Despite their disturbing looks, some mawdracons live around magi. They are beneficial when casting bigger spells. If something goes awry, the mawdracons can absorb the magic. They are also helpful when capturing wild, magical creatures, as it does not involve force. However, it does not mean that the mawdracons like having a master. They are free creatures and have no desire to obey someone's command. Their only purpose is to feed and endure through time. Those who deal with the mawdracons have to be very careful as these creatures can and will absorb all magic, a magi's one included. Keeping the mawdracons away from the Keep is a difficult task, especially during festivities when everyone gathers and shows off their magic and creatures. To prevent a swarm of decaying mawdracons from invading the castle, those in charge have to cast life magic spells, as this is the type of magic that attracts the decaying mawdracons the most. As for the spectral mawdracons, things can become trickier. They love potions more than spells. No one is willing to give away their precious gender or breeding potions, so most of the time, it is the dusky potions that get discarded.
Magic is fickle, and not everyone is as good at it as they claim to be. There are cases when spells get out of hand and backfire, and there are times when spells do not work at all for unknown reasons. When this happens - and the energy gets released into the space around the caster - some things get affected by it. Sometimes plants wither or bloom uncontrollably, sometimes things get broken, and other times surrounding creatures get affected and changed by it. The mawdracon is the result of one such instance of magic not working right. It is not a dragon, a desgolo, a daycrawler, or a nightcrawler, but an entirely new species that has aspects of all these creatures together. The mawdracons are not alive, although they exist. They feed on magic and seek it mindlessly, their only intent being to stay alive. They are not malevolent, but they are parasites and act accordingly. Fortunately, they absorb only as much magic as they need to survive, and so far, no creature has come to its demise because of the mawdracons.
Sprite art: Munin | Description: Real