On Friday, July 20th, something genuinely fascinating happened in Destiny 2. Found by Reddit user: blurryferret was an easter egg placed in the game by Bungie, the game's developer. A secret mission was found, and that mission awarded a fabled exotic sniper called, the Whisper of the Worm. This sniper is a refreshed version of Destiny 1's Black Hammer, and Exotic sniper, Black Spindle. The sniper has been so famous in Destiny that it has received three reworks.
Destiny 2's Whisper of the Worm is unique because it is only received when defeating bosses in this timed event, making the experience truly memorable. The weapon drop is not random, but it is difficult to obtain because of the mission's ability to damage check the player. This increased difficulty encourages players to play the mission with a full fireteam of three.
The gun's perks are what makes it so unique. It has similar perks to both the Black Hammer and the Black Spindle. The Whisper of the Worm sniper has, Mulligan, which upon missing a shot you have a chance for the bullet to return to the magazine. The gun's exotic perk is White Nail, which after landing three consecutive precision shots, will reward you with all three bullets back into your magazine. These perks make the Whisper of the Worm the highest damage per second (DPS) weapon in all of Destiny 2.
Like most exotics in Destiny 2, Whisper of the Worm has a masterwork which adds some stats to the sniper. The Masterwork grants the gun increased damage and range after scoping in on the rifle for a few seconds. While this will increase your DPS dramatically, the masterwork will take some time to complete. You will have to complete the more difficult heroic version of the Whisper of the Worm mission several times. Since you can only access this mission once per week, it will take some time to acquire the masterwork.
Whisper of the Worm has drawn its perks from the previous guns, but the lore of this sniper is very different. The lore tab on the weapon is as follows:
"A GUARDIAN'S POWER MAKES A RICH FEEDING GROUND. DO NOT BE REVOLTED. THERE ARE PARASITES THAT MAY BENEFIT THE HOST... TEETH SHARPER THAN YOUR OWN.
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."
At the end of the new Destiny 2 Warmind campaign, we defeat a worm god by the name of Xol, Will of the Thousands. After his defeat, Xol decided to live on as a sniper used by the very people that defeated him. Xol and the Hive race, have a belief called the "Sword Logic" which states that being killed is an honor that will make you stronger when you return. "Death is a road," hints at that belief. Xol wanted to become proof of the sword logic by becoming a weapon. So now, we the guardians, wield the Whisper of the Worm as a powerful weapon to take down more powerful foes. That is how the Hive's Sword Logic continues to be passed down.