|Mei-Lin Shao-Qing |
Age: Appears to be in her mid 20's (389)
Date of Birth: May 25th
Species: Huli-Jing / Gumiho
Status: Open relationship with Alderic Rioux
Occupation: Restaurateur and chef
Mei is a very traditional person, keeping in line with more conservative values. And though she is viewed as a respectful she is far from an angel. She can sometimes be seen as bitter or egotistical. Though not quick to speak on matters unless addressed she can be sure to give a mouthful to those who ask for it. She doesn't appear to have any trouble with 'telling people how it is.' Her fox visage seems to appear more when she becomes stressed in the kitchen and has a bad habit of biting others when upset that carried over from childhood.
Yellow plums, liver, dumplings, doing her makeup, having Alderic brush her hair/fur
people who smoke near her, spicy foods, mint, tardiness, people who dine and dash on her dollar, rude customers.
|Known Establishments |
She was born on May 25th, the same day as her siblings Fu and Minah though that seems to be where the similarities end. Deeply affected by tradition she chose to hone skills over a long period of time and decided to not to participate in her siblings plans to gain power in ways that to her were illicit. Though perhaps this was where they separated. With Mei lingering behind them, the pair were quick to rise to the occasions of power that were brought to them.
However this didn't mean that Mei wasn't still working towards their father's plan, though the slow route had always been easier traveled for her. She started work in kitchens, listening to servants for gossip was one of her favorite things and soon she began to see the real reason behind her trade work here. Pretending to be a kitchen boy she grew alongside the lives of royalty, in their shadows preparing the meals.
She had learned through her experiences in service that the hearts of people could be won by looks, or by power but something people would always need, would be food. And it was this basic value that allowed her to grow in strength without drawing much attention to herself. That would be the last place anyone would look for one of her kind. In a position of service, over the flames of a hot stove and grease.
When she earned a position directly serving the heads of estates remembered only because of their wealth she was once again recognized by her siblings and eventually reconnected with them over some time. She would pretend to be a butler, working directly for those that were of extensive wealth eventually learning the tricks to allow her to retain portions of their vast fortunes.
Eventually however she found herself secure enough in the recent future to break out of the bonds of service and became more direct about her endeavors opening several high end restaurants based on the 'exotic' foods she made while in service from her homeland. Though her expertise did not end there, pastries, cakes and meat pies, vegetables, Italian and french cuisine.
Though her specially would always be a personal favorite, dumplings stuffed with liver.