The Ashen Kingdom
It’s difficult to express how terrified your character should be of water, and the Forest. No matter how badass you want your character to be, the only way he or she won’t suffer hydrophobia is if they are truly insane. In the past, baths have been used as a means of torture. This is not to say that you have to be overcome with crippling fear at the sight of a glass of water, but that you should always show water, in any form, a healthy dose of respect.
Fire is sacred and welcome. Smoke and ashes are always welcome; many people note how wonderfully sooty cities are. Washing is almost never done in water, but in smoke. This is not a ceremonial washing, either. Passing ones hands through smoke can help kill weak taint from the Forest.