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I don't really know much about Thei's personal history, as our conversations are usually about food or art. I do know one interesting story, however.
Three years ago, Thei was on a hiking trip around the Cherry Mountains just south of Tavertral. As he continued climbing, he stumbled across the Cherry Tribe. Completely accidental, somehow in his mountain of research about the Cherry Mountains he combed through, he didn't find a single mention of these people despite them being fairly well-known. Nevertheless, it was quite a shock to him to discover a group of people living nestled in between these red mountains.
After spending a few hours with the people and exploring the tiny village, he was invited to the town hall building, dug in to one of the mountainsides. He was given a seat at one end of an extremely long table, with the village leader on the other side. Without saying a word, because the cherry tribe don't speak, the leader pushed a red plate across the table. On this red plate was a single black fungus.
Without anybody even explaining what Thei was supposed to do, he popped the fungus in his mouth and swallowed it whole. Every single tribesperson in the room were absolutely gobsmacked. This black root fungus trial is supposed to be the most difficult rite of passage on the planet, where you had to consume an entire one of these disgusting fungi, and Thei just ate it like it was nothing.