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Gehenna is a realm of lava, flames, and damnation. Those who linger will have fire and brimstone rained down on them.

The acrid smoke renders scrolls unreadable.

Gehenna is seven levels deep and contains the obsidian rune of Zot. It can be accessed via the Vestibule of Hell.

A gateway to Gehenna. You can feel the heat. Gehenna seems to be made out of nothing but flames, lava and hellfire.

Gehenna entry.png Gehenna is the fire branch of Hell, accessible from the Vestibule of Hell.


General Hell monsters

2 Hellion.png Hellion 2 Tormentor.png Tormentor L Ancient lich.png Ancient lich L Dread lich.png Dread lich

Branch specific

h Hell hog.png Hell hog C Fire giant.png Fire giant N Salamander tyrant.png Salamander tyrant 2 Balrug.png Balrug n Searing wretch.png Searing wretch
L Stoker.png Stoker * Creeping inferno.png Creeping inferno Y Hellephant.png Hellephant 1 Brimstone Fiend.png Brimstone Fiend


& Asmodeus.png Asmodeus

Useful Info

Gehenna is 7 levels deep and populated by fire-themed monsters. You'll meet hellions, balrugs, brimstone fiends and packs of hell hogs. Beware of creeping infernos, which cast Fire Storm when they die, and the stokers that create them. Searing wretches will also strip away at your hard-earned fire resistance. All the while a mystical Hellish force will assault you (like all Hell branches), causing multiple nasty effects.

Gehenna's layout consists of cavernous areas dotted with small round rooms and surrounded by lava streams. Like every other hell, floors 1-6 are tiny; consisting of one exit, one staircase down, and about quarter the size of an ordinary floor.

The last level of Gehenna contains the obsidian rune of Zot, guarded by Asmodeus.

Hell Effects

In addition to the universal forces of hell, Gehenna's smoke disables any scroll reading while inside it.


Provided you have enough fire resistance (rF+ at the minimum), as well as a way to kill the fire-resistant monsters you meet, Gehenna's first six floors shouldn't be especially hard (for a hell). Ice or Earth Magic will make your travels much smoother.

Gehenna:7, a fortress with a moat of lava, can be brutal if you manage to wake up too many enemies at once while inside Asmodeus' chambers: having several hellions all calling down damnation at you after being tormented by brimstone fiends can mean a quick end even for strong characters. Proceed with caution. Asmodeus himself is a tough customer, a weaker version of Cerebov if you will. Flying or use of translocations may be useful to traverse lava ponds quickly.


Gehenna is a term derived from a geographical site in Jerusalem known as the Valley of Hinnom. According to parts of the Bible, the site was initially where followers of various Ba'als, including Moloch, sacrificed their children by fire. The valley later became the common wasteyard for all the refuse of Jerusalem. Here the corpses and ashes of animals and people, as well as wastes and garbage were cast and, according to legend, consumed by a constant fire. In time it became deemed to be accursed and an image of the place of destruction in Jewish folklore. Gehenna is cited in the New Testament and in early Christian writing to represent the final place where the wicked will be punished or destroyed after resurrection.


  • Prior to 0.28, Gehenna did not disable scroll reading. Floors were normal sized, had a weaker set of monsters, and Hell's effects were different.
Dungeon branches
Dungeon exit.png The DungeonTemple entry.png The TempleDepths entry.png The DepthsZot entry.png Realm of Zot
Lair entry.png The Lair ( Spider entry.png Spider's NestSnake entry.png Snake PitSwamp entry.png The SwampShoals entry.png The ShoalsSlime entry.png Slime Pits)
Orc entry.png Orcish Mines ( Elf entry.png Elven Halls) • Vaults entry.png The Vaults ( Crypt entry.png The CryptTomb entry.png The Tomb)
Abyss entry.png The AbyssPandemonium entry.png PandemoniumHell entry.png Hell ( Cocytus entry.png CocytusDis entry.pngDisGehenna entry.png GehennaTartarus entry.png Tartarus)
See also: Portal