- “First day, they come and catch everyone. Second day, they beat us and eat some for meat. Third day, the men are all gnawed on again. Fourth day, we wait and fear for our fate. Fifth day, they return and it's another girl's turn. Sixth day, her screams we hear in our dreams. Seventh day, she grew as in her mouth they spew. Eighth day, we hated as she is violated. Ninth day, she grins and devours her kin. Now she does feast, as she's become the beast. Now you lay and wait, for their screams will haunt you in your dreams. ” ―Hespith's poem, describing how broodmothers are created
Darkspawn as a species are asexual and are unable to reproduce. In order to bolster their numbers, the darkspawn take female captives during their raids and bring them to their lairs to be turned into broodmothers.
The captured women contract the taint by being force-fed darkspawn tissue and the darkspawn forcefully "spew" into the prisoners' mouths. At this point Hespith describes the women who survive as being violated. As this happens they gradually develop cannibalistic urges and heavily mutate, eventually becoming fully-fledged broodmothers after devouring massive amounts of flesh, even from their kin.
Broodmothers give birth to a large litter at once, between twenty and fifty newborn darkspawn. They emerge from her womb as toddlers, often already able to walk, and grow rapidly in their first few weeks of life. A broodmother will birth thousands of darkspawn young in her lifetime.
The race of the broodmother determines which kind of darkspawn she will give birth to. An elven broodmother will spawn shrieks, a dwarven broodmother spawns genlocks, a human broodmother spawns hurlocks, and a Qunari or kossith broodmother spawns ogres.
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- See Broodmother (strategy) for details on fighting the broodmother in A Paragon of Her Kind.
- See The Mother (strategy) for details on fighting the Mother in the Depths of Depravity.
- To date, no specific broodmothers of elven or qunari origin have been shown or described.
- ↑ David Gaider (18 July 2010). "What do darkspawn eat?" . The BioWare Forum. Retrieved on March 5, 2014.
- ↑ Hespith#Poem
- ↑ Dragon Age: The World of Thedas, vol. 1, p. 148