MAP15: The Prisoner (NOVA: The Birth)


NOVA: The Birth maps 12-20

01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11
(12 - 20)
21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30
Secret maps: 31 32

This level occupies the map slot MAP15. For other maps which occupy this slot, see Category:MAP15.
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MAP15: The Prisoner is the fifteenth map of NOVA: The Birth. It was designed by Matt Powell (cannonball) and uses an untitled music track by Gwyn Williams, originally used on MAP07 and MAP28 of Vile Flesh.


Map of The Prisoner
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. In the hallway with prison cells, go to the door on the left side, then open the wall to the north, finding a backpack and a shotgun. (sector 32)
  2. Enter the big room with the blue key from the south door. Approach the main part of the room and a lift lowers, which is to your right. The lift concealed a switch, and using this switch lowers another lift, this time at the southwest end. Quickly enter this opening for a megaarmor and a super shotgun. (sector 167)
  3. At the red key courtyard, go to the southeast corner and spot a switch tucked near the bottom of the building. Using it lowers a teleporter at the south end briefly. Take it to appear at the top of the nukage fountain, where you will get a berserk pack. (sector 297)
  4. Take the door east of the blue key and make your way to the end. At the bottom, open the wall at the northeast corner to get a soul sphere along with one of three switches required to lower the barriers to the secret exit. (sector 331)
  5. In the room with the cyberdemon that warps out of the cage, go to the southeast corner and use it to reveal a switch. Flip the switch so you can get the computer area map in the northeast corner. Note that the switch will also lower one of three barricades leading to the secret exit. (sector 349)
  6. Three barriers block the way to the secret exit. Two of them are in Secret #4 and Secret #5. The final switch needed is actually directly behind the normal exit switch. Now that the three barriers have been lowered, enter the passage leading east from the room before the exit room to the secret exit. (sector 374)


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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)
NM speed (normal exit)
NM speed (secret exit)
UV max 7:47.94 Dylan Gill (TheV1perK1ller) 2018-05-31
NM 100S
UV -fast
UV -respawn
UV Tyson
UV pacifist (normal exit)
UV pacifist (secret exit)
NoMo (normal exit) 1:24.20 Infidius 2014-10-23

The data was last verified in its entirety on January 14, 2022.


Player spawns[edit]

This level contains seven spawn points:

  1. facing north. (thing 505)
  2. facing north. (thing 506)
  3. facing south-east. (thing 507)
  4. facing south-east. (thing 508)
  5. facing west. (thing 509)
  6. facing west. (thing 510)
  7. facing north-west. (thing 511)


Map data[edit]

Things 512
Vertices 3727*
Linedefs 3463
Sidedefs 5547
Sectors 574
* The vertex count without the effect of node building is 2957.


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

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