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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.
- Main article: The Rite of Turnabout
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, 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. However, Zeh'lot ended up following her and discovered her secret, preparing 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. 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, and there were no lawyers in Khura'in who would speak up on her behalf due to the Defense Culpability Act. 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. 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 it would not be disturbed. He then stabbed Zeh'lot's neck with the ceremonial warbaa'd dagger, which had Maya Fey's fingerprints on it from practicing the rite.
On the day of the rite, Tahrust led Fey up the mountain as required, and had her drugged unconscious. The ceremonial robe of Lady Kee'ra was draped over the warbaa'd statue which Zeh'lot had been impaled on. Tahrust then put on a show of performing the ritual, 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.
Summoned to testify
Tahrust was later summoned by Fey to testify during her trial for his and Zeh'lot's murders. He believed 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, but Fey's defense attorney Phoenix Wright managed to push through the contradictions in Tahrust's testimonies and 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. Bidding his wife farewell, Tahrust was exorcised from Fey's body by Beh'leeb with a Magatama of Parting.
|All who serve Her Holiness must strive to banish worldly desires from their soul! Open your heart! Let the Holy Mother in! Purge your mind of greed and bias!|
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".
- 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.