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The revolutionary couple
Tahrust and his wife Beh'leeb were members of the Defiant Dragons, the revolutionary group that sought to reform Khura'in's legal system. Despite Tahrust's role as the high priest, both the Inmees detested the Defense Culpability Act and sought to change it as part of the revolution. For this purpose, Tahrust and Beh'leeb had access to a room hidden behind the Inner Sanctum, which was one of the Defiant Dragons' many secret hideouts. This room was also monitored by a microphone, which Tahrust checked regularly.
In 2026, coinciding with Maya Fey's arrival in Khura'in, they took in Puhray Zeh'lot, having found him on the border of the country with apparent memory loss. Zeh'lot was actually a member of the government's secret police and licensed to arrest or kill suspected revolutionaries, but he did not know the Inmees were revolutionaries at the time.
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Two years later, Beh'leeb became pregnant, meaning that she could not play the part of Lady Kee'ra in the Purification Rite as she usually did. Because of this, Maya Fey was chosen to play the part instead. Meanwhile, prior to the rite, Tahrust and Beh'leeb planned to help fellow rebel Datz Are'bal escape from the prison located atop the mountain where the Inner Sanctum lay. As a part of this preparation, Beh'leeb was to prepare the secret hideout behind the Inner Sanctum.
A few days before the rite, Tahrust found a letter stamped with the mark of Lady Kee'ra. It read: "Do not perform the rite. I know what you are planning. --Lady Kee'ra." The letter had actually been prepared by Zeh'lot, who by this time had already suspected Tahrust of being a member of the Dragons. Despite the threatening letter, the plan went still set to proceed.
The day before the rite was the customary Feast of Blessings. Tahrust had planned to sit down to enjoy two separate meals. The first was with his wife, Fey, and Puhray Zeh'lot. After each had left to go about their own business, he hosted the second meal for his friends, the judge and his family. After they bid each other farewell, he went to inspect what the microphone had recorded at the hideout. What he discovered filled him with dread, Zeh'lot ended up encountering Beh'leeb at the hideout and discovered her secret. He revealed his true colors and quickly tried to kill her for being a revolutionary. Cornered, Beh'leeb pushed one of the stone slabs in the hideout toward Zeh'lot, causing him to be impaled and killed by the warbaa'd statue that concealed the hideout's entrance. The sound of a theme song was heard during the struggle, which Tahrust assumed was from The Plumed Punisher. Zeh'lot's blood caused the Inner Sanctum's spring to be stained red.
Tahrust realized that despite his wife's circumstances, she would likely be put to death – the Divination Séance would be interpreted against her. Tahrust had heard of Maya Fey's visiting old friend, Phoenix Wright, and how his legal prowess led to the first acquittal since the DC Act was passed. Despite this and the fact that he was one of the Defiant Dragons, he could not bring himself to confide in the lawyer. Tahrust thus decided that the only way to save his wife and unborn child was to alter the crime scene and kill himself, making him and Zeh'lot appear to be victims of a serial murder from the rebel hunter, Fey would be framed for being the hunter. Beh'leeb was not informed of this plan, as he knew she would not agree to it. First, he had Zeh'lot's body placed on the mountain snow, altering the temperature in order to throw off the perceived time of death. Then, he moved Zeh'lot's body to the Plaza of Devotion at the foot of the mountain and arranged the body in a praying pose, knowing that he would not be disturbed. He then stabbed Puhray Zeh'lot's neck with the ceremonial warbaa'd dagger, which had Fey's fingerprints on it from practicing the rite that night.
On the day of the rite, Tahrust wore bells around his ankles for the ritual and led people kneeling in the cold Plaza of Devotion. When the time came Tahrust led Fey up the mountain as required, and had her drugged unconscious. The ceremonial robe of Lady Kee'ra with a smell of incense was draped over the warbaa'd statue which Zeh'lot had been impaled on. Tahrust then put on a show of performing the ritual, bowing to two lanterns (one broken) then using the sutra to cover his face so he can turn around, and finally threw himself at the statue to impale himself. As he fell backwards into the spring, he used his last ounce of strength to pull the robe off the statue. To onlookers, and from the appearance of the Divination Séance, it would look as if Fey had put on the ceremonial robe and killed him during the Rite of Transformation.
Summoned to testify
His plan worked for a short time, and Fey was found guilty of his death. During the trial for Zeh'lot's murder, however, it was discovered that the acolyte was the first to die. Tahrust was thus summoned by Fey to testify during her trial for his and Zeh'lot's murders. He was somewhat disoriented upon being channeled, and initially assumed he was in the Twilight Realm. The judge soon corrected him and explained the situation. He seemed surprised that Fey had mastered the art of spirit channeling, but he soon learned to make the best of the situation. He considered that Fey's hair was "a gift from the Holy Mother" and would often play with it, although he quickly decided her robe was far too constricting, taking it off for most of the trial. In order to protect his wife, Tahrust testified to absolve Beh'leeb of all involvement.
He first tried to concur with the scenario that prosecutor Nahyuta Sahdmadhi had proposed, but let slip his knowledge of the time of death. He tried several other cover stories for Beh'leeb, including the idea that Fey had channeled Lady Kee'ra herself in order to kill rebels like him. But Wright continuously managed to push through the contradictions in Tahrust's testimonies, Lady Kee'ra's face was never revealed. He finally tried to reveal the fact that the Plumed Punisher clock in the hideout was never set to alarm and that he heard the strap Fey carried around play music at the time of the crime. However, his mentioning of taiko drums being played led Wright to realize that the sound came from his wife's Steel Samurai watch, proving it was her at the crime scene. Eventually, Wright figured out that Tahrust's death had not been a murder, but a suicide.
Eventually, Beh'leeb herself was convinced to confess to her deed and true allegiance to protect Fey from a false conviction, causing Tahrust to scream in frustration and despair. Coming to terms with his fate, Tahrust admitted his motivations, citing the existence of the Defense Culpability Act as the reason to why he had no choice but to do what he did. He apologized to everyone he had wronged, and asked the judge to look after Beh'leeb before his departure. Bidding his wife farewell, Tahrust was exorcised from Fey's body by Beh'leeb with a Magatama of Parting.
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Tahrust was a devout monk, and fully believed in the teachings of Khura'inism, but, despite this, he believed in the cause of the Defiant Dragons. He was revered by many as a good man, priest, and husband. His wife, Beh'leeb, was the most important thing in his life to him, and he would go to the most desperate measures to protect her, even if it meant his own life and framing a close friend. Despite his calm demeanor, Tahrust had an impish side and was also shown to have a fearsome temper when angered.
- His Japanese given name comes from "marumeru" (丸める), meaning "to make bald," referencing his lack of hair.
- His Japanese surname comes from "atama" (頭), meaning "head."
- His English name is a play on "trust in me", corresponding to his wife, Beh'leeb Inmee, “believe in me”. It could also double as a play on "thrust in me," referring to how he was thought to have been stabbed to death with a ceremonial dagger.
- Tahrust is the first victim in the series to be cross-examined after his death. However, he is the second witness to be cross-examined after death, the first being Dahlia Hawthorne.