Not to be confused with the Broodwich from the sandwich underworld:
The Draug Broodwitches seem to follow the typical life-cycles and clans that the other Draug do. Needing only zombies, the Draug Broodwitches can start a chain life-cycle and create generations of Draug that flood our beaches.
If you’ve ever had the misfortune of seeing how this life cycle starts, you know it isn’t exactly pleasant. You’ll see a zombie (or worse a living human) wandering around. Not an uncommon sight in Kingsmouth, Savage Coast or Blue Mountain really. This zombie then gets too close to a Broodwitch and suddenly you hear hissing, a maze of tentacles and the Broodwitch attaches her tentacles to the now host being. The Broodwitch’s tentacles are what transfers the Draug DNA into the zombie’s (or …human’s) body and turns it into an incubator. What once was more human looking, becomes bloated and distorted, wandering around and making it’s way towards shore in a slow meandering fashion as it carries the Draug offspring.
These incubators then turn into these…pods. They are basically the cocoon for this breeding process. It is a parasitic type relationship. The previous zombie’s body, which is now an Incubator gives up it’s being to feed a growing Draug inside. The Incubators seem mindless. I could get rather close without agitating them compared to the Broodwitches who seemed to see me grab my camera from across the docks and decided I should probably die. Don’t worry, none of them turned me into a host, I’m fine. Thanks for asking.
The Wabanaki have some tales about the Norse Draug and how they came to be during the Darkness War. It’s complicated, they have more clans than I can remember and it’s one of those stories you would probably appreciate more if you were highly inebriated. But, they do have different ‘types’ or clans…look a bit different and tend to hold to different areas as clans. Sort of like a Draug sorority or fraternity. Sort of. But with more tentacles and slime spitting.
It sounds like some kind of plot to a Hentai, but this is actually how the Draug reproduce. If this does not appeal to you, caution should be taken around open waters and sometimes even on shore. They tend to stay near aquatic environments but much like salamanders or frogs you can actually find them further away than you’d expect, especially on wet rainy days. Take caution, and try not to become an incubator when you just wanted a quick swim.
Wynn Gwynn is an Illustrator, Editor and Writer of Tuppenny Dreadful, a media company in Darkside of Ealdwic London- Shades District.