E2M3: The River of Fire (Heretic)

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Heretic maps
City of the Damned
Hell's Maw
The Dome of D'Sparil
The Ossuary
The Stagnant Demesne
Fate's Path (deathmatch only levels)
This level occupies the map slot E2M3. For other maps which occupy this slot, see Category:E2M3.

E2M3: The River of Fire is the third level in the Hell's Maw episode of Heretic.


[edit] Strategy

Map of E2M3

[edit] Walkthrough

The first part of this level is like a two-lane racetrack with a molten lava median. It does not matter where you begin to proceed. If you start by entering either set of steps on the inside lane, the wall section behind you will open containing weredragons. For now, follow both the inside and outside lanes clearing the area of beasties. You will have to cross the narrow lava channels to get on the outside lane. There are plenty of goodies sitting in the lava, including a Ring of Invincibility and a Silver Shield at the base of the lava cascades. Enter the cavern with the blue doors and make a run for one of the small islands. You need to press the switch on the platform to the south. This will open two narrow corridors to either side of the entrance to this room. Both rooms contain a disciple of D'Sparil. The western one has the yellow key and the right one a Tome of Power. Proceed to the yellow door that is located north of the outside track.

Go inside and get the green key. Wall sections east, north and west will open revealing weredragons. Be careful on the ice outside and remember that the grey sludge will hurt you. Quickly get the Quartz Flask and the Wings of Wrath. Now head for the green doors; either one - they both lead to the same place. Proceed up the stairs. Destroy the monsters in all the three sides of the corridor before doing anything else. Then head back to the southern end and take out the disciples of D'Sparil in the cell. Get the Tome of Power and the Shadowsphere and press the switch. Now head back to the cavern with the blue doors. The blue key is accessible now.

Press the switch behind the key and return to the lane staircases. The lava cascades between the staircases have lowered providing access to the game's most powerful weapon, the Phoenix Rod. Take the weapon from the western cascade and the Mystic Urn from the eastern one. There are also Flame Orbs there, the amount of which being dependent on the skill level. Next, head for either one of the blue doors. They hide a series of plateaus with molten rock pools. Make your way up, collecting goodies and taking out beasties. A niche on the right side of the northwestern plateau contains a Hellstaff. The northeastern plateau contains a Chaos Device. The southeastern plateau contains a Bag of Holding, Greater Runes, an Enchanted Shield and an Inferno Orb. You may want to collect the shield only when you are ready to leave. Make your way to the top and go through the door. Exit the level.

[edit] Secrets

There are no official secrets in this level.

[edit] Firemace

E2M3 is the first level in the game where you can come across a Firemace. In case it has appeared at the level startup, you will find it from one of three different positions. In order of appearance, they are located

  • in the sludge pool of the icy outdoor area.
  • in the eastern lava cascade, next to the Mystic Urn.
  • in the northeastern plateau, with the Chaos Device.

If the weapon did not appear, the next chance to obtain it is on either E2M9 or E2M6.

[edit] Screenshots

[edit] Statistics

[edit] Map data


[edit] Things

MonstersSkill 1-2Skill 3Skill 4-5Multiplayer
Fire gargoyle244+0
HazardsSkill 1-2Skill 3Skill 4-5Multiplayer
WeaponsSkill 1-2Skill 3Skill 4-5Multiplayer
Gauntlets of the Necromancer111+0
Ethereal Crossbow111+1
Dragon Claw111+1
Phoenix Rod111+0
AmmoSkill 1-2Skill 3Skill 4-5Multiplayer
Wand Crystal181719+0
Crystal Geode222+0
Ethereal Arrows282325+8
Quiver of Ethereal Arrows111+0
Claw Orb211619+0
Energy Orb221+0
Lesser Runes9910+0
Greater Runes111+0
Flame Orb542+0
Inferno Orb100+0
Mace Spheres633+0
Bag of Holding111+0
ItemsSkill 1-2Skill 3Skill 4-5Multiplayer
Chaos Device111+0
Crystal Vial594939+0
Enchanted Shield111+0
Morph Ovum110+1
Mystic Urn111+0
Quartz Flask887+0
Silver Shield111+0
Ring of Invincibility111+0
Timebomb of the Ancients1186+0
Tome of Power222+1
Wings of Wrath111+0
Working partsSkill 1-2Skill 3Skill 4-5Multiplayer
Player 1 start111+0
Player 2 start111+0
Player 3 start111+0
Player 4 start111+0
Deathmatch start000+4
Blue key111+0
Green key111+0
Yellow key111+0
MarkersSkill 1-2Skill 3Skill 4-5Multiplayer
Key gizmo (blue)444+0
Key gizmo (green)444+0
Key gizmo (yellow)222+0
Blue teleport glitter111+0
DecorationsSkill 1-2Skill 3Skill 4-5Multiplayer
Fire brazier222+0
Stalactite (small, #39)292929+0
Stalactite (large, #40)202020+0
Stalagmite (small, #37)191919+0
Stalagmite (large, #38)191919+0
Wall torch121212+0
Sound effectsSkill 1-2Skill 3Skill 4-5Multiplayer
Fast footsteps111+0
Heart beat111+0
Slow footsteps111+0

[edit] Trivia

MAP15 of Alien Vendetta uses the same music track as this level.