MAP05: Prison (Strife)


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This level occupies the map slot MAP05. For other maps which occupy this slot, see Category:MAP05.

MAP05: Prison, also known as Norwall Prison, is the location of the first mission on which the Strifeguy is sent by Macil. Many troops of the Front are imprisoned here after an earlier botched raid, and Macil needs them freed for the later raid on the Order's castle. It uses the music track "Intro".


Spoiler Warning: Plot details follow.

As a means of proving himself to Macil, the player is tasked with freeing a group of Front troops who have been imprisoned by the Order and are awaiting execution. In order to accomplish the task, the player must first visit Governor Mourel to acquire a prison pass, but Mourel will only trade favors for favors, requiring the player to complete one of a choice of two tasks first. Once the player has the pass, he enters the prison, but Warden Montag refuses him entry. He kills the warden to get the prison key and then later slays Judge Wolenick, cutting off his hand. The severed hand has the pattern that unlocks several doors and shuts down the force fields around the holding cells.

Spoilers end here.


Map of Prison
Letters in italics refer to marked spots on the map. Sector, thing, and linedef numbers in boldface are secrets.


Open the door and go through the room ahead to the red acolyte; talk to him and he will open the door for you. Pass through the door and go straight ahead to the small doorway in front of you, then turn right and climb the steps to find Warden Montag. Talk to him and he will refuse to hand over the prison key; continuing the conversation will set off the alarm, so kill him and take the key from his body. Head back down the stairs and go through the doorway to another staircase; press use on the keyhole to open the door ahead. Stepping through the door will set off the alarm (if it is not active already), so kill the acolytes here and turn left to follow the passage.

Keep following the passage, killing any acolytes and stalkers that get in the way, until you find your way blocked by bars; flip the switch in the room to the south to open them and continue following the corridor north to another set of bars; flip the switch in the neighboring room to open them. Head west to a lift and step on it to be taken deeper into the prison. Head north through the next room to the doorway, then turn right. At the end of the passage, turn right again to see a door marked "Main Control" which is sealed with a hand scanner. Go past this door through an archway and turn left to pass between two metal pillars. The room ahead has two curved staircases; go up either staircase and open the door at the end to reach Judge Wolenick's chamber.

Talk to Wolenick to learn that only his pattern key can unlock the cells, then kill him and take his severed hand. Backtrack to the "Main Control" door and interact with the hand scanner to get past it. In the next room, use all the hand scanners on the east wall to free the prisoners and open your exit route. Go through the door to the south, then use the hand scanner at the bottom of the stairs to open the next door. Head north to the passage you used earlier and turn left, then left again. Head west around the walkway and use the keyhole next to the west door to open it. Head down the corridor between the now-open cells and go down the stairs at the bottom to the teleporter, which will return you to the Front base.

Other points of interest[edit]

From Montag's desk, go south to drop into an area with two medical kits on a shelf on the east wall, and three assault rifles standing against the west wall along with bullets. These weapons are useful if you have not already bought a rifle from Irale, but taking them will trigger the alarm.

After taking the lift down to the north area of the prison, go north though the room into a small corridor. Turn left to see a door with a keyhole; press use on the keyhole to open the door, behind which you will find two medical kits and two boxes of bullets (plus a grenade launcher in multiplayer).

In the east side of Wolenick's chamber is a large map screen. Go around the screen to find a door, leading to a room with 50 gold, two piles of mini-missiles, and a pack of poison bolts (or two packs on the Training or Rookie skill levels).


  1. When you reach the north-eastern part of the level, you will find two curved staircases leading to Wolenick's chamber. Between the stairs, there is an ornamental table with four candles on it. The northern side of the table has a little switch. Press it and you will open a wall at the south-eastern alcove in front of you. A passage with two medical kits is revealed. (sector 317) Enter the door at the end to reach poison bolts and a leather armor in a cell under the open sky.


Two ceiling chains (Things 1 and 12) and seven medium torches (Things 4 through 10), all in the same room, have no flags set for any of the three difficulty classes, so they do not actually appear in the level. A deathmatch start (Thing 425) has no skill flags set either, but because of special handling in the engine, it functions normally in the level.

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Player spawns[edit]

This level contains seventeen spawn points:

  1. facing west. (thing 197)
  2. facing north-east. (thing 198)
  3. facing north-west. (thing 199)
  4. facing west. (thing 200)
  5. facing west. (thing 201)
  6. facing south. (thing 277)
  7. facing west. (thing 278)
  8. facing west. (thing 351)
  9. facing south-east. (thing 352)
  10. facing north-west. (thing 353)
  11. facing west. (thing 400)
  12. facing south. (thing 401)
  13. facing south-east. (thing 404)
  14. facing east. (thing 405)
  15. facing north. (thing 406)
  16. facing east. (thing 407)
  17. facing south-east. (thing 425)


Map data[edit]

Things 471
Vertices 2214*
Linedefs 2444
Sidedefs 3324
Sectors 441
* The vertex count without the effect of node building is 1932.


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

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