This article is about the Orc. For the statue plaque, see Baloth Bloodtusk (book).
Baloth Bloodtusk was an Orc hero and leader of the Savage Sons. He was called the Wild Boar; No king ever tamed him, and he fought for his own reasons. Baloth played a crucial role during the Siege of Orsinium in 1E 950. Initially, he did not wish to take part in the war or join King Golkarr, believing it to be a lost cause that Golkarr himself had done much to provoke. During the siege, King Joile of Daggerfall sent him a letter in which proposed he join him instead. - which enraged Baloth sufficiently that he decided to join Golkarr after all. Although King Joile was allied with Gaiden Shinji, he had already planned to betray him and invade Hammerfell after having destroyed Orsinium. He and his Reachman general, Mercedene, manipulated Baloth and Shinji into having a duel over Orsinium's fate. They fought on end for a long while, neither gaining the upper hand and both coming to respect each other's skills. During the duel, Mercedene ordered Joile's archers to kill both combatants, effectively removing the most powerful warriors of both Orsinium and the Order of Diagna for Joile. This coincided with the fall of the second Obdurate Gate, Hammer. After their death, both warriors were buried in Honor's Rest in Wrothgar.
- Golkarr is reported as having died at Joile and Gaiden Shinji's hand at the end of the Siege, when Smelter Gate fell in 1E 980. Although unwilling to join Golkarr's cause, Baloth may have outlived the king he despised but eventually marched to support, which puts his death as taking place before Baloth's own, though this is more likely an error as Joile was killed by Makela Leki in 1E 973 before the Siege ended.
- For game-specific information, see the ESO article.
- Torc of Baloth Bloodtusk — Notes on a legendary warrior's necklace