A valuable dye, used ‘neat’ in wedding-clothes, and mixed with other pigments to add richness to reds, violets, and deep blues. Purple is obtained from a sea-snail, the murex, gathered by merfolk in Gehennese waters. Murex are fairly plentiful in the Archaic Period, but depleted by over-fishing in the Classical Period. In the Decadent Period murex are raised in carefully-guarded commercial beds. Gehennum is the only source of true purple, which is an important export, but various cheap substitutes are used in other parts of the World of Isles.

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