The whip was used by General Hannibal Barca of Carthage, whose's campaign to conquer Italy led to the creation of the artifact. To reach his target, him and his troops would have to cross the Alps. He refused to turn back. Even confronting Gauls, Romans, wild animals and the forces of nature, themselves; He pressed forward through every challenge. Imbued with Hannibal's enduring will and leadership, the whip was given Artifact properties.
The whip is part of Warehouse 12's lost cache, which was being transported from the U.S. to England when the ship it was in, The Halcyon, was sunk.
Viola Adair, a direct descendant of the men who sank the boat, hired dive teams to retrieve the cargo. She later sold the whip to Kaiko in Tokyo, so she could attract the Warehouse's attention. Kaiko used the artifact to decapitate four crime lords. She wanted to became the leader of Clan Akahi instead of her brother, arguing that it was her right as firstborn. Claudia retrieved the artifact from Kaiko, after Pete and Myka had been knocked out. She managed to neutralize the whip and they placed it in the Warehouse.
Hannibal Barca was a Punic Carthaginian military commander, and is widely considered to be one of the greatest military commanders in history. One of his most famous achievements was at the outbreak of the of the Second Punic War, when the Roman Republic established its supremacy over other great powers such as Carthage. He marched an army from Iberia over the Pyrenees and the Alps into Northern Italy. In his first few years in Italy, he won three dramatic victories-Trebia, Tresimene, and Cannae, in which he distinguished himself for his ability to determine his and his opponent's strengths and weaknesses, and to play the battle to his strengths and the enemy's weaknesses—and he defeated many allies of Rome. Hannibal occupied much of Italy for 15 years, but a Roman counter-invasion of North Africa forced him to return to Carthage, where he was decisively defeated by Scipio Africanus at the Battle of Zama. Scipio had studied Hannibal's tactics and brilliantly devised some of his own, and finally defeated Rome's nemesis at Zama, having previously driven Hasdrubal, Hannibal's brother, out of the Iberian Peninsula. Hannibal has been called the "father of strategy", because his greatest enemy, Rome, came to adopt elements of his military tactics in its own strategic arsenal.