CORRUPTION AND AFFLICTIONS
When a Vido is generated, it has completely pure magic. But over time, as the Vido grows older, more outside forces start to muddle the magic and corrupt it. Corrupted magic tends to have different properties and rules than pure magic, and it can sicken a Vido that doesn’t have a way to “clean” its magical energy. A Vido that has reached a 100% corruption saturation rate will either go mad or succumb to rapid decay. To reverse corruption, a Vido needs to visit a certain type of shrine to rest, or find a magic user skilled enough to purify them. Magic users that specialize in purification are known as Purgers. Corruption starts at around 10 years of existence, when the protective shield of the Relic finally wears away. Glowing Vido and Vido with the vapor trait recycle magic regularly and shed excess via light, so the corruption process is slowed slightly with them. Vido take in magic to move and to regenerate, so they will get corrupted faster if injured often.
There are also other, more unusual methods of purging corruption, such as channeling the corruption into the bloodstream using magic and bleeding out the corrupted blood, or even transferring the corruption to other living things. This second method is highly taboo, even among Vido, but some individuals choose this over the more peaceful methods. Entire forests can be corrupted from one Vido.
There are two main afflictions that can happen to Vido either from conditions they generated in or something that occurred after generation later on in life. These are different than corruption, yet both still have magical origins. Afflictions are completely free to add to your Vido for story or design purposes!
Gargoyle: A sort of magical "calcification" that causes the Vido's outer skin to become stiff and crack. Wounds heal extremely slowly -- Gargoyle can be reversed via shrines or a purger but it is difficult to completely cure. It grows worse with corruption, starting out with stiff limbs and growing to large cracks at the joints. Gargoyle can affect concentrated areas or the entire body depending on severity.
Disruption: Magical disruption occurs when a Vido is exposed to a particularly strong warping magic -- this magic will "scramble" the enchantment keeping them together, causing wounds to heal back in distorted ways. Vido can have a disruption affliction without realizing it until they get injured. Like gargoyle, it grows more drastic as corruption levels rise.
When a Vido dies, its body completely melts down into a puddle of ooze. This ooze evaporates relatively quickly after being exposed to air -- however it can be put in an airtight container to stop evaporation. Jars of Vido remains have been found to be sold on the black market for medicinal or experimental purposes. Vido that have developed true bone or chitin can leave those parts behind, and often teeth or skulls do not melt down.