-> ''"We've always looked down on humans. It's easy, when you see them looking at you with those big moony eyes. But they've built this world, while anything our people did is long buried in silt and rotting algae. If I was you, I'd shut up and listen to them more often."''
-->-- '''The School of Clay'''

''Leviathan: The Tempest'' is a fan project for White Wolf's ''TabletopGame/NewWorldOfDarkness''.

In the beginning the world was a formless chaos called the Primordial Waters. At the heart of the sea was Tiamat the mother of all things. Tiamat and her children, the Progenitors ruled the Primordial Waters and were worshiped as gods by mankind. Then came Marduk to do battle with Tiamat and the Progenitors, in climatic conflict he slew them and reforged the world drawing land and sky out from the Primordial Waters. [[MultipleChoicePast Or Maybe Not]].

Beyond [[KrakenAndLeviathan sea monsters]] and demigods ''Leviathan'' is a game about living in a world you are entirely unsuited for and encompasses dual themes of [[PubertySuperpower puberty]] and old age. On the one side Leviathans must learn to cope with [[BodyHorror physical changes]], new powers and responsibilities and on the other they must cope with the fact that as a people they've been outdated since the bronze age and failed to accomplish anything.


[[folder: The Splats of Leviathan are as follows: ]]

'''The Strains:''' Which of the seven Progenitors you claim descent from.

* The '''Bahamutans,''' Spawn of Bahamut: Stereotypically [[GentleGiant mellow]] but this is [[UnstoppableRAGE unreliable]]. Noted for having the most healthy offspring and cooperative culture. They master the Vestige of Vitality and represent the vice of Sloth.
* The '''Dagonites,''' Spawn of Dagon: Dagonites are the [[MotherOfAThousandYoung most fertile]] but least healthy bloodline of the Tribe and usually lead the largest Cults. They master the Vestige of Fecundity and represent the vice of Pride.
* The '''Lahamin,''' Spawn of Lahamu: Known to be secretive and possess seemingly unlimited knowledge but are also surprisingly capable in a straight up fight. They master the Vestige of Awareness and represent the vice of Envy.
* The '''Nu,''' Spawn of Nu: Claiming descent from the oldest Progenitor the Nu boast unrivaled connection to the elements. They are expected to be introspective and mystical. They master the Vestige of Elements and represent the vice of Gluttony.
* The '''Oceanids,''' Spawn of Oceanus: An Oceanid is a true predator, both socially and often physically. They are legendary for their dominance over the minds of men. They master the Vestige of Sanctity and represent the vice of Lust.
* The '''Tanninim,''' Spawn of Tannin: The Tanninim take upon themselves the mantle of judges, mostly judging the tribe's enemies. From their ranks come the Tribe's foremost warriors. They master the Vestige of Predation and represent the vice of Wrath.
* The '''Thalassans,''' Spawn of Thalassa: Stereotyped to be well adapted for both the land and the sea and more metaphorically; life with normal humans, which puts a lot of pressure on them. They master the Vestige of Might and represent the vice of Greed.

'''The Schools:''' Your way of coping with the stress of everyday life.
* '''The School of the Abyss''' seeks to retreat from the world and find a place they can truely be at peace, even if that place is only a state of mind. They are the foremost experts on the Rift.
* '''The School of the Sun''' seeks to reclaim the role of spiritual leaders Leviathans once held amongst mankind and in turn worship the Progenitors.
* '''The School of Clay''' believe that The Tribe hasn't made much progress but humanity has and seek to copy humanity both socially and scientifically.
* '''The School of the Reef''' seek an outlet for the Tribe's strength and energy by taking the fight to the Tribe's ancient enemies.
* '''The School of Fog''' seek answers in The Tribe itself and constantly question both their cousins and the tribe's history.

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.

''Leviathan'' was originally conceived of as a pseudo-serious response to the joking suggestion of a White Wolf game for the ''Film/CreatureFromTheBlackLagoon''; it has since snowballed to include numerous elements of mythology and a dose of [[Creator/HPLovecraft Lovecraftian]] influence.

The official website can be found [[http://wiki.rpg.net/index.php/LeviathanTempest:Main_Page on the RPGnetWiki,]] development is done on the [[http://forum.rpg.net/showthread.php?t=507061 RPGnet forums]]. A second edition called '''Leviathan: The Cult Chronicles''' that is compatible with the God-Machine Chronicles, as well as the other second edition gamelines, is now in development on the [[http://forum.theonyxpath.com/forum/main-category/main-forum/the-new-world-of-darkness/434590-leviathan-the-cult-chronicles Onyx Path forums]].

!!This game features the use of:
* AbusiveParents: Leviathans are not known for healthy families, but either cloning yourself to make your [[TykeBomb children into]] [[ChildSoldiers rapid growing warriors]] or actually eating your own young [[UpToEleven takes the cake]]. Eating your own young is rare even for Leviathans.
* AdaptiveAbility: A minor form of this is available to Leviathans.
* AdventurerArchaeologist: Marduk employs them.
* AGodAmI: A Leviathan's natural instincts push them to feel this way because of their divine nature. Of course Leviathans actually are gods, technically one third god, not that this helps them much.
* ArcNumber: seven.
* AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever: [[Film/KingKong Royal Apes]]. Also the 'A Mountain Walked' channel allows players to do this themselves.
* BadPowersGoodPeople / BadPowersBadPeople: In legend Marduk's magic used despair as a power source. This was supposed to let him [[CombinedEnergyAttack draw on humanity's strength when he was needed most]]. Unfortunately his [[ShroudedInMyth Disciples]] are rumoured to making perfectly sure there's plenty of despair going around.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Bahamutans are said to be calmer than the other Strains and see a need to protect their mortal followers. Nu are (unreliably) stereotyped as introspective and mystical. Yet when angry Bahamutans hit the apocalyptic end of the scale while the Nu are often the most alien Leviathans and their mastery of Elements holds the most destructive powers in the game.
* BreakTheCutie: ''Existing'' is a long exercise in a Leviathan's mental fortitude, seeing if he dies before he [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds snaps]].
* BlessedWithSuck: Being a Leviathan is ''not'' fun.
* BigScrewedUpFamily: All Leviathans are one very screwed up distant family and each {{Splat}} has details of the inevitabley disfunctional dynamics they tend to create with their mortal family.
** [[OverlyNarrowSuperlative For the Tribe]] Bahamutans are known to have healthy and [[TheComplainerIsAlwaysWrong supportive families.]]
** Dagonite families are the least healthy physically and socially, mired in {{Cult}} like traditions and ruled with an iron fist.
** The Lahamin are cursed with stillbirths and high infant mortality, this might explain why they [[ParentalNeglect don't get]] [[ParentalAbandonment attached]] to their children.
** The family tree surrounding a Nu tends to show lots of dead ends, either from physical hardships or social dynamics.
** Oceanids take pride in their families and set up [[DeadlyDecadentCourt social dynamics]] to keep the [[SocialDarwinist bloodline healthy]].
** The Tanninim apply their [[KnightTemplarParent mantle as judges]] to their own family, often this leaves them as strict self policing groups long after they've forgotten why they ever needed to be.
** Thalassans have healthy families or large families but never both. They expect great things from their descendants and don't [[EducationMama leave it to chance.]]
* BerserkButton: Common in the Tribe but also a defining feature of conflict between Leviathans. Leviathans typically oppose each other through proxies and dominance displays and will try to avoid directly attacking one another, until their button is pushed and they instantly go from non-violent conflict to trying to kill the other quickly and efficiently.
* 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.
* BizarreAlienBiology: Hyper-dimensionality is probably the most bizarre aspect but hardly the only one.
* BizarreAlienReproduction: Leviathans can reproduce by parthenogenesis and implant the egg in just about anything alive if it's large enough.
* BreedingCult: It's Lovecraft
* CityOfAdventure: Sand Diego/Tijuana
* CelestialDeadline: Portents, which are a combination of local tides and visibility or astrological location of eight celestial bodies have a helping or hindering effect on Rituals.
* ConspiracyRedemption: The Marduk Society is in the late stages of one.
* {{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.
* DontFearTheReaper: Davy Jones is about the nicest Tribespeople can get.
* DreamLand: The Rift. It resembles a cross between the Tribe's collective id and the a spiritual equivalent of a toxic waste dump. It's the closest thing Leviathans have to an ancestral homeland.
* EatsBabies: It is given a ranking on the KarmaMeter, that should tell you all you need to know.
* EldritchAbomination: You ''are'' one.
* EldritchLocation: In deepest part of the Rift all space is one single point.
* Myth/EgyptianMythology: Nu.
* FaceFullOfAlienWingWong: The origin myth of The Tribe. Player characters can implant their eggs in any sufficiently large living being. Including humans.
* FeralChild: Not all Hybrids are sentient. The ones that arenít most closely resemble this.
* {{Foil}}: If their histories are telling the truth both the Tribe and the Marduk Society had a golden age. Both lost it at the dawn of history. However the Tribe has gone nowhere in the millennia since, while the Marduk Society have been gradually improving century by century and may one day reach their former glory.
* FreudianTrio: Twisted, the Leviathan's three natures are the Bestal (Id), the Human (Ego and Superego) and the Divine ([[ManipulativeBastard Id, again]])
* GodzillaThreshold: Marduk's "[[KillSat Plan B]]."
* Myth/GreekMythology: Oceanus and Thalassa.
* 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.
* HordeOfAlienLocusts: The Womb of Nations are a pretty straight example, though it is made of coral rather than insects.
* HumansAreSpecial: Unfortunately for Leviathans...
* KarmaMeter: Tranquility, it measures how close the Levathian has come to reconciling is three natures with one another. In a twist, clinging to tightly to your human side is just as bad as rejecting it completely.
* KillSat: The Marduk Society have one, appropriately enough as Marduk's weapon was lighting.
* KrakenAndLeviathan: Kinda the whole point.
* 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).
* MessianicArchetype: In the Tribe's origin myth Marduk defeated the Progenitors and freed humanity. From the Tribe's point of view this was closer to the original sin.
* 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.
* MisterSeahorse: Leviathans of either gender are capable of asexual reproduction and impregnating people of either gender.
* MotherOfAThousandYoung: Practically the Tribe's hat. If the Tiamat myth is accurate then She gave birth to the seven progenitors who in turn are the ancestors of the entire Tribe. Even if not the Tribe are really fast at reproducing and can even create short lived monstrous children in the middle of combat to assist them.
* MythologyUpgrade: The Progenitors have been upgraded from a rather diverse bunch[[note]]To give a '''very''' rough summery: None have strong associations with evolution. Nu personified primordial chaos and water, Oceanus and Thalassa personified water, Lahamu was primordial and personified the sea bed. Tannan, Bahamut and Dagon are not primordial, personified water or chaos being a Demon, mythological beast and fertility god but all three were associated with water.[[/note]] into personifications of primordial chaos, water and evolution. Averted with Tiamat who was always like that.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: The Wicked Tribe, Earth's Most Wicked Tribe, Earth's Most Wicked. All collective names for Leviathans.
* Myth/NorseMythology Ė Jormungandr is mentioned as a lesser known Progenitor. Its descendantís led an ill fated movement against humanity. One sample character may be from Jormungandr's Strain but he could be lying (Storytellers are given two sets of stats).
* OneWingedAngel: Apotheosis. Which you can enter as a starting character (and almost empty your Ichor pool in the process).
** [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]]: Younger Leviathans are known to refer to a trick that allows you to do this reflexively when you would normally die by the trope name.
* 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.
* PhysicalGod: A powerful Leviathan can conjure hurricanes or grow to the size of Godzilla, they still can't go head to head with humanity.
* PowerBornOfMadness: Ahabs, and the madness was [[MindRape caused by]] Leviathans.
* PsychicPowers: Leviathans are perhaps the most powerful psychics in the World of Darkness, up to summoning hurricanes or casually inflicting sever Derangements in the blink of an eye. It helps that the other Splats who can do those things arenít using psychic powers to do it.
* ScarilyCompetentTracker: Ahabs have a supernatural "Leviathan sense". If it attunes to a Leviathan the Ahab can sense them from anywhere in the world but also become entirely obsessed with tracking that Leviathan down.
* SevenDeadlySins: Each Strain is traditionally associated with one of the seven deadly sins, a Merit increase a Leviathan's connection to it's Strain's sin up to the point where the Virtue and Vice mechanics switch places. This may be a reference to Leviathan being the Demon Prince of Envy.
* ScienceHero: The Marduk Society's endowment is actually called Superscience and looks like 1970's sci-fi specifically because they identify with the [[IWantMyJetPack hope inherent in old sci-fi.]] More generally scientific methods tend to be pretty effective at fighting or cleaning up after Leviathans; one theory even says their [[KryptoniteFactor vulnerability to electricity]] exists because electricity symbolises man's power of reason.
* ShockAndAwe: Leviathans are vulnerable to electricity, unsurprisingly this became the Marduk's Society weapon of choice.
* 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.
* ThereAreNoTherapists: Averted, therapy is the counter to a Leviathan's MindRape.
* TheOldGods: Tiamat and the Progenitors, if they ever actually existed they've been gone for a long time. [[AndThereWasMuchRejoicing Smited by Marduk]].
* TwoFistedTales: Marduk is based on this style.
* {{Tykebomb}}: You can clone yourself into hybrid children to swell your armies. If you don't want to wait 18 years you can speed up their growth too, but this won't speed up their [[ChildSoldiers mental development]].
* VoluntaryShapeshifting: A standard power of Leviathans who have seven forms in a line from human to full sea-monster. The more human a Leviathan is, the less of their abilities they can use.
** EvilMakesYouUgly: As your [[KarmaMeter Tranquillity]] decreases, Leviathans' shapeshifting acquires unsightly [[BodyHorror Afflictions]].
** HulkingOut: [[OhCrap Be warned]], they can transform spontaneously if overly stressed.
* WhenThePlanetsAlign: Leviathan rituals work best during certain confluxes of tidal and astrological events. You benefit from the stars being right.
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: [[TragicMonster Typhons]] and [[HiddenAgendaVillain Deep Ones]].