The Gi'en Scroud
"Isn't it just a skillet?"
"That's what I thought... Now I'm not so sure."
Gi’en Scroud (Scroud’s Skillet)
A young man stumbled half-naked into the Oddend Inn one morning, an hour before midday. Covered in strange claw-like scars and terrible brands, he told a fearsome tale of the lich Chiornis, and the strange, ever-hot skillet that was used to inflict the wounds. Cane Perras, a chronicler from Scroud’s capital, intrigued by the unusual description of the skillet, set out to track down the doubtless unusual history of the item.
The skillet, named by Cane the Gi’en Scroud, had its origin in one Gran Kiere, a historian and minor spellcaster from the country of Gile. Kiere was exploring a set of ruins in the heart of the Gilen mountains, long thought to be the lair of a dragon or a forgotten kingdom. According to Kiere, the mountains were more heavily infested with wolfrats than locals had led him to believe, and his only weapons, a trio of minor enchanted daggers acquired the fall before in a king’s tomb, were inadequate for defense. Using his skillet as a base, he attached the daggers to the front of it in perpendicular fashion, adding his compass to it as an afterthought, and a way of checking his location without disarming himself.
Upon his return, and his victory over the young dragon indeed presiding over the ruins, he turned it over to the innkeeper of the Gile Crest, a place known for its hosting of the semiregional bizzare weapons group annual meeting. Despite never being sold, the skillet was praised by the group as a true piece of weapons innovation, and was the precursor to the lethal cookware often sold to adventurers today. Regrettably, the history of the item was then lost due to a large fire caused by an angry mother dragon destroying the inn. The inn has since been rebuilt, and is now known as the Oddend Inn.
To further trace the item’s already bizzare history, Cane managed to contact the original architect of the Gile Crest, who informed Cane that the skillet had come into his possession. Having no use for a bladed skillet, the architect gave the skillet to the now renowned Burned Bard. Contacting the Burned bard about the skillet after a show, Cane was surprised to learn that the skillet was the direct cause of the Bard’s injury. In a particularly rainy spell, the bard had used some of his magic to enchant the skillet to be ever hot, so as to cook food without a fire. Although the bard had taken suitable precautions on the spell, the enchantments still lingering in the daggers interfered in the spell, causing it to constantly radiate its intense heat, doing harm to anything flammable that it touched. Burned by the skillet, the Burned Bard dropped the skillet into a nearby stream in an attempt to cool it down, but had to leave when threatened by a nearby camp of goblins.
Upon investigating the former camp of the goblins, Cane discovered that they had used the skillet to burn a large amount of farmland and forest, as well as themselves, causing the great food shortage just five years ago. It was at this time that the Lich Chiornis came into power, aggravating the kingdom of Scroud to no end. A group of adventurers at the Oddend Inn, managing to defeat Chiornis, were able to fill in the remaining parts of the puzzle. Chiornis, having traced the history of the skillet and seeing the disasters wreaked around it, had taken the skillet and used it in his conquests, utilizing it as his main weapon, and primary mode of torture. The skillet, due to its enchantment, had been left behind in what little remained of the lich’s hideaway, being too dangerous to reliably carry around.
The Gi'en Scroud can serve as both a stabbing weapon, a slashing weapon, and a bashing weapon, as well as dealing fire based damage to the target each time. Unless the user has a fire immunity, however, constant damage will be taken from using the Gi'en Scroud. Exact percentages and damage dealt are up to the discretion of the the GM.
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Nice, despite it harming the owner too.
Thank you! I tired to make it bizzare and unexpected, but at the same time incredibly useful and versatile if used right.Also, I'm pretty sure that it's nonmagically cursed.
Huh. This is perhaps the strangest weapon I've come across yet, so you get points for that. For lack of a better mental category, I'm going to file it under "weird shit" for now. :P Interesting backstory, though it could be clarified a little with a rewrite. I also notice that you didn't use the required format for this sub, as given in the quest description. It may be interesting to know what the enchantments on the original three daggers are, as well, just so that we can get a true grasp of this thing's potential.
Overall . . . Dossta likes. Good job!
When it mentioned stat block, I thought that it meant that we had to use all the required elements, rather than filling them out in segments. I did try to put them in the order used, but to be honest, if I had used the template, it probably wouldn't have been so weird. To be honest, after looking at some of the other entries, the seperation into various elements seems to be something that detracts from the creativity of the overall piece, hindering creativity rather than encouraging it. Just my opinion maybe, but aren't these rules supposed to be our guidelines anyway? You asked for weird and interesting magical items, and thus was provided. If you'd like, I will rewrite it, but I think that it may lose something in doing so.
I have trouble visualizing this weapon, but it hlkas a terrific backstory, and even without the burning of the owner's fingers, it seems to be cursed to change owners quickly. Meanwhile, extra humiliation for monsters defeated by a mere skillet!
Picture a cast iron skillet, with a compass rose engraved on the bottom and outlined in brass wire, that magically turns like a normal compass. The daggers face up-down in a chopping motion, or like Wolverine's claws.
'behold, the world's most versatile piece of cookware! it slices, dices, fires, burns you, is cursed to change ownership on a dime, and can even tell you which way is north! functions rain or shine, is now available at the ruins of the lair of Chiornis!
Behold! The hotplate of the gods!
This one is quirky as hell, and the twists and turns of the backstory remind me of the Weird Al song "A Complicated Song".
I like it!
Now this is an odd one. I know my first thought on weaponizing a skillet would be to attach daggers :)
An entertaining read, I don't mind so much that it doesn't follow the quest format. Like the author says, the story is well worth the detraction from the template.