Players can thieve just fine without paying however. Someone without the DLC can get lock boxes, pick pockets, and steal from dressers and such just fine only using the free Legerdemain skill line, and sell to a fence using that as well.
Justice is not locked behind DLC, only some extra perks to it are.
Legerdemain now influences the quality of loot obtained from Justice activities.
- Higher skill ranks in Legerdemain provide a better chance to "find" higher quality items.
- This replaces the previous approach of higher level zones having a higher chance to obtain higher quality items.
- Similarly, the overall value of items from Thieves Troves is now based on your rank in the Thieves Guild skill line, with a higher rank providing an increased chance for more and higher quality items.