What Really is Metroid Prime?

| December 18, 2013 | 2 Comments

Metroid_prime_encounterMetroid_prime_phazon_beamIf you have read my previous article entitled: What Really is Dark Samus? then you should know that I think Dark Samus, the antagonist and supposed doppelganger of Samus, the heroine bounty hunter, is actually the Metroid Prime boss in the game Metroid Prime, first of the Prime trilogy. If you haven’t, then go ahead and read it since this will be really confusing if you haven’t.

Now, Metroid Prime (the boss) is the final boss in Metroid Prime (confusing that the boss and the game name is the same, right?). And, if you have played this game, you may recall a scan made in the facility where you encounter the first Metroid creature in the game.

The scan goes as follows:

Investigations into a possible ingress point for the Impact Crater continue to meet with failure. The shield of strange energy that protects it is impermeable, and all attempts to tunnel past it have proved fruitless. Our continued futility in this matter is made all the more significant in light of recent life form readings we’ve discovered emanating from deep within the crater. Analysis of the readings indicates that a massive creature is gestating in there, absorbing enormous amounts or Phazon from the Phazon core at the heart of the impact crater. This discovery makes accessing the crater doubly important – not only will it open the door to the vast deposits of Phazon within, but it will also lead us to this creature, whatever it may be.

leviathan-infant-cutie!Okay, so this Impact Crater, as explained in previous scans, is a meteor filled with Phazon, a powerful substance that can corrupt anything, that had struck Tallon IV, the planet on which Samus is on, and, in the Chozo lore, it explains that this meteor had a substance inside of it which the Chozo called the Great Poison which had killed many Chozo people. And the Great Poison is actually Phazon. And (hold on there, I haven’t even started yet) in Metroid Prime 3: Corruption, meteors hit planets that house creatures called leviathans that absorb Phazon, too.

Exciting, isn’t it?

But I’m not done there. Remember those little tiny baby leviathans on Phaaze, the Phazon planet, which were inside a womb that you open with the grapple beam which you scan? Well, they are actually little baby Metroid Primes! And they’ll grow into leviathans, basically Metroid Primes, and will be sent out in meteors to planets across the galaxy.

Read these scans from Metroid Prime 3: Corruption and compare it with the Metroid Prime scan above.

Infant Leviathan scan on Phaaze

“The developed core marks the Leviathan’s transition into adolescence and its departure from the womb. The serpentine organ moves the adolescent from deep inside Phaaze and releases it closer to the planet’s surface. Here the bioform will continue to grow and mature beneath its older siblings. As time passes and the older ones are launched into space, the Leviathan will slowly make its way to the planet’s surface. It is here the Leviathan will reach full maturity. Once Phaaze has located a planetary target to corrupt, it will launch the Leviathan into space.
The Leviathan is capable of interstellar travel, creating wormholes in space to expedite the journey. Instinctively, it homes in on its planetary target. Shortly after impact, the bioform dies, leaving its armored shell to protect the Phazon core. Before it dies, the bioform often attracts and enthralls a large local predator. After mutating it through intense Phazon exposure, it compels the creature to protect the core. The core then begins to seep into the planet, replacing the local ecosystem with one based on Phazon.”

Purification – Space Pirate Lore

Our great leader, with the aid of our captured Aurora Unit, has discovered many of Phaaze’s secrets. Dark Samus can now command the living world to send forth Phazon Seeds! She was eager to test this new power. When we heard the first world to receive this blessing was our Homeworld, we rejoiced. The Seed was sent into the void, and quickly made its way to our Homeworld. Our brethren foolishly tried to repel it, but their efforts were in vain. To think, once we were as pathetic as them! Now the deed is done, and slowly, our Homeworld becomes like Phaaze. Soon, there will be two living planets, two Phazon sources for our great leader to use as she sees fit. Soon, there will be thousands of new disciples for her to command.”

The Source Discovered – Space Pirate Lore

“After our liberation, she left us adrift. We thought this a test of our loyalty, and so we endured. Some said she abandoned us. They were promptly shot. Disciples do not doubt their leader. When she returned, it was on the back of a titanic starborne beast! As we groveled in awe, she ordered us to follow the beast through a rift in space, a wormhole. Some refused to follow, afraid of the unknown. They too were shot. Disciples must be fearless. Once through the rift, we saw a singular wonder…Phaaze, the source of all Phazon in the cosmos. Phaaze, the home of our glorious leader!”

luminoth-aetherSee what I mean, now?

So, clearly, after three games, we discover that Metroid Prime was the first leviathan we encounter in the trilogy. And then after a game of only a slight mention of the leviathans by a Luminoth person, we see the Phazon-eating creatures inside meteors that hit planets, turning them into Phazon.

So, Metroid Prime is the Leviathan.

And if you don’t believe me, well, in Metroid Prime Trilogy released for the Wii there’s a concept art booklet and story to all three Prime games in the series. In the story booklet, it shows the story of Phaaze and the Leviathans. And it clearly explains what these Leviathans are and that Metroid Prime truly is a Leviathan.

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Misun is the resident book worm for Electron Magazine. Some say she fits somewhere between Radical Edward and Tank Girl. After a good book, her favorite things are Metroid and Markiplier videos. Quick thinking and fast at the draw, she enjoys regular board games of Stratego and Risk. A young philosopher who often quotes Benjamin Franklin. Best not to meet her in a game of Laser Tag on the other team.

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  1. Mr. Happy Face says:


  2. I am the Lord Lord Lord says:

    Oh my freaking Phazon! I loved Prime 1 and 2 like a brother, but I had no idea about this junk. My little brother played Prime 3 on his Wii, and I didn’t care much for it (I’m a serious Gamecube guy :p). But I’m playing it all now cause of this!

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