I arrived in Riften at noon, the city looks like it was built on top of the lake that lies just next to the city itself. I headed to the famous Black-Briar Meadery to try some of their famous mead since I was in Riften and didn't plan on staying for that long, the city had a strange feeling to it and I didn't like it.
The same night I stayed at The Bee and Barb, run by two very friendly argonians. When I headed out from the inn to take a look around the town I came across a long man, he had red-ish hair and looked tiered but his eyes were alert. He came to me and asked me something I didn't expect from a complete stranger, he was asking questions about how I hade mady my coins, the thought that I had stolen every single coin, I tried to tell him that stealing money wasn't my thing but he didn't believe me. He came with a proposition, If I stole a ring from one of the merchants in the market called Madesi and placed the ring on a guy named Brand-Shei without anyone noticing I would get a piece of the profit, I asked him why I had to place the ring on the man but he didn't answer, he just said that while he made a scene and got everyone's attention I could sneak away and plant the ring on Brand-Shei. Surprisingly, I did as he said.
The man was called Brynjolf, he started speaking very loudliy about having something very interesting that everyone needed to see, as he caught the attention of everyone I snuck away and headed towards the east market table, right under the table there was a small chest, inside it I found a golden ring, I quickly put it in my pocket before a guard could see me and headed to the west side of the market. Brand-Shei was sitting on a barrel right next to his market stall. I carefully placed the ring in the outer pocket of his coat and went the other way. Brynjolf noticed that I was done and finished his ramble about this "Super Amazing Thing" that he was speaking about.
I returned to him and he was very pleased, he gave me some coin for my effort and told me that if I wanted more I could visit him and his "group" down in the sewers under Riften. I told him that I had other things to do but if I had time over I would go ant check it out.
As I was heading back to the Bee and Barb a courier stopped me, he had a letter from me. I was surprised and wondered who could have sent it. I sat down on the porch of which I was standing on and read the letter, it was stamped with a red wax seal, I recognized the symbol but couldn't remember from where.
I opened the letter and read it slowly, it was from the Jarl of Falkreath. If the Jarl sends a letter with a courier it must be something urgent I thought and continued to read. It stood that he had heard of me and my "talents" and asked if I could come to Falkreath to visit him, he needed my help with a "problem of great interest".
I wondered what that meant, I decided to head there in two days or so. I spoke with some people around town and asked them about my parents, nobody knew anything. But there was one guy that told me that they might had joined the rebellion army, I had never heard about this "rebellion army" I told him and he quickly explained it to me, there was a civil war in Skyrim, this I had heard about but never out much energy into finding out what was going on. I guess I should have.
There were two sides, the Imperials and the Stormcloaks, the imperials wanted to "remove" one of the gods that the nords worshiped, the god Talos, because he wasn't a divine he was a nord just like themselfes, the Thalmor didn't like this one bit and forced the nords to stop worshipping Talos or they would start a war towards them.
The Aldmeri Dominion (the Thalmor) and the Mede Dynasty (the Empire) fought a great war over this, the war was later called the Great war. To be able to achieve peace both parts had to sign the White-Gold Concordat. Aside from all the gold that the Mede Dynasty had to give to the Aldmeri Dominion and the land that they had to give them, Talos worship was banned. Ulfric Stormcloak founded his own little army which he called the Stormcloaks, they fight to restore Talos as a divine and drive out the Empire and the Aldmeri Dominion out of Skyrim.
I find this very interesting, I decided to head to Windhelm which was the "capital" for the Stormcloak rebellion. I packed my things and took off to Windhelm.