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Built in limited numbers during the latter days of the Crusade, the Leviathan was developed in secret on Terra without the knowledge of the Mechanicum. Its massive frame incorporates hybridised technologies, some dating back into the Dark Age of Technology. The resources to build these machines were nearly equal to that of a Knight. Towering over later Imperial walker patterns, this heavily armoured dreadnought is savagely powerful.
Those few Leviathan Dreadnoughts which survive into the 41st Millennium are ancient and terrible relics, rarely spoken of and rarely deployed, dreaded as much as they are revered by those Chapters that possess them. The tormented and ravaged minds of those interred within are driven to the edge of madness by the little-understood mechanisms unique to the Leviathan, trapped in dreams of the Heresy which haunt the machines themselves, and soon suffer a final dissolution owing to the terrible strain the Leviathan inflicts on those who would dare to master it. Only the full authority of a Chapter Master is sufficient to unleash these terrifying machines in war, as where they strike and what they kill is as often determined by their dark dreaming as it is the will of their commanders.[1a]
The Leviathan Siege Dreadnought bristled with weaponry, including two arm-based stations that could be equipped with a combination of a Leviathan Storm Cannon, Grav Flux Bombard, Cyclonic Melta Lance, Leviathan Siege Claw, and Leviathan Siege Drill. Its torso was equipped with two pairs of Meltaguns, Heavy Flamers, or Volkite Calivers. Additional weaponry included three Hunter-Killer Missiles and a Phosphex Bomb discharger.
Notable Leviathan Dreadnoughts