A ghoul is a living creature who contracts the darkspawn taint and manages to survive. Humanoid creatures develop a blotchy look and a sickly tone to their skin, while the effects on animals are somewhat more drastic.
Humanoids[edit | edit source]
The term ghoul is actually derived from the behavior and mannerisms associated with people who have become corrupted. Once infected, a ghoul will seek out the darkspawn, who often use them as as craftsmen or even sometimes eat them, although not for dietary reasons. The constant, slow exposure to the taint drives these souls to turn on their fellow captives, cannibalizing them whilst in the grips of maddening pain and the will of the Archdemon, whose call they start to hear.
Humanoids develop symptoms such as fever and itchiness. Eventually, the disease progresses to the point where the body becomes degraded and misshapen by the corruption. For example, ghouls start to lose clumps of hair, flesh, and develop sores. Given enough time, a ghoul's deterioration will eventually lead to death.
Female ghouls are usually made broodmothers by the darkspawn. They are force-fed on darkspawn tissue which gives them cannibalistic urges but also mutates them. Despite their eventual transformation, broodmothers are still categorized as ghouls.
Animals[edit | edit source]
Animals which turn into ghouls grow bigger and become exceptionally aggressive with some of them growing spikes and other strange mutations. It is not rare to find ghouls fighting alongside darkspawn.
These are the known tainted animal species:
- Bereskarn were originally bears.
- Blight owls were originally owls.
- Blight wolves were originally wolves.
- Blighted werewolves were originally werewolves.
- Bloodcrows were originally crows.
- Corrupted spiders were originally spiders.
- Dragon thralls were originally dragons.
- Dar'Hall'n were originally Halla.
Notable ghouls[edit | edit source]
- Felix Alexius (conditional)
- The Mother
- Sophia Dryden
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