MAP17: Daylight Under a Dark Sol (Ancient Aliens)


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This level occupies the map slot MAP17. For other maps which occupy this slot, see Category:MAP17.

MAP17: Daylight Under a Dark Sol is the seventeenth map of Ancient Aliens. It was designed by Paul DeBruyne (skillsaw) and uses the music track "Other Side of the Moon," composed by Stuart Rynn (stewboy). The par time is 8:00.

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Map of Daylight Under a Dark Sol
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. If you go to the southernmost part of the map where an arachnotron is perched, you can drop south into the purple lava to collect a radiation suit and a megasphere. (sector 616)


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 0:46.06 Local Disk (C:) 2023-09-29 Cross-listed from Pacifist
NM speed
UV max 4:27.71 Andrea Rovenski (Cyberdemon531) 2024-01-02
NM 100S
UV -fast
UV -respawn
UV Tyson
UV pacifist 0:46.06 Local Disk (C:) 2023-09-29
NoMo 0:49.77 Inuk 2022-12-17
NoMo 100S 0:59.86 Inuk 2023-07-03

The data was last verified in its entirety on January 27, 2024.


Map data[edit]

Things 579
Vertices 8836*
Linedefs 9838
Sidedefs 17144
Sectors 1107
* The vertex count without the effect of node building is 8836.


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

Technical information[edit]

Inspiration and development[edit]


  • In the comment section under the playthrough of this map on decino's YouTube channel, skillsaw shared the following information about this level:
"I balance my maps by playtesting them without saves - I want to be able to beat my own maps without dying/saving. I am not a particularly great player (this basically puts a cap on the difficulty of my maps), and the last fight with the Cyberdemons [sic] and the Lost Souls [sic] almost got thrown out several times since it kept wrecking me.

Anyways, this is low-key another one of my favorite levels that I made for Ancient Aliens. Weirdly, at the time I made this, I had never played Dark Souls, so I don't know where the name came from - however, with all the cybers and arch-viles, it's one of the more punishing maps (and kinda looks like a cathedral with the gothic arches?) so maybe the Dark Souls reference fits. I think that mostly I just wanted continuity from the last level with the "Sol" thing for some reason."
―Paul DeBruyne (skillsaw) [1]

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External links[edit]


  1. Paul DeBruyne (skillsaw) (30 June 2023). "Comment on Ancient Aliens - MAP17: Daylight Under a Dark Sol (Ultra-Violence 100%)." YouTube. Retrieved 3 July 2023.