humanoid being affected with the Taint. Females are turned into Broodmothers
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 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. Eventually even the ghouls die from the taint, usually within a few months of their transformation. 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.