E5M6: Unspeakable Persecution (SIGIL)

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This level occupies the map slot E5M6. For other maps which occupy this slot, see Category:E5M6.
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E5M6: Unspeakable Persecution is the sixth map of SIGIL. It was designed by John Romero and uses the music track "Melting Man (part 2)" by Buckethead as well as "Besieged City" by James Paddock (Jimmy). This map also contains the secret exit to E5M9: Realm of Iblis. The par time defined in the DEHACKED lump is 7:00.


Map of Unspeakable Persecution
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]

To access the secret exit, go to east section of the map and take the series of teleporters until you have reached the southern-most platform, and hit the eye located inside a narrow corridor in the southern wall. This will open up a wall in the south-east cave where the series of teleporters ends. Inside the wall there is a teleporter pad surrounded by candles that will take you to the secret map, E5M9: Realm of Iblis.


  1. When you enter the first blood pit, drop down and grab the energy cell pack on the south side. (sector 489)
  2. Enter the dark hallway at the west section of the map. When you reach the green armor, a cage opens up ahead of you with barons of Hell inside. From the cage, go east, and south a bit, then look at one of the walls to see it has an opening underneath. Open this wall to get a BFG9000. (sector 130)
  3. When you have the red key, reach the red bars and open every single one of them, then run across the tops of all bars. You will open several sets of doors to the west which lead to a room containing an invulnerability. (sector 168)


Demo files[edit]

Areas / screenshots[edit]


Routes and tricks[edit]

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) 1:34.54 similaun 2022-05-06 sig6s-134.zip
NM speed (normal exit)
NM speed (secret exit)
UV max 3:28.91 NightTerror 2020-12-10 sig6-328.zip
NM 100S 1:53.83 Jean-Charles Dorne (JCD) 2021-09-06 sig6ns153.zip
UV -fast
UV -respawn
UV Tyson
UV pacifist (normal exit)
UV pacifist (secret exit)
NoMo 100S 1:28.80 Thomastd 2020-12-24 sig6os128.zip

The data was last verified in its entirety on August 1, 2022.


Map of E5M6's deathmatch arena

This level includes its own, separate deathmatch arena.

Player spawns[edit]

This arena contains four spawn points:

  1. facing south. (thing 301)
  2. facing east. (thing 302)
  3. facing west. (thing 303)
  4. facing north. (thing 304)


The following things (per skill level) are placed in the arena:

Weapons 1-2 3 4-5
Chainsaw 1
Shotgun 4
Rocket launcher 1
Plasma gun 2
BFG9000 1
Ammunition 1-2 3 4-5
Box of bullets 1
4 shotgun shells 1
Box of shotgun shells 1
Rocket 2
Box of rockets 1
Energy cell 3
Health & Armor 1-2 3 4-5
Stimpack 1
Items 1-2 3 4-5
Supercharge 1
Backpack 1
Berserk 1
Miscellaneous 1-2 3 4-5
Deathmatch start 4
Teleport landing 4


Map data[edit]

Things 436
Vertices 4888*
Linedefs 4830
Sidedefs 8450
Sectors 538
* The vertex count without the effect of node building is 3971.


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

Technical information[edit]

Inspiration and development[edit]

During development, the series of floors over lava which descend when stepped on suffered spechits overflows and had to be simplified as a result.[1]


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External links[edit]


  1. Craddock, David (12 April 2019). "Icon of Sin: Doom and the Making of John Romero's Sigil." Shacknews. Retrieved 25 May 2019.