Among scorpions, there exists a religion not of tradition, but rather, one of instinct. Though they lack the neurological sophistication required to comprehend such concepts as God or eternity, their genetic memory leaves just enough room to accommodate one curious ritual.

For an unknown number of generations, scorpions of all species have collaborated to preserve a mere seven droplets of sacred venom. No gland within their bodies is capable of producing this substance; it can only be obtained from another scorpion, and only through willful transmission. During the rite, the droplet is passed delicately from tail to tail over the course of twelve to fifteen excruciating minutes.

The symptoms caused by this sacred venom are unclear; wild scorpions in possession of the substance have never once been observed injecting it into the body of another creature. Those so endowed only ever engage in combat with their claws, and would sooner die than make use of their tails.

Some scholars believe that these droplets are being preserved for use on a particularly worthy victim: some hard-to-kill creature that will emerge at the end of time, such as the jotun Surtr, or even the Beast from the Sea of Revelation. Others still argue that perhaps these arachnids have never intended to use their sacred venom at all; that, as creatures anatomically composed almost entirely of weapons, such a display is the only means available to them to demonstrate their desire for peace.

Sacred ritual is recognized even among the smallest of creatures.

The sacred venom may be similar to that of the noospheric tarantula.

All venom used in astronaut initiation is said to be sacred, though true sacred venom has never been used.