Skyrim:Ghorza gra-Bagol

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Ghorza gra-Bagol
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Home City Markarth
Location Understone Keep
Store Blacksmith's workshop south of The Hag's Cure
Race Orc Gender Female
Level 6 Class Blacksmith
RefID BaseID
Training Trainer (Common)Smithing (Common)
Gold 1000 (+500 Investor; +1000 Master Trader)
Sells See Standard Merchandise
Buys Blacksmith (Animal Hides, Armor, Arrows, Ore/Ingots, Tools, Weapons)
Other Information
Health 50 Magicka 50
Stamina 50
Class Details TrainerSmithingJourneyman
Moral. No Crime Aggress. Unaggressive
Marry Yes
Faction(s) CrimeFactionReach; During sieges, staff and family hide.; MarkarthCastleBlacksmithFaction; MarkarthGhorzaFaction; MarkarthKeepFaction; PotentialMarriageFaction; ServicesMarkarthBlacksmith; Skill Trainer; Smithing Trainer; TownMarkarthFaction
Ghorza gra-Bagol

Ghorza gra-Bagol is an Orc blacksmith in Markarth. Her brother is Moth gro-Bagol. She can be found during the day at the blacksmith's workshop near the Hag's Cure. If anything happens to her, her apprentice Tacitus Sallustius will take over her workshop. During your first visit to Markarth, you may hear her chiding Tacitus:

Ghorza: "Tacitus? What is this?"
Tacitus: "Uh, a nail?"
Ghorza: "Is that what you call it? In the Legion we would have called it 'useless.' Look how brittle the metal is!"
Tacitus: "I... I'm sorry. I just, well, the forge gets so hot and I thought...."
Ghorza: "You thought what? You would skip a step? Not heat the metal all the way through? Useless! Now do it again."

If you retrieve a book about smithing for her, she will give you a free lesson in Smithing and become a potential candidate for marriage. She will also make you Blood-Kin to the Orcs, granting you access to all Orc strongholds, if you don't already have such access.

She wakes up at 8am and goes straight to the workshop with Tacitus. They work there until 8pm, when they return to Understone Keep for a four-hour dinner. Ghorza then sleeps there at midnight in a room she shares with her brother.

Ghorza wears a blacksmith's apron and a pair of shoes. She is equipped with an iron dagger and carries a selection of common items and gold.

When you are near her, Ghorza may offer you her goods by saying things like "Need a new blade?", "Got an axe here. Good for cleaving up Forsworn.", "How about some armor?", "You'll want some thick armor if you're traveling the Reach alone." At other times she will denigrate her hapless apprentice with comments such as "Don't bother with Tacitus. Useless." and "You'd think an apprentice could forge a few hinges. Not Tacitus." Upon ending conversation with her, she can be found saying either "Let me know if you need something forged." or "Back to making weapons."

You can ask her what is wrong with her apprentice, to which she'll reply, "Tacitus? Boy's an Imperial. I keep showing him how to treat the iron, but he never gets it. In the Legion, the Imperial smiths used to read books when they couldn't set their hammers straight. Wisdom of the old, I guess." She'll then ask you, "If you find a book called 'The Last Scabbard of Akrash,' could you bring it to me? Tacitus sure isn't learning by example." You can tell her you'll bring one if you find it, and she'll say, "Thanks." Alternatively, you can say that you don't have time. She'll instead reply, "Fair enough."

Once you've found the book she requested, you can give it to her. She'll answer, "Books. Don't know why the Imperials like these so much. This should help the boy, though, Malacath willing. Here, let me show you how an Orc learns to smith." She will then give you a free training lesson in Smithing.

If asked where she learned to smith, Ghorza will tell you, "Grew up in a stronghold. Every Orc girl tended the forge at some point. But a girl has to grow up, and life in the stronghold asked for a lot in return, so I joined the Legion. Mastered my trade there." You can further ask her if she grew up in a stronghold, which she'll confirm with "That's right. An Orc stronghold. Kept to ourselves. Lived as our ancestors would have wanted. Wasn't enough for me, though. I left. Didn't want to end up as the third wife of some lowly chieftain."

Sometimes she can be found instructing Tacitus:

Tacitus: "When will I learn how to forge weapons and armor? Isn't that my job?"
Ghorza: "Your job is to do what I say. And I say you have many nails and fittings to make before you even touch a blade. Now get to work."

Ghorza: "You strike your metal like a new mother giving her babe a light slap. Hit it harder."
Tacitus: "I'm sorry, Ghorza. I just... flinch, and uh...."
Ghorza: "If you can't pound the dusk out of your iron, it'll break when it's finished. Hit. It. Harder."

Related Quests

  • Note: This NPC is one of many potential quest givers or quest targets for one or more of the radiant quests found on this page.

Standard Merchandise

This is the merchandise found in Ghorza's merchant chest. These items are only available if purchased from the merchant; they cannot be pickpocketed or stolen. They are restocked every two days.

Count Item Details
1 Complete leveled set of heavy armor (unmatched, unenchanted; Ebony is best possible)
1 Complete leveled set of light armor (unmatched, unenchanted; Glass is best possible)
1 Complete leveled set of weapons (one of each type incl. bow except dagger; unenchanted; Ebony is best possible)
50 Iron Arrows
10 Iron Ingots
10 Leathers
10 Leather Strips
~2 Leveled Armor (unenchanted) Max 3 (3@75%)
~4 Leveled Arrows (batches of 15) Max 5 (5@75%)
~0 Leveled Daggers (enchanted) Max 2 (2@15%)
~3 Leveled Enchanted Armor Max 4 (1@75% + 1@75% + 1@100% + 1@75%)
~2 Leveled Enchanted Jewelry Max 2 (2@75%)
~3 Leveled Enchanted Weapons Max 4 (1@75% + 1@75% + 1@100% + 1@75%)
~10 Leveled Ingots Max 13 (13@75%)
~8 Leveled Ores/Charcoal Max 10 (10@75%)
~2 Leveled Weapons (unenchanted) Max 3 (3@75%)
1 Pickaxe
~1 Special items (armor or weapons; 33% chance of being enchanted) Max 4 (1@100% + 3@10%)
~19 Leather or Leather Strips Max 25 (25@75%)


  • Investing with Ghorza also grants you an extra 500 septims with Moth gro-Bagol, who cannot be invested in the normal way
  • When you talk to her, there may be an option to invest. When you select it, the only available option is to cancel the investment.
    • PC Only This bug is fixed by version 1.1 of the Unofficial Skyrim Patch.
    • If you're willing, you can kill Ghorza to get the investment option through Tacitus instead.
  • She may be the target of a Thieves Guild quest, where you have to pickpocket an item from her. It is possible to receive this quest even if she is dead.
    • Quitting the mission will allow you to take another instead.
  • You can receive two Death Notices for her at the same time. ?
  • Sometimes, Ghorza will not serve as a Smithing trainer.