Though the Dragonborn is not allowed to actually engage in conversation with Asbjorn before he takes over The Scorched Hammer from Balimund (if the latter is killed or married by the Dragonborn), he does have dialogue with other NPCs that provides details on his life.
He was left at Honorhall Orphanage when he was only a baby; according to Grelod the Kind, his parents didn't want him (though given Grelod's cruel nature, this may not be true). Balimund adopted him when he was a young boy in order to make the boy his apprentice. Asbjorn reveals he had no training in smithing whatsoever, and never even picked up hammer in his life, but found quickly that he possessed a natural affinity for it.
He has deep gratitude and admiration for Balimund, and hopes to be as good a smith someday. He can be found inside The Scorched Hammer most of the day.
- Asbjorn can become the Dragonborn's stepchild if they marry Balimund. Making him one of only two people who can be "adopted" without The Elder Scrolls V: Hearthfire (Evette San being the other one).
- If the Dragonborn steals the contents of Asbjorn's strongbox,he will send a Hired Thug to beat up the Dragonborn,a "contract letter" can be looted of the hired thug's dead corpse.
- The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (First appearance)