MAP27: Engraved Bones (NOVA II)


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This level occupies the map slot MAP27. For other maps which occupy this slot, see Category:MAP27.
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MAP27: Engraved Bones is the twenty-seventh map of NOVA II. It was designed by James Caldwell (Obsidian) and uses the music track "Cryptology," originally composed by James Paddock (Jimmy) for the Harmony MIDI Pack.


Map of Engraved Bones
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. The three pillars past the red key bars lower when you step on them. Get onto the middle one, and as it is lowering (or rising), get into the northern alcove to get a berserk pack. (sector 54)
  2. In the area with the soul sphere on the pole (see Secret #3 for how to reach it) use the switch just north of the pole, which will lower a column to the southwest revealing a switch. Get to that switch, but go around the backside to see another switch. Use that side, then quickly enter the alcove to the east to teleport to an area with health bonuses and a switch. The switch will crush the arch-vile behind the cage, allowing you to kill the imps near the red key bars without them being resurrected. (sector 140)
  3. When you open up the four-directional teleporter, take the side with the "?" on it to get the soul sphere. (sector 145)


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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
NM speed
UV max 3:10.03 Dylan Gill (TheV1perK1ller) 2018-12-06
NM 100S
UV -fast
UV -respawn
UV Tyson
UV pacifist

The data was last verified in its entirety on April 3, 2022.


Player spawns[edit]

This level contains five spawn points:

  1. facing south. (thing 156)
  2. facing south. (thing 158)
  3. facing north-west. (thing 159)
  4. facing south-east. (thing 160)
  5. facing east. (thing 161)


Map data[edit]

Things 165
Vertices 1310*
Linedefs 1238
Sidedefs 1989
Sectors 213
* The vertex count without the effect of node building is 1051.


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

Technical information[edit]

Inspiration and development[edit]

The map was inspired by the song "March of the Fire Ants" by Mastodon, to which the creator listened for four hours straight when making the initial map.


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