Love Baker

The Secret Ingredient is Love
 Posted December 3, 2022
Love Baker

When asked why his bread is so good, The Baker will always say with a smile “The Secret Ingedient is Love”. The hard part turned out to be finding more Love to use when all of his was gone.

Medium Humanoid, Neutral

Armor Class 10
Hit Points 9 (2d8)
Speed 30ft

STR 10 (+0)
DEX 10 (+0)
CON 9 (-1)
INT 14 (+2)
WIS 10 (+0)
CHA 12 (+1)

Skills Arcana +2, Deception +1
Languages any one language
Challenge 1/8 (20 XP)

Baking Love. Once a day the Baker can imbue Love into a recipe. No Love is lost, all Love in the resulting food item(s) will be absorbed by the consumer.

He feels the Love leaving him as he bakes, he can tell that it is in the bread now, and he can knows he has none left for the next recipe. He thinks this is probably a bad thing, he suspects that the loss of his capacity to love should be missed, but he feels nothing.

Taking Love. Once a day the Baker can absorb Love from a target. This requires touch and the target failing a DC 14 WIS saving throw. On a failed attempt the Baker may attempt again after a Short Rest.

He feels the Love flow into him, he remebers what is is like to Love, he remembers having someone to Love, he feels the loss of her Love, he feels guilt about taking her Love, he knows he needs to get rid of these feelings as soon as possible.

Spellcasting. The Baker is a 1st-level spellcaster. His spellcasting ability is Charisma (spell save DC 10). The Baker knows the following bard spells:

Cantrips: (at will): Vicious Mockery, Mending, Prestidigitation
1st level (3 slots): Charm Person, Hideous Laughter, Sleep


Almost all sentient creatures have some Love in them, one would expect this to be generally tied to a character’s Alignment, with Good having the most, and Neutral the least, but personalities would vary. Love was left numerically undefined here as a passing encounter with the Baker it would likely not matter. But if the Baker is involved with characters for an extented period of time tracking Love may be desired.
A possibility could be to treat it like an additional stat with typical PCs being in the 12-20 range considered compasionate, while below that gets questionable, the Baker —of course—has a Love of 0. Another option is basing it upon alignment, with Good characters rolling 4d6kh(3), Evil 3d6, and Neutral 2d6.
It is likely that the players would not know about the Bakers abilities, and having them keep track of Love would be a give-away. In this case, the DM will want to make and track this statistic in secret. How to convince players that their character’s ability to love has been diminished is left as an excercise for the reader.