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Gina Lestrade was a detective-in-training studying under Tobias Gregson near the end of the Victorian Era. Prior to Gregson taking her under his wing, she was an orphaned teen living in London's slums utilizing her pickpocketing skills to get by. After serving as a witness during one of Ryunosuke Naruhodo's trials, she became acquainted with him and his assistant, along with Iris Wilson and Herlock Sholmes. She would later promise to help Iris find her blood father, aiming to use her position as a detective to find him.

An unwilling accomplice[]

Main article: The Adventure of the Runaway Room
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One cold night on a February, Gina Lestrade had slunk into an omnibus, looking for some items to steal and pawn off, she just stole a smoke launcher from her friend Iris Wilson. Unknown to her, the omnibus was the backdrop of a meeting of Magnus McGilded and "Thrice-fired" Mortar Milverton over a music disc that had important information embedded on it. Lestrade had hid under the seat that had many items in it and her vision was obscured by blackness. Lestrade did not clearly hear what Milverton and McGilded were talking about before she had heard a loud thud, which was the sound of Milverton's body falling over. There, she was found by McGilded because she had a let out a scream as soon as the thud happened.

Being given instructions by McGilded.

Lestrade was then dragged out and she was sat next to Milverton's corpse, with blood getting on her hands at some point. McGilded then offered to let her go that night, but not without a price: she could not tell the police or anyone else what she had seen or heard of and secondly, Lestrade had to take the deposit receipt from the pawn shop of the coat she saw McGilded give to the coachman and keep that receipt with her two months from that day and in the event that he could do not do this, Lestrade would have to go to the pawn shop and extend the deposit time because if this was not done, it would be sold off as unwanted merchandise. If she did not comply with his orders, then that would result in him having her and the other orphaned children chased out of the East End. Before his trial, McGilded then had Lestrade forge her testimony.

In the middle of the trial, Lestrade set off a smoke bomb that helped McGilded put Milverton's blood on the skylight. This would cause suspicions towards the top passengers, Bruce Fairplay and Lay D. Furst. Lestrade first appeared saying McGilded took the fall for her, that caused two jurors to vote the final not guilty votes. But prosecutor Barok van Zieks stopped the jurors and revealed that the omnibus was fabricated with false evidence. Lestrade lied saying she removed the items in the compartment and all she heard was McGilded's snoring. The jury decided that Lestrade is a unreliable witness until the defense, Ryunosuke Naruhodo, said the testimony offers a new possibility. Despite the protests and obvious fabrication of evidence, McGilded got acquitted as there was no evidence to prove that the bloodstain on the skylight was there at the scene of the crime.

Afterwards, Lestrade appeared with McGilded. After the businessman left, she pointed her smoke launcher at Naruhodo. Suddenly Iris arrived and pulled out a larger smoke launcher, demanding Lestrade to come with her to a lab.

End of spoilers.

Accused of murder[]

Main article: The Adventure of the Unspeakable Story
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Two months after McGilded's trial and death, Lestrade went to the pawn shop to retrieve the disc. The owner, Hatch Windibank, gave her the coat with the disc in it, but Mortar Milverton's son Robert Crogley, under the alias of "Egg Benedict", claimed that the coat and disc were his. Lestrade refused to hand them over until "Benedict" said the password to the items. But when he claimed there was another item that Lestrade is hiding, she attacked him, grabbed the disc and tossed it to Naruhodo. After a joint reasoning, and the timely arrival of Inspector Tobias Gregson, Lestrade got the black coat, but not the discs.

Unconscious on the floor of the pawnbrokers.

Herlock Sholmes invites Lestrade over for tea, she outright refuses but decides to show up anyway. Later that night, Lestrade thinks Sholmes is a liar when he said a case Iris wrote, "The Hound of The Baskervilles", is in Windibank's vault. She thinks that he really sold it for money, so she went to the pawn shop to go get. Lestrade points a gun at Windibank demanding he unlock the vault. Reluctantly, the owner agrees and Lestrade realizes Sholmes wasn't lying. Suddenly there was noise outside the vault, Windiback takes the gun and tells Lestrade to stay in. There was a lot of commotion and Windiback was suddenly killed. Lestrade took the gun to protect herself but then fell unconscious, then she was arrested for the murder of the pawn shop owner.

Lestrade turned down one attorney due to being poor, chief justice Mael Stronghart allows Naruhodo to be hers. She doesn't trust that Naruhodo could pull his job off but she tells them about the incident last night in the Gaol before she goes for her inquiry. But she says everyone lies, and she's the biggest liar around. She gives them a picture of a cat with a snowman that was in the coat's pocket. Susato Mikotoba tells Lestrade she's going to leave for Japan and she says she will part with a sad Iris because of her. Susato asks her to betray the belief she placed on Iris and Naruhodo or she will be all alone then demands Lestrade proof that she lies, so she reveals the truth about that murder in the omnibus. When she's done she wonders if Naruhodo is mad that she lied during his important trial, everyone is really mad at Magnus McGilded for using children like her. Lestrade learns of Sholmes' shooting right after the incident last night and Naruhodo asks if she really wants him to defend her. Reluctantly, she signs the written request but says she doesn't need an attorney. With that request, the group is allowed to investigate the pawn shop.

After Lestrade's interrogation ended, she doesn't want to hear what the group found at the crime scene, everyone is saying she's the killer. The attorney paperwork cut off time is approaching, so they ask her again if she wants Naruhodo to defend her. But first, they show her Iris' manuscript that was the only thing that was sought for in the vault, Naruhodo correctly guesses that she did it. She reveals that Iris was actually writing about Sholmes and his partner, her father. Lestrade doesn't like being called nice, that's when Naruhodo sees that her sleeves are stained with blood, so Iris sprays her with an invention Sholmes made and it turns purple meaning it's Mortar Milverton's blood, there's a lot more on the black coat too. Since the coat originally belonged to Magnus McGilded, the group realizes that he was actually guilty. Gina Lestrade is still not accepting him as an attorney, especially after she lied in the previous trial, but Naruhodo believes her despite what happened. There are always trustworthy allies in the world, Lestrade reluctantly agrees with the written request.

End of spoilers.

Detective-in-training[]

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Main article: The Return of the Great Departed Soul

After serving time in prison, Lestrade became a detective-in-training under Gregson's guidance. She did this so she could begin her change into a better person, and to someday find Iris' father. Six months following her trial, Lestrade followed Gregson as they investigated the murder of Odie Asman, who died during Albert Harebrayne's experiment. Because she saw the crime from a hot air balloon, she was later called by van Zieks to testify in court.

Loss[]

Main article: Twisted Karma and His Last Bow & The Resolve of Ryunosuke Naruhodo
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Personality[]

Initially Lestrade did not trust any adults due to living in the alleyways, and she only considered the fellow urchins as her family. However, after being a witness to one murder and then accused in another, Lestrade was taken under the wing of Gregson. Despite being just a detective-in-training, she was proud of her title, going so far as to show off her makeshift badge to Naruhodo and Iris. Lestrade also respected her superiors and even lamented Gregson's death, showing her growing maturity.

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