E2M5: Fortress of Fatalities (2002 A Doom Odyssey)

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2002 A Doom Odyssey maps
Deep into the Code

M1 M2 M3 M4 M5 M6 M7 M8 M9 M9

The Road to Eternity
The Evil Unleashed

M1 M2 M3 M4 M4 M5 M5 M6 M7 M8 M9

The Search for Stephanie (original)
Torment Ultima (10th ed.)

M1 M1 M2 M3 M4 M5 M6 M7 M8 M9 M9

Bonus ZDoom levels

M1 M1 M2

This level occupies the map slot E2M5. For other maps which occupy this slot, see Category:E2M5.
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E2M5: Fortress of Fatalities is the fifth map in episode The Road to Eternity of 2002 A Doom Odyssey. It was designed by Paul Corfiatis and uses his music track "Eternal sadness". In the 10th anniversary edition the entire hallway with lost souls and a soul sphere leading to the secret exit was added, after its removal from E2M4: Shotgun Blues.


Map of Fortress of Fatalities (original)
Map of Fortress of Fatalities (10th ed.)
Letters in italics refer to marked spots on the map. Sector, thing, and linedef numbers in boldface are secrets which count toward the end-of-level tally.


Other points of interest[edit]


  1. From the entrance to the blue key room, head south to the corner and use the southern part of the eastern wall. You will find a teleporter leading to a rocket launcher, rockets, and another room with lost souls and two switches. One switch opens Secret #2 and another opens Secret #5. (sector 138)
  2. The eastern switch in Secret #1 opens up a room in the northwest corner of the lava pit (which is located in the center of the fortress) with corpses, lost souls, and one of the switches that will allow you to reach the secret exit. (sector 141)
  3. Head back to the lava pit mentioned in Secret #2. This time, go to the southeastern corner of this area to collect the megaarmor, partial invisibility, and box of ammo. (sector 91)
  4. Flip the switch at the base of the red key cage, then leave the room and take the door to the south from the one leading to the previously mentioned area with the cage above the switch. At the first bend, press on the wall that the light is shining on (west) to find a lift. Take it down to get ammo, another megaarmor, and a berserk pack. (sector 206)
  5. The western switch in the same secret as the switch to Secret #2 opens up another room, this time at the northeast end of the map, accessible after the long hallway that leads to two teleporters and by taking the right (eastern) teleporter. Inside is a BFG9000 and the second switch that will allow you to reach the secret exit. (sector 146)
  6. After using the switches inside Secrets #2 and #5, return to the starting point to find the small door is open, revealing a switch that will lower the rocks behind the door. This will take you to the secret exit, where the last room is the secret. (sector 222, counts only in 10th ann.ed.)


The doors leading to the two northeast branches of the map have candles (things 48, 49, 50) which, in v3 of the wad because it is for the original Doom complevel, snap up to hover above the floor when the doors are opened because these candles are too close to the ledges of the doorways.

The long hallway ending with a button to release spectres in the northwest (sector 198) is placed with its middle exactly on a blockmap boundary, making it very likely for point blank shots and chainsaw attacks to miss spectres coming in, with little room for repositioning. It is safer to attack the spectres southwards from the bend just to the west of this hallway.

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Current records[edit]

The records for the map at the Doom Speed Demo Archive are:

Run Time Player Date File Notes
UV speed (normal exit)
UV speed (secret exit) 0:03.60 Kyle McAwesome 2022-03-23 a2d5sp003.zip Cross-listed from Pacifist
Also Reality
NM speed (normal exit)
NM speed (secret exit) 0:05.06 Kyle McAwesome 2022-03-23 a2d5sn005.zip Also Reality
UV max 5:54.14 Artem Safronov (SAV88) 2010-02-09 a2d5-554.zip
NM 100S 3:43.14 Artem Safronov (SAV88) 2018-11-26 a2d5s343.zip
UV -fast
UV -respawn
UV Tyson
UV pacifist (normal exit)
UV pacifist (secret exit) 0:03.60 Kyle McAwesome 2022-03-23 a2d5sp003.zip Also Reality
NoMo (normal exit) 1:52.74 NuruTheDoomer 2022-08-12 a2d5o-152.zip
NoMo 100S 1:48.94 NuruTheDoomer 2022-08-19 a2d5sos-148.zip

The data was last verified in its entirety on August 26, 2022.


Player spawns[edit]

This level contains four spawn points:

  1. facing south-east. (thing 172)
  2. facing south-west. (thing 173)
  3. facing north-east. (thing 174)
  4. facing north-west. (thing 175)


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

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