They lived at least eighteen thousand times faster than a human. Their original homeworld was a spinning cylinder of neutronium, a light-day long, whose rotation distorted time. When the cylinder was destroyed (PROSE: The Death of Art) by an N-Form, (PROSE: Damaged Goods) the Quoth drifted through space until they encountered Earth. (PROSE: The Death of Art)
There, they found the only source for their birthing materials was inside the human brain, created as a side-effect of psionics. Ironically, the extraction process stimulated the psychic nodes in the host's brain, increasing their psionic ability.