Tribunal of Ages

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For the subzone in Halls of Stone, see The Tribunal of Ages.
BossTribunal of Ages
Image of Tribunal of Ages
Race Unknown (Uncategorized)
Location The Tribunal of Ages, Halls of Stone
Status Defeatable

The Tribunal of Ages encounter consists of protecting dwarf explorer Brann Bronzebeard from waves of mobs as part of the N [78D] Halls of Stone quest he gives. It is unusual in that it is a boss encounter in difficulty and in loot, but does not involve fighting a boss per se. Rather, you must only survive and protect Brann from the waves. Nevertheless, many people would find this encounter more difficult than the other three boss fights of this instance! Successfully completing this event grants access to the Tribunal Chest.

The Tribunal of Ages is a false system created by Loken to cover up the crimes he had committed and is not an accurate record of historical fact.[1]

Adventure Guide

Abedneum, Kaddrak, and Marnak make up the Tribunal of Ages, librarians for the titan discs that contain the ancient histories of Azeroth. The immobile constructs do not give up the titans' secrets easily, but adventurers such as the intrepid Brann Bronzebeard believe the reward is worth the risk.

Abilities

The Tribunal

The Tribunal security measures attempt to stop Brann Bronzebeard and players from accessing the archives of the ages.

  • Spell fire firebolt.png  Searing Gaze — Abedneum turns his gaze on a player's location, inflicting Fire damage to all players within 0 yards.
  • Spell holy searinglightpriest.png  Glare of the Tribunal — Kaddrak glares at a random player, inflicting Arcane damage.
  • Spell shadow shadowfury.png  Dark Matter Magic Effect — Marnak summons a cloud of Dark Matter to surround a player, increasing damage taken by 50%, decreasing movement speed by 30% and inflicting Shadow damage to players within 0 yards. In Heroic Difficulty, damage taken is increased by 100% and movement speed is reduced by 50%.
Dark Rune Protector
  • Ability warrior cleave.png  Cleave — Dark Rune Protectors cleave a player, inflicting Physical damage to them and their nearest ally.
  • Ability warrior charge.png  Charge — Dark Rune Protectors charge a player, inflicting Physical damage.
Dark Rune Warrior
  • Ability warrior cleave.png  Cleave — Dark Rune Warriors cleave a player, inflicting Physical damage to them and their nearest ally.
  • Ability rogue ambush.png  Heroic Strike — Dark Rune Warriors strike a player, inflicting Physical damage.
Dark Rune Stormcaller
  • Spell nature lightning.png  Lightning Bolt Interruptible — Dark Rune Stormcallers hurl bolts of lightning, inflicting Nature damage.
  • Spell shadow shadowwordpain.png  Shadow Word: Pain Magic Effect — Dark Rune Stormcallers utter a word of darkness, inflicting Shadow damage to a player every 3 sec. for 15 sec.
Iron Golem Custodian
  • Ability warrior sunder.png  Crush Armor — Iron Golem Custodians reduce a players armor by 10% for 20 sec. This effect stacks up to 5 times.
  • Spell holy fistofjustice.png  Ground Smash — Iron Golem Custodians smash the ground, inflicting Physical damage to all players within 0 yards, stunning them for 2 sec.
Lightning Construct
  • Electric Overload — Lightning Constructs overload, inflicting Nature damage to all players within 0 yards.
  • Spell nature chainlightning.png  Chain Lightning Interruptible — Lightning Constructs strike a player with a lightning bolt that arcs to another nearby players. The spell affects up to 3 targets, causing Nature damage to each.

The Encounter

To begin the escorting event, talk to Neutral Brann Bronzebeard to start N [78D] Halls of Stone quest. Escort him through the room with three stone golems. The real fight encounter takes place in a circular room (called the Tribunal of Ages, hence the article title) at the end of Halls of Stone wing of Ulduar. Brann will stop and allow you to rest after clearing this trash, talk to him again to begin the encounter. There are three large faces surrounding your party in the room. If you are facing the exit, they are (clockwise) Kaddrak, Abedneum and Marnak.

Soon after Brann enters the room (~20 seconds after talking to him), Kaddrak, the face directly to the right of the entrance, will activate. This face will shoot Glare of the Tribunal, a bolt that deals roughly 500 Arcane damage to a random party member every ~3 sec for the remainder of the fight. Waves of groups will start to appear. The first waves come slowly, with each group appearing roughly 45 seconds after the last. Groups consist of three elites, two melee (Dark Rune Protector) and one caster (Dark Rune Stormcaller) (3 melee on heroic). Mobs will go directly to Brann, if not picked up. Brann doesn't have so much health, so they must be tanked.

After several waves (~75 seconds after Kaddrak activates), Brann will yell and the face to the left of the entrance, Marnak, will activate. This face fires a shadowy orb, Dark Matter, at the ground where one person is standing (similar to Void Reaver and his orbs). Any player hit by this will be afflicted by a debuff which increases damage taken by 50% on normal and 100% on heroic for a short time. Waves will begin coming faster now, about every 30 seconds, and two non-elite casters are added to every second wave.

After several more waves (~100 seconds after Marnak activates), Brann will yell once again, and the final face opposite of the entrance, Abedneum, will activate. The third face fires a channeled beam, Searing Gaze, at a location on the floor that deals 500 damage per second to anyone within 10 yards of it. On heroic, the damage is about 2000 per second, coupled with the damage debuff from the second face the beam can reduce your health at an astonishing rate. The damage will be ramping up at this point, so avoiding beams by moving out of them is paramount. Mobs will be coming at an increasing pace, ramping up to roughly every 15 seconds by the end of the event. Eventually, the Iron Golem Custodian will be added into the waves also. At this point, killing the mobs is not a priority so much as survival — proper use of CC and various AoE stuns (i.e. [Shadowfury], [Hungering Cold], etc.) can save lives. Survive for another ~90 seconds and Brann will yell last time, causing faces to turn on mobs, destroying them quickly. A Tribunal Chest containing the event's loot will then appear against the wall to the right of the console. The entire event lasts approximately 5 minutes from when Brann is talked to to when the chest appears.

Strategy

Positioning

The positioning of the group can make a big difference in this fight. There are generally two strategies:

On the Stair

With a skilled and geared AoE tank (paladin or death knight), this method can reduce damage taken from the beam and bolt. Have the whole group stand on the stair, with the tank in the front. The tank needs to grab the aggro of all incoming mobs. DPS then AoE down the mobs quickly. Note that sometimes the beam can still hit people standing on the stair, so everyone still needs to stay alert. NOTE: this technique is not reliable on heroic.

In the Room

If the tank has difficulty AoE tanking, the group may find this method easier. The tank stands close to the bottom of the stair. Other group members scatter in the room. This way the tank will have more time to get the aggro of incoming mobs. DPS should try to focus fire on tank's target to avoid drawing aggro. With this method the group can handle the mobs much more easily. However, everyone will need to move away from the beam and bolt constantly.

Tips for Damage Dealers

For groups with very good DPS and AoE, it is possible to burn down most of the mobs so that the tank only needs to take care of a few mobs throughout the fight.

For groups with lower DPS, it is still possible to clear the first few waves before the next waves emerge. However, as new mobs emerge faster and faster, more and more mobs will remain when the next waves come. This does not mean low DPS cannot handle this encounter. At the later part of the encounter, the tank should try to hold aggro of as many mobs as he/she can. Healers should focus on healing the tank. At this point, the DPS should use all the available crowd control and snaring abilities to CC/kite any free mobs. (Hunters' Frost Trap and shamans' [Earthbind Totem] are very helpful here!) As long as the group can keep the mobs tanked/CC'ed/kited, Brann will be unharmed and the defense system of the room will kill all the mobs at the end.

Tips for Tanks

This fight can be a real nuisance. Your first priority is to pick up every add, after that you can start building aggro. By the end the adds are coming really fast so try to keep up, and don't let any get through your defenses! For paladins in particular, its not possible to build mana fast here, and if you have no mana between waves you are going to be unable to pick up mobs. No mobs hitting you means no mana. No mana means you wipe. If you ever hit a no mana situation do whatever you can, blow potions, divine plea, tell your dps to not attack while you hit them with your weapon manually for a second. Keep in mind, if you have to do the last thing the waves won't let you dick around, once you have aggro the mobs you have on you have to die faster than usual, otherwise you're going to have 50 guys on you in a minute or two.

Loot

Normal
Inv pants leather 09.png [Constellation Leggings] Inv chest leather 06.png [Cosmos Vestments]
Inv chest chain 07.png [Linked Armor of the Sphere]
Heroic
Inv shoulder 80.png [Mantle of the Tribunal] Inv bracer 09.png [Raging Construct Bands]
Inv boots chain 10.png [Sabatons of the Ages] Inv sword 102.png [Sword of Justice]

Related Achievements

Quotes

Well now, I'm surprised to see other adventurers is a place such as this!

Now that you're here, ye can help me get to the Tribunal. If my research theories about these halls is correct, information pertainin' to the creation o' the entire dwarven race lies within.

Gossip Brann, it would be our honor!

Brann runs to event
Brann Bronzebeard yells: Time to get some answers! Let's get this show on the road!

If only my dear brothers could be here with me at this moment in time. They would not believe what a discovery this will be!

The Tribunal are the librarians for the Titan discs, which are stored in this very room.

Look! You can see the discs beneath the floor! We must hurry, the greatest discovery of Dwarven kind is just up ahead.

Gossip Let's move Brann, enough of the history lesson!

Event begins
Brann Bronzebeard yells: Take a moment and relish this with me. Soon... all will be revealed. Okay then, let's do this!
Brann Bronzebeard yells: Now keep an eye out! I'll have this licked in two shakes of a--
Abedneum yells: Warning: life form pattern not recognized. Archival processing terminated. Continued interference will result in targeted response.
Brann Bronzebeard yells: Oh, that doesn't sound good. We might have a complication or two...
Kaddrak yells: Security breach in progress. Analysis of historical archives transferred to lower-priority queue. Countermeasures engaged.
Brann Bronzebeard yells: Ah, you want to play hardball, eh? That's just my game!
As the fight progresses
Brann Bronzebeard yells: Couple more minutes and I'll--
Marnak yells: Threat index threshold exceeded. Celestial archive aborted. Security level heightened.
Brann Bronzebeard yells: Heightened? What's the good news?
Towards the end
Brann Bronzebeard yells: So that was the problem? Now I'm makin' progress...
Abedneum yells: Critical threat index. Void analysis diverted. Initiating sanitization protocol.
Brann Bronzebeard yells: Hang on! Nobody's gonna' be sanitized as long as I have a say in it!
Event end dialogue
Brann Bronzebeard yells: Ha! The old magic fingers finally won through! Now let's get down to--
Abedneum yells: Alert: security fail-safes deactivated. Beginning memory purge and...
Brann Bronzebeard yells: Purge? No no no no no.. Where did I-- Aha, this should do the trick...
Abedneum yells: System online. Life form pattern recognized. Welcome, Branbronzan. Query?
Brann Bronzebeard yells: Query? What do you think I'm here for, tea and biscuits? Spill the beans already!
Brann Bronzebeard yells: Tell me how the dwarves came to be, and start at the beginning!
Abedneum yells: Accessing prehistoric data... retrieved. In the beginning the earthen were created to--
Brann Bronzebeard yells: Right, right... I know the earthen were made from stone to shape the deep regions o' the world. But what about the anomalies? Matrix non-stabilizin' and what-not?
Abedneum yells: Accessing... In the early stages of it's development cycle, Azeroth suffered infection by parasitic necrophotic symbiotes.
Brann Bronzebeard yells: Necrowhatinthe-- Speak bloody Common, will ye?
Abedneum yells: Designation: Old Gods. Old Gods rendered all systems, including earthen, defenseless in order to facilitate assimilation. This matrix destabilization has been termed "the Curse of Flesh". Effects of destabilization increased over time.
Brann Bronzebeard yells: Old Gods, huh? So they zapped the earthen with this Curse of Flesh... and then what?
Kaddrak yells: Accessing... Creators arrived to extirpate symbiotic infection. Assessment revealed that Old God infestation had grown malignant. Excising parasites would result in loss of host--
Brann Bronzebeard yells: If they killed the Old Gods, Azeroth would've been destroyed...
Kaddrak yells: Correct. Creators neutralized parasitic threat and contained it within the host. Forge of Wills and other systems were instituted to create new earthen. Safeguards were implemented, and protectors were appointed.
Brann Bronzebeard yells: What protectors?
Kaddrak yells: Designations: Aesir and Vanir. Or in common nomenclator, storm and earth giants. Sentinel Loken designated supreme. Dragon Aspects appointed to monitor evolution of Azeroth.
Brann Bronzebeard yells: Aesir and Vanir... Okay, so the Forge o' Wills started makin' new earthen... but what happened to the old ones?
Marnak yells: Additional background is relevant to your query. Following global combat between Aesir and Vanir-
Brann Bronzebeard yells: Hold everything! The Aesir and Vanir went to war? Why?
Marnak yells: Unknown. Data suggests that impetus for global combat originated with prime designate Loken who neutralized all remaining Aesir and Vanir affecting termination of conflict. Prime designate Loken then initiated stasis of several seed races including Earthen, Giants and Vrykul at designated holding facilities.
Brann Bronzebeard yells: This "Loken" sounds like a nasty character. Glad we don't have to worry about the likes o' him anymore. So... if I'm understandin' ye right, the original earthen eventually woke up from this stasis, and by that time the destabili-whatever had turned 'em into proper dwarves. Or at least... dwarf ancestors.
Marnak yells: Essentially that is correct.
Brann Bronzebeard yells: Well, now... that's a lot to digest. I'm gonna need some time to take all this in. Thank ye.
Abedneum yells: Acknowledged, Branbronzan. Session terminated.
Interrupting

We did it! Can you believe what we're hearing? This is incredible!

Gossip There will be plenty of time for this later Brann, we need to get moving!

Abedneum yells: Acknowledged, Branbronzan. Session terminated.
Brann stealths and heads to the entranceway.
Brann Bronzebeard yells: You're right, I can come back to this later. I think it's time to see what's behind the door near the entrance. I'm going to sneak over there, nice and quiet. Meet me at the door and I'll get us in.

Notes

  • Kaddrak, Marnak, and Abedneum are references to the biblical characters: Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego from the Book of Daniel.
  • The Tribunal addresses him as "Branbronzan". No reason is given. Possibly this is related to Bran's overcoming the safety precautions and convincing the Tribunal he is a legitimate user. He possibly spelled his name incorrectly using titan runes. Algalon the Observer later calls him "Bronzen".

Speculation

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"Necrophotic"

"Necrophotic" is not a real English word, but the combination of roots and suffix would mean "having the character or form of dead light," "of or relating to dead light," or "coming from or containing dead light." The term necrophotic is composed of the Greek roots necro- (> νεκρὸς/nekrós 'dead') and photo- (> φῶς/phôs 'light'). The suffix -ic describes something as having the character or form of, as of or relating to, or as having coming from or containing. This may be a homage to Stephen King's It, and his other novels, where the antagonist was an otherworldly horror called simply "It", with a body composed of "deadlights", the viewing of which would turn any man insane.[2] (It is a famous novel, and draws from the same tradition of Lovecraftian horror as the Old Gods, so such a homage wouldn't be pure coincidence.)

"Necrophotic" could suggest a relation between the Old Gods and the Holy Light of the Warcraft universe.

It may also be related to twilight magic, Old God magic[3] which is presumably of the Void branch, and Twilight, which the Old Gods appear to represent on some levels.

Alternatively, it could be a typo for "necrophytic", which means "death eating" or "living off death", and which would make more sense in the context: the Old Gods made the Earthen flesh so they would be mortal, and thus easier to kill, so they could consume/live off their deaths.

The term "dead light" can also be explained as a metaphor for the source of the Old Gods - the Void and the Void Lords.

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