History/Background

Mephibosheth began his life as the grandson of a wealthy but shady nobleman. As a young man, he was drawn into his grandfather’s (not entirely legal) business. He was placed at the head of an illicit slave trading business run by his family that searched the slums and lower-class districts of major cities and sold the indigent and downtrodden to the highest bidder at secret auctions. Over time, Mephibosheth became quite savvy and adept at running all aspects of this business, and he grew to delight in the prosperity that it brought him and in his power over the people he sold as slaves. Eventually, Mephibosheth’s grandfather was killed in a duel and Mephibosheth’s father was left to salvage what was left of their family fortune. Unfortunately, Mephibosheth’s father passed away of a debilitating disease soon after, leaving Mephibosheth the sole survivor of his house, and making his success in the slave trade all the more important. He redoubled his efforts and became the predominant slaver in the city.

For years, Mephibosheth was able to make huge sums of money on the back of the poorest members of society, capturing them from their homes (or from the public dormitories and street corners where the homeless found their beds). His talent for secrecy was substantial, and stories of entire families who vanished overnight were long a matter of much fear and confusion throughout the lower-class districts. Rumors flew of evil experimentation, of demonic possession, and of serial murderers. The City Guard was unable to discover the explanation for the disappearances, and Mephibosheth used judiciously-offered bribes to ensure that this remained the case.

An operation of the magnitude and complexity of Mephibosheth’s kidnappings is ultimately doomed to failure, as one small leak can cause the entire plan to unravel. Eventually, one of the slaves captured by Mephibosheth, an adventurer named Dasara, was able to buy his freedom from his master, and became a successful merchant in his own right. Dasara used his new influence to conduct his own investigations and discovered Mephibosheth’s role in the disappearances. He began to covertly undermine Mephibosheth’s business, planting spies in Mephibosheth’s organization and disrupting his kidnapping operations, gradually demolishing Mephibosheth’s business piece by piece, leaving Mephibosheth in abject poverty.

However, Dasara had mercy on Mephibosheth and took him into his household, making him the administrator of a large portion of his businesses. Mephibosheth, gratified by this generosity, gradually realized the substantial harm his previous exploitation had caused and, in his guilt and shame, decided to turn Dasara’s magnanimity around and used what money he had left to construct and open Mephibosheth’s Mess Hall. He was able to channel his substantial business acumen and his magical knowledge into his charity, and has since operated one of the finest charitable operations in the kingdom. During the process of establishing the Mess Hall, Mephibosheth became acquainted with his future wife as well as the head chef, Rasoya. Since then, Mephibosheth and his friends and family have developed their signature recipes and have worked to publicize their venture and ensure patronage and sponsorship.

Knowledge (Local)/Gather Information DC’s – Note: these are all pretty easy DC’s as Mephibosheth tries to get the word out as widely as possible about his establishment.

DC 3 – The PC knows/finds out the location of Mephibosheth’s Mess Hall and that the meals are free and of high quality.
DC 5 – The PC knows/finds out that Mephibosheth’s Mess Hall also boasts a dormitory and job-placement services and may know the names of the regular employees (DM’s call).
DC 10 – The PC knows/finds out about the special spices the Mess Hall uses, and that it is possible to purchase culinary items from Mephibosheth.
DC 15 – The PC knows/finds out the basics of Mephibosheth’s life story.