ice-Biter Tribe of rieklings attacked the town of Cragwallow in Eastmarch and were wiped out in retaliation.[9] In 2E 582, The Coldsnap tribe inhabited the Dwemer Vault of Mhuvak, making the retrieval of the legendary Wrathstone problematic. The Skaal also attacked by them frequently.[10] Karstaag the frost giant once employed Rieklings to guard his fortress, Castle Karstaag. When he was taken by werewolves to participate in Hircine's Hunt in 3E 427, a Riekling named Dulk took control of the castle in his master's absence. Dulk attempted to enlist the help of several grahls, but the creatures turned on the Rieklings and killed many of them. The grahls were killed by the Nerevarine and a Riekling named Krish.[5] In 4E 201, a tribe of Rieklings attacked the mead hall at Thirsk and drove out the Nords.[4]

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  1. ^ Landal Gevont's dialogue in Wrathstone
  2. ^ Korst Wind-Eye's dialogue in Bloodmoon
  3. ^ Dragonborn loading screen
  4. ^ a b c Events of Dragonborn
  5. ^ a b Events of Bloodmoon
  6. ^ a b Riekling Chief's dialogue in Dragonborn
  7. ^ Skaal dialogue in Bloodmoon
  8. ^ Athellor's dialogue in Bloodmoon
  9. ^ Events of ESO
  10. ^ Tharsten Heart-Fang's dialogue