E1M5: Blistering Catacombs (Realm of Parthoris)

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This level occupies the map slot E1M5. For other maps which occupy this slot, see Category:E1M5.
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E1M5: Blistering Catacombs is the fifth map of Realm of Parthoris. It was designed by Jeff King (Egregor) and uses the music track "The Occultist," by Tristan Clark (Eris Falling).


Map of Blistering Catacombs
Letters in italics refer to marked spots on the map. Sector numbers in boldface are secrets which count toward the end-of-level tally.


Other points of interest[edit]


  1. In the area with the columns at the north end of the map, use the switch at the west end to lower the wall to the north. The next switch here opens two closets with Iron Liches. Inside the left closet is a switch. Use that one, then go to the east side of the area with the columns, overlooking the lava cavern. Hop across the rock that has risen to the northeast platform, which counts as the secret. The switch here raises another rock so you can get a Tome of Power to the southeast. (sector 42)
  2. From the green key platform, drop off to the east to get a Morph Ovum. (sector 164)
  3. Enter the room west of the big water pool, then head south to the next room. Go to the northeast corner and press on the vertebrae on the wall to reveal a switch that lowers the nearby red block. Take it down, then use the next lift to go up and get a Hellstaff and Lesser Runes. (sector 513)
  4. Open the yellow door west of the large lava area, then take the first door you see. In this library, use the southwest corner. This is supposed to reveal a switch which will lower the bookshelf on the north wall, revealing a passage to a Tome of Power. However, the switch does not actually get revealed. The sector you lower is sector 528, which has a ceiling of -32, while the sector with the switch is sector 527, which has a floor of -32. Since you lower the wall by pressing it, there is no way to actually trigger the switch behind the wall without cheating. (sector 520)
  5. Use the green key to open the door to the tower in the center of the lava area. On the west wall are two bookshelves, use the one closest to the door. This will lower a Quartz Flask as well as another bookshelf on the eastern wall with an Inferno Orb. (sector 551)


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Current records[edit]

The records for the map at the Doomed Speed Demos Archive are:

Style Time Player Date File Notes
UV speed
NM speed
UV max
UV -fast
UV -respawn
UV Tyson
UV pacifist

Miscellaneous demos[edit]

Style Time Player Date File Notes


Map data[edit]

Things 860
Vertices 6125*
Linedefs 6379
Sidedefs 9939
Sectors 830
* The vertex count without the effect of node building is 5344.


This level contains the following numbers of things per skill level:

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