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February 6, 2008, 8:54 am

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Gambon's Pot


Here lad, you take it.  We’ve been through a lot this pot and I, ever since the last Great War, but you’re too young to remember that one.  I had this with me in all my campaigns after that.  The Althial Border Wars, the rising of the Dragon Lords, the Dwarven Rage…  Ah but I’m old and toothless now an’ it’s no use to me.  Take the pot lad, use it well.  At least you’ll always be guarenteed a reasonable meal

Gambon was a veteran soldier of many battles.  One of those destines to always be involved in the fighting, in the midst of one war or another.  However, he had one great failing in his eyes - he could not cook.  
In the large camps where he could call upon the cook house, this did not bother him.  It was on the march, the times when the men sat around their fires at night with their evening meal , or when they broke their fast in the morning, always with the pack supplies.
Gambon was tired of the dull poorly made grub that he cobbled up.  He relied on others to cook for him, but after the third bout of the runs from one such meal he declared he had enough.  He got an standard, iron pot and some money and headed off to find a wizard.  He never looked back.
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The pot looks like any other normal cooking pot.  Black iron, rounded underneath with three short stumpy legs to stop it rolling on flat surfaces.  It has a handle for hanging and can hold enough for three to four portions.  
Its main ability is to make anything in it taste better than it actually looks.  Add any ingredients that you wish to the pot, it doesn’t matter if they go together or not, the pot will improve the flavour.  Burnt the food?  Don’t worry it won’t taste that way when you eat it.
Obviously putting food that doesn’t go (say meat and custard) won’t mean that it will automatically taste lovely, just that it will taste better than it first appears.  
In the hands of a true cook the pot would produce meals that would move one to tears, in the hands a simple soldier like Gambon, even if he burnt it, he was guaranteed that something that wouldn’t taste like slop.

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Voted Cheka Man
February 6, 2008, 12:27
Tasty. But what does this have to do with the Winter Quest?
Voted Scrasamax
February 7, 2008, 2:56
This is a pretty good submission, and one that represents what could be a fairly common item in a magic item rich world. Not everyone can cook, but everybody has to eat.

Added this to Manfred's Generic Magic Item codex. Also, there is nothing pertaining to Ice, cold, or winter, so I removed this submission from the quest.
Voted manfred
February 7, 2008, 15:02
Simple and useful - it fits right into the Codex (thanks, Scras).

Being a miserable cook, I could this item myself! :D
Voted Murometz
February 8, 2008, 20:16
Maybe he meant that a good, hearty bowl of stew from this pot, is the perfect thing to chase away the Winter blues. I in fact love the tiered power. Nice touch! Like it. Every world needs one.
Voted valadaar
February 9, 2008, 18:12
Hmm, we may have the start of a Cooking codex. I have a similar, but not exact item in the Cauldron of the cold camp.
January 11, 2009, 22:54
BUMP. Another short, but quirky and usable one!
March 17, 2011, 15:40

Lovely understated item, sure to make an appearance in my next session, perhaps the ultimate "secret ingredient" of a kingdom renowned chef (and why no matter the skill or ingredients no one can match her recipies for taste.)

Voted Silveressa
March 17, 2011, 15:41
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