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Inga Karkhuul Haw'kohd Dis'nahm Bi'ahni Lawga Ormo Pohmpus Da'nit Ar'edi Iz Khura'in III, known simply as Inga Karkhuul Khura'in, was the Minister of Justice for the Kingdom of Khura'in. He was also the husband of Queen Ga'ran Sigatar Khura'in and the adoptive father of Princess Rayfa Padma Khura'in. As Minister of Justice, Inga was responsible for enforcing the Defense Culpability Act, which stated that defense attorneys who lost trials were to receive the same punishment as the defendant.
Inga suffered from prosopagnosia, a disorder that made it very difficult for him to recognize people's faces. Because of this, he kept a notepad where he jotted down other traits that would allow him to identify the people he met.
The foreign attorney
Inga made his first appearance shortly after the trial of Ahlbi Ur'gaid, in which (unknown to Phoenix Wright at the time) an agent of his had been arrested and charged with treason and murder. Both to ensure he would have information that would allow him to recognize Wright in the future and to scare the lawyer off before he disrupted more of Inga's operations, he introduced himself under the pretense of being fascinated with the first defense attorney to win a Not Guilty verdict in twenty years, though he did not exactly disguise his passive-aggressive threats. He would later encounter Wright in the royal palace, and after a few seconds to work around his prosopagnosia, recognized him. He made insinuations towards the existence of his secret police and revealed that the "cigar" in his mouth was actually a stamp meant for ease of authorizing execution requests, which had a tendency to pile up extremely quickly under Ga'ran's administration.
Kidnapping of Maya Fey
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Several days after the trial of Maya Fey, Inga kidnapped her as part of his plan to obtain the Founder's Orb, which had ended up in the possession of the archaeologist Archie Buff, a resident of Kurain Village. Inga's plan was to obtain spiritual power through solving the orb's riddle, then kill his wife, Queen Ga'ran, to overthrow her. Inga tied Fey to a chair inside Amara's Tomb, where she remained for several days until Inga encountered Dhurke Sahdmadhi in the tomb. Knowing that Sahdmadhi intended to rescue Fey, Inga shot him three times in the chest and ran away soon afterward upon finding out that he had run out of bullets and saw he was still alive.
Although Fey escaped, Inga pretended to still have her hostage in order to coerce Wright into helping him obtain the Founder's Orb. Inga had the foreign politician Paul Atishon attempt to obtain the orb from Buff, and when it ended up in Sahdmadhi's possession regardless, Atishon used Fey's safety to coerce Wright into representing him in a civil lawsuit against Sahdmadhi over the ownership of the orb. During the civil trial, it was revealed that a spirit medium was needed in order to obtain the spiritual power that the orb could grant, meaning that Inga could not have afforded to harm Fey, as she was the only spirit medium available to him. As a result, Wright dropped Atishon's case and the orb's ownership was granted to Sahdmadhi. Realizing that Dhurke had actually perished after their initial encounter and was now being channeled by Maya, Inga then decided to threaten Dhurke with the safety of his wife Amara Sigatar Khura'in instead and told him to bring the orb and Maya to Amara's Tomb at 3 p.m. the following day.
Around 2 p.m., Inga was waiting for Dhurke in Amara's Tomb. He drank some sour grape juice and went over to look at a picture of the Holy Mother while talking to a subordinate who just called on his cellphone, they were at the Bazaar near a Warbaa'd. Suddenly, someone stabbed him in the back with a knife. Looking up to see who had stabbed him, he saw that the attacker appeared to be Dhurke and tried to shoot him. He was unable to fire a bullet and heard a firecracker and Datz Are'bal laughing right before dying of a loss of blood due to his wound, the rebel was playing with Shah'do in the courtyard. Unbeknownst to Inga, his killer was actually his own wife, Ga'ran, who found out about his coup d'etat and killed him to prevent it. She had disguised herself with Sahdmadhi's clothes, knowing that her husband would not recognize her face due to his condition.
Half an hour later, Inga woke up in his quarters and let out a scream, having been channeled by Amara, who was being coerced by Ga'ran into framing Dhurke Sahdmadhi for the crime. Believing that he had had a nightmare and not realizing that he was already dead, Inga rushed back to the tomb to make the exchange with Dhurke Sahdmadhi and was seen by Rayfa from her balcony as he did so. His return to the world of the living was short-lived, however, as Amara returned his spirit to the afterlife as soon as he entered the tomb, and his corpse was later found by Royal Guards soon after 3:15 p.m. when the exchange was supposed to be completed.
Inga was a very arrogant and power-hungry man. Believing that his status as minister of justice made him superior to other people, he showed no regard for anybody else, casually signing execution orders while talking about it nonchalantly. When interacting with others, he was very abrasive and not above making thinly-veiled threats or flaunting his power to make a point. He even believed that being Ga'ran's husband made him King of Khu'rain, which isn't true as his wife is actually the one in charge. Knowing this, he secretly plotted to take the throne for himself by stealing the Founder's Orb and obtaining the supposed spiritual power from it before killing Ga'ran.
He was shown to be cowardly, as he fled from Dhurke after the latter had taken three gunshots to the chest and survived (although briefly). Also, according to Ga'ran, he is rather submissive and easy to boss around, evident in the way he complied to Maya Fey's various demands while holding her hostage.
Despite his general personality, however, Inga was not entirely incapable of kindness and truly loved Rayfa as if she were his own daughter, keeping a photo of her and a birthday letter she had written for him in his secret safe, as well as having the combination of said safe set to her birthday.
- "Inga" comes from 因果 (Japanese: Inga, from Chinese: Yīn Guǒ), which ultimately origins from Sanskrit "hetu" (cause) and "phala" (effect, result). "Karkhuul" comes from 絡繰る (Japanese: karakuru), which means "to pull the strings".
- "Inga" can also be translated to "karma", which, similar to Manfred von Karma, might reference the bad karma he accumulated over the years signing countless execution orders.
- His full English name is "Inga Karkhuul Haw'kohd Dis'nahm Bi'ahni Lawga Ormo Pohmpus Da'nit Ar'edi Iz Khura'in III", a play on "How could this name be any longer or more pompous than it already is?"
- His full English name is the longest name of any Ace Attorney character to date, having 76 letters (88 with the spaces).
- His full Japanese name, インガ・カルクール・ククルーラ・ラルバン・ギジール・ホフダラン・マダラ・ヴィラ・ヤシマ・ジャクティエール・クライン３世 (Inga Karukūru Kukurūra Raruban Gijīru Hofudaran Madara Vira Yashima Jakutiēru Kurain San-Sei), may be a reference to the Jugemu Jugemu rakugo, in which a boy is given an absurdly long name.
- The symbol on his coat, and outside his house 大臣 is kanji that means minister.
- Of all members of the Khura'in royal family (including the Sahdmadhis), Inga is the only one who does not have a unique leitmotif.
- Inga is the only victim in Spirit of Justice whose Divination Séance includes a sensation of taste.
- Inga is the first victim in the series to have appeared in more than one episode (The Foreign Turnabout and The Rite of Turnabout) before his death, though his portrait was not added to the court record in either episode.