Looks like we’re killing a chef. Moving up in the world, huh? What, no? Oh well. Go talk to Festus who will tell you that no one knows WHO the Gourmet really is, but he found out who might: Anton Virane . Apparently, Anton has a signed book of the Gourmet’s famous cook book “Uncommon Tastes”, so we have to go interrogate Anton and than kill him.

Anton lives in Markarth, so let’s go fast travel there. Head to the back of the town and enter Understone Keep. Anton is the cook here and is up the path a ways and to the left (in the kitchen). Now, he has full time help with a young man for the day and during the evenings a maid will hang about, but if you wait until nighttime everyone will be in bed.

You can question him now, and after a little intimidation Anton will tell you the Gourmet is a man named Balagog gro-Nolob. An orc staying at the Nightgate Inn. Lie to Anton and tell him you’ll leave him alone (so he’ll get back into bed) and then sneak attack him from there.

Time to go to Nightgate Inn. It’s a cozy little inn west of Windhelm, so fast travel to the nearest place nearby if you haven’t been there and make your way there. Go during nighttime and head to the cellar past the innkeepers desk. This cellar is full of barrels and has a special bed where Balagog stays.

You can kill him quite easily here (I actually talked to him to tell him what I was doing, then he ran off behind some barrels. Was he trying to hide?). Take him out and make sure you drag him (HOLD X/A/Use Key) behind some barrels in the cellar to HIDE him. Loot his body for the Writ of Passage. Be sure to also read the SNEAKING SKILLBOOK, “Legend of Krately House” that’s in the room then head back to Festus.

Festus will be quite pleased with you and for the first time may actually LIKE you. Crazy, no? You’ll get a 1000 GOLD reward as well as a ring called the NIGHTWEAVER’S BAND (only if you HID the body) which makes sneaking 10% better AND makes destruction spells 10% cheaper. You’ll also have completed this quest and will have triggered the next one: “ To Kill an Empire “.


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Guide Information

  • Publisher
    Bethesda Softworks
  • Platforms
    PC, PS3, PS4, Switch, XB 360, XB One
  • Genre
    Action RPG
  • Guide Release
    31 May 2012
  • Last Updated
    19 October 2021
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  • Guide Author
    Greg Wright

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Skyrim is the homeland of the Nords, a fierce and proud warrior people who are used to the bitter cold and mountanous terrain that mark the lands of Skyrim. Wracked by civil war, and threatened by the return of the legendary dragons, Skyrim faces its darkest hour. You must make sense of this maelstrom, explore the frozen tundra and bring hope to the people. The future of Skyrim, even the Empire itself, hangs in the balance as they wait for the prophesized Dragonborn to come; a hero born with the power of The Voice, and the only one who can stand amongst the dragons. You are that Dragonborn.

Version 1.2

  • Introduction to the Races.
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  • Where to find and conquer every side-mission.
  • Location of every powerful Dragonwall.
  • Search out and defeat every Dragon.
  • How to find hidden, powerful weapons.
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  • Dragonborn DLC covered in full.
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  • Screenshots for the major side-missions.
  • Achievements/Trophy descriptions (includes all 3 DLC packs).
  • Character Creation guide.

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