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This level occupies the map slot E3M8. For other maps which occupy this slot, see Category:E3M8.

E3M8: D'Sparil's Keep is the eighth level in The Dome of D'Sparil episode of Heretic.

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Map of E3M8


You start in a water area, with various Gargoyles around you. In the corners of the pool, there is an Ethereal Crossbow, some Ethereal Arrows, a Shadowsphere, Wings of Wrath and a Silver Shield; collect them if you need them, then fly to the higher area, collect the pair of Lesser Runes, and you should notice a wall slightly different from the others, that isn't scrolling. Open it; the secret behind contains a Tome of Power, a Bag of Holding, a Quartz Flask and a Chaos Device. Now enter the opened portal. You will land in a small room with a pair of Disciples of D'Sparil, and cover. Blast them and pick the Dragon Claw and the Energy Orb, as well as two Crystal Vials and any Claw Orbs the Disciples may drop.

Now go back through the portal. Enter the newly opened one in the main room, but make sure to activate your Shadowsphere before. You'll land in a room filled with Nitrogolems. Among them there are Gauntlets of the Necromancer, Ethereal Arrows and a Claw Orb. Use either the Dragon Claw or the Gauntlets to get rid of them. Now go back to the main room and enter the third portal.

Three Ophidians will greet you. Destroy them and grab the pair of Lesser Runes, and activate both switches. An Iron Lich will be your new obstacle. Behind him, the Hellstaff, Crystal Vials and Greater Runes, as well as the portal. Suggestion: activate your Tome of Power and blast the Lich with the powered Crossbow. This should finish him before he has time to deal any significant damage. Back to the main room, enter the last portal.

You'll land on a trident-shaped ledge, with a Tome of Power, an Enchanted Shield and a Phoenix Rod. You'll notice D'Sparil and his Green Chaos Serpent below you poised to attack...

For suggestions about how to defeat the Serpent Rider, see his page.

When D'sparil is dead, a passage with a switch will open at the far end of the arena. Then, stairs will rise to the exit portal. Congratulations, and enjoy the ending.

This is the only episode whose closing portal includes red sparkles, as well as the blue ones.


  1. There are four teleporters in the starting area. Just southeast of the northeast one is a secret door; look for a weird texture near the floor. Open the door to reveal a Bag of Holding, a Tome of Power, a Chaos Device, and a Quartz Flask.
  2. When you reach the exit building, go outside and follow the ledge around the building to the east. At the south end of the ledge is a secret door which leads to an Mystic Urn and a teleporter to the start.
  3. From the above secret, follow the ledge around to the west side of the building to find another secret door at the south side of the ledge; open it to reveal a Ring of Invincibility and a teleporter to the north part of the battlefield.


This is both the first boss level to recycle previous episode music and the only one to reuse music from a non-boss level. In this case, it reuses music from "The Graveyard."