Dragon Age: Origins revealed that broodmothers are created by subjecting females of the humanoid races to the darkspawn taint, possibly by being force-fed darkspawn tissue or humanoid tissue that has been infected by the taint, though depending on how you take Hespith's poem, the point could be made that they "inject" the taint in different ways; "violated" may suggest some form of sexual assault, and there is evidently an extra step that must be taken to specialize a female ghoul into a broodmother. If not killed outright because of the effects, the female then starts to mutate, develops cannibalistic urges and begins to feed on other sapient prisoners. She devours massive amounts of flesh and grows into a broodmother.
The race of the broodmother directly influences which kind of darkspawn she will give birth to. An elven broodmother will spawn shrieks, a dwarven broodmother genlocks, a human broodmother hurlocks, and a Qunari broodmother ogres. Each broodmother is capable of spawning thousands of darkspawn.
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They seem to be immobile.
- 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 Depths of Depravity
- To date, no specific broodmothers of elven or qunari origin have been shown or described.