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Thy Flesh Consumed is the fourth and final episode of The Ultimate Doom.

All of the level names, as well as the episode title, are phrases taken directly from the Bible (with the exception of the secret level "Fear"). The list was compiled by Kevin Cloud, and John Romero assigned names to the individual levels. This episode was also Tim Willits' first contribution to the Doom series, as he joined id Software after the release of the original Doom (version 1.666) and Doom II.

Plot

Since the expansion was produced while id Software was involved in other projects,[1] not much thought was put into making it consistent with the previously developed plot of the game (which included Doom II, a portion that occurs after the added episode), and the designers simply concentrated on straightforward action (which was already the general focus of the games,[2] in any case). As a result the locales of the levels are unclear, and one is not certain if the protagonist is still in Hell, already on Earth, or somewhere in between. The final message and screen with the rabbit Daisy arguably reinforces the acknowledgment that the designers' main concern at that point was the levels and not the background story or any general aesthetic considerations.

Story-wise, the episode is both a sequel to Doom and a prequel to Doom II. It chronicles the Doomguy's battles against the legions of demons that the Spider Mastermind had sent through the doorway between Hell and Earth, the very same gateway that the player had earlier used to return to his home planet. (It is presumed that there are two distinct regions of "Hell". The first is what the Deimos moon floats over and where Inferno takes place. The second is the marine's home of Earth which will undergo terraformation at the hands of demons and become a Hell in its own right.) As such, the episode most likely takes place on Earth, in a complex of buildings set up by the hellish forces, on the Earth side of the portal that the Doomguy used to return home. Ultimately, though the player is victorious, inflicting heavy losses on the invaders and avenging the death of his pet rabbit Daisy, it turns out to be an empty victory as the demons eventually overrun the major cities and the stage is set for Hell on Earth.

It may be set on Earth, with the background sky being a sullen, hazy orange, similar to the ending cutscene of Inferno and the starport levels in Doom II. The graphical style is generally hellish, though there are a handful of techbase themes used. The fortresses resemble those in Inferno, generally made of somber greenish-gray stone or wood, with a large number of lava pits. While there are a few features carried over from Doom II, such as switches that require keys (and the intermission screen), all of the music, textures, monsters, and weapons are from the original Doom. Possibly because no Doom II monsters were brought over into the episode, Barons of Hell are very common.

Description

Getting started in this episode is considered much harder than for the original three episodes in Doom, Doom II, or even Final Doom. Unlike the other episodes, the difficulty in Thy Flesh Consumed does not follow the expected learning curve as one progresses through the levels. The first two levels are extremely difficult, as the player faces a large number of enemies, including Barons of Hell, while suffering from a relative shortage of supplies. Then, at the beginnings of the secret and third levels, the player is immediately exposed to hostile fire from all directions and is forced to scramble for cover. By contrast, the later levels are tricky but relatively straightforward, as the monsters are more dispersed and can be dealt with piecemeal.

Unlike for the three earlier episodes, but like Doom II, the designers didn't create a map of the locations of the episode to display in the intermission screen. The intermission screen simply uses a black-and-white version of Doom II's intermission screen.

Levels

Ultimate Doom episodes

Speedrunning

Current records

The Compet-N records for the episode are:

RunTimePlayerDateFileNotes
UV Episode04:26Drew "stx-Vile" DeVore2002-09-19ep4-0426.zip
NM Episode05:54Drew "stx-Vile" DeVore2002-09-16e4nm0554.zip
UV Max Episode22:07Radek Pecka2001-12-16ep4-2207.zip
NS Episode09:13Vincent Catalaá2002-01-06e4ns0913.zip
UV -fast Episode36:00Chris "Ryback" Ratcliff2001-03-23e4fa3600.zip

Notes

The level names were taken from the following passages in the King James Version of the Bible:

Thy Flesh Consumed
Proverbs 5:11 - And thou mourn at the last, when thy flesh and thy body are consumed
E4M1: Hell Beneath
Proverbs 15:24 - The way of life is above to the wise, that he may depart from Hell beneath.
E4M2: Perfect Hatred
Psalm 139:22 - I hate them with perfect hatred: I count them mine enemies.
E4M3: Sever The Wicked
Matthew 13:49 - So shall it be at the end of the world: the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just
E4M4: Unruly Evil
James 3:8 - But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.
E4M5: They Will Repent
Luke 16:30 - And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent.
E4M6: Against Thee Wickedly
Psalm 139:20 - For they speak against thee wickedly, and thine enemies take thy name in vain.
E4M7: And Hell Followed
Revelation 6:8 - And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.
E4M8: Unto The Cruel
Proverbs 5:9 - Lest thou give thine honour unto others, and thy years unto the cruel

The name of the secret level, Fear, is not taken from any specific passage (though it does indeed appear in the Bible a full 528 times).

  1. Planet Romero (2002), Ultimate Doom thread, id Games Discussion forum, The Romero. Retrieved on April 5, 2008.
  2. Doomworld.com (1999), Interview with John Carmack, (questions 1-2). Retrieved on April 2, 2008.

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