Unstable is a Modification that causes players (or Teams) to be much more likely to be incinerated under a Solar Eclipse. If a Player is Incinerated, their Instability chains to another player (or team) in the Game.
The Unstable Modification causes Players to have a higher chance of being Incinerated if playing under a Solar Eclipse. This only takes effect if a Player is active in the game, so for example an Unstable Pitcher who is not pitching will be safe from this effect even if their Team is under an Eclipse. Once an Unstable player is Incinerated, their Instability will chain to another Player either on their Team or their opponent's Team.
It is also possible for a Team to be Unstable and Incinerated. This has been seen under Solar Eclipse Weather in Library Records, and under Super Nova Eclipse Weather during Observed Play.
Unstable is usually generated as a weekly Modification as a result of Debt or Firewalker and clears every ninth in-game Day. The only exception to this is the permanent Unstable Modification that was seen on Chorby Short, Chorby Soul, Basilio Fig, and Nagomi Mcdaniel.
Unstable was first seen in Season 7 as a result of the necromancy of Jaylen Hotdogfingers in the Season 6 Election. Prior to Day 32 of that season it was unknown what the effect of Unstable was, as the Modification simple read that "this player is unstable". The first Unstable Incinerations started during Day 32 when a handful of Unstable players from the Hades Tigers carried that Modification into a game with the Canada Moist Talkers, kicking off an event that would later be known as Ruby Tuesday.
The most common cause of the Unstable modification is through the Debt modification. This has only been given out once the Discipline Era, and once in the Expansion Era.
Jaylen Hotdogfingers was able to give other players the weekly unstable modification due to their Debt modification. Hotdogfingers only held this modification for one season, as it was changed to Refinanced Debt in the Season 7 Election.
Players made unstable by Jaylen Hotdogfingers are:
Silvaire Roadhouse was able to give other players the weekly unstable modification due to their Debt modification. Roadhouse gained this modification as part of the Boston Flower's Reform Will in the Season 20 Election, and has kept it for the duration of the Expansion Era.
Players made unstable by Silvaire Roadhouse are:
|Season||Day||Player||Outcome||Chained to||Chained to|
|22||107||Liquid Friend V||Safe|
|23||60||Helga Washington||Incinerated||Chained to Jon Halifax||Chained to Silvia Winner|
|23||88||Gunther O'Brian||Incinerated||Chained to Kaz Fiasco|
|23||96||Helga Moreno||Incinerated||Chained to Tot Fox|
While the Unstable Modificaiton is almost always seen as a weekly effect, there are specific circumstances that can cause a player to become permenently unstbale. This has only been seen three times across the Expansion Era.
During the Season 14 Elections Chorby Soul was the target of the reform will, reforming their Debt to Unstable. This was the first instance of Unstable as a permanent Modification, and the first time it was seen outside of the Discipline Era.
During the Season 15 Election Nagomi Mcdaniel was the target of a plunder will, though they had been Redacted earlier in the season. This resulted in Mcdaniel gaining Unstable as a permanent modification.
Due to Mcdaniel's Fire Eater modification Unstable proved almost no threat to the player, as they were unable to be incinerated. This resulted in six separate incidents that season where Mcdaniel ate flame and became Magmatic.
The final cause of Instability is the Firewalker Modification that was first revealed in the Library, but later seen in play during Season 24. This modification has only ever been seen as a result of a Hex from the Antarctic Fireballs in Season A of the ULB.
Due to the redacted nature of Pre-history, there are only a small number of cases of instability that have been confirmed from Parker MacMillan's Firewalker modification, though many more can be inferred. The following is a list of all known unstable events in Prehistory:
|Season B||Alaskan Immortals||Incinerated||Chained to Phoenix Trunks|
|Season C||Canada Artists||Incinerated||Chained to Maryland Squirrels|
|Season D||Oregon Psychics|
|Season E||Minneapolis Truckers||Incineration||Chained to New York Millennials|
|Season E||Florence Rhinoceroses||Safe|
|Season E||Lisbon Lynx||Safe|
|Season E||Dallas Steaks||Safe|
|Season E||Busan Bison||Safe|
|Season E||Hades Tigers||Safe|
|Season E||Boulders Bay Birds||Safe|
|Season E||Miami Dale||Safe|
|Season E||Canberra Drop Bears||Safe|
|Season E||Mexico City Wild Wings||Safe|
|Season E||Downward Dogs||Safe|
|Season E||São Paulo Parrots||Safe|
|Season E||La Paz Llamas||Safe|
|24||9||Hawai'i Fridays||Incinerated||Baltimore Crabs|
|24||72||Charleston Shoe Thieves||Safe|
|24||81||Baltimore Crabs (Prehistory)||Safe|
- Note that Soul's Debt mod was not the modification causing unstable, but rather caused Observed. See the Debt page for more details