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Can you still become a Thane in Riften if Wujeeta dies before telling you about the skooma? I was just starting to ask her when a dragon came down and wrecked everything.

Can I become the Thane of Riften even though this NPC died before I could finish this required quest?

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Nope, The Skooma Trade is the opening quest to Becoming a Thane of Riften, so you have to finish it before being able to start the quests leading to being Thane. Resurrecting her will still consider her dead, whether you use magic or the console.

From then, your choices are:

  • Pick a previous save, before the dragon
  • If on computer, you can force start the quest using the console (~ key), and the command setstage FreeformRiftenThane 10 ; save before doing it though, just in case
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What happens when Riften falls to the Imperials and there is a new Jarl? – ヴァイシャリ Feb 14 '12 at 16:11

Yes, if the Empire takes control of the Rift you will become thane fairly easily. It can happen either via the civil war quests or the main quest, during the peace council.

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+1 This is the other answer. Since if Riften falls to the Imperials, then the Jarl is different. Have not tried it though. I always became Thane through Jarl Laila Lawgiver. :-) – ヴァイシャリ Feb 14 '12 at 16:10

I know it's not the best way to get there, but you can revive the NPC using the console.

Go into the console, use the mouse to click on his body, then type in resurrect and hit enter.

(There is a Guardian Stone outside of Whiterun that teaches you to raise the dead. But I believe they turn into zombies instead, which is not what you want here.)

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That would only work for PC though, no console on consoles. – bwarner Jan 9 '12 at 18:24

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