According to this answer there is a book somewhere that says equipping a torch will heat the lock to make it easier to pick.
Is this true? And how much easier does it actually make picking the lock?
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Does equipping a torch actually make picking a lock easier?
Here is how I tested it:
I downloaded a mod called Lockpick Pro, which shows the hotspot of the lock.
Then I tested it under 4 circumstances:
Here are the sizes of the hotspots of the lock (aligned so its easier to compare):
At this point, a smarty pants is bound to point out the following:
But wait! What if the mod doesn't show the effect and its really works?
Well I tried to pick the locks by moving the cursor to just outside the blue (unlock) zone to see if it works, it did not. The picks still take damage unless its within the blue unlocking region.