Note: this quest will fail if not completed before finishing Lilac and Gooseberries.
Walk northwest of the White Orchard village, on the bank of the Ismena, and you will come across an old woman trapped outside of an abandoned hut. Speaking to her reveals her frying pan was stolen by a man who had barricaded himself inside the hut, with a different man entering the hut but never leaving, and she wants your help to get it back.
Break down the locked door using Aard to find a couple of containers with some loot in the first room. In the second room you'll find a corpse, which explains the stench the old woman complained about. Finding the corpse will also trigger a new objective to find out what happened.
To complete the quest you only need to find the pan in the third room and give it to the old woman, but if you want to learn more about what happened there are 4 clues in total:
- Cracked silver monocle
- Corpse, throat slit with old scars like a soldier might have
- Frying pan, scrubbed clean of soot
- Burned papers in the stove fireplace, some still legible
When you're done snooping around inside the hut just head outside and give the frying pan to its owner, completing the quest.
- Many think that the life of a witcher consists of nothing but adventure after grand adventure, an endless stream of contracts on manticores, bruxae and other exotic beasts. In truth, Geralt would often take on more banal tasks, ones lesser bards fear mentioning, for they lack the skill required to make a masterwork of the mundane. By way of example, once in White Orchard he was hired to retrieve a woman's... frying pan.
- A mysterious gentleman had borrowed the frying pan from a little old lady and not returned it. While investigating this damned unneighborly act, Geralt discovered the delinquent borrower had other, more serious sins on his conscience... murder, for example. The half-burned notes Geralt found in his abandoned hut made it clear he was interested in the movements of Nilfgaardian forces and confidential military secrets - in other words, the man was a spy.
- Geralt found the frying pan and returned it to the old woman. She was overcome with joy and gratitude - not only did she have her precious cooking utensil back, but someone had scrubbed it clean for her as well!
- Break into the locked hut.
- Look around inside the hut for a frying pan using your Witcher Senses.
- Search the hut and use your Witcher Senses to determine what happened there.
- Return the frying pan to the old woman.
- Several pieces of evidence points the man writing the letters is a certain spymaster from The Witcher.
- The witness says something about the man heading west on horseback. If you head west (and maybe a little south) until you near the edge of the map, you will find a small camp with some guards and loot.