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Ghorza gra-Bagol
(RefID: 00019906)
Home City Markarth
Location Understone Keep
Store Blacksmith's workshop north of The Hag's Cure
Race Orc Gender Female
Level 6 Class Blacksmith
RefID 00019906 BaseID 0001339A
Training Trainer (Common)Smithing (Common)
Gold 1000 (+500 Investor; +1000 Master Trader)
Sells See Standard Merchandise
Buys Blacksmith (Animal Hides, Armor, Arrows, Ore/Ingots, Tools, Weapons)
Other Information
Health 50 Magicka 50
Stamina 50
Class Details TrainerSmithingJourneyman
Morality No Crime Aggression Unaggressive
Marry Yes
Voice Type FemaleOrc
Faction(s) CrimeFactionReach; During sieges, staff and family hide.; MarkarthCastleBlacksmithFaction; MarkarthGhorzaFaction; MarkarthKeepFaction; PotentialMarriageFaction; ServicesMarkarthBlacksmith; Skill Trainer; Smithing Trainer; TownMarkarthFaction
Ghorza gra-Bagol

Ghorza gra-Bagol is an Orc blacksmith in Markarth. Her brother is Moth gro-Bagol. She can be found during the day at the blacksmith's workshop near the Hag's Cure. If anything happens to her, her apprentice Tacitus Sallustius will take over her workshop.

If you retrieve a book about smithing for her, she will give you a free lesson in Smithing and become a potential candidate for marriage. She will also make you Blood-Kin to the Orcs, granting you access to all Orc strongholds, if you don't already have such access.

She wakes up at 8am and goes straight to the workshop with Tacitus. They work there until 8pm, when they return to Understone Keep for a four-hour dinner. Ghorza then sleeps there at midnight in a room she shares with her brother.

Ghorza wears a blacksmith's apron and a pair of shoes. She is equipped with an iron dagger and carries a selection of common items and gold.

Related Quests[edit]


Her greetings:

"Need a new blade?"
"Got an axe here. Good for cleaving up Forsworn."
"How about some armor?"
"You'll want some thick armor if you're traveling the Reach alone."'
"Don't bother with Tacitus. Useless."
"You'd think an apprentice could forge a few hinges. Not Tacitus."

When spoken to:

Where'd you learn to smith?
"Grew up in a stronghold. Every Orc girl tended the forge at some point. But a girl has to grow up, and life in the stronghold asked for a lot in return, so I joined the Legion. Mastered my trade there."
You grew up in a stronghold?
"That's right. An Orc stronghold. Kept to ourselves. Lived as our ancestors would have wanted. Wasn't enough for me, though. I left. Didn't want to end up as the third wife of some lowly chieftain."
I need training in Smithing.
"It's an honorable craft. I'll show you what I can."

Upon ending conversation with her:

"Let me know if you need something forged."
"Back to making weapons."


During your first visit to Markarth, you may hear her chiding Tacitus:

Ghorza: "Tacitus? What is this?"
Tacitus: "Uh, a nail?"
Ghorza: "Is that what you call it? In the Legion we would have called it 'useless.' Look how brittle the metal is!"
Tacitus: "I... I'm sorry. I just, well, the forge gets so hot and I thought...."
Ghorza: "You thought what? You would skip a step? Not heat the metal all the way through? Useless! Now do it again."

Sometimes she can be found instructing Tacitus:

Tacitus: "When will I learn how to forge weapons and armor? Isn't that my job?"
Ghorza: "Your job is to do what I say. And I say you have many nails and fittings to make before you even touch a blade. Now get to work."

Ghorza: "You strike your metal like a new mother giving her babe a light slap. Hit it harder."
Tacitus: "I'm sorry, Ghorza. I just... flinch, and uh...."
Ghorza: "If you can't pound the dusk out of your iron, it'll break when it's finished. Hit. It. Harder."

Quest-Related Dialogue[edit]

Skilled Apprenticeship[edit]

What's wrong with your apprentice?
"Tacitus? Boy's an Imperial. I keep showing him how to treat the iron, but he never gets it. In the Legion, the Imperial smiths used to read books when they couldn't set their hammers straight. Wisdom of the old, I guess. If you find a book called 'The Last Scabbard of Akrash,' could you bring it to me? Tacitus sure isn't learning by example."
I don't have time. Sorry.
"Fair enough."
I'll bring one if I find it.

Once you've found the book she requested, you can give it to her:

Here's the book you wanted.
"Books. Don't know why the Imperials like these so much. This should help the boy, though, Malacath willing. Here, let me show you how an Orc learns to smith."

She will then give you a free training lesson in Smithing.

Unused Dialogue[edit]

An earlier iteration of Ghorza's quest reward dialogue can be found in the game's DialogueViews files. It notably uses Mauloch instead of Malacath. Mauloch is an alternate name for the Daedric Prince that's not commonly used:

"Books. Don't know why the Imperials like these so much. This should help the boy, though, Mauloch willing. Here, let me show you how an Orc learns to smith."

Standard Merchandise[edit]

This is the merchandise found in Ghorza's merchant chest. These items are only available if purchased from the merchant; they cannot be pickpocketed or stolen. They are restocked every two days.

Count Item Details
1 Complete leveled set of heavy armor (unmatched, unenchanted; Ebony is best possible)
1 Complete leveled set of light armor (unmatched, unenchanted; Glass is best possible)
1 Complete leveled set of weapons (one of each type incl. bow except dagger; unenchanted; Ebony is best possible)
50 Iron Arrows
10 Iron Ingots
10 Leathers
10 Leather Strips
~2 Leveled Armor (unenchanted) Max 3 (3@75%)
~4 Leveled Arrows (batches of 15) Max 5 (5@75%)
~0 Leveled Daggers (enchanted) Max 2 (2@15%)
~3 Leveled Enchanted Armor Max 4 (1@75% + 1@75% + 1@100% + 1@75%)
~2 Leveled Enchanted Jewelry Max 2 (2@75%)
~3 Leveled Enchanted Weapons Max 4 (1@75% + 1@75% + 1@100% + 1@75%)
~10 Leveled Ingots Max 13 (13@75%)
~8 Leveled Ores/Charcoal Max 10 (10@75%)
~2 Leveled Weapons (unenchanted) Max 3 (3@75%)
1 Pickaxe
~1 Special items (armor or weapons; 33% chance of being enchanted) Max 4 (1@100% + 3@10%)
~19 Leather or Leather Strips Max 25 (25@75%)


  • When you talk to her, there may be an option to invest. When you select it, the only available option is to cancel the investment.
    • PC Only The Unofficial Skyrim Patch, version 1.1, fixes this bug.
    • You can kill Ghorza to get the investment option through Tacitus instead.
  • Investing with Ghorza also grants you an extra 500 septims with Moth gro-Bagol, who cannot be invested in the normal way.
  • Sometimes, Ghorza will not serve as a Smithing trainer.