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A broodmother is a giant sessile ghoul capable of spawning vast numbers of darkspawn in a manner reminiscent of an insect queen.[1]

Background Edit

Broodmothers give birth to a large litter at once, between twenty and fifty children.[2] 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.

Female captives are usually made broodmothers by the darkspawn. They contract the taint by being force-fed on darkspawn tissue. This gives them cannibalistic urges but also mutates them. These females turn into fully-fledged broodmothers after devouring massive amounts of flesh even from their own kin.

The race of the broodmother determines 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 or kossith broodmother ogres. Each broodmother is capable of spawning thousands of darkspawn.

Involvement Edit

Dragon Age: Origins Edit

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In Dragon Age: Origins, the Warden faces a broodmother in order to pass through the Dead Trenches during A Paragon of Her Kind. The dwarven broodmother encountered here was one of the women of House Branka named Laryn. Branka willingly allowed her to be corrupted in order to use her "children" to probe the traps protecting the Anvil of the Void.

Dragon Age: Origins - Awakening Edit

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Several broodmothers are killed by the Warden-Commander at the end of Last of the Legion in the Lower Reaches of Kal'Hirol during Dragon Age: Origins - Awakening.

The Warden later confronts the Mother, a hurlock broodmother who was subject to awakening by the Architect and is distraught by her awakening.

Abilities Edit

Creature icon1 Gas
Ico Grab Grab
Creature icon1 Ranged Spit
Scream (broodmother) Scream
Creature icon1 Sweep
Creature icon1 Vomit
Note: They seem to be immobile, however, their tentacles will erupt from the ground anywhere within their chamber to attack ranged/magi opponents.

Strategy Edit

Trivia Edit

  • To date, no specific broodmothers of elven or qunari/kossith origin have been shown or described.

Gallery Edit

References Edit

  1. BSN David Gaider (18 July, 2010). "What do darkspawn eat?" . The BioWare Forum. Retrieved on March 5, 2014.
  2. Dragon Age logo - new Dragon Age: The World of Thedas, vol. 1, p. 148

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