Maephus Ibonn, Transmuter Extraordinaire
Maephus Ibonn, the sixth son of a well-known brewer in the west, grew up learning the brewing trade from his older brothers. At age 16, Maephus fell in love with a neighbor's daughter. He tried in vain to win her heart; she thought he was only a callow and awkward boy. Two years later, and still no closer to his love, he left home and shipped out with a "trading vessel" that turned out to be a pirate ship.
Maephus served on that ship for two months, debarking just before the whole crew was arrested and imprisoned. Over the next few years, he served on several vessels and learned magic from the ships' wizards. He became powerful and settled into life as a pirate. In his 36th year, his life changed again.
His ship had captured a passenger vessel, and one of the passengers was his old love now grown. His feelings rekindled, he offered to set her free if she would marry him. She agreed, but in abandoning him as soon as they were clear of the ship, she treated him more heartlessly than in his youth. He, however, was more mature and let her go while realizing that the gods had used her to extricate him from his evil life. Trying to avoid doing evil again, he wandered the land and became more engrossed in Transmutation magic. A few years later, he met Alisha in her Celeste guise, and she persuaded him (easily) to go into business with her selling transformed animals.
Maephus, now 47, is average in height and build. His graying hair gives him a look of distinction, and his blue eyes stare clearly at the world. His life experiences have left Maephus with a rather neutral outlook on most matters. He tries always to maintain a sense of propriety and aloofness, but the result is that he sometimes appears snobbish. He has no qualms at all about transforming animals and selling them. He is quite content with his current situation, since he gets to practice his craft as much as he could ever want. He maintains contacts with other transmuters and develops new spells to fit his needs. He is quite proud of his mind of a beast spell and considers it a breakthrough in transmutation.
Bringing the Parts Together
You can introduce Maephus to the group in a small way by having them to a job for him. He may need a few hard-to-get components for some spell research, or perhaps the PCs are hired on as part of a caravan guard and the caravan includes a delivery to the ranch (and Maephus's laboratory).
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