|Primary Skills||One-handed, Two-handed, Block, Light Armor|
He wears some farm clothes, along with a pair of hide bracers and a pair of hide boots. He carries a copy of Uncommon Taste, his fork, some gold, and a lockpick, as well as the ingredients he is supposed to give you. He wields a leveled dagger in combat.
Balbus will occasionally comment,"You know, I've heard the Gourmet is in Skyrim right now."
When you initiate conversation with him for the first time, you will be given one dialogue option: '"Hello. I'm collecting ingredients to bring to the Gourmet. He'll think my tastes so refined when I offer them to him. You have heard of the Gourmet?"
You will now have three dialogue choices, the first two are always available, but the third option is only available if you have completed Recipe for Disaster and possess the Gourmet's Writ of Passage.
|"I have."||"Then you know that Gourmet keeps his identity a secret. I'm hoping to discover who he is, so I can tell him how he changed my life. For all I know, the Gourmet is a woman!"|
|"Never heard of him."||"You've not heard of the Gourmet? Author of "Uncommon Taste"? He's a wizard with a spatula. Well, not an actual wizard, but his recipes are legendary."|
|"I am the Gourmet!" (Show Writ of Passage)||"Oh my! You? It is an honor! Your food has opened my eyes to the wonders this world can hold. I've cooked every dish in your book, and I must say your brilliance is inspiring. My technique doesn't even approach yours...But whose would!"|
The third option will cause Balbus to say,"Allow me to give you this, the fork I used the first time I tasted one of your dishes. Oh, and these ingredients I've been collecting for you. I've risked life and limb so that you may create another masterpiece. Make sure to think of me when you use them!" He will then give you his fork, a daedra heart, a spider egg, and some troll fat.
He may say, "I can't believe I just met the Gourmet!", if the third option is selected.
- After your first encounter with him, Balbus may stay where he is for the rest of your game. As this position will normally be a typical location for random encounters, he may be killed if you trigger another encounter at that spot. PC users can prevent his death by using the console to set his essential flag, so random creatures can't kill him.