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A phoney philanthropist[edit | edit source]
Working as a ruthless loan shark, Cosney Megundal acquired his wealth from the exorbitant interest rates he put on his client's loans. The amount of money he obtained from his nefarious business meant that he could donate some of it to London commercial areas in order to appear as if he were a legitimate businessman who was a generous philanthropist; this plan made him a celebrity in the city and well-liked by its denizens who were unaware of his true nature.
Always looking for new income opportunities, he made a deal with a telegraph technician called Robert Crogley; if Crogley was able to steal government secrets then Megundal would pay handsomely for them. Crogley was able to intercept a secret telegram from England to Japan and had his father, Mortar Milverton, embed the information into two separate music discs for security, as the information could only be accessed if both discs were used as the same time. Megundal subsequently made the first of the two transactions with Crogley onboard an omnibus and obtained the first music disc.
Betrayal & death on an omnibus[edit | edit source]
Milverton's murder[edit | edit source]
- Main article: The Adventure of the Runaway Room
On a cold February night, Megundal met with Milverton inside an omnibus to proceed with the second transaction. However, an argument ensued when Milverton demanded more money, ultimately resulting in Megundal stabbing the man in the chest with a knife, killing him instantly. At that moment, a scream emanated from under his seat; lifting up the cushion revealed a hidden Gina Lestrade alongside her pickpocket tools. Megundal dragged her out and forced the young woman to sit beside Milverton's corpse, getting his blood on her hands in the process.
Fellow passengers Oscar Fairplay and Adam Redifast looked down inside the carriage from the window above after hearing the commotion and quickly left to get the police. Knowing that the authorities would soon be arriving, Megundal gave his black coat containing the second disc to Beppo, telling him to deposit it with Hatch's Pawn Shop and paying him to do so. He then told Lestrade not tell the police or anyone else what she had seen or heard. Megundal gave her the deposit receipt for the coat and ordered her to hold it for two months. In the event that he was unable to do it himself, Lestrade would to the pawn shop in his place and extend the deposit time to prevent it from being sold off as unwanted merchandise. Megundal was soon after arrested for Milverton's murder.
Three days later, Megundal was put on trial, with Chief Justice Hart Vortex arranging for Japanese exchange student Ryūnosuke Naruhodō as his defense attorney and "Death God of the Old Bailey" Barok van Zieks as the prosecutor. During the course of the trial, Naruhodō put forth the possibility of a third party inside the omnibus, which Megundal confirmed. At this, Lestrade suddenly sent off a smoke bomb in the courtroom, allowing her to put some of Milverton's blood on the skylight and floor of the carriage while the commotion was going on, at Megundal's orders. Afterwards, Megundal and Lestrade testified together to claim that he took the fall to let the pickpocket escape. However, this was all a ruse to sway the jury to vote "Not Guilty". Prosecutor van Zieks then revealed that the omnibus had somehow been tampered with during the trial, which lead everyone, including Naruhodō, to question Megundal's innocence. This caused the businessman to snap and slam his fist onto the witness stand, enraged that even his own attorney was turning against him. Since there was no evidence that the bloodstains had been planted, the presiding judge reluctantly declared Megundal "Not Guilty", despite many protests. Triumphant, Cosney Megundal laughed and clapped manically as the courtroom broke into an uproar.
Death[edit | edit source]
Afterwards, Megundal tried to pay Naruhodō a thousand guineas for defending him, only to be turned down by the angry attorney. He was then summoned by a bailiff go inside the courtroom to inspect the crime scene. Megundal complied, saying that he considered it his duty as a celebrity of London. However, once inside the courtroom, he was locked up in the omnibus that Milverton had been killed in and it was set on fire. Although he banged hard trying to escape, breaking the window in the process, Cosney Megundal perished in the inferno.
The following morning, Hart Vortex revealed Megundal's death to Naruhodō and the young lawyer's legal assistant, Susato Mikotoba, telling them that Scotland Yard had made no arrangements for the businessman to be present during the inspection.
Legacy[edit | edit source]
- Main article: The Adventure of the Unspeakable Story
Two months later, Lestrade went to the pawn shop to receive the coat and discs before they were sold off. But Robert Crogley, under the alias of "Egg Benedict", interrupted and attempted to claim them himself. After the murder of the pawn shop's owner, Hatch Windibank, the pickpocket was put on trial for the crime. In the course of the trial, it was revealed that Megundal's death had been arranged by Crogley: the technician used the money that Megundal gave him for the first disc to hire people to kill the man to had murdered his father. After his crime was brought to light, van Zieks told Crogley that what he did made him no better than Megundal.
Personality[edit | edit source]
Cosney Megundal strove to put on the welcoming and jovial air of a selfless philanthropist and man of the people, spending vast amounts of his fortune on the preservation and restoration of many commercial areas, asking only for the newly restored areas to carry his name as compensation. However, this was all an act meant to mask his insatiable greed and garner the undeserved trust of others. His aforementioned charity was funded by the dirty money he obtained through his loan shark work. Money and fame were all he held sacred, and he was perfectly willing to resort to murder and treason if it benefited him.
Name[edit | edit source]
- His name is a play on the Japanese phrase "kozeni megundaru", which is "kozeni megundeyaru" in the Kansai dialect, and translates as "I'll spare you some change"; this references both his supposed philanthropy and his actual occupation as a loan shark.
Development[edit | edit source]
- Character designer Kazuya Nuri struggled to work out how trustworthy or suspicious Megundal should look, since he would be Naruhodō's first foreign client. He eventually settled on a design that leaned more toward "suspicious".
- Megundal is one of the only two victims of the so-called "Death Bringer Curse" whose death was not orchestrated by Ann Sasha, Tobias Gregson, or Hart Vortex. The other was Elyder Meningen.
- Megundal is also the quickest victim of the "curse" to die. He fell victim almost immediately after his trial while it usually victims take days or years to die.
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|Kazuma Asōgi · Taketsuchi Auchi · Beppo · Nikomina Borschevic · Jezail Brett · Robert Crogley · Dmitri Demiglaski · Oscar Fairplay · Joan Garrideb · John Garrideb · Viridian Green · Tobias Gregson · Sherlock Holmes · Satoru Hosonaga · Seishirou Jigoku · Judge (British Empire) · Kuroppoi · Gina Lestrade · Cosney Megundal · Decargo Mieterman · Susato Mikotoba · Yūjin Mikotoba · Mortar Milverton · Ryūnosuke Naruhodō · Sōseki Natsume · Patrick O'Malley · Rola O'Malley · William Petenshy · Piroshko · Adam Redifast · Sanmon Sonohigurashi · Mitrov Stroganov · Nemmy Tinpillar · Tully Tinpillar · Koroumaru Uzukumaru · Taizou Uzukumaru · Barok van Zieks · Hart Vortex · Wagahai · Iris Watson · John Watson · Hatch Windibank|