- "As a creature eats what it does not need, avarice consumes all it touches." --The Entity-possessed Sinestro speaking of Ophidian's creation/transformation.
The emotion of avarice was created from the White Light of Life after the Darkness mangaged to split it into seven component aspects. When this emotion was first diverged from the White Light, it became tied to the Orange Light. Ophidian was the first sentient being to experience this emotion, and thus tap into the power of the Orange Light. Because of this, it became the living embodiment and source of the emotion.