Whisper of the Worm
Whisper of the Worm is an Exotic Sniper Rifle introduced in Destiny 2 with an update on July 17th, 2018. It is the successor to the Black Spindle, and by extension, the Black Hammer. It is the form that Xol took to feed upon the Guardian.
Whisper of the Worm is a heavy sniper rifle, unlike its predecessors Black Hammer and Black Spindle. The weapon shares the White Nail perk of the Spindle as it functioned after the release of The Taken King, pulling ammo from reserves. It focuses on sustained boss DPS without reloading, heavily competing with D.A.R.C.I. and Sleeper Simulant. The Catalyst obtained by running the Heroic version of The Whisper grants Whispered Breathing, which, after aiming down sights for three seconds, will increase precision damage and range until de-scoped.
Xol, the Will of Thousands, perished but was not destroyed. Death is a road, death is metamorphosis, the unsacred union between destroyer and destroyed. The might which defeats a god is also the ambrosia that god craves, the meat-sweet logic of Existence-Asserted-By-Violence, the binomial decision between two ways of being which deny each other. In dying, Xol fed richly.
Now came Xol unto the Taken upon Io, who fed Xol with plunder and tried to make of it an idol and a commanding will. Yet Xol was bound joyously to the very logic that sustained it in its death. It wanted the sword proof, the single proof. It wanted to become a rule which divided the mighty living from the mighty dead. So it whispered the Anthem Anatheme, the temptation to dominate the objective universe with the subjective will. It said, I shall be an engine to make your desire hegemon over your conditions. It said, WIELD ME, AND USE ME TO TEST YOUR FOE. This was its worship, Aiat.
To obtain the Whisper of the Worm, one must complete a secret mission called The Whisper. As of January 29, 2019, the mission can be started on any day of the week, with any Public Event in the Lost Oasis on Io, by killing one of three Taken lieutenants. These lieutenants are called Drevis, Aspect of Darkness, Urzok, Aspect of Hate, and Ta'aurc, Aspect of War. Upon entering the anomaly, the player is taken to the Grove of Ulan-Tan Lost Sector location and will have to navigate through mazes and dark caverns as well as fight through hordes of Taken that spawn through numerous blights, which will wind up in a large boss encounter featuring the lieutenants from before. This mission runs on a timer that is set to exactly twenty minutes, and given the sheer amount of enemies as well as the toughness of the bosses, it is highly recommended to be at an incredibly high Power level and bring a full Fireteam that matches or surpasses the activity's level. If the mission is completed before the timer runs out, the player is finally awarded the Whisper of the Worm.
After the weapon is obtained, the Whisper Catalyst can be obtained by running through the Heroic version of The Whisper. Once acquired, it will require players to open six chests throughout the mission, including one that involves shooting Oracles not unlike those from Vault of Glass. The order for the Oracles, from left to right, is 1-3-5, 4-6-7-3-1, and finally, 7-3-1-6-4-2-5. Chests award 2% catalyst completion, while completing the mission rewards 24% for a total of 36% per week. Catalyst progression is account-based, so if you do run it on one character, you cannot progress it further on another.
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