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Bursters

From The Backrooms Wiki
Entity 11
Entity Class:            Class 3C
》Can attack wanderers but usually won't
》Animal-like intelligence

A burster in the ground of Level 1. Taken some time in the late 2010s.

Bursters are an entity common in many Backrooms levels, notable for their sedentary lifestyle and weak skin.

Description

Bursters are a semi-humanoid entity and are usually found buried in the ground.

Appearance

Bursters almost always appear buried in the ground. To hide themselves better, there is typically a thin layer of dust between them and the air. Some people have also assumed that air is toxic to them. They spend very little time out of the ground, and when they do, they appear hunched over, with their neck facing towards the ground, and their legs bent. Their back is very large and has a variety of barnacle-looking cups on it. These cups are almost always quite large, with bursters having 6-10 on average. However, bursters with one or even none have been found, and, on the other side of the spectrum, a few bursters have been found with hundreds of tiny cups. The colour of bursters changes to match the level they are in. For example, bursters in Level 1 are grey, while bursters in Level 19 are brown. The heads of bursters are alien-like, being very long, having no chin, and a mouth that is very close to the burster's eyes. The eyes are wide, black slits, and their mouth in constantly frowning. The arms of bursters are long and often drag against the ground when they're walking. Their nails are typically over a metre long, and are a translucent-whitish colour. Their fingers are also very long.

Although bursters appear emaciated, their legs are extremely muscular. They are also extremely short, for unknown reasons. Bursters have some superficial features, such as a mouth, eyes, nails, a navel, and genitalia, although lack others, such as ears, hair, and nipples.

Social behaviours

Bursters are mostly solitary, but meet up with other bursters very rarely to mate. Aside from this, the vast majority of times a burster comes in contact with another burster, it will result in a fight. These fights are mostly unintentional, and they are caused by a burster accidentally spraying another burster due to getting startled. The other burster thinks they are getting attacked, and will spray back. Due to the fact that burster acid is slow-acting, this usually results in the death of both bursters.

Biology

Habitats

Strangely, bursters do best in places wanderers don't do well in. Environments with little oxygen, moisture, or light are all burster hotspots. Bursters are also severely injured by almond water, which causes severe burns and can deactivate their cups. Bursters also live better when they can easily blend in with the environment. Levels like Level 1 are good for them as they can easily blend in with concrete, while they struggle to live in Level 12 due to the lack of available hiding spots.

Despite being extremophiles, bursters are found in most levels, although not nearly as common as in levels with “extreme” environments.

Diets

Bursters are carnivores, and generally do not discriminate when it comes to the type of meat they're eating, although they prefer larger prey. Since bursters spend most of their lives with their heads in the ground, they cannot see their prey, and have to rely on movement. In the past, it was thought that bursters only notice prey if it steps on its back. It is now known that bursters can hear vibrations and footsteps with decent accuracy and specificity, as well as animal sounds and even breathing if it's loud enough. When they think that a creature is within range, they spray in all directions. This spray is powerful enough to break through whatever's covering them, and they are only able to do it once every several weeks. If this fails, the cups on their back will become softer and no longer stand up straight. After this, they wait around 5 minutes for the creature they sprayed to die, and then come out to see if their prey is there. It was once thought that bursters didn't have functional eyes. However, burster eyes are functional, although their vision is terrible, being unable to see colour, having an extreme sensitivity to light, and being extremely blurry. Shining a weak torch in the eyes of a burster is enough to blind them for life.

If the burster does not see its prey, it will go back into its burrow, and refill its cups with acid. However, if it does see its prey, it will stick out its arm and drag them back into its burrow, eating them over the course of what is usually a few hours. After eating its prey, the burster will become “inactive” for several months. The appearance of an inactive burster is similar to that of an active burster, although their cups stick up, not out. After many months, the burster will start refilling its cups with acid, becoming an “active” burster again, repeating the process.

Anatomy

Bursters are similar to wanderers, and have similar anatomy, but with a few differences. Firstly, their digestive tract consists of a single, gigantic stomach. This allows them to eat a lot at once. This stomach brings nutrients into the blood of a burster, and sends the rest into the burster's rectum. Bursters do not have a bladder, since they do not urinate, and all of their waste is excreted in faeces. Their stomach also removes toxins from their blood and puts them in their faeces. Although similar to a wanderer's heart, a burster's heart is very weak, and even minor exercise can exhaust them. Their lungs are strong and are able to breathe deeply, although bursters breathe argon, not oxygen. Their lungs mostly filter out oxygen, as it can be toxic to them in large amounts. Bursters do not have breasts or nipples. The brain of a burster is much smaller than a wanderer's brain, and appears to have lost most complex functions wanderers are capable of. Their intelligence is similar to that of a reptile. The eyes of a burster consist of a single pupil. They are usually closed as they are very sensitive to light, and, even in dark areas, they cannot see very well due to having no peripheral vision or any way to turn their eyes. Their mouth lacks teeth or a tongue, and it is widely assumed that they cut up their prey using their nails and then swallow the chunks whole.

Bursters seemingly lack skin. The reason for this is unclear, as this makes them vulnerable to both almond water and oxygen, both of which are toxic to bursters. Bursters solve this issue by secreting a thin, waxy substance and covering it with cement or another material. Bursters in levels low in oxygen and almond water do not cover this substance with anything, and, without “skin”, are a sick, dark red colour. They can live in levels with oxygen concentrations that would kill most other anaerobic organisms, as the substance they cover their skin with is rich in antioxidants.

Reproduction

Reproduction in bursters is sexual and based on cycles. About once a decade, bursters begin looking for other bursters to mate with. Burster mating cycles are not synchronised, and are different for every burster. After mating, bursters return to their usual lifestyle. The gestation period of a burster is around 7 months. Bursters, like most other Backrooms entities, do not age, although, due to their vulnerabilities, they have an average life expectancy of around 35 years. Bursters mature very quickly, and reach adulthood at the age of 4 or 5.

Dos and Don'ts

Do

  • Avoid going near bursters, even quietly. The acid produced by bursters is able to penetrate hazmat suits.
  • Spray any burster you see with almond water.
  • Always check if there is a burster nearby.

Don't

  • Disturb a burster.
  • Walk near a burster.