> Description


fig 1.0 Exposed Static Sodium Metal

Static Sodium is a form of sodium metal scattered throughout The Backrooms in the form of scrap. It is characterized by a tarnished shell, and its extreme reactivity. The reactivity of the metal is even higher than sodium metal seen in baseline reality. When the tarnished shell is not present or a chunk of static sodium is cracked open, the flashy interior is visible and eye-catching for a period of time before the parts of the metal that are exposed to air tarnish.

The reactiveness is something to behold. Static sodium will combust at the slightest contact to most matter, especially organic matter. When not handled with care or mistaken for other metal scrap, casualties and incidents are easy to occur. In most places, a large amount of static sodium is a warning sign. The odd chunk or heap of the metal found occasionally isn’t too much of a problem to a seasoned wanderer, but when multiple heaps of still-exposed static sodium are found, it is highly advised to not continue down the path where it was found.

Following paths where the metal is plentiful or even makes up part of the walls themselves will almost always result in getting lost. High amounts of static sodium coating the walls or floor tend to be more non-euclidian, and finding your way back to the main level where sodium is absent is exceedingly hard and time-consuming.

After longer times, static sodium decays completely by burning away or other means. The source of this metal and why it can be found in many levels cannot be confirmed for sure, but it is widely speculated that this metal simply naturally occurs, somehow generating from the combination of other substances.

> Use

Static sodium is used as an explosive or a weapon due to its properties. Static Sodium is not commonly used for much due to it mainly being a hazard. Perhaps its most useful purpose is to drive away, destroy, or trap entities. Each group that does this has a different technique or strategy.

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