Skyrim:Balagog gro-Nolob

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Balagog gro-Nolob
(RefID: 00038C6F)
(lore page)
Location Nightgate Inn
Race Orc Gender Male
Level 6 Class Rogue
RefID 00038C6F BaseID 00038C6E
Other Information
Health 1 Magicka 50
Stamina 75
Primary Skills One-handed, Block, Heavy Armor, Sneak
Morality No Crime Aggression Unaggressive
Essential Yes, until Recipe for Disaster
Voice Type MaleOrc
Faction(s) CrimeFactionReach; FavorExcludedFaction; NightgateInnFaction
Balagog gro-Nolob enjoying a refreshing drink
Balagog on the pier near the inn

Balagog gro-Nolob is an Orc rogue who keeps a hidden identity as the famous chef called the Gourmet. Balagog was trained in Breton cuisine during his time in High Rock, where he befriended Anton Virane, a fellow student. Balagog went on to publish a cookbook called Uncommon Taste under the pseudonym "The Gourmet", which became wildly successful throughout Tamriel and led to his being hired as the Emperor's private chef for his visits to Skyrim. Due to this association with the Emperor, Balagog is eventually marked for death by the Dark Brotherhood.

He wears fine clothes and fine boots. Balagog defends himself with an iron dagger and also carries forty gold, a belted tunic, and boots.

Balagog lives in the cellar of the Nightgate Inn, only leaving once a day around noon to fish by the nearby pond. He prefers to interact with other people as little as possible to maintain his secret identity, and is known to most of the Nightgate Inn's regular patrons only as "The Orc". The other patrons pay him little mind, while the innkeeper says that he doesn't care, since Balagog always pays his rent on time. You cannot interact with him until the related Dark Brotherhood quest, in which the only conversation options are to announce to him that his true identity is known or tell him it is time for him to die.

Related Quests[edit]

Quest-Related Events[edit]

Recipe for Disaster[edit]

Should you speak to him:

"Whatever it is, I'm sure I can't be of help. I'm just here on... holiday."

You have three dialogue options:

Topic Dialogue Response
You've served your last meal... Gourmet. "Gourmet? Why I... Um... Oh dear. You're going to kill me now, aren't you?" Cowers behind the barrels of wine
Soon, the Emperor will die. Murdered, by the Gourmet. "What? The Emperor? But I... Oh. Oh, by the gods, no. No, you can't do this. You can't!" Cowers behind the barrels of wine
(Remain Silent) "Yes, well. Perhaps the proprietor of this establishment can assist you. Please, you're starting to... frighten me." Walks away

If you've chosen the last option, talking to him again will have him tell you:

"Please, just let me be..."

Upon killing him, you can now retrieve the Gourmet's writ of passage from Balagog's corpse.


If Balagog is approached before starting the related quest, he will say:

"I can't help you, friend. Talk to Hadring, the innkeeper."
"I value my privacy. So if you don't mind?"

All further attempts at conversation will be politely dismissed:

"I really don't mean to be rude, friend, but I'm not feeling particularly sociable..."


  • He cannot be reanimated, no matter what the spell magnitude.
  • You may encounter Balbus on your travels. He is looking for the Gourmet so he can impress him with his skills.
  • One of Balagog's comments when remaining silent has him referring to the location as a village. This seems to be a leftover from when the Nightgate Inn was part of a village known as Heljarchen.