A little drift is fine here, so long as it's interesting.Quote from SubbakSidenote: the conversation has drifted away from the topic here, partly (mostly?) through my fault. I don't know how to split a thread, and I don't think I can actually do that, but perhaps a moderator could? Thanks.
It's kind of a double standard though, in the same way we encounter animals being assigned colors. A lot of times, it IS based on their environment. Merfolk really aren't that much different. Most all of the merfolk do not value knowledge or many of the other blue values and have either run a mercantile empire, or much much more prevalently, have been militaristic sovereignities. The most famous of their numbers, the Vodalian were soldiers and conquerors, not sages or wizards.The environment is not enough to justify a color, or Creative wouldn't have a problem with red dwarves, blue pirates, and green birds. Philosophically, Kiora is probably less blue than Ajani.
As an aside too, Deceit is actually given as HALF of blue's value. Intellect and deceit, so it really doesn't need black's influence for deception to be prevalent in its core concepts.