Remnants of the Mana War
Mallisa is the reason Balon’s Ale still stands today (Assuming it has been burnt to the ground or something since writing this)
She is an outstanding cook, and she understands what people want out of her food. In result they charge double price for any meal and are never short of customers because of it.
She is also a good bookkeeper.
She is also fairly ugly, mean, and yells a lot. Which is why Balon is probably perfect for her. He doesn’t get hurt by her meanness and yelling, and probably doesn’t think of her as ugly.