Goodberry is among the best 1st level and most efficient healing spells in D&D 5e. It is also flavorful, in more ways than one. However, it does not scale (cannot cast using a 2nd level slot). I managed to cook up a way to scale goodberry that involved a fun item I had not seen in D&D before: a recipe card.
This item came about for a few reasons. First, the characters were just chowing down good berries provided by the gnome ranger, Ellywick Timbers, in my campaign, Toell’s Bed. This primarily occurred during short rests. That was because multiple castings could be deployed and the berries distributed. But I thought maybe they should be able to do more if done during a short rest, especially with access to materials (like cooking tools or a kitchen).
The other reason was flavor. The party had a paranoid, borderline delusional goblin warlock, Kryxle, that would disguise self as a human child (boy or girl). Despite always feeling threatened, in one of her identities, Claude (a ward of Baron Jarrith the Green, a character in the party), she was offered a cookie. I described as, “the only thing truly safe in the world.” From here out Kryxle had a love of cookies. Flash forward, the party is making a stop by Baron Jarrith the Green’s elven grandmother’s house. Walking in, the smell of cookies is overwhelming. Kryxle demands to know how to make them or someone in the party learns how to make them. It falls on Ellywick. Gammy Green recognizes a fellow ranger (her being a former adventurer too) and bestows this recipe upon Ellywick.
Gammy Green’s Goodberry Biscuit Recipe
Wondrous Item, unique
This simple paper card must be hundreds of years old and is written in elven script. It details instructions on how to prepare with nothing more than a campfire goodberry biscuits. By casting goodberry and taking a total of 30 minutes to carefully follow the baking directions, results in 10 goodberry biscuits. Consuming one of these biscuits restores 2 hit points. These biscuits stay fresh for 24 hours, after which they grow hard and stale, ceasing to restore hit points. If attempted without the recipe present, they do not come out right and are either too salty or dry benefiting no one.
I do not think this is a game breaking enhancement for a classic D&D spell. It is almost a ritual, but takes three times longer and requires distinct implements. But why are goodberries only good in raw form, why not baked with them?
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