Consuming Dark Shards

Q: What happens if a Magister/Patriarch eats too many Dark Shards?

A: Good gracious! Do you think they eat that stuff? I’ve never observed it myself, but I have it from almost reliable sources that Dark Shards, those oddly empowered scraps of rock, are the source of much of the Swarm’s wilder technologies and practices. Somehow able to store energy, Darkstone is a fascinating invention. Consuming such a substance raw might be considered akin to swallowing a burning coal, or perhaps just an inert piece of rock. Their physiology could be adapted to such things, but I think more likely they have other means of harnessing Darkstone. The rewards must be substantial to risk working with such a volatile substance though, I’ve heard tales of rotting flesh and destroyed organs resulting from misuse or malfunction.