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Moth gro-Bagol
(RefID: 00055A63)
Home City Markarth
Store Smithy at north end of Understone Keep
Race Orc Gender Male
Level 6 Class Blacksmith
RefID 00055A63 BaseID 00055A5E
Gold 500 (+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 VendorBlacksmith
Morality No Crime Aggression Unaggressive
Marry Yes
Voice Type MaleOrc
Faction(s) CrimeFactionReach; During sieges, staff and family hide.; JobBlacksmithFaction; JobMerchantFaction; MarkarthCastleBlacksmithFaction; MarkarthKeepFaction; PotentialMarriageFaction; ServicesMarkarthCastleBlacksmith; TownMarkarthFaction
Moth gro-Bagol
Investing in Ghorza gra-Bagol or Tacitus Sallustius will give you an extra 500 septims with Moth as well. (However, see Ghorza's Bugs section.) He cannot be invested in directly.
Moth working at the forge

Moth gro-Bagol is an Orc and the personal blacksmith for Jarl Igmund of Markarth. He is the brother of the other Orc blacksmith in Markarth, Ghorza gra-Bagol. You can normally find him in his personal quarters in the Understone Keep: From the level just below the jarl's throne, walk north, then east. If you get him a Daedra heart, he will reward you with a random leveled piece of armor and make you blood-kin if you aren't already. He will also become a potential candidate for marriage.

Moth wears a blacksmith's apron along with a pair of shoes. He wields a steel dagger and carries a selection of common items and gold.

Related QuestsEdit


When approaching him:

"I'm the Jarl's personal blacksmith, but that doesn't mean I can't sell you a few pieces for a fair price."
"The Empire has always been good to the Orcs, but this war of theirs is none of my concern."
"I served in the Legion with Thongvor Silver-Blood. He's a good man and a tough soldier."
"I learned to forge when I was a pup, then I joined the Legion and mastered it."

Speaking to him:

What kind of weapons do you forge?
"Anything. Served in the Legion with my sister, Ghorza, for over 10 years. We've seen every piece you can imagine. Have you met her? She runs the forge near the smelter. Just don't bother talking to her apprentice. Boy has no talent."


Sometimes he can be found conversing with Thongvor Silver-Blood:

Thongvor: "How's the forge today?"
Moth: "It's fine. Much better than the rickety tools I had in the Legion."
Thongvor: "Remember that old rusty sword I had? Damn thing must have had over a hundred chips in it."
Moth: "Well, if you had learned to swing it correctly. A sword is an extension of the arm, not a meat cleaver."
Thongvor: "I was about to say how impressed I was that you always managed to put it back together."
Moth: "Flattery doesn't suit you, Thongvor."

Moth: "Hello, my friend. Come to visit the forge?"
Thongvor: "I grow tired of counting coin all day. Put steel in my hand, not gold."
Moth: "Your family's success burdens you, does it?"
Thongvor: "Sometimes I miss the Legion, back when the Empire stood up for Skyrim."
Moth: "No politics, Thongvor. I told you before."

Quest-Related DialogueEdit

Coated in BloodEdit

You can also ask Moth about recommendations on buying some armor:

I'm thinking of buying some armor. Any recommendations?
"Depends on what you need. A light armor is good for travel. Less to carry. A heavy armor weighs you down, but no true warrior goes without it. If you want some heavy armor, I might have a deal we could work out. I need a Daedra's Heart. Jarl wants me to cool his new sword in blood. You get me a heart, I get you some armor. Interested?"
"Good hunting."
No. Sorry.
"Very well."

Once you've given him the requested item:

I have your daedra's heart.
"Good. I'd prefer using water to cool my metal, but it's what the Jarl wants. Here. Some of my best armor. Wear it well."

He will then reward you with a random leveled piece of armor.

Standard MerchandiseEdit

This is the merchandise found in Moth'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@100% + 1@75% + 1@75% + 1@75%)
~0 Leveled Enchanted Jewelry Max 2 (2@15%)
~3 Leveled Enchanted Weapons Max 4 (1@100% + 1@75% + 1@75% + 1@75%)
~4 Leveled Ingots Max 5 (5@75%)
~4 Leveled Ores/Charcoal Max 5 (5@75%)
~2 Leveled Weapons (unenchanted) Max 3 (3@75%)
1 Pickaxe
~8 Silver Ingots Max 15 (15@50%)
~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%)


  • Thongvor Silver-Blood was meant to meet up with Moth on a regular basis and converse with him, but due to numerous bugs with his AI, this never happens.
  • Moth never sleeps because Tacitus owns his bed, and he does not have any sleep package assigned.
  • Moth works all day, never doing anything else, because his work package had no start or end times assigned to it.
  • If you marry Moth, you will also have nowhere to sleep at his residence in the keep's forge, because there are no spare beds. ?