|Primary Skills||One-handed, Block, Heavy Armor, Sneak|
|Essential||Yes, until Recipe for Disaster|
|Faction(s)||CrimeFactionReach; FavorExcludedFaction; NightgateInnFaction|
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.
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.
If Balagog is approached before starting the related quest, he will politely direct you towards the innkeeper: "I can't help you, friend. Talk to Hadring, the innkeeper." He may also say, "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..."
 Related Quests
- Recipe for Disaster: Assume the identity of the famous Gourmet in an effort to assassinate the Emperor.
- 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.
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