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The revolutionary couple[edit | edit source]
Double lives[edit | edit source]
Beh'leeb and Tahrust Inmee were devout Khura'inists, and they observed all its practices. Every year, Beh'leeb would cook a wonderful meal for the feast of Blessings, and then play the part of Lady Kee'ra as part of the Purification Rite. Their love for each other was well-known, and they even prayed at the same time of day. It was believed that their faith included total loyalty to the monarchy. They spoke to royal family members with reverence and humility.
In truth, the couple were secretly members of the Defiant Dragons, a rebel group that opposed the Defense Culpability Act and the regime of Queen Ga'ran Sigatar Khura'in. They both believed that this law was unjust, and hoped to work towards abolishing it. Not even their closest friends suspected them of being insurgents.
The acolytes[edit | edit source]
At some point in 2026, they took in an acolyte named Puhray Zeh'lot. The disciple was like a son to her, and she was proud of his seeming devotion to Khura'inist religious practices.
Some time afterwards, they befriended Maya Fey during her training in their country. Beh'leeb and Fey bonded over their mutual appreciation of children's action shows, and traded merchandise as part of a cultural exchange. The Steel Samurai watch she obtained had an alarm on it, which she set to go off during her prayer time.
A grieving widow[edit | edit source]
- Main article: The Rite of Turnabout
Bitter losses[edit | edit source]
Two years after the Inmees took in Zeh'lot, Beh'leeb (who was pregnant by that time), had conspired with her husband to prepare the rebel hideout for fellow rebel Datz Are'bal's prison escape during the Feast of Blessings. Before the plan was put into action, Beh'leeb learned that Tahrust had received a threatening letter signed by the Lady Kee'ra that had recently been attacking rebels. The letter warned the abbot not to go through with the escape plan. Despite the warning, Beh'leeb went to make preparations at the hideout located in the Inner Sanctum. It was there she encountered Zeh'lot, who had arrived to investigate the area. Upon realizing that she was a member of the Defiant Dragons, he announced that he was a member of Minister Inga Karkhuul Khura'in's secret police tasked with killing rebels, which he claimed to be able to do with impunity. When Zeh'lot lunged at her, Beh'leeb retaliated by pushing a large stone slab toward him, which caused him to be fatally impaled by the warbaa'd statue at the hideout's entrance. During this conflict, the alarm on her watch went off and played the Steel Samurai theme. Not having intended to kill Zeh'lot, Beh'leeb was noticeably shaken by his death.
The following day, her husband Tahrust was found dead at the Inner Sanctum after the Purification Rite, in which their acquaintance Fey played the role of Lady Kee'ra in her place. The loss of her husband had devastated the already traumatized Beh'leeb, and she entered a period of mourning. After Fey was arrested for the murder, her friend Phoenix Wright visited the Inmees' residence with Princess Rayfa Padma Khura'in to question Beh'leeb about Tahrust's death. She didn't pay much attention to Wright's questions at first, but opened up to him after being confronted with the letter. She claimed that Tahrust was not an insurgent, but refrained from telling the police out of fear he would be suspected and arrested anyway. Soon after their exchange, Rayfa received word that her mother had issued a decree that a Prayer of Lament be conducted in Tahrust's memory. Wright and Rayfa later accompanied Beh'leeb to Ga'ran Palace, where the prayer was conducted by the queen.
Although Wright did his best to defend Fey in court the next day, she was found guilty of Tahrust's murder, with Wright being sentenced to death along with her in accordance with the Defense Culpability Act. It was then that Zeh'lot's body was found in the Plaza of Devotion and Fey was charged with his murder as well. Later that day, Beh'leeb was once more visited by Wright and Rayfa. Wright asked her if she truly believed that Fey was her husband's murderer. She said since that was the verdict, she didn't know what else she was supposed to believe. Wright told her that the verdict left out the real truth of the matter. When Beh'leeb asked Wright why he was so certain, he answered that his faith in Fey's innocence was all he had. Moved by the faith he was risking his life over, she agreed to tell him what she could, though she warned him that his descendants and disciples would be cursed for eight generations if his faith was not true.
She told him of how Zeh'lot first came to live in their home, and the close bond they shared. She also talked about the Feast of Blessings, and some of the eating customs involved. Finally, she told Wright that Zeh'lot had excused himself to allegedly begin his prayers after the meal, and that Maya left shortly thereafter to begin rehearsing for the Rite. She chose not to tell Wright about how she was responsible for Zeh'lot's death, and told him that it was too much for her to think about her husband and his disciple.
Coming clean[edit | edit source]
Beh'leeb attended Fey's subsequent trial for the second murder. Wright, suspecting Tahrust to be the culprit behind Zeh'lot's murder, asked Fey to channel his spirit so that he could be questioned about his actions during the Feast of Blessings. Wright slowly pieced together the truth behind Beh'leeb's involvement in Zeh'lot's death, and it was revealed that Tahrust's death had been a suicide. Unbeknownst to his wife, he had moved Zeh'lot's body to the Plaza of Devotion to move suspicion away from her. Because of the Defense Culpability Act, he had felt there was no other way to protect his wife than to take his own life and frame Fey as a serial killer.
After her husband's true cause of death was revealed, Beh'leeb chose to confess, realizing that Fey would be falsely convicted otherwise and she was already unable to deny the allegations brought against her. Tahrust apologized for having to leave her, but promised that he would always watch over her, and she likewise promised to always think of him for as long as she lived. She then exorcised her husband's spirit from Fey's body with a Magatama of Parting and bid farewell to him as tears streamed down her face.
Unbeknownst to the guards, Are'bal and Dhurke Sahdmadhi had been watching the trial, and, as soon as they could, attacked the courthouse to help Beh'leeb escape. Before she left, she went to the accused lobby to apologize to Fey and Wright for all the trouble she had caused them. She threw off her widow's veil and used her lipstick to draw the mark of Lady Kee'ra — a symbol of resolve to fight to the end — on her forehead, saying she would continue what her husband had started by ensuring that no one else had to die because of the Defense Culpability Act. She then escaped from the courthouse with Are'bal and Sahdmadhi.
Tahrust's legacy[edit | edit source]
- Main article: Turnabout Revolution
Beh'leeb would go on to continue her work with the revolutionaries, reaching out to anyone who felt like the government's laws had affected them wrongly. When Sahdmadhi was arrested of the murder of Justice Minister Inga, she led a march of rebellious civilians to protest against Queen Ga'ran's regime and the Defense Culpability Act.
After Sahdmadhi's trial, Beh'leeb gave birth to her child, Faitah Inmee, and was seen smiling happily. No serious repercussions seemed to have been given to her for her killing of Zeh'lot in self-defense.
Personality[edit | edit source]
|I will make amends by picking up where my husband left off. I will see the revolution through, so nothing like this can ever happen again! For that is the depth of my love for my dearly departed husband!|
It is difficult to say what Beh'leeb is like normally, as most interactions with her take place after she is heavily traumatised by discovering her friend was a ruthless assassin, being forced to kill him, and losing her husband in short order. She was often seen carrying Tahrust's funeral picture and talking to it, acting as if she could hear his voice replying, or holding it up in front of her face and pretending to be him.
It is apparent she has a strong sense of right and wrong and is not taken in by the peer pressure of her culture, being able to recognize the importance of defense attorneys to a functioning society despite the tragedy of Amara Sigatar Khura'in, and willing to accept a murder and treason charge as well as probable execution to protect Fey and Wright from a false conviction. She is also highly competent when it comes to the physical side of the rebellion, being able to figure out a plan of escape with Are'bal shortly after her confession, despite being in full view and custody of the court's guards and being able to lead a revolutionary army despite being pregnant.
Beh'leeb is also a big fan of The Plumed Punisher: Warrior of Neo Twilight Realm and previously owned a very rare Plumed Punisher strap which played the show's theme song, which she eventually gave to Fey.
Name[edit | edit source]
- Her Japanese given name comes from "sarasara" （さらさら), which means "flowy" or "silky," referencing her silky hair. Her name contrasts her husband, whose name means "to make bald."
- Her Japanese surname comes from "atama" (頭), meaning "head."
- Her name in the western localization is a play on "believe in me."
Notes[edit | edit source]
- Beh'leeb is the only culprit in the Ace Attorney core series not to take part in the court proceedings (i.e. as a witness, prosecutor, defendant, etc.). She only intervenes after suspicion is placed on her, and willingly admits to killing Zeh'lot.
- Beh'leeb is also the only culprit to appear in a game's closing credits within the core series.
- Beh'leeb is the second culprit to have accidentally killed someone in self-defence. The first is Dee Vasquez.