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Registered: May 2006
Also known as LAN-CAI-HE, LAN-ZAIHE, LAN-T'SAI-HO
LAN-CAIHE: One of the EIGHT-IMMORTALS. As eccentric as they come, he's a total oddball.
LAN-CAIHE was originally a busker, beggar and herb seller. He was also very effeminate, and usually drunk. (He or she may even have been a female transvestite.)
His or her fortune changed dramatically after helping a beggar (whom rumor suggests may have been LI-TIEGUAI in disguise). LAN-CAIHE washed his boils and sores, nursed the crippled beggar back to health, and was rewarded with immortality.
With a bizarre dress sense, LAN-CAIHE wears only one boot, and a belt made of wood. In the summer he wraps up warm with a thick coat, but this is discarded in the winter in preference for sleeping semi-naked in the snow.
This all begins to make sense when you realise he (or she) is the patron deity of the impoverished.