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Malus (マラス, Marasu) is a Bartender and the owner/founder of the world-famous bar Aqua Spirits. As a child, Malus was raised in a seaside town, where he became friendly with a variety of sailors and fishermen. From them, he learned of the various joys of alchohol and the variety of aquatic beasts that were especially hard to find, and delicious to cook. However, he often found himself repulsed by the uncouth manner in which many of these men and women carried themselves. His beliefs were affirmed one day, when he encountered, for lack of a better term,a gentleman sailor. This man shared Malus's sentiments, and together they developed the dream to create a bar where only those with the most respectful of manners would be allowed to partake of its bounty. However, the sailor left before they could actually build it, but Malus remained determined. He travelled the world for many years, honing his own strength and hunting, as well as improving his ability at cooking and learning where the best drinks in Human World could be found and taken. With all this in place, Malus travelled to the famous Heavy Drinker Archipelago and officially set up his shop on Drunken Frenzy Island. As time passed, he and his bar gained a remarkable amount of fame and attention, though there was a decent amount of forewarning sent through the official networks to those who wished to dine there and hadn't polished their manners and etiquette.
He first appeared in Memoirs of a Bishokuya somewhat early on, during the events of the Pyroniate Arc, in which Marimo and Kiria arrived at Aqua Spirits in order to ask him, a renowed expert on aquatic beasts, where to find the fabeled Pyroniate. Wanting to acquire one as well, Malus guided them to the fabeled Onsen Ocean and assisted them in catching it, while also working with them to repel a Bishokuikki assault that followed shortly after. Following the events of this arc, Malus became a steadfast ally of the pair, helping them out whenever they asked of it and lending them and their various allies whenever the situation(s) arose.
He is often referred to as the World's Most Elegant Bartender (世界で最もエレガントなバーテンダー, Sekai de Mottomo Eregantona Bātendā).