The Mother is one of the main antagonists in Dragon Age: Origins – Awakening.
The Mother is a broodmother who was freed from the call of the Old Gods by the Architect. However, contrary to the Architect's expectation, the Mother was not in the least grateful, instead driven to insanity by the deprivation from her "sweet music" and the realization that she had become a monster, and so she strives to re-connect herself and her loyal darkspawn to the Calling, acting in direct opposition of the Architect's goals. She seeks to eventually make herself the queen of the darkspawn so she can destroy them, herself, and the world along with her.
The Mother controls one faction of the Disciples as well as a large number of unawakened darkspawn. Most importantly, the Mother is—naturally—the one breeding the Children. Several of her primary minions are encountered by the Warden-Commander during the course of Awakening. These include:
- The First - this is the first Disciple loyal to the Mother. He is a powerful melee combatant and acts as a catalyst for the events that occur in the Blackmarsh.
- The Lost - the second loyal Disciple, the Lost is a skillful spellcaster encountered at the end of Kal'Hirol, fighting in tandem with the Inferno Golem. He protects the broodmothers of Kal'hirol.
- The Herald - the final named Disciple the Warden-Commander encounters. The Herald serves as the field-commander of the Mother's army of darkspawn during the attack on Amaranthine or Vigil's Keep. He is a capable melee combatant and serves as the final encounter during either battle.
Ultimately, the Mother proves to be the true antagonistic force in Awakening, as evidenced by her use of a considerable army of darkspawn to attack the city of Amaranthine and Vigil's Keep. After one of these battles, the Warden-Commander seeks out the Mother in her lair and slays her.The Mother is the first human broodmother encountered so far, the previous ones being of dwarven origin. She also appears to be somewhat less mutated (at least from her upper body) than the other broodmothers seen before.