Leading up to Rise of Iron’s imminent release, some Destiny players have found themselves emitting colored sparks from their armor and receiving certain status alterations. It seems Bungie has released some viruses into the game for fans to… uh, enjoy. The status effects are Glory 2.1, Fortitude 3.1, Brilliance 3.2, Magnificence 2.0, and Splendor 2.6. Fortunately, the effects seem to be mostly positive, such as added XP gain.
These effects are being tracked through the Owl Sector website, which also gives a small piece of story-related material to go with the mechanic. The method of contracting and spreading the mysterious pathogens is not yet known, so Guardians are advised to keep a roll of tissues handy.