So first off, your art and world is amazing, fuck it's gorgeous and I live for things involving demons and corruption and magic. just. wow. But! thought I'd ask a question whilst I'm here. Is there any particular protocol for dealing with magicians who've contracted what might be called a terminal infection? Either too much contaminated flesh, or compromised vitals, so that the demons cannot be excised without killing them, but weren't fortunate/unfortunate to get drowned in one go.
Thank you! I’m always glad for the interest.
Regarding an event-horizon demonic infestation—which is typically one that has reached the brain and peripheral nervous system—the magician is legally offered two choices: drowning or death.
Drowning and becoming an amalgam obviously has serious ramifications, and while its done by medical professionals in a controlled environment, it runs the risk of the amalgam resurfacing in a completely different country and being captured by enemy forces. Death is self explanatory—it is the only government approved form of medically-assisted suicide, and is administered by skilled magicians as quickly as possible.
This is actually somewhat of a plot point pre-story—Lafayette’s second in command, Nidhogg, gets this way during a skirmish, and requests death. Lafayette, who is well known to be a calculated, unhesitant leader, finds herself unable to do so and instead pursues the enemy, leaving Nid to eventually drown. She considers this one of the major failings in her life, and it seriously influences her during the story.