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Tuesday Magic Item – Self-heating Frying Pan

29 November, 2022

A lovely fry up.Voddick tossed in some bacon and smiled in happiness as it sizzled.

Gollaon handed over some fresh eggs.  “I must say, cooking on the road has become so much easier since you acquired that pan.”

“I told you it was a good investment,” said Voddick, deftly cracking the eggs.  “And no smoke to give us away.”

“Though the smell of frying bacon might.”

Self-Heating Frying Pan

These frying pans are usually made of iron but sometimes of copper, sometimes decorated, sometimes not, depending on who it is being made for.  But there are always solidly constructed to survive hard use.

The self-heating frying pan is exactly that.  Some are triggered by words, others by tracing symbols on the pan.   It heats to where it is told to quickly and evenly.  It is an excellent tool for basic cooking.  However, it only generates enough heat to cook foods, it cannot be used to generate enough heat to smelt metals or produce enough steam to power an engine.

It can, and inevitably will be, used as a weapon.  Unfortunately, for those wanting to use it as such, it is poorly balanced and those who do not have experience with such improvised weaponry suffer a -2 penalty on attack rolls with it.  Used as a weapon it inflicts damage as a club +1d4 points of fire damage.  On a natural one on an attack roll, the wielder strikes themself and must make a Reflex save (DC 13) or take 1d4 fire damage.

Aura faint transmutation; CL 5th
Slot none; Price 1,500; Weight 3 lb
Construction Requirements
Craft Wondrous Items, burning hands; Cost 750

For D&D 5E:

Wondrous item (frying pan), uncommon

First two paragraphs as above.

It can, and inevitably will be, used as a weapon.  Unfortunately, for those wanting to use it as such, it is poorly balanced and those who do not have experience with such improvised weaponry suffer a -2 on to hit rolls with it.  Used as a weapon it inflicts damage as a club +1d4 points of fire damage.  On a natural one on an attack roll, the wielder strikes themself and must make a Dexterity save (DC 12) or take 1d4 fire damage.

Notes: Another practical cooking item that could be an amusing signature weapon for a character as well.

Image photo from Cartoon Cravings and licensing status unknown.

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