|The Adventure of the Runaway Room
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Episode 3: The Adventure of the Runaway Room is the third episode of The Great Ace Attorney: Adventures and follows Ryunosuke Naruhodo's first appearance in the English court. In his first trial in England, Naruhodo is asked to defend well-known British businessman and philanthropist Magnus McGilded for the murder of an East-End Brick Maker called 'Thrice-Fired' Mason. Barok van Zieks, Magnus McGilded, Bruce Fairplay, Lay D. Furst, Beppo, Mael Stronghart, and Gina Lestrade all make their debuts in the episode.
This episode introduces the jury trial system. All trials held in the United Kingdom have a jury consisting of six jurors, who can declare the defendant guilty when they all believe the trial has produced enough evidence.
|Glancing over my records of the late last century, I am faced by the event of a certain bitter winter. A murder in a carriage as it sped through dense London fog in the dead of night -- Though the victim and the perpetrator were the only ones inside, there were multiple witnesses to the crime itself. However, none could have imagined at the time that such a seemingly obvious case as this would end in such a horrendous manner. My friend, Mr. Herlock Sholmes, once said of the incident, 'I believe that perhaps that case was indeed the "prelude" -- the beginning of a long concerto that impressive Japanese student and I were to play together.'|
In the middle of a cold winter's night, in the foggy city of London, an omnibus strolls down the street. Suddenly, two passengers riding on the roof hear a scream from below. Looking into the carriage, they see what looks like one Magnus McGilded, his hands covered in blood, sitting next to the corpse of his fellow passenger. After their initial shock, they come to believe that they have witnessed a murder.
- 9:21 a.m.
Ryunosuke Naruhodo and Susato Mikotoba arrive in London, they take a carriage to get to the Chief Justice. After being amazed by the office, they prepare themselves to tell the chief about Kazuma Asogi's death and how they will be substituting for him. The chief arrives, he was a large, time-obsessed man named Mael Stronghart. After Stronghart asking the two what they liked about London, Naruhodo decided to tell him about Asogi's death. But, Stronghart already knew about his death, he gives his condolences, and Mikotoba butts in telling him that Naruhodo wants to make a proposal with him. Naruhodo asks Stronghart if he could take Asogi's place. Stronghart and even Naruhodo have doubt at first, but after some convincing Stronghart agrees and puts Naruhodo up to a test. Stronghart explains the case a really easy case, yet the defendant has no lawyer, and if he doesn't get a not guilty he'll be punished by death. Naruhodo and Mikotoba agree and go to meet the defendant.
- 9:45 a.m.
In the defendant lobby in the Old Bailey, Naruhodo and Mikotoba meet the client, a very rich businessman by the name of Magnus McGilded. He is somewhat of a celebrity in London. Right after meeting them McGilded offers a thousand guineas to Naruhodo and Mikotoba if they defend him court, they don't accept the guineas but they agree to defend him court. Naruhodo questions why McGilded doesn't have a lawyer if he's a well know and rich business man, McGilded responds it's due to Barok van Zieks also known as the Reaper. Before McGilded can explain what he means to the pair the trial starts.
- 10:00 a.m.
Naruhodo and Mikotoba are amazed at the Old Bailey and how different it is from the Supreme Court of Judicature. The judge announces that court is now in session. Naruhodo becomes intimidated by prosecutor van Zieks. McGilded fully trusts the young Japanese to get someone famous like him free. The judge then announces the jurors of this trial: A stocky man, a young maid, a man with a knife, an indifferent woman with a typewriter, a carriage driver, and an elderly lady. Unlike the Japanese court system, the jurors determine the fate of the defendant while overseen by the judge.
Van Zieks has had a five-year absence of prosecuting, but proceeds to give his opening statement. It happened three days ago at 10 at night. A skilled bricklayer named "Thrice-Fired" Mason was inside an omnibus when he was stabbed with a large knife. Van Zieks presents the autopsy report and a picture of the crime scene. Then he presents gloves stained with blood, a police officer confirmed this was what McGilded was wearing. Only two guests were with the coach of the omnibus at the time, Mason and McGilded. McGilded denies killing him and was just trying to help him, but van Zieks had multiple witnesses that contradict. There are three of them. Beppo, the coach, Bruce Fairplay, a bank clerk, and Lay D. Furst, a man who makes hats for men.
In the testimony, Beppo said it was the last trip of the night. Only McGilded and Mason were inside the omnibus, the former stabbed the latter in the gut with a knife. Mason screamed which Fairplay and Furst heard then saw down through the skylight. When Beppo heard the scream, he stopped the carriage and saw what happened. The omnibus was also there in the courtroom as evidence. During the cross-examination, Beppo said he only earned twenty pence that last trip. While pressing Fairplay, Juror 3, who hated rich people, suddenly decided that McGilded did in fact kill Mr. Mason! His chair turned black and he sent a fireball into the left black scale above causing it to tilt, Juror 1 agreed with him and did the same. If all the jurors vote guilty black for their conclusions the trial will end with a guilty verdict.
During a pressing of Furst, van Zieks presents the knife that killed Mason, it had the initial "M" on it and was rather valuable. Juror 2 was convinced that he's guilty and unclean, Juror 4 had been writing everything into record and came up with the same conclusion. Naruhodo saw that this cross-examination was just making him lose but Mikotoba said they need information. Beppo mimicked McGilded killing Mason and Juror 5, who was actually the boss of the London horse carriage guild, believed Beppo and voted guilty for the murder in the omnibus. Only one juror was left but Juror 6 didn't think McGilded did it. He donated money to the nearby park named after him and the audience agreed that he was such a nice man who wouldn't kill anyone. But van Zieks revealed to everyone that McGilded was actually a loan shark, he gets all the money from interest rates and never returned them. Mason owned a debt to McGilded, there could only be one reason to why they were in there on the repayment date but Mason didn't have any money. Mikotoba demanded evidence so van Zieks showed everyone the defendant's client ledger. An outraged Juror 6 voted the last guilty and the scale bursts into flames on the black side.
It looked like it was over for Naruhodo, but Mikotoba said that the defense had the right to present a closing argument to the jury. van Zieks claimed that that was the fifty-year-old law. Nonetheless, during the argument, the defense can persuade the jurors to overturn the verdict and continue the trial. The judge and van Zieks claim the argument was lost long ago due to being meaningless and no attorney ever wanted one since. But Mikotoba pointed out that lost does not mean dead, so Naruhodo proceeds with the argument. In the Judicial Findings, each juror will explain why they think the defendant was guilty.
Juror 1 said no one else was in the carriage, 2 said she can trust the four passengers and Beppo earning twenty pence, 3 claimed McGilded stabbed Mason sitting next to him from the side, 4 simply came to a conclusion based on every statement, 5 claimed that coachmen are honest and the fee was four pence, and 6 said Mason fell to the ground and McGilded stabbed him. Naruhodo had to point out inconsistencies without using criticism or persuasion. He started by pointing out that if the fee was four pence like Juror 5 said, then Beppo should've had sixteen pence or there should've been five passengers, contrary to Juror 2's statement. Juror 5 demanded for Beppo as his chair turned white and he tossed a fireball in the other scale voting not guilty, Juror 2 did the same. Naruhodo then pointed that the stabbing ways of Jurors 3 and 6 are completely different. The old woman voted not guilty making the scales even. However, Juror 1 complained to Naruhodo that there wasn't anything wrong with two different ways of stabbing because McGilded could've stabbed the victim twice. But Naruhodo said that's not possible since the autopsy report clearly said that Mason was only stabbed once. Juror 3 now voted not guilty, and so the trial will continue!
Van Zieks was still determined to win the trial despite what happened with the jury. He removes his cape and summons the three witnesses back. They testify that the carriage fee was five pence that night. But they still say the defendant stabbed the victim. Juror 5 was angry with Beppo for raising the price. Beppo revealed that the scream he heard was actually Lay D. Furst. When Beppo confesses he didn't really the moment the victim was stabbed Bruce Fairplay bites down on his cane and pulls it. Naruhodo asked him for his thoughts and notes that Beppo couldn't possibly see through the skylight like Fairplay. So he adds to his testimony that McGilded's hands were soaked with blood after he stabbed Mason, but Naruhodo notes that only his right glove was stained. Van Zieks said none of this matters but Naruhodo assured him that Fairplay was lying and he even had evidence to prove it. McGilded's client ledger had Fairplay's name in it revealing the latter had a loan with the former, if McGilded was found guilty, the debt would be gone. After a long silence, Fairplay admitted that he was exaggerating, but he assured everyone that he indeed saw both of McGilded's hands stained with blood, Furst revealed he saw that too. The judge demanded another testimony.
Even though Fairplay and Furst saw the hands and knife stained with blood, they did not see that actual moment of the stabbing. Beppo said he only heard the scream and didn't see anything, but no one saw any other passengers. Van Zieks noted that Mason's seat was also stained with blood. Fairplay and Furst couldn't sit inside the carriage that freezing cold night due to it being locked from the inside. Naruhodo, wondering if the witnesses really saw it through the skylight raises the possibility of another passenger. Van Zieks and the judge ask where that other passenger was and he answers under the witnesses because they only see the people on the other side not directly under them. Van Zieks demanded evidence or at least a name, Naruhodo suggested that the person in the witness's blind spot was McGilded. Naruhodo said that the third party had both blood-stained hands. Fairplay and Furst said earlier that he didn't see their faces. Prosecutor van Zieks said the defendant did not say anything about a third party. Naruhodo requests McGilded to testify and the jury agreed.
McGilded had heard the whole trial so far. McGilded revealed that there was in fact another passenger in the carriage and he allowed them to escape the crime scene. This passenger was said to be young so McGilded did not want the police to see them as a suspect. What's more, they're currently in the courtroom watching the trial. Suddenly, a thick smoke begins to fill the courtroom! Everyone was in a panic, the bailiff captures McGilded, and the judge calls for an emergency recess.
- 12:52 p.m.
Naruhodo can't believe what happened. Mikotoba said it was a smoke grenade set off by the third passenger who tried to escape. McGilded was currently in the prosecutor's office with the young girl passenger. Mikotoba remembers Beppo's testimony earlier and realizes that the fee sums no longer add up. Before they can wonder why, the trial resumes.
- 1:00 p.m.
The girl was at the stand. When the judge asked why she set off that smoke bomb she didn't say anything. McGilded said she tried to escape because of the crime last night. He then testifies for her.
McGilded claimed he went to sleep in the furthest most seat. He woke up to a scream, saw the victim dead, and tried to help him. When looking for the screaming source he found the girl. McGilded was the first passenger on the carriage and the scream came from the inside. Mason was left there by the defendant. The girl was found in a container under McGilded's chair and he let her sit next to the victim, that was who the witnesses really saw. McGilded revealed that her name was Gina Lestrade and she was a pickpocket. She fired purple smoke at the judge then quickly moves next to McGilded. She accused the court of trying to convict her, Naruhodo got a face full of green smoke after trying to deny that, she got the special gun from a carriage station. Thanks to McGilded, Lestrade will now testify.
She snuck into the carriage before it was hitched, as usual. But that bad night, she couldn't see anything. Suddenly, she heard a loud noise and screamed. McGilded found her and allowed her to escape. Jurors 1 and 4 are amazed at McGilded for taking the fall instead of Gina Lestrade and they voted not guilty. Naruhodo and Mikotoba think they've won but Van Zieks suddenly objects slamming his leg on the bench. He revealed that when the police found the omnibus, the space under McGilded's seat was filled with Beppo's belongings. So in order for the testimony to work, someone must have tampered with the crime scene. It was empty when it was transported to the courtroom and he insults the Nipponese attorney for not checking. McGilded urges Naruhodo to deny van Zieks accusations, after hesitation, he answers that he thought the carriage had items in it when they inspected it. Everyone was surprised to see what appears to be Naruhodo trying to go against the defendant, McGilded questions Naruhodo's memories. Juror 5, the carriage guild master, revealed that the compartment was supposed to hold tools, surely it was the same that night. Then he once again voted guilty! Juror 3 thought that the rich McGilded's testimony was a lie and does the same, and so does Juror 4. The judge decided to have the cross-examination begin.
Gina Lestrade did not see anything in the compartment. Despite being a pickpocket, she's not good with dark and cramp spaces. Since she snuck on, she didn't pay the carriage fee. Lestrade was the one who removed the tools, but she hid them and didn't know how they got back. She couldn't find a time to get money from the passengers. She saw McGilded seating Mason on the opposing seat. When the carriage shook, the corpse landed onto her, resulting in both of her hands being covered in blood. Then she heard the scream of Bruce Fairplay and Lay D. Furst. McGilded had her hide in the compartment until it was safe. Finally, Naruhodo and Mikotoba check the omnibus. There was another bloodstain on the floor, not just where Mason was sitting. The compartment was empty, triggering a tugging in the back of Naruhodo's head that's been happening a lot during the trial. Gina Lestrade always keeps an eye out for her "prey". She sat under the harder cushion to avoid people. When she mention's she didn't like close, dark places, McGilded laughs. He just feels sympathy for her, they both perk their ears in the dark. But Lestrade claimed that all she heard was McGilded's snoring. When Naruhodo pressed her added testimony she said the carriage stopped many times but not one got off, Naruhodo said, she should've heard Mason get onto the omnibus.
Van Zieks was waiting for this, however, and deemed Lestrade an unreliable witness. Jurors 6 and 1 voted guilty for being lied to by a biased pickpocket. Before Juror 2 can voted, Naruhodo stated that despite the contradiction, the testimony can offer a new possibility. He suggested that the victim didn't use the doors, he went through the skylight. Van Zieks pointed out that the other witnesses didn't say anything about seeing that, but McGilded said they couldn't. Suddenly, Bruce Fairplay and Lay D. Furst took the stand, they said that neither of them killed Mason. Van Zieks said that since Naruhodo was accusing the witnesses of criminals, he denied his hypothesis involving the skylight. The jury and audience demanded the witnesses to testify.
They said there were only the two of them on the roof, there was no way they would've noticed a man they didn't even know drop through. Besides, the skylight was shut tight at the time and there was no evidence proving Naruhodo's theory. McGilded noted that Mason could actually fit through there but Fairplay urges everyone to ignore it. Furst tried to open the skylight but it wouldn't open. He claimed it didn't open but Gina Lestrade revealed that it does as she escaped through there once, the bailiff confirms this. When Naruhodo and Mikotoba look near the skylight they found a bloodstain, this was evidence enough that Mason went through the skylight. McGilded confirmed that the skylight only opened on the outside and the bloodstain on the floor made him innocent. Juror 1 agreed and confirmed with the rest of the jury to vote not guilty. But van Zieks suddenly said that the bloodstain on the skylight was not there during the Scotland Yard investigation, it was forged during the recess. Van Zieks said it was McGilded who was involved with a countless number of incidents. McGilded pointed out that the omnibus was always in the courtroom so there could be no opportunity for him to forge it. But Naruhodo realizes that it's possible that he did it when Lestrade's smoke bomb went off. McGilded was incredibly furious now, but van Zieks noted the omnibus' unusual inconsistencies: the currently missing tools and the new bloodstain on the skylight. Naruhodo adds that there was another stain on the floor, but it wasn't there before.
McGilded unleashed his fury demanding the trial to end, van Zieks didn't have any evidence to prove the blood wasn't there. Reluctantly, the judge agreed that as long as the bloodstains existed, the trial cannot continue. He asked Naruhodo to give his closing statement, but Naurhodo says that McGilded might actually be guilty. The judge was very surprised but McGilded just laughed and thanked him for defending him. McGilded then laughed loud and clapped his hands while the audience and jury reacted in confusion and anger. The judge agreed it was time for the verdict, yet Naruhodo was persistent about the bloodstains and the witnesses' testimonies. Yet van Zieks was accused of allowing evidence to be tampered with and there was no longer a need for the jury right now. McGilded got a warning from van Zieks saying this was not the end, but he looked forward to it. The judge gave the not guilty verdict, with confetti and fireworks, but no one was happy about it, especially not Naruhodo.
- 5:14 p.m.
Mikotoba congratulated Naruhodo on his foreign trial win. The killer was never found but Mael Stronghart's mission to Naruhodo was complete. McGilded agreed, Gina Lestrade was with him, he pays Naruhodo a ton of money but his former lawyer turned the offer down. The bailiff calls for McGilded to go to the Supreme Court to inspect the crime scene. He promises to continue his work when he's done and bids them farewell. Lestrade said she hated adults and pointed her gun at Naruhodo. A much younger girl arrives so suddenly and pulls out a bigger gun similar to Lestrade's. She said they're smoke launchers and she invented them. The little girl asked Lestrade to come with her to a lab. Naruhodo and Mikotoba figure it's time for them to go, but are unsure where to stay in England. Mikotoba suggested they sleep in McGilded park, and Naruhodo regrettably wish he had accepted the payment.
Sometime after the two of them left, the omnibus that was still in the courtroom caught fire. A detective asked how this could've happened and a policeman said it was like this when they found it. Someone was inside the flaming carriage, banging to get out. The judge and van Zieks arrived to see the fire as well.
- During the cutscene where Naruhodo and Mikotoba leave the train station and walk into Piccadilly Circus, there are a number of references to the British comedy troupe Monty Python:
- "Cleese & Palin British Tailors" is on the street level of the "London King", referencing John Cleese and Michael Palin.
- The "Imperial Hotel" has a sign for "Terry's Lever Watches", referencing Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones.
- The building next door to the "Imperial Hotel" is "Idle & Jones", referencing Eric Idle and Terry Jones.
- Beside the "Piccadilly Pavilion" is the "Gilliam Theatre", referencing Terry Gilliam.
- A nearby omnibus has an advertisement on it for "Great Richard Chocolates", which is likely a reference to the character Biggus Dickus from Monty Python's Life of Brian.
- Another omnibus has an advertisement for "Brian's Cocoa", likely referencing the eponymous character from Monty Python's Life of Brian.
- When inspecting the omnibus, its back is labeled "Phoenix Wright Omnibus" which is the localized name of Ryunosuke Naruhodo's descendant, Ryuichi Naruhodo.
- This case has similarities to Farewell, My Turnabout; the protagonist must defend a guilty client while going against them to uncover the truth. However, unlike Farewell, My Turnabout, this case ends with an unjust not guilty verdict and the protagonist is not blackmailed into defending the client. Another difference is that Phoenix Wright finds out his client is guilty in the same episode, whereas Ryunosuke Naruhodo does not actually find out that his client is guilty until a later episode; although he did have his reservations about the verdict.
- This episode has the shortest investigation segment of the entire Ace Attorney series, with just one area that can be properly examined.