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Breaking the Arbiter - Oribos.jpg
Type City
Races IconSmall Attendant.gif Attendant
IconSmall Broker.gif Broker
Ruler(s)  The Arbiter
Affiliation Independent
Location Heart of the Shadowlands[1]
PvP status Sanctuary

Oribos, the Eternal City (pronounced oh-ree-bus[2] and also known as the Undying City)[3] is a very ancient city located at the heart of the Shadowlands. All souls who enter the Shadowlands are first sent here to be judged by the Arbiter before being sent off to their appropriate afterlives.[3] Constructed by the First Ones[4][5] and predating all memory,[1] the Eternal City serves as a nexus between the various domains of the Shadowlands and is a gathering point for power brokers, wheelers, dealers, and anima traders. Oribos is the central player hub of the Shadowlands.[1][6]

With the Arbiter having gone mysteriously dormant and with all incoming mortal souls being damned to the Maw, Oribos and its Attendant and Broker inhabitants welcome members of both the Alliance and the Horde to the citadel, but force them to set aside their differences while inside its walls[7] as the city is considered sacred neutral ground.[8]

Getting there

Oribos can be reached through portals in the Pathfinder's Den in Orgrimmar and the Wizard's Sanctum, as well as portals located in the various Shadowlands zones:[7]


Oribos in the heart of the Shadowlands.

Flowing through the very center of Oribos is the soul stream. This is made up of all the mortal souls entering the Shadowlands, which are now all flowing into the Maw. Brokers offer their wares in the Hall of Curiosities, while profession trainers can be found in the Hall of Shapes and a bank can be accessed in the Hall of Holding. From the Ring of Transference, travelers can use portals and flight master's services to reach the other Shadowlands zones, while portals back to Orgrimmar and Stormwind City in the land of the living are available at the city's entrance. The Arbiter herself resides in a sacred chamber atop the very crown of Oribos, where she has judged every mortal soul crossing into the Shadowlands since the dawn of time.[7]

Maps and subregions

Map of the main level of Oribos (Ring of Fates)

Notable characters

Koltira and Thassarian looking at the Maw
Main article: Oribos NPCs

Various notable characters from Warcraft history show up in Oribos, incuding:

Notes and trivia

  • If a player dies in Oribos, they will automatically resurrect at the touchstone next to Fatescribe Roh-Tahl[78.1, 50.3] as soon as they Release Spirit.
  • If a player jumps off the edge of the city, they will be magically halted in mid-air and teleported back to up to the nearest ledge after a few seconds.
  • Emissary Ba'silk refers to the city as an "ancient engine".
  • The name "Oribos", as well as its symbol, are inspired by the real-life ouroboros symbol, depicting a snake or dragon eating its own tail as a representation of the cycle of life and death.
  • The pronunciation of Oribos is also similar to the correct pronunciation of Erebos, the region of the Greek underworld where the dead first arrive immediately upon death.
  • Oribos is made of a strange ore the Brokers have not found anywhere else, but found also in a  [Ring of Otherworldly Metal] held by a champion of Maldraxxus[9] as well as some  [Unusual Automaton Parts] found within Tred'ova.[10]


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