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  • The holographic images pictured on “Found Wanting” display Dr. Tremata and the Fence. Both are shown with a projectile (a dart and an arrow respectively) jutting from the left side of their chests. The human heart is usually located on the left side of the chest. It is very probable that both of these characters were killed by such an injury. Based on the facial structure and hairline, the silhouetted figure on the third image to the right may be Tony Taurus.
  • Relating to the above, the villain accused for the assaults/murders depicted on “Found Wanting” is referred to by the flavor text as “Heartbreaker.” Based on the methods of dispatch the holograms depict, it is clear that his name is a pun on his method of killing. The fact that heartbreaker uses various thrown projectiles to attack may make him an homage to the Marvel villain Bullseye.
  • "Character Witnesses" shows the Dark Watch team coming to the defense of Harpy (in her solo hero costume, rather than either her Villain or Dark Watch costumes).
  • "Called to Judgement" shows Sky-Scraper as a defendant and Tempest as a witness.
  • "Paragon of Sentience" shows the Celestial Adjudicator observing The Scholar and Guise in a battle withAeon Men.
  • "Representative of Earth" shows Omnitron-X being watched by the Celestial Adjudicator and Celestial Executioner.

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  • The tribunal was the only deck in SOTM that can draw cards from decks not used in the current in-play game (“Representative of Earth”). Until the Guise variant Completionist Guise was released.

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  • A court of powerful aliens judging humanity is a well-known science fiction staple. Perhaps the most popular example is the 1987 pilot episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation “Encounter at Farpoint,” in which the human race was judged by an omnipotent race called the Q. In the episode, a small handful of humans were selected to represent the entire species, an M.O. shared by the Tribunal.
  • The spaceship which houses the Celestial Tribunal is shaped like a massive sword. This may be a reference to the Sentient World Observation and Response Department (S.W.O.R.D.) from Marvel comics, a global defense group dedicated to protection from extraterrestrial threats. Additionally, the tribunal ship bears a strong resemblance to S.W.O.R.D.’s orbital base of operations, the Peak.
  • The font for the Celestial Tribunal card backs is nearly identical to the one used in the 2011 superhero film Green Lantern.

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