|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 claims his forge is so strong because it is the only one that feeds on the rare ingredient, Fire Salts. He is also somewhat arrogant and will often say "Come to see Balimund perform miracles with steel, eh?" Some of the locals have accused him of making money from the civil war and if asked about this fact he will respond with "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."
He tells the player about his unique forge and its power for using fire salts with the remark that "The secret is my forge. It consumes fire salts, a strange mineral that burns as hot as Red Mountain lava." Unfortunately, he has run out and is in need of some more. Although it has no effect on the quality of items he offers for sale, helping him grants a boost to his friendship, allowing you to take certain items from his home. He also becomes a potential candidate for marriage.
If he dies, Asbjorn Fire-Tamer will take over his store.
 Related Quests
- 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.
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