[I’m using darker nights mod, full list of most of the mods I’m using can be found here]
I left. I did leave a note, apparently the cold is still getting to me. I’m halfway to Riften now, the Khajiit camped outside Whiterun had mentioned that the thieves guild was active there (those with certain skills are often adept at noticing those skills in others). I think I’ll just start again, no ties.
I hadn’t realised how dark and cold these roads are when you’re by yourself.