|Store||The Scorched Hammer|
|Gold||1000 (+500 Investor; +1000 Master Trader)|
|Sells||See The Scorched Hammer|
|Buys||Blacksmith (Animal Hides, Armor, Arrows, Ore/Ingots, Tools, Weapons)|
|Primary Skills||Smithing, Speech, One-handed, Pickpocket, Two-handed|
|Faction(s)||CrimeFactionRift; PotentialMarriageFaction; Riften The Scorched Hammer Faction; Riften The Scorched Hammer Services; RiftenBalimundFaction; Skill Trainer; Smithing Trainer; TownRiftenFaction|
Balimund is a Nord and the local blacksmith of Riften as well as an expert-level trainer in Smithing. He wears a blacksmith's apron and a pair of shoes. He is equipped with a leveled dagger which can be up to ebony quality, and carries a key to his store, as well as a selection of common loot and gold.
He will start his day at 6am and proceed to have breakfast for one hour, and then will spend the morning smithing outdoors. He will have lunch inside The Scorched Hammer at noon for one hour, spend the afternoon outside smithing until 6pm, then go back inside to have dinner for one hour. He will then spend the rest of his evening outside smithing until midnight, when he will retire inside and sleep.
Once Stoking the Flames has been completed it will grant a boost to his friendship, allowing you to take certain items from his home. He also becomes a potential candidate for marriage.
If Balimund dies, Asbjorn Fire-Tamer will take over his store.
- The Bonds of Matrimony: Find someone in Skyrim to marry.
- Bring It!: Deliver Harrald's sword.
- Stoking the Flames: Find 10 fire salts to restore Balimund's forge.
- Spread the Love: Distribute religious literature to the citizens of Riften.
Stoking the Flames
Balimund claims his forge is so strong because it is the only one that feeds on the rare ingredient, fire salts:
- You seem quite proud of your work.
- "Smithing's been in my blood for generations. I owe my success to my forefathers and their recipe for flame. The secret is my forge. It consumes fire salts, a strange mineral that burns as hot as Red Mountain lava."
- "Well, it was. Sadly, this forge is dying and I've used the last of my fire salts. If I can't feed it soon, it may grow cold."
- I'll get some for you.
- "You will? Thank you! Ten pinches of fire salts should give me all I need to bring this forge back to life."
- Sorry to hear that.
- "Shutting this place down would dishonor my family's heritage, but what other choice will I have?"
If you accept his request you can ask him where to get the fire salts:
- Where can I find fire salts?
- "A flame atronach's body might provide fire salt. They're dangerous creatures that can be summoned by wizards. Of course, it would be much easier to check with an alchemist. They occasionally have them for sale."
When you exit conversation he will say:
- "Remember, nothing but genuine fire salts will do... the forge knows the difference."
Once you have the ten fire salts:
- I've found the fire salts for your forge.
- "Amazing! These must have been very hard to come by. You've saved my business and warmed an old smith's heart. For that, I thank you."
- I'm here to pick up Harrald's sword.
- "Lazy good-for-nothing, isn't he? Sent you down here when I'm a stone's throw from the keep? Here's the sword. Tell Harrald to stop slaying walls and perhaps his blade will stay in better condition!"
Spread the Love
- Here, brother. Blessings of Mara upon you.
- "Thank you for the blessing, I'll put this to good use."
His greetings can be:
- "Come to see Balimund perform miracles with steel, eh?"
- "What brings you to Balimund today? Repair? Purchase?"
- "Nothing like the smell of a white-hot blade, eh?"
- "Looking for some armor? A weapon perhaps?"
When spoken to directly:
- I imagine current events are keeping you busy.
- "People say I'm making gold off of other people's misery, but what else would I do? Smithing is all I know. Next time one of my shields deflects a killing blow, they'll change their tune."
- I need training in Smithing.
- "You wish to do what I do? Very well."
When exiting conversation with him:
- "If you need any more smithing work, come see me again."
- "Return anytime. You're quite welcome here."