Same Colour, Different Culture
One might think that colours have an inherent meaning to all folk who experience them, but the truth of the matter is that the different folk residing in or visiting Braided Shore have vastly differing ideas of what emotions and thoughts certain colours evoke.
For example, Asken folk see char as a colour befitting high status, and which represents wisdom and age, whereas Sah Basir see char as something ominous – the colour of a dark, stormy sky or the navigational impossibility of a starless night.
Another example is pale cinnabar, which in the North is seen as a lesser cinnabar, a colour of faded passion or cooling embers. In the South, however, pale or marble cinnabar is seen as a colour representing young, innocent passions – the colour of a first infatuation, or the first burst of flame in a fire.