MAP10: New Front Base (Strife)
|Strife levels (07-12 & 31)|
Castle and Temple
- 1 Overview
- 2 Walkthrough
- 3 Areas / screenshots
- 4 Speedrunning
- 5 Deathmatch
- 6 Statistics
- 7 Technical information
- 8 Inspiration and development
- 9 Trivia
- 10 See also
- 11 Sources
- 12 External links
Basically, this level is a replica of the castle but is controlled by the Front and has a few structural differences. Accesses to the training facility and the Programmer's keep are now blocked and the entrance to the audience chamber is replaced by a headquarters where Macil resides. Just across the HQ is the hospital where the player can find the medic Gerard and the trainer Feris, as well as a person named Justin who sells ammo and teleporter beacons. Near the main gate that leads to the town, there is a teleporter that leads directly into the HQ. Later, the player can access the new Front base from the borderlands as well. A teleporter can be activated in the central yard of that level, and it leads into the HQ of the Front base.
Later in the game, Macil becomes a boss that needs to be killed. If the player attacks him at any point after the castle has been conquered, the rebel troopers will help the player, although Macil is invincible to the troopers' attacks.
After defeating the Programmer in his keep, you will awaken in front of Macil in his new command center. Talk to Macil and he will tell you about the power of the Sigil, before instructing you to find the Oracle to learn the locations of the other Sigil pieces. Head south down the stairs and through the silver door to leave the command center.
If you go south into the building marked "Hospital", you can go through the left door to find Gerard, while Feris and his assistant Justin can be found through the right door. When you are ready to leave the base, head west across the bridge and go north around the building ahead. Once you pass the building, keep heading west through the large gate that leads back to the town. Before going down the stairs to leave the level, turn right and go through a small door - the teleporter here lets you teleport to and from the command center without having to walk through the castle.
After returning to town, go through the gate ahead and then turn right through the open bars. Head towards the gate ahead to reach the borderlands.
Later on, after you return to the Oracle with the second piece of the Sigil it will tell you that Macil holds the third piece and is a threat to you. When you return to Macil, you can speak to him and he will assure you that the Oracle is the one who cannot be trusted. At this point you must decide whether to keep trusting Macil or heed the Oracle.
If you decide to trust the Oracle, Macil will attack you; kill him with any weapon and then use the Sigil to destroy the spectre that emerges from his body. Once this is done, you will receive the third Sigil piece and will be directed to return to the Oracle.
If you decide to keep trusting Macil and destroy the Oracle (plus the spectre that was controlling it), BlackBird will tell you to return to Macil who has new orders. Macil will now direct you to shut down a factory that is being used by the Order to convert humans into its soldiers. You are given a brass key in order to reach the Order commons and find the Front's second-in-command Richter.
After shutting down the factory, BlackBird will alert you that Macil has "gone nuts" and knowingly sent 200 men to their deaths, prompting you to return to him at once. When you return to Macil, talking to him will reveal that he is indeed being controlled by a spectre as the Oracle said. As above, kill Macil and then destroy the spectre using the Sigil, which will leave behind the fourth Sigil piece in this case.
Other points of interest
On the western side of the moat, there is a gate with statues on high platforms. When you enter the staircase to the southeast and continue to the south inside the building, you will eventually find a blockade with a little room. It contains 50 gold coins, phosphorous grenades, poison bolts and two bullet clips.
There are no official secrets on this level.
Four disappearing dead acolytes (Things 19, 20, 21 and 22) have no flags set for any of the three difficulty classes, so they never appear in the level to begin with. Teleport map spots 1 and 3 (Things 91 and 96) also have no skill flags, but because of special handling in the engine, they function normally in the level.
Areas / screenshots
Macil watches over operations in the command bunker.
Routes and tricks
This level contains twenty-six spawn points:
- facing east. (thing 65)
- facing west. (thing 66)
- facing west. (thing 67)
- facing south-west. (thing 68)
- facing east. (thing 69)
- facing south. (thing 70)
- facing west. (thing 71)
- facing east. (thing 72)
- facing west. (thing 73)
- facing west. (thing 74)
- facing north. (thing 75)
- facing north. (thing 76)
- facing north-east. (thing 77)
- facing south. (thing 78)
- facing south-east. (thing 117)
- facing north. (thing 118)
- facing south-west. (thing 119)
- facing south-east. (thing 120)
- facing east. (thing 121)
- facing north-east. (thing 122)
- facing north-west. (thing 123)
- facing south-west. (thing 124)
- facing north. (thing 125)
- facing south-east. (thing 172)
- facing west. (thing 282)
- facing west. (thing 283)