PSA: Their vision is not based on movement.
This adventure began much as every other day had. With a fully stocked Cyclops, I set out to continue my mapping operation of the different biomes and to mark points of interest with beacons. While surveying the Dunes, I eventually found myself at the crater edge and, as is often the case, allowed my curiosity to get the better of me. How long before a Ghost Leviathan would show up? Would I be able to take a picture without getting myself killed? Fortunately, I had brought along the much smaller and more agile Seamoth on this particular expedition. I launched myself from the Cyclops' vehicle bay and approached the edge of the map. With baited breath I crept forward… an then it happened.
A haunting scream echoed throughout the little submersible and my nerves got the better of me. I retreated back to the safety of the Cyclops, knowing full well that Ghost Leviathans won't pursue you into the biome proper. As I exited the Seamoth and took the helm of the much larger submarine, the initial panic subsided. This was the moment when everything I thought I knew was cast aside, and an hours long ordeal began.
While standing at the helm, a blip appeared on the radar and, to my horror, that blip slowly took shape in the viewport. First those glowing yellow eyes, followed by that massive eel-like blue and translucent body. The beast let loose with another scream, announcing to all around that my presence had been discovered. Coming on at full speed, I braced myself for impact as it slammed headfirst into the bow! The entire sub shook as the PA system cried with alerts of "creature attack." I launched a decoy while I brought the lumbering vessel about and attempted to flee. This only bought me a few fleeting moments before there was another massive hit to the stern! I frantically launched another decoy and continued heading Northeast towards the Blood Kelp Islands. Another impact and another decoy (my last one). I knew at that moment that my Cyclops was lost. The leviathan was faster, more agile, and determined to chase me across the entire map with the singular goal of destroying me… this wasn't supposed to happen!
With attack after attack, the once mighty submarine finally succumbed to the unending barrage. In the last moments of my sinking Cyclops, with water pouring in and alarm bells crying, I managed to fight my way through the burning engine room to grab a couple of power cells. The alert system warned of imminent hull failure and began counting down as I re-launched the smaller Seamoth. I looked on helplessly as my home away from home cried out in pain before being ripped apart by explosions. While the scarred remains vanished into the black abyss below, the leviathan let out another roar as it turned its attention to me. I tried taking cover in wrecks, caves and areas of heavy vegetation to hide and/or swap out power cells… but it would simply swim around the perimeter while waiting for my inevitable dash to freedom. In an act of desperation, I even tried luring it into the territory of a Reaper Leviathan with the hopes that they would focus on each other. This worked to an extent, but they would occasionally continue the pursuit when trying to move from cover to cover.
Down to my last power cell and with nightfall in full effect, I knew that my only option left was the "safe" shallows. I broke from the debris I was hiding under and went full throttle (spadefish be damned)! With both leviathans in tow, hull integrity began ticking down with each glancing blow of submerged hazard (metal and organic alike). Ninety percent… sixty percent… thirty! With sparks flying and against all odds, I made it to the shallows and safety. I pulled a quick 180° spin just to verify that I wasn't being followed… only to find myself staring directly into those yellow glowing eyes. 180° became 360° and the chase was on again! Then it happened… the console went as dark as the surrounding water and my trusty Seamoth slowed to a stop.
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