Leviathans are gigantic "living-meteors". Their sole purpose is to spread Phazon from the celestial body known as Phaaze once every century, to corrupt planets across the universe in order to create more Phazon-based planets, similar to Phaaze. The core of the Leviathan is very strong and can only be destroyed by a stream of Phazon or a powerful laser blast. These creatures were notable not only for their ability to create and spread Phazon, but also because of their most powerful ability: generating Wormholes to allow them to travel anywhere throughout space.
There have been five recorded cases of Leviathan impact.
- Tallon IV's Leviathan
- Aether's Leviathan
- Bryyo's Leviathan
- Elysia's Leviathan
- Pirate Homeworld's Leviathan
Infancy[edit | edit source]
- serpentine womb deep within the planet, they feed on vast amounts of Phazon energy until they develop a Phazon Core, which marks their transition into adolescence. Leviathans are the "children" of Phaaze. Born in a
Before this, they are extremely unstable, though naturally extremely resistant, and cause massive explosions if damaged before full maturity. Once they reach adolescence, the Leviathans are slowly pushed upward to the surface until they mature to their adult size. The oldest Leviathans are up closest to the surface while the youngest are below. As Leviathans are launched into space, the younger ones move closer and closer to the surface. As mentioned above, an unspecified number of these creatures are launched every 100 years; the reason behind this century-long wait is likely the required time for infants to reach full maturity. Finally, once Phaaze has found a planet to corrupt, it launches the Leviathan into space, in hopes of impacting a planet.
Biology[edit | edit source]
Leviathans are a silicon/Phazon-based bioform in that, at full maturity, appear to be made of a rocky substance (perhaps a form of Phazite) which is likely why information pertaining to them refers to them as meteors. They are covered with large patches of Phazon and have long tentacles growing out of their sides. The inside of a Leviathan appears similar to a cave containing various Phazon-based life and Phazon-generating organs. The passages that lead to the core chamber of the Leviathan appear as transparent tubes, similar to veins, but without liquid within them. There are doors in the Leviathan that seem to be a type of sphincter valve with a weak energy field covering it. The core chamber is a large spherical room, with many pulsating and moving objects which may be organs. The Phazon Core itself resides at the top of the chamber in a sealed sac-like sheath. The Core's appearance is that of a large, round, insectoid creature connected to the ceiling by several cords that it moves around with. It is covered in Phazon growths, has several eyes and a mandible-like mouth. The chamber is also usually where the Leviathan's guardian resides. Because the Leviathans on Tallon IV and Aether were not expressly shown, it is difficult to say which attributes of the three featured in Corruption are characteristics of immature Leviathans and which ones apply to all.
Adult Life[edit | edit source]
After ejecting from Phaaze, the Leviathan will create a wormhole to shorten its journey to the intended planet. The Leviathan will home onto its closest target and impact the planet, spreading Phazon from the collision. The strength of this collision has been known to vary greatly, sometimes leaving huge scars upon the surface of the impacted planet. After collision, the Leviathan's Phazon Core, which it developed at the end of its infant stage, slowly seeps its way into the planet, spreading corruption and replacing the ecosystem with one that is Phazon-based. At this point, the Leviathan may possibly attract a native creature and corrupt it with massive amounts of Phazon. The corrupted creature serves as the Leviathan's guardian, to protect its Phazon Core. Some time after this, the Leviathan itself will die, leaving behind the "husk" of its body which will serve as armor to protect the core's environment against attacks from the outside.
Controlled by Dark Samus[edit | edit source]
Once Dark Samus returned to Phaaze, with the help of the stolen Aurora Unit 313, she was able to control when and where a Leviathan would launch and land by fusing them with the stolen technology. This allowed her to spread Phazon throughout the universe far more effectively and strategically. She used this ability to launch four Leviathans: one to the Pirate Homeworld (to corrupt the resident Pirate forces and thus secure a powerful army), one to Bryyo (to seize control of the planet's priceless Fuel Gel and cut off the Federation's supply of it), another to Elysia (a Federation spy base, originally built by the Chozo), and the fourth to Norion (one of the Federation's greatest naval strongholds).
The Leviathan that was aimed for Norion was destroyed before impact, thanks to the efforts of Samus Aran and other Bounty Hunters. The other three Leviathans survived and were able to pour great amounts of Phazon into each planet. The ones in Bryyo and Elysia were protected by great energy shields, while the Pirate Homeworld one was so heavily defended that only one cargo route was allowed to reach the Leviathan itself. In orbit around the Pirate Homeworld, the Space Pirates had outfitted a fifth Leviathan with weapons; however, with Samus's help, the Federation took control of it, using its wormhole-generating abilities to warp to Phaaze.
Impacted Planets[edit | edit source]
Fifty years prior to the first Metroid Prime, a Leviathan impacted Tallon IV and brought Phazon to the planet. At some point, the Leviathan acquired a Metroid to serve as its guardian (it would later be named Metroid Prime by the Space Pirates), which began feeding on the seed's Phazon. Several days after its impact, the Chozo residents of Tallon IV were able to greatly slow down, if not completely stop the spread of Phazon on the planet by building a temple named the Cradle, which used an unseen containment field. This particular Leviathan seems to have many characteristics that differ from its brethren, such as having a higher lethality rate towards local populations than seen on the Pirate Homeworld. This suggests that the molecular composition of the Phazon brought to Tallon IV, and possibly also that which was brought to Aether, were from fully matured Leviathans compared to the ones seen in Metroid Prime 3: Corruption, as Dark Samus (the same entity as Metroid Prime) would have no doubt been impatient to wait 100 years for them to grow and thus launched them prematurely during her reign. The Impact Crater was likely the Leviathan for Tallon IV, but since there was no visible sign of the Leviathan itself in the game, it can be speculated that the creature was consumed by its Guardian, Metroid Prime, due to the creature's insatiable hunger for Phazon (a common trait in Metroids), just as it is assumed that Prime also absorbed the seed's Phazon Core, giving it the ability to produce Phazon. This might explain why the hypertoxic substance found in the Impact Crater was not encountered on Phaaze: It may have been produced by the instability and/or decay of the Leviathan's body, the Phazon Core or the surrounding environment, namely the additional pressure present in the Crater due to the Cradle's containment field, which may have concentrated the Blue Phazon into Red Phazon. Another speculated theory is that the Chozo opted to use their technology to cause the Leviathan to levitate over the planet's surface (as the elevator view in the Phazon Mines shows the leviathan floating over the surface). They would then utilize their containment field to keep the leviathan from physical contact with the planet's surface, minimizing the spread of Phazon. Alternatively, since Samus teleports directly into the Impact Crater, it is logical to suggest that the Leviathan does in fact continue to exist in its entirety; the Artifact Temple is likely built over it and the crater in order to contain it, thus no outside view of it can be seen. However, the Artifact Temple itself somewhat resembles a greatly aged Leviathan husk, with the Chozo structures built on it. Looking through a glass window in one of the elevators that leads towards the Phazon Mines shows the weathered temple/Leviathan floating above the crater.
About the same time as a Leviathan hit Tallon IV, a Leviathan impacted planet Aether, visited in Metroid Prime 2: Echoes. However, due to the instability of Aether's planetary energy, another dimension, known as Dark Aether, was ripped open; the Leviathan itself, along with nearly all of its Phazon, was teleported to Dark Aether at the moment of impact. This Leviathan was also never seen in-game. The Emperor Ing may have possibly served as the guardian of the Aether Leviathan Core, and the large quanities of Phazon in the Sky Temple Gateway might suggest that the Aether Leviathan impacted nearby.
Several months after the events of Metroid Prime 2: Echoes, a Leviathan impacted the Pirate Homeworld. This was the first one to be controlled by Dark Samus. Ridley would later be chosen as its guardian, soon to be named Omega Ridley.
A few months after that, Dark Samus sent three more Leviathans to corrupt a number of planets. They were headed to Norion, Bryyo, and Elysia. The one aimed for Norion was destroyed before impact, but the ones headed to Bryyo and Elysia were unharmed until Samus Aran destroyed the Phazon Cores within them. The Bryyo Leviathan's guardian was a corrupted Mogenar War Golem, while the Elysia Leviathan's was a massive mechanism called Helios. Interesting to note is the fact that the first Leviathan seen in Metroid Prime 3: Corruption was easily destroyed by Federation tech, while Luminoth and possibly Chozo technology, were unable to destroy their respective Leviathans at all. This is considered strange as both mentioned species are highly evolved sentient creatures whose technologies far surpass the Federation's. This leads to the mentioned theory that the Leviathans launched prior to Dark Samus' control over Phaaze were at the peak of their growth, possibly having a stronger surface. Though in case of the Chozo on Tallon IV, it may have simply been due to the fact that the Chozo of that planet chose to build a colony from natural materials and so lacked the technology needed to destroy the Leviathan. It is also mentioned that the Chozo were, before impact, ascending to another dimension, leaving their physical bodies waiting for their consciousness to return; they were violently pulled back to the physical realm at the time of impact. In the case of the Luminoth, no piece of information is given other than a lore that described them using various weapons against the coming Leviathan before impact, with no avail. They could do nothing but wait for the inevitable. Careful inspection of a Leviathan reveals it to contain more bulk on its front than the rest of its body; this leads to another explanation that the Federation were able to destroy Norion's respective Leviathan by attacking its side which is seemingly less armored than its front (it is logically plausible that the front is heavily resilient to resist collision with a planet and deliver its Phazon cargo intact).
Official data[edit | edit source]
QUESTION: In Metroid Prime 1 and 2, the origin of the problem(s) is due to a meteorite which fell from somewhere, right? Just where did these meteorites come from?
ANSWER: They came from space, somewhere very far away.
Logbook entry[edit | edit source]
The log scan of the Leviathan Infant describes the entire life-cycle of a Leviathan. The following information is the section pertaining to the adolescent and adult stages of the creature.
Morphology: Leviathan Infant
A Leviathan in early development.
Phazon within is highly unstable.
Leviathans are the children of Phaaze. They are bioforms that begin life deep within the planet, inside the base of a serpentine organ that serves as a womb. The Leviathan will remain in here, feeding on an endless supply of Phazon, until it has developed its Phazon core.
The developed core marks the Leviathan's transition into adolescence and its departure from the womb. The serpentine organ moves the adolescent from deep inside Phaaze and releases it closer to the planet's surface. Here the bioform will continue to grow and mature beneath its older siblings. As time passes and the older ones are launched into space, the Leviathan will slowly make its way to the planet's surface. It is here the Leviathan will reach full maturity. Once Phaaze has located a planetary target to corrupt, it will launch the Leviathan into space.
The Leviathan is capable of interstellar travel, creating wormholes in space to expedite the journey. Instinctively, it homes in on its planetary target. Shortly after impact, the bioform dies, leaving its armored shell to protect the Phazon core. Before it dies, the bioform often attracts and enthralls a large local predator. After mutating it through intense Phazon exposure, it compels the creature to protect the core. The core then begins to seep into the planet, replacing the local ecosystem with one based on Phazon.
Etymology[edit | edit source]
- Leviathan (Hebrew: לִוְיָתָן, Standard Livyatan Tiberian Liwyāṯān; "Twisted; coiled"), pronounced /lɨˈvaɪəˌθɑn/, is a Biblical sea creature first known to be referred to in the Old Testament (Psalm 74:13-14; Job 41; Isaiah 27:1). The word "leviathan" has become synonymous with any large sea monster or creature. In the novel Moby-Dick it refers to great whales, and in Modern Hebrew, it means simply "whale".
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- The concept of an extraterrestrial meteor crashing into another planet and slowly corrupting it and its inhabitants is similar to horror writer H.P. Lovecraft's short story "The Colour Out of Space."
- The Leviathan was simply referred to as the "Phazon Seed" in early Galactic Federation Data:
Metroid Prime 3: Corruption
Galactic Federation Datafile PS-211.
Data moved to Logbook for review.
The collected data suggests that the "Phazon Seed" is an organism, a living container for a Phazon core. The entity is capable of interstellar travel by creating wormholes. It approaches its target planet instinctively. After the impact the lifeform perishes. The armored hull is left to protect the Phazon core. Yet, before that, the organism will often attract predators of the local ecosystem and entrance them. Compelled by this mutation through massive Phazon radiation, they defend the core. The core itself oozes into the planet and finally replaces the local ecosystem with a Phazon-based one.
- While the Leviathan is said to attract a native predator of the planets they impact on, none of the Leviathans featured in Metroid Prime 3: Corruption ever acquired an authentic native organism: Bryyo and Elysia's Leviathans acquired artificially created beings (Mogenar and Helios, respectively), while the Pirate Homeworld's had Omega Ridley in its possession (who, like the Pirates themselves, does not belong to any currently known planet). Norion's Leviathan was destroyed prior to impact, the Leviathan captured by Dark Samus was used as a battleship and did not reach its target and the infant witnessed on Phaaze was killed by Samus Aran.
- Since the Leviathan that impacted Aether was never encountered in Metroid Prime 2: Echoes, theories suggest that it was either destroyed during the planet's dimensional split or that it was simply teleported to a location on Dark Aether unexplored by Samus. If the latter is the case, it is unknown whether or not the Leviathan acquired a guardian. Although it may be implied that the Sky Temple is actually the Leviathan itself. Regardless, since Dark Aether was ultimately destroyed, the Leviathan, if it still existed, was eradicated along with it.
- The Emperor Ing might have been the chosen guardian, however the fact that it wasn't encountered anywhere near a Leviathan (barring possibly the Sky Temple) suggests otherwise. The latter theory is supported by two factors, however: the Sky Temple is the Dark Aether equivalent of the Great Temple, as if the Leviathan was destroyed by the dimensional split, then all that would be left is a crater similar to the Impact Crater on Tallon IV. Another factor is the presence of Phazon on Aether during the course of the game. If the Leviathan had been destroyed in the dimensional split, then all traces of Phazon on Aether would be destroyed.
- In the PAL version of Metroid Prime 3: Corruption, and later Metroid Prime Trilogy, the Leviathan corpses explode after their Phazon Cores are destroyed. In the NTSC version, the Leviathans would be left as shells who have lost their glowing blue hue and exuding smoke. However, the Leviathans that impact Bryyo and Elysia can both still be seen intact, but dull after their destruction in the both versions in certain rooms.
Gallery[edit | edit source]
|Native to Phaaze||Hyper Grapple blocker • Leviathan • Leviathan womb • Leviathan Infant • Phazon Core • Phaz-Ing • Jelsac • Liquid Phazon • Maw • Phazon Grub • Phazon Leech |
Phazon Fungus • Phazon tendril • Phazon vine • Glow Stem • Aazelion • Tangle Weed • Massive Tentacle • Parasitic fungus • Fungus • Protozoan • Seed platform
Missile Blocker • EyeballBlocker
|Corrupted Creatures||Phazon Hopper • Phazon Nightbarb • Phazon Shriekbat • Phazon Puffer • Phazon Pillbug|
|Space Pirates||Aurora Unit 313 • Elite Pirate • Phazon Elite • Omega Pirate • Berserker Knight • Berserker Lord|
|Phazon Metroids||Class I Energy Harvester • Tallon Metroid • Hunter Metroid • Fission Metroid • Miniroid • Phazon Metroid • Hopping Metroid • Metroid Hatcher|
|Leviathan Core Guardians||Metroid Prime • Emperor Ing • Mogenar • Helios • Omega Ridley|
|Born of Phazon||Phaazoid • Red Phaazoid • Ing • Dark Samus|
|Species||Alimbic • Boost Guardian • Chozo (Ghost) • Craftsmen • Dark Pirate Commando • Darkling • Darkling Tentacle • Gorea • Ing (Hunter, Emperor, Warrior) |
Ingsphere Cache • Kralee • Leviathan • Luminoth • Metroid Prime (Core essence) • Phantoon • Warp Hound • Phazon Metroid
|Gateways||Alimbic Cannon • Artifact Temple • Interdimensional void • Portal • Stronghold Portal • Wormhole|
|Alternate Dimensions||Dark Aether • Infinity Void • The Locker • Oubliette • Stronghold Void|
|Other||Black fog • Dark Visor • Darkburst • Multidimensional Stealth Warship • Transdimensional energy • Transdimensional flux|