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Raymond "Ray" Shields is a defense attorney who owns the Edgeworth Law Offices. He worked under the law firm's original owner, Gregory Edgeworth, and worked with him in the field during his investigation of the IS-7 Incident. When he met his former mentor's son Miles Edgeworth years later, he questioned Miles about his chosen path of being a prosecutor, rather than becoming a defense attorney like his father.
The IS-7 Incident
In December 2000, Gregory Edgeworth invited Shields to work a case with him, in what would turn out to be their only case together, the IS-7 Incident. Edgeworth's client was the famous television chef Jeff Master, who was accused of murdering fellow chef Isaac Dover during a confectionery competition held at Master's mansion. During their investigation, Edgeworth and Shields met the infamous prosecutor Manfred von Karma, who was leading the police investigation. Von Karma saw the pair as mere pests and actively stifled their attempts to investigate.
During the investigation, the sherbet sculptures that Dover had made for the competition disappeared. Master's assistant and adopted daughter, Katherine Hall, claimed that she had accidentally melted them. Von Karma subsequently took her in for questioning, along with the other competition contestants, Dane Gustavia and Delicia Scones. Meanwhile, Edgeworth discovered that, although the police claimed that the body of the victim was in their possession, it had really disappeared. Additionally, the victim was actually a sculptor who went by the name Pierre Hoquet.
In court, Edgeworth confronted von Karma about the disappearance of the body, but the prosecutor responded with a forged autopsy report. The trial lasted a year, until von Karma got Master to confess to being an accomplice to the murder. However, Edgeworth proved that the confession had been coerced; the detective in charge of the initial investigation, Rip Lacer, had threatened to indict Hall as being complicit in the crime. Although Edgeworth still lost the case, von Karma was penalized for the first time in his "perfect" career. After the trial, Gregory Edgeworth was murdered by an unknown assailant (which would be revealed fifteen years later to be von Karma) inside the courtroom elevator.
Shields subsequently took over the Edgeworth Law Offices. He tried to appeal Master's case, but although von Karma had left the case to a different prosecutor (having gone on the first, and only, vacation of his career after Edgeworth's death), the appeal failed due to a lack of new evidence pointing to a killer. Shields continued to visit Master regularly, and though he could not make it every day, Hall managed to do so. Meanwhile, Gregory's son Miles was adopted by von Karma. Miles grew up to become a ruthless prosecutor like von Karma, and Shields grew to resent the man who had abandoned his father's path to follow in the footsteps of the man who stood against what he believed in.
A shaky reunion
- Main article: The Imprisoned Turnabout
Eighteen years after Gregory's murder, Shields took on the case of the bodyguard Horace Knightley, who was accused of attempting to assassinate his employer, President Di-Jun Huang of Zheng Fa, as well as murdering the latter's head bodyguard, Ethan Rooke. However, upon visiting the detention center, Knightley was discovered to be missing. Shields entered the prison only to find his client dead, and Gregory's son Miles examining the crime scene with Dick Gumshoe and Kay Faraday. Shields reacted in a sarcastic and disdainful manner to Edgeworth (and even initially pretending to recognize him as Manfred von Karma), saying that the prosecutor had betrayed his father to follow the "von Karma way".
Eventually, Miles was removed from the investigation by Justine Courtney and replaced by Sebastian Debeste, who went on to try to indict Simon Keyes for Knightley's murder. Shields agreed to defend Keyes and headed to the detention center again. To his surprise, he encountered Miles in the hallway. Miles asked to act as Shields's assistant in order to continue investigating. Shields replied that he did not take on assistants, and that he did not trust Miles. However, he agreed to Miles's offer after Gumshoe and Faraday vouched for him, saying that he had forsaken his old ways that had been influenced by von Karma.
Upon meeting him, Keyes turned out to be a timid man who did not reveal much about himself. Because of this, it was not until later on that Shields learned that he was a circus performer who had done a show at the prison. Nonetheless, the "defense team" of Shields, Miles, and Faraday (Gumshoe having been forced to return to his post and work alongside Courtney and Debeste) eventually came to expose the true culprit: the prison director, Patricia Roland. Through this process, Shields found that Miles was serious about finding the truth and saving people, and offered the young prosecutor a place in the Edgeworth Law Offices as a defense attorney. It would be some time before Miles Edgeworth came upon a decision.
- Main article: The Inherited Turnabout
A few days later, Shields found that Hall had bought Master's mansion and was converting it into the Zodiac Art Gallery, with the intention of featuring various works by Pierre Hoquet, including alleged replicas of his sherbet sculptures from the IS-7 Incident. Wondering what this all meant, Shields took advantage of this opportunity to take Miles with him to Gregory's last crime scene to talk about the IS-7 Incident. However, during his retelling of events, Dane Gustavia, who had also come to visit, succumbed to a poison gas trap inside one of the sculptures. Even more dramatically, the body of Issac Dover, missing for all those years, suddenly turned up in the gallery's fountain.
Shields began to suspect that these events had been part of a plan by Hall to expose the truth behind the IS-7 Incident and find the real culprit. It was eventually discovered that the body had been hidden inside one of the sherbet sculptures, and that Hall had stolen them, not knowing until buying the mansion that the body was hidden inside. Shields and Miles eventually proved that Gustavia was indeed the killer and that the statute of limitations on the incident had not expired for him. Thus, the IS-7 Incident was finally solved. Shields went on to ask Hall if he could defend her in court, to which she tearfully agreed.
Murder at the Grand Tower
- Main article: The Forgotten Turnabout
On April 5, 2019, news quickly spread of a murder at the Grand Tower. Shields knew that Miles was due to have a hearing with the Prosecutorial Investigation Committee there, and hurried to Edgeworth's office, where he found him looking for Faraday. Faraday was currently suffering from amnesia and was being blamed for the murder of Jill Crane, and Miles had relinquished his badge trying to protect her. The two decided to investigate the murder and the cause of Faraday's amnesia, which led to the discovery of a secret black market auction of police evidence.
The Chair of the P.I.C., Blaise Debeste, tried to twist the truth, and even had Miles imprisoned, but during the latter's hearing, everything came to light. Blaise was the auction conductor and had killed Crane to prevent her from taking revenge on him for a past crime. As a result of this, Sebastian, Blaise's son, ran away. As Sebastian was supposed to prosecute Roland's trial and Crane was supposed to be her defense attorney, Shields agreed to take over the defense, while Franziska von Karma acted as the prosecutor.
- Main article: The Grand Turnabout
The following day, the trial of Patricia Roland began. However, all of the evidence for the case, including the murder weapon, was missing, and Courtney hastily tried to end the trial in a not guilty verdict. Miles discovered that Courtney's adopted son, John Marsh, had been kidnapped by Blaise's cronies in order to coerce Courtney into acquitting Roland. Shields and Franziska stalled the trial as Miles found both Sebastian and Marsh, as well as a connection between Blaise and Roland. Shields called Blaise to the stand and continued to stall until Miles and Sebastian arrived. Sebastian took over the prosecutor's bench and confronted his father about his crimes, eventually proving that he had tried to dispose of the evidence against Roland.
Once the trial was settled, Miles and Shi-Long Lang investigated the murder of President Huang, who had been found dead earlier that day in a Global Studios filming lot beside the Big Tower. Meanwhile, Shields and Franziska investigated the connection between Blaise and Roland further, and found that Blaise had been in charge of the SS-5 Incident 12 years prior. It was eventually discovered that the president had in fact been killed during the SS-5 Incident, and the one who had just been murdered was a body double who had conspired with Blaise and Roland to replace the president. This led to Miles confronting and arresting Keyes after deducing that he had killed the fake president and orchestrated the murders of Knightley and Crane.
Two days later, Miles decided to continue as a prosecutor, and to use his position to fight the contradictions and abuses from which the law suffered. Shields saw the same determination in the younger Edgeworth that Gregory had, and wished him well on his new path.
As a teenager, Shields stuttered a lot and was easily scared. He was very open about his feelings, particularly his adoration towards Gregory and Master. He had a habit of eating the pages on his notepad to "remember" the notes that he wrote.
The adult Shields is far more playful, confident, and laid-back, and often uses sarcasm and jokes when dealing with others. He has developed the habit of hedging his answers and suggestions, and never quite showing his full hand, as evidenced in a discussion with Miles Edgeworth over chess, in which he lies and claims he isn't capable at the game, to which Miles retorts that he has never been able to defeat him. His paper-eating habit is gone, instead replaced with a desire to ask people (normally women) for hugs, which he claims to have picked up from his time overseas. The only one seen to take him up on his offer was Patricia Roland, who followed up with a kiss as well, much to Shields's shock. He is less easily frightened than he used to be, though the dog Anubis still managed to send him running. Despite his laid-back demeanour, however, Shields has a passion for the truth, a sharp mind, and a fierce loyalty towards his clients.
Shields held great respect towards Gregory, even going so far as to copy his former mentor's way of bowing to others. His initially scornful attitude towards Miles was born out of this respect, as he felt that the younger Edgeworth had abandoned his father's path to follow in the footsteps of the man who had killed him. However, upon getting to know Miles, Shields soon realised that he was far more like Gregory Edgeworth than Manfred von Karma, and began treating him as an ally. Shields gives "reports" to Gregory by talking to an old photo of Gregory and Shields from the IS-7 investigation.
Unlike other defense attorneys, such as Phoenix Wright, many of Shields's known and intended clients have been guilty as charged. His reasoning behind defending such individuals is apparently due to having compassion towards their plight and working to help them receive a less harsh verdict.
- His Japanese name contains the kanji for "shield" (盾) - this could be a reference to his partnership with Gregory Edgeworth, seeing as Gregory's Japanese surname contains the kanji for "sword". Alternatively, his name could be seen as a reference to his job as a defense attorney.
- Shields shares the first kanji of his Japanese surname with the first kanji of Gregory's Japanese given name; "shin" (信), which means "trust".
- Shields's English name in the unofficial fan translation patch for Gyakuten Kenji 2 is "Raymond Shields". "Raymond" is a given name originating from the Proto-Germanic words for "advice" (ragin) and "protector" (mund), and could be a reference to the actor Raymond Burr, who played defense attorney Perry Mason in the TV adaptation of Erle Stanley Gardner's detective stories about said character. Raymond Shields also refers to himself as just "Ray", which could refer to a "ray of light". "Shields" is likely meant to have the same meaning as his Japanese name.
- Shields's nickname of "Ray Shields" may also be a reference to the sci-fi 'force field' of the same name, thus, again, alluding to his job as a defense attorney and possibly even nodding to his seemingly geeky nature.
- Though he acts as an ally for much of Gyakuten Kenji 2, Shields is never formally declared a partner by the game, as he mostly observes the protagonists in action rather than actively following them while they investigate.
- Shields (particularly his younger self) is the favorite character introduced in Gyakuten Kenji 2 of art director Tatsuro Iwamoto.
- The hat that Shields wears is the same one once worn by Gregory Edgeworth, which he inherited after the latter's death.
- Shields is one of only two defense attorneys seen in-game to not openly wear their attorney's badge, with the other being Diego Armando.
- Following the events of "The Grand Turnabout", Shields is the second defense attorney in the series to suffer an onscreen loss that wasn't later overturned, following Phoenix Wright.