Living creatures who contract the Taint from any darkspawn normally die from the corruption. However, those ill-fated to survive become something twisted: Ghouls, or tainted humanoid creatures with a blotchy look and a sickly tone to their skin.
The term ghoul is actually derived from the behavior and mannerisms associated with people who have become corrupted. It was first observed in captives (humans, elves, and dwarves kept as a source of food) of darkspawn. The constant, slow exposure to the Taint drove these unfortunate souls to turn on their fellow captives, cannibalizing them whilst in the grips of maddening pain and the will of the archdemon.
Once infected, a ghoul will seek out the darkspawn. Human ghouls are often used as craftsmen by the darkspawn (who are not known for the kind of skill required for smithing), but even the healthiest human will die within a few months of having turned. 
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Notable ghouls Edit
- ↑ Codex entry: Ghoul
- ↑ Gaider, David (2011). "What do darkspawn eat?" . BioWare Social Network. Retrieved on June 4, 2012.