|Essential||Yes (Before Recipe for Disaster)|
Balagog gro-Nolob is a male Orsimer residing at the Nightgate Inn southeast of Dawnstar. He is talked about by the inn keeper as being more refined and smarter than most other Orcs known as "savages".
Festus Krex sends the Dragonborn to Understone Keep in search of Anton Virane, a friend of The Gourmet, author of Uncommon Taste. When intimidated, Anton reveals that Balagog is The Gourmet. He was scheduled to cook for Emperor Titus Mede II, when the event was canceled. Gaius Maro kept him in Skyrim in case plans changed. The Dragonborn finds the Orc at Nightgate Inn and assassinates him to fill his place at Castle Dour and poison the Emperor with a Jarrin Root. To divert suspicion, the Dragonborn might have hidden Balagog's corpse in or behind a wine barrel, behind some stacks of hay, under a bed, or in a nearby lake.
- Nightgate Inn before the Recipe for Disaster quest, the game will freeze on the load screen or crash when attempting to exit the cellar. This only happens after performing an action on him such as pickpocket or talk. Sometimes when visiting him in the cellar of
- The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (First appearance)