Shadow leviathan

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Shadow Leviathan

The shadow leviathans are gigantic wyrms that live in Erebus. They also are said to live in the deep 'shadow' of the Shadow Realm, where even Gods may find it hard to traverse.[1][2][3] The relationship between the two is currently unknown. They were described in detail by an unknown dragonkin in The Shadow Realm. He describes the wyrms as being large enough to wrap around whole worlds and having a need to hunt any sources of light that it finds, but would quickly die if it left its natural habitat.

They were first referenced by Zaros in The Promised Gift, described as far more dangerous to hunt than a thousand shadow cacklers combined.

The Fremennik entity Jormungor is thematically described to be very similar to the shadow leviathan, described as a wyrm that wraps around the planet and having a hatred of all other living things.

During the Sixth Age, the World Guardian entered Erebus to find any sort of aid that would deal with a vengeful Jas. Prior to her arrival, a Shadow Breach emerged in the Cradle. Seren believes that Zaros had played a role in its arrival and could tell that something inside was searching for the eggs, although it is not known if it was the leviathan or something else. The World Guardian went through the breach to enter a section of Erebus. The leviathan in the area immediately sensed their arrival as they attuned themselves to the shadow anima, full of pure hatred towards them.[4] After fully attuning themselves, the World Guardian found an idol and touched it, alarming it to their location before they fled the area.

Just as Jas broke through the Needle's effects, the leviathan emerged from the Shadow Breach and fought Jas, only winning when Kerapac defied her and attacked with both the Siphon and Needle, causing her to become sufficiently distracted. The leviathan then overwhelmed Jas and dragged her back into Erebus alongside Kerapac, closing the breach in the process. This particular leviathan was considerably smaller than described, being on a similar size to Jas herself.

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  1. ^ The Shadow Realm, RuneScape. "It is possible to navigate the rivers of this interplanetary network, but as one travels lower into the universe, the shadows become thicker and denser... Beyond Freneskae at the utter end of the universe are the true depths, where the realm grows thicker and darker still, such that even gods must turn back."
  2. ^ The Shadow Realm, RuneScape. "Just as the abyss and void hold their own forms of life, so too does the shadow, and such beings can be found occasionally in these shadow seas, far from a world's surface. They are twisted and elusive creatures, more formless than definite. They are suffused utterly with shadow energy, composed I believe of the same matter as the sea they swim in. While within their realm they are quite invisible from beyond it, and when brought forth into real space, they expire rapidly."
  3. ^ The Shadow Realm, RuneScape. "The shadow leviathan, a great wyrm large enough to coil around worlds. It hunts through the dark, seeking any pinprick of light to devour. If it has a mind, it knows only hatred of the living. Planes not filled with the shadow cannot sustain its bulk, and so seem safe from its predations."
  4. ^ Shadow Voice, "Extinction", RuneScape. "It's hatred. Pure hatred. And it knows we're here."