History TabletopGame / LeviathanTheTempest

17th Feb '17 3:37:08 AM Morgenthaler
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* TheHunter: Ahabs and the Marduk Society. Ahabs are much more obsessed than the Society.
** There are two smaller hunter groups as well. The Irrational Economic Actors Task Force, focused on the economic damage that monsters in the dark do to Europe's economy, and the Season Letters, who are motivated by a curiosity born of academia.

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* TheHunter: HunterOfMonsters: Ahabs and the Marduk Society. Ahabs are much more obsessed than the Society.
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Society. There are two smaller hunter groups as well. The Irrational Economic Actors Task Force, focused on the economic damage that monsters in the dark do to Europe's economy, and the Season Letters, who are motivated by a curiosity born of academia.
8th Dec '16 1:52:46 PM NoSpoilerz
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** This remains true even true even when a Leviathan reaches Godzilla sizes. While a Vampire or Mage with the right spells is exceptionally tough for something human sized and made of flesh, a Godzilla like Leviathan has about the expected toughness of a skyscraper sized aquatic lizard. This means that while they can do more damage than a vampire could dream of just by stepping on someone and are immune to small arms gunfire, they still go down to an entirely mundane airstrike.

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** This remains true even true even when a Leviathan reaches Godzilla sizes. While a Vampire or Mage with the right spells is exceptionally tough for something human sized and made of flesh, a Godzilla like Leviathan has about the expected toughness of a skyscraper sized aquatic lizard. This means that while they can do more damage than a vampire could dream of just by stepping on someone and are immune to small arms gunfire, they still go down to an entirely mundane airstrike.
28th Nov '16 3:23:05 PM TheKingsRaven
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* AsTheGoodBookSays: Each Strain opens with a quote from the old testament showing the ancient Israelites acting like that Strain's cultists. These quotes are neutral at best and at worst they show some outright evil behaviour. Empyrean Theurgists also get a biblical quote, where {{God}} himself is at his very best.
11th Nov '16 11:11:57 AM TheKingsRaven
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* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: The School of Sand opens with a speech about a Leviathan feeling home sick and phoning his mother.
5th Nov '16 2:54:31 PM TheKingsRaven
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* BoomerangBigot: The School of Thunder. Plenty of Leviathans outside the School of Thunder also hate being a Leviathan, but they don't kill other Leviathans over it.


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* CategoryTraitor: How the Tribe view the School of Thunder.


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* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: The School of Thunder's attitude to their own species.
24th Jun '16 8:21:49 PM Tanuki_Researcher
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* MindRape: Spending enough time near a Leviathan can cause MindRape, even if the Leviatahn genuinely doesn't want to. When they are actually trying a Leviathan can inflict sever derangements in seconds. Just looking at a Leviathan in Apotheosis will exasperate existing derangements. Leviathans are not good for sanity.

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* MindRape: Spending enough time near a Leviathan can cause MindRape, even if the Leviatahn genuinely doesn't want to. When they are actually trying a Leviathan can inflict sever severe derangements in seconds. Just looking at a Leviathan in Apotheosis will exasperate existing derangements. Leviathans are not good for sanity.
8th Jun '16 11:42:01 PM gewunomox
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They are primarily opposed by the '''Marduk Society''', an organization of [[TabletopGame/HunterTheVigil hunters]] formed by the {{Immortal}} Sky Wizards, the disciples of Tiamat's slayer.

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They are primarily opposed by the '''Marduk Society''', an organization of [[TabletopGame/HunterTheVigil hunters]] formed by the {{Immortal}} [[{{Immortality}} immortal]] Sky Wizards, the disciples of Tiamat's slayer.
5th Jun '16 2:52:18 PM TheKingsRaven
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* HeroAntagonist: Most of the Marduk Society, who run the gambit from {{Wide Eyed Idealist}}s to [[KnightInSourArmor Knights In Sour Armor]] to HeWhoFightsMonsters. Empyrean Adepts can be this, or can subvert this by being psychotic fundamentalist monsters little different to the Leviathans' own cultists.

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* HeroAntagonist: Most of the Marduk Society, who run the gambit from {{Wide Eyed Idealist}}s to [[KnightInSourArmor Knights In Sour Armor]] to HeWhoFightsMonsters. Empyrean Adepts can be this, or can subvert this by being psychotic fundamentalist monsters little different to whose LawfulEvil theology is every bit as bad as the Leviathans' own cultists.Tribe's ChaoticEvil nature.
3rd Jun '16 12:41:09 AM WanderingBrowser
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* BreakTheCutie: ''Existing'' is a long exercise in a Leviathan's mental fortitude, seeing if he dies before he [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds snaps]].



* BodyHorror: There's a lot of this. Mostly in when you first gain your powers and if your [[KarmaMeter Tranquillity]] drops your human form might not be quite so human again.



* BizarreAlienReproduction: Leviathans can reproduce by parthenogenesis and implant the egg in just about anything alive if it's large enough.
* BreedingCult: It's Lovecraft

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* BizarreAlienReproduction: Leviathans can reproduce by parthenogenesis parthenogenesis, can produce anything from "mutant minions" to "fully-fledged clones" of themselves by doing so, and can implant the egg in just about anything alive if it's large enough.
* BodyHorror: There's a lot of this. Mostly in when you first gain your powers and if your [[KarmaMeter Tranquillity]] drops your human form might not be quite so human again.
* BreakTheCutie: ''Existing'' is a long exercise in a Leviathan's mental fortitude, seeing if he dies before he [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds snaps]].
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BreedingCult: It's Lovecrafta setting about Lovecraft-inspired sea-dwelling god-monsters. Of course this trope comes into play.
* BrokeYourArmPunchingOutCthulhu: Yes, the Leviathans aren't NighInvulnerable and you can kill them with ordinary military-tier heavy weaponry. But, they can still do a ''ton'' of damage and if they find out you're gunning for them, you can be damn sure they're going to give you one hell of a butcher's bill to remember them by.



* {{Cult}}: You can have your own, there's rules for it.
** PathOfInspiration: Most Leviathan Cults end up somewhat like this.
** ReligionOfEvil: Most of the other Cults end up like this.
** CorruptChurch: Most of the ''other'' other Cults end up like this.

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* {{Cult}}: You can have your own, there's rules for it.
** PathOfInspiration: Most Leviathan Cults end
it. Usually ends up somewhat like this.
** ReligionOfEvil: Most of the other Cults end up like this.
** CorruptChurch: Most of the ''other'' other Cults end up like this.
as a PathOfInspiration, ReligionOfEvil and/or CorruptChurch, for reasons that should be obvious.



* GoneHorriblyRight:
** In second edition, contacting a Leviathan's mind can potentially drive whoever was stupid enough to do so insane. Watered down their ichors may be, but Leviathans are still antediluvian deities; man was not ''meant'' to walk amongst their thoughts.
** Primordial Theurgists work magic by stealing theo-psionic energy from Leviathans. Sometimes, these "prayers" actually attract the attention of the "Old God" that the human mystics have been stealing power from. It rarely goes well for the human when that happens.



* HalfHumanHybrid: Leviathans. There is a related group actually called Hybrids but they're mostly human. Even when they look mostly alligator, Hybrids are more human than any Leviathan.
* HeroAntagonist: Most of the Marduk Society. Who run from [[WideEyedIdealist Wide Eyed Idealists]] to [[KnightInSourArmor Knights In Sour Armor]] to HeWhoFightsMonsters.

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* HalfHumanHybrid: Leviathans. There is a related group actually called Leviathans and Hybrids but they're mostly human. Even do have ''some'' human genetic material in their bloodline. Leviathans are born when they look mostly alligator, Hybrids the genes line up just right, fully awakening the unique combination of divine horror and antediluvian {{Sea Monster}}s that lurk within their blood; their humanity is more... questionable. Hybrids, even if their bestial genes dominant their appearance, are functionally more human than any Leviathan.
even the most humane Leviathan -- the Leviathans are God/Monster fusions with traces of human, Hybrids are Human/Monster fusions with a trace of god.
* HeroAntagonist: Most of the Marduk Society. Who Society, who run the gambit from [[WideEyedIdealist Wide {{Wide Eyed Idealists]] Idealist}}s to [[KnightInSourArmor Knights In Sour Armor]] to HeWhoFightsMonsters.HeWhoFightsMonsters. Empyrean Adepts can be this, or can subvert this by being psychotic fundamentalist monsters little different to the Leviathans' own cultists.



* KryptoniteFactor: Leviathans have two: Electricity does Aggravated Damage to Leviathans and wards can be created out of Virtue (because they both symbolize how humanity has grown since the era of Tiamat-electricity symbolizes the fact that we've harnessed the most [[ShockAndAwe awesome]] of primal forces for our technology, and Virtue wards symbolize dominion over the id and our bestial ancestors).

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* KryptoniteFactor: Leviathans have two: Electricity does Aggravated Damage to Leviathans and wards can be created out of Virtue (because they both symbolize Virtue. Both work on symbolism, reflecting how humanity has grown since the era of Tiamat-electricity Tiamat -- electricity symbolizes the fact that we've harnessed the most [[ShockAndAwe awesome]] of primal forces for our technology, and Virtue wards symbolize dominion over the id and our bestial ancestors).ancestors.
* LovecraftLite: The basis of the setting. Mythosian-style Outer Gods are real... but they're not in charge anymore and, frankly, many of them just want to be left alone. Plus, you can kill them... ''if'' you're lucky, and ''if'' you're willing to accept the possibility of PyrrhicVictory.



* PersonOfMassDestruction: A starting character can create a short lived hurricane or earthquake. You'd need some pretty good rolls or an existing natural disaster to work with, though.
** And that's just if you want to be flashy. [[MindRape Call of the Depths]] alone offers the possibility to cause massive orgies of death and destruction, as it can drive entire ''cities'' into mindless obedience to the Leviathan.

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* PersonOfMassDestruction: A To put it in perspective, a starting character can create a short lived hurricane or earthquake. You'd need some pretty good rolls or an existing natural disaster to work with, though.
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though. And that's just if you want to be flashy. [[MindRape Call of the Depths]] alone offers the possibility to cause massive orgies of death and destruction, as it can drive entire ''cities'' into mindless obedience to the Leviathan. High-tier characters... well, one of the examples thrown out in reference is "physically pull the moon out of orbit and eat it".



* PowerAtAPrice: Leviathans have great power but must contend with a tempestuous mind, wicked drives, and an aura that causes madness in all around them. Hybrids have less power, but the genetics that might give them strength and gills might also give them Down's Syndrome. Primordial Theurgists need to intentionally expose themselves to a Leviathan's maddening aura to gain power and risk the hostile attention of the Leviathan they are trying to steal power from. Ahabs have PowerBornOfMadness. All power from the Tribe comes at a price.

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* PowerAtAPrice: It's pretty much the defining attribute of the setting: All power from the Tribe comes at a price. Leviathans have great power but must contend with a tempestuous mind, wicked drives, and an aura that causes madness in all around them. Hybrids have less power, but the genetics that might give them strength and gills might also give them Down's Syndrome. Primordial Theurgists need to intentionally expose themselves to a Leviathan's maddening aura to gain power and risk the hostile attention of the Leviathan they are trying to steal power from. Ahabs have PowerBornOfMadness. All power from PowerBornOfMadness, with emphasis placed on the Tribe comes at a price. "insanity" side of the equation.



* SillyRabbitIdealismIsForKids: [[TabletopGame/MummyTheCurse The Arisen]] rarely encounter the Marduk Society, fortunately for both sides, but express a weary contempt for the Society's idealism, evidencing the opinion that humanity at its core hasn't changed significantly since the day they were living beings. This attitude [[SillyRabbitCynicismIsForLosers utterly infuriates]] the Society.

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* SillyRabbitIdealismIsForKids: [[TabletopGame/MummyTheCurse The Arisen]] rarely encounter the Marduk Society, fortunately for both sides, but express a weary contempt for the Society's idealism, evidencing the opinion that humanity at its core hasn't changed significantly since the day they were living beings. This attitude [[SillyRabbitCynicismIsForLosers This attitude utterly infuriates]] infuriates the Society.]]



* TheOldGods: Tiamat and the Progenitors, if they ever actually existed they've been gone for a long time. [[AndThereWasMuchRejoicing Smote by Marduk]].

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* TheOldGods: Tiamat and the Progenitors, if they ever actually existed they've existed, have been gone for a long time. [[AndThereWasMuchRejoicing Smote It's generally believed they were smote by Marduk]].



* TragicMonster: The first edition frequently mentioned Leviathans' inability to live a moral life and their quest to find self-acceptance and some way of minimising the harm they cause. The second edition places more emphasis on this aspect: The game's theme was changed from "monstrous puberty" to "biblical tragedy", the Strains were rewritten to put more focus on their dysfunctional relationships with mankind.

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* TragicMonster: The first edition frequently mentioned Leviathans' inability to live a moral life and their quest to find self-acceptance and some way of minimising minimizing the harm they cause. The second edition places more emphasis on this aspect: The game's theme was changed from "monstrous puberty" to "biblical tragedy", whilst the Strains were rewritten to put more focus on their dysfunctional relationships with mankind.



* VillainsActHeroesReact: Invoked with the Marduk Society in 2e; standard operating procedure s to patiently watch and wait, studying for the social waves caused by a Leviathan's presence before going in to try and take it down.

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* VillainsActHeroesReact: Invoked with the Marduk Society in 2e; standard operating procedure s to patiently watch and wait, studying for the social waves caused by a Leviathan's presence before going in to try and take it down. This galls them, but it's less dangerous to the agents and to innocent bystanders than just running around guns-blazing... not that they have the option to do that anyway.



* WhenThePlanetsAlign: Leviathan rituals work best during certain confluxes of tidal and astrological events. You benefit from the stars being right.

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* WalkingWasteland: On the spiritual/psychic level, all Leviathans count as this. It's not exactly clear what happens when they cross paths with [[TabletopGame/PrometheanTheCreated Prometheans]], but from the author's comments on how the "Primordial Water" and the "Divine Fire" don't mix well... it can't be anything good for anyone nearby.
* WhenThePlanetsAlign: Leviathan rituals work best during certain confluxes confluences of tidal and astrological events. You benefit from the stars being right.
30th Apr '16 2:55:10 AM TheKingsRaven
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* MisterSeahorse: Leviathans of either gender are capable of asexual reproduction, and likewise capable of impregnating people of either gender.

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* MisterSeahorse: Leviathans of either gender are capable of asexual reproduction, and likewise capable of impregnating people of either gender. The Tribe's standard image of Dagon is a pregnant merman.


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* OurMermaidsAreDifferent: Oceaneads are the Strain most associated with mermaids, and their associated hybrids Pelopsids often are outright mermaids. Oceaneads are shapeshifting demi-gods who tend towards being [[ManipulativeBastard Manipulative Bastards]] while Pelopsids tend towards being physical or social brutes but many break the stereotype.
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