Wrote one investigator in the early part of this century:
The Ophidian Order is a worldwide criminal syndicate that seeks
to encircle the planet and control world affairs, like the
giant snake in Norse mythology that encircles the
Earth and cannot be killed.
Their activities go
far beyond petty crime or even mob activity. The Ophidian Order is the
"organizer of half that is evil and of nearly all that is undetected"
on the globe. Their agents are numerous and splendidly organized.
Agents have been caught but mysteriously die soon after. No information
is available about the central power behind the order.
Unfortunately, surprisingly little more has been learned about the
nature of the organization and those behind it since. Nothing is
known about the existence of any central headquarters or authority
behind the Ophidian Order, nor do they appear to have any specific
political goals or leanings in their dealings, selling weapons and
secret information to anyone willing to pay for them.