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Herlock Sholmes
So then...let us unravel this mystery and discover what events led to this curious murder.

Episode 2: The Adventure of the Unbreakable Speckled Band is the second episode of the game The Great Ace Attorney: Adventures and follows Ryunosuke Naruhodo being accused of murdering his best friend, Kazuma Asogi. This basic premise of the protagonist being accused of murdering a mentor figure mirrors Turnabout Sisters. This episode also has no trials, instead dedicating time to introducing the dance of deduction. Herlock Sholmes, Nikolina Pavlova and Bif Strogenov make their debuts in this episode.


In a corner of that small, dark room, Sholmes and I waited with bated breath. In time, there came from the ventilator a hiss and a soft, almost growl-like sound. Suddenly, Sholmes sprang into action, lashing furiously with his cane at a point in the darkness. 'You see it, Wilson?' he yelled, his tense voice reverberating through the air. I raised my dark-lantern's shutter, and the room slowly came into view. Sholmes was staring intently at one particular corner when he started whispering to me, 'The victim's most perplexing, final words --"the speckled band"-- I believe this is the terrible coil to which she referred, Wilson!' In front of us was an enormous adder, its fangs bared as it threatened to strike. It truly was the most terrible 'speckled band' I had ever seen.

The Speckled Band

6:37 AM

A detective was onboard the SS Burya trying to solve a murder mystery. The door was latched shut from within with no traces of tampering, meaning the room was at total lockdown at the time of the crime. The victim seemed to write something with the fallen ink, the words were Russian so the detective said the victim was Russian. But the language on the closet seal was different. After spraying pink smoke on the closet, the victim's hand prints were revealed, the detective sees a man inside. The sailors were very confused at him suggesting they just wait for the police. But the detective said there's no need as he found the culprit. He took the seal of the closet and opened the door. The name of this detective was Herlock Sholmes...

Investigation, Part 1[]

Ryunosuke Naruhodo woke up, handcuffed and with a headache. A sailor noticed him being awake and asserts he had been unconscious for quite a while despite being violently dragged out of a closet. The sailor then proceeds to call Naruhodo a criminal. As he was about to confess to stowing away, Susato Mikotoba interrupts him, asking why he killed "him". Her and the sailor threaten him to tell why he murdered Asogi, insisting that feigning ignorance will not work because the latch on the door was shut from the inside, thus Naruhodo was the only possible suspect! As he realizes Asogi was dead, he begins to scream.

He remembers that half a month ago, Asogi told him it was alright that he was smuggled in his cabin. It was rough for him in that luggage trunk. Naruhodo just needs to stay in the cabin for fifty days. The ship was filled with soldiers from Russia, they were very strong and very short-tempered. Even Susato shouldn't know about this. For the cleaning patrol, Asogi told Naruhodo to hide in the closet.

A sailor said they'll drop him off on the next port but he was the only possible culprit. Susato explains that this room had been locked down when Asogi was killed. The only culprit would be someone on the inside. But Naruhodo didn't even know how died, no one does yet. Susato always waited for Asogi in from of the cabin for his routines. However, she heard nothing this time so she knew he was already dead. The door latch was opened by force and she and the sailors saw Kazuma Asogi collapsed on the floor. Naruhodo admits he was smuggled in the cabin but it was so he and Asogi could go together. But Asogi never told him why wanted to go to Great Britain in the first place. He just kept wishing to change the law system. Naruhodo didn't remember what really happened, Asogi delivered his meal to the closet and then Naruhodo fell asleep.

He insisted he's not the culprit but Susato told him not to move. She'll investigate Asogi's death alone and flipped Naruhodo with the "Susato Takedown" when he tries to leave. Since he acted as his own attorney, she shows her a seal saying "Don't Open" that was on the closet door. Asogi would always place it there when the sailors came by. If he was the culprit, the seal would have to be pealed off, but Susato realizes that they found it still on the closet at the time.

The two of them decided to investigate the room. The utensils and meal on the dinner table were knocked off, Naruhodo didn't remember what happened last night after eating the roasted chicken. When Naruhodo questions the sailor blocking the door all he does was call him a criminal. Asogi's katana was on the floor, the door was locked from the inside, and Asogi apparently wrote some foreign message in ink when dying. They also find pink glass, a large trunk, a message from sailors saying weapons and animals were forbidden on the ship, books fallen over on the shelf which Naruhodo sorted, Asogi's journal, a calling bell, an air vent, and surprise guest on the desk! The gentleman was busy investigating something then greeted them, he theorized that Naruhodo was from Afghanistan. That's wrong but the next theory of being in the middle of an incident was correct. The man then claimed Naruhodo was a Russian refugee who assassinated sixteen people and was going to blow up the Crystal Tower in England. After Naruhodo explained otherwise, the man introduced himself as the World's Greatest Detective, Herlock Sholmes. Susato knew it and believed he knew the truth about the incident.

"Revolutionary, Vilen Borshevik defecting from Russia through Shanghai route."

Sholmes was famous for being written about in the Great Britain's Strand magazine, Susato had every issue. Although, Sholmes said Dr. Wilson writes them in their flat, Sholmes was on his way back after solving an mystery involving a tiara and an Asian family. He observes every bit of every person and uses logic to figure out the truth. He revealed he's the one who arrested Naruhodo with the sailors. As to explain the Russian refugee theory, Sholmes shows him this morning's newspaper. The revolutionary seeking asylum, Vilen Borshevik, was defecting from Russia through Shanghai route where the steamship stopped yesterday, he thinks Asogi was Russian due to the writing, so he concluded that Naruhodo was Borshevik and that he killed his accomplice.

Asogi's final "message", wardrobe written in Russian.

Naruhodo argued that he looked nothing like Borshevik. Regarding the current incident, Sholmes said that it would be impossible for the culprit to leave this room and Asogi was a failing Russian comrade, the ink message means "closet". Asogi and Naruhodo were wearing the same clothes so they must be comrades, he gives them a photo his corpse right after the writing to avoid tampering the scene. Sholmes also investigated Asogi's journal but couldn't read the kanji, so Susato read it and it said that Asogi heard a low whistle at exactly 1:23 AM, and twelve minutes afterwards he saw a "speckled band" near the vent that connects to the next cabin.

Herlock Sholmes decided to leave and investigate that cabin, Naruhodo can't come as he was the handcuffed culprit. Sholmes suddenly said he didn't make him the culprit and left but Susato said they should follow him, but they decided to investigate the current room a little longer. Satoru Hosonaga was there as a sailor, he was sent by Seishiro Jigoku to keep to keep Asogi safe from assassins, which he failed. Hosonaga allowed his help to the two of them, but he can't let them leave the room. So Naruhodo presents Asogi's journal mentioning the "speckled band" so Hosonaga allows them to leave.

7:48 AM

Kazuma Asogi got the first class cabin for being an exchange student from the Japanese government. Finally outside of it, Naruhodo and Susato Mikotoba see that a strong sailor was guarding the second class cabin. He was the senior sailor, Bif Strogenov, and he's always acting as security. He said the guest in the cabin next to Asogi's cabin was a man from the Western countries named Grimesby Roylott, but Strogenov didn't see any relation regarding the Japanese victim. Strogenov didn't notice anything fishy last night but he seemed to glance away when he said that. Strogenov had to go see the captain, he said the door to the second class cabin was locked tight. Naruhodo and Susato find an alarm and a voyage log with last night's page blank. Naruhodo decided to knock on the other cabin door but didn't get an answer. Suddenly, a female scream was heard, Sholmes arrived to kick down the door.

"A Certain Time"

Inside, old Grimesby Roylott appeared to be Russian but there's no one in the room but him. Sholmes introduces himself to him and noticed the empty closet and small trunk which rumbled. It's obvious Roylott was hiding something, Sholmes decided to do his famous deduction, much to Susato's glee. Roylott was definitely suspicious with the beard and sunglasses, Sholmes had come up with two conclusions: Roylott was a scissoring scoundrel and he was about to do a crime. Susato explains the novels say that Sholmes can see through everything in a single glance, Sholmes will now explain how he came up with those two conclusions.

"Famous prestigious Russian ballet group, Novavich Ballet's splendorous dancer disappears!"

The detective started with Roylott's identity, he was always carrying large scissors around. Just by looking at him, Sholmes deduced that Roylott intended to cut off his large beard. For a reason why, Sholmes noted that Roylott had a copy of the same newspaper he had from earlier. Vilen Borshevik also had a beard, so Sholmes concluded that Roylott was Borshevik and he was going to cut off his beard to avoid detection. Regarding Roylott's crime, Sholmes noted him looking at the trunk nearby which he refused to open. Sholmes deduced that a girl was in the trunk which made Roylott look at the newspaper. The other side showed an article about a ballet dancer named Nikolina Pavlova who disappeared last night during a performance in Shanghai. Sholmes concluded his deduction saying the old man kidnapped her.

Naruhodo and Susato were very confused about the deduction. Roylott didn't look like Vilen Borshevik either, and the trunk looked way too small for a young girl to fit in! Susato suggested that Sholmes was just a little off-point. They decided to examine his keywords and replace them to make the deduction perfect. Sholmes allowed it and quickly released Naruhodo from his handcuffs.

Deduction Complete

When looking behind him, Naruhodo and Susato found beautiful golden hair and conclude that's the true intention of the scissors. They remembered the article on the ballerina and realized that the old man was actually Nikolina Pavlova who was also seeking asylum. "Grimesby Roylott" took off her sunglasses and beard revealing the new deduction to be true, she begged them not to tell anyone. Moving onto to the crime deduction, Pavlova was actually looking at a tiara on the desk. That tiara was used on stage by the ballet company she was in, it's worth twenty-thousand ruble making this a robbery. Pavlova said she was all alone with no money and that a Prussian earl gave her the tiara. However, there was a still a matter of what was in the trunk, Pavlova appeared to be looking at the bookshelf, but she was actually looking at the disembarking regulation next to it. It said no weapons or animals were allowed on the ship, with the moving trunk this can mean only one thing: Nikolina Pavlova smuggled an animal on the ship!

She confirms that everything was true, the scream came from her, she told them to keep a secret that her friend was in the trunk. When Naruhodo said he cares more about Pavlova's information than Sholmes' deduction, the detective puts the handcuffs back on him, Naruhodo was only released for the examination. Pavlova heard that her neighbor was killed from the sailors during breakfast but she didn't know anything about it. She was going to take a ferry to America when they get to England and start a new life away from ballet. She was tired of all the dancing in different countries for no money, she wants to keep the tiara. Sholmes revealed that SS Burya didn't anchor any harbor last night, Susato remembers Bif Strogenov refused to talk about the stops earlier. Pavlova wouldn't say what pet she was hiding. The group shows her Asogi's diary but Pavlova didn't know anything about a whistle or "speckled band". Strogenov enters the room and she quickly resumes her "Grimesby Roylott" disguise, the sailor want "him" to see the captain so they leave to see them. looked like they can't investigate the room right now.

Investigation, Part 2[]

Around the same time

Susato Mikotoba can't believe they were thrown out without any new information, and now Strogenov was guarding the cabin. Sholmes disappeared so the Ryunosuke Naruhodo and Susato decided to investigate Kazuma Asogi's cabin some more. In there, detective Satoru Hosonaga had a black eye he got from the sailors during his persuasion of the captain, he didn't seem to mind it. Sholmes told him about what happened in the other cabin. Hosonaga didn't think Nikolina Pavlova would have any relation to Asogi's murder, he said the scene must kept the way it was for the Hong Kong police. Then he gives the two of them Asogi's corpse examination report from the ship's doctor, the cause of death was presumably poison or a broken neck. Sholmes was looking at the floor then quickly left, he said he found shoe polish near the glass fragment, Susato remembered that Asogi would use shoe polish. Detective Hosonaga had to go keep watch soon, he and Naruhodo suddenly get headaches.

Back in the Cabin Corridor, Bif Strogenov was gone. Someone was heard singing, Sholmes was reading the voyage log and gets mad when Naruhodo and Susato interrupt him. He said when Strogenov said there wasn't anything unusual despite that not being in the log, which means that sailor must have left his post for some reason. Sholmes gets a headache too and leaves, then Susato admits she's been getting one as well.

In Pavlova's cabin, Susato and Naruhodo find a heavy, iron door and another bookcase of messed up books also sorted, when they were about to open to the trunk the ship's emergency bell rings as they were approaching another ship and might collide. The ship begins to rock and the two of them fall down. When the ship stopped, the latch on the door suddenly closed and the books fall again.

Investigation, Part 3[]

Susato Mikotoba had just opened the door for Satoru Hosonaga and Bif Strogenov, Hosonaga revealed they hit some dense fog and will be stopped for a while. Just as Naruhodo realizes that someone must have sounded the alarm, and undisguised Nikolina Pavlova arrived saying they opened the trunk, she and Strogenov demand Naruhodo to be arrested for the murder of Kazuma Asogi, stowing away and intruding. Hosonaga can't do anything because the ship was Russian but Sholmes suddenly appeared wearing Pavlova's tiara. He revealed he solved Asogi's murder as he will perform another deduction.

Is that really the speckled band?

All except Sholmes were convinced that Naruhodo was the killer because of the locked door, but Sholmes said the culprit didn't use the door, they used the air vent. He said it was the "speckled band" Asogi mentioned and that it was in this very room. Suddenly, a large, striped snake appeared wrapped around Strogenov's head, Sholmes said this was the speckled band. But Naruhodo and Susato point out the snake was striped instead of speckled, yet Sholmes said it was a trap. He had come up with two conclusions again: Pavlova's "friend" trespassed into Asogi's cabin and that that "friend" was the killer. Pavlova goes pale, which means Sholmes' conclusions must be true as he will now do another one of his "Experimental Theatre's of Logic and Deduction".

Sholmes said Nikolina Pavlova was lying when she said she had no relation to Asogi's murder because her friend trespassed into the scene that night. Pavlova looked at Strogenov with the snake still on his head, so Sholmes concluded the snake as her friend. Pavlova appeared to be hiding some speckled snake skin for which Sholmes said originally came from the snake, this explained why the snake was now striped. It heard the calling bell in Asogi's cabin, went through the air vent, and Asogi saw it speckled as it climbed down the calling bell sash. But there were no injuries on the outside, so Sholmes said the snake's poisonous fang was inside the victim's body and that killed him. Pavlova looked at the trunk which moved earlier, Sholmes concluded it was the snake that did it. He said Pavlova was the one who blew the whistle to manipulate the snake, she also had milk for it to drink.

Sholmes hopes his deduction isn't wrong and everyone was amazed at him this time. Except Susato, she explained that snakes don't drink milk, lack ears, and were unable to climb something flat by themselves. So she didn't think that the snake was the true culprit at all. She told Naruhodo to examine the deduction and make it right again, Sholmes released his handcuffs again.

Pavlova and Darka.

Naruhodo noticed claw wounds on Pavlova's hand and that she was actually looking at a photograph of herself and a black cat, her real friend. Pavlova said her kitten's name was Darka, she was hiding a green foxtail, a cat toy, AKA the real speckled band. Pavlova dangled it through the vent to Asogi's cabin to call back Darka, she revealed that her cat heard a calling bell through the vent and scratched Pavlova to follow it. Asogi's corpse examination report said he broke his neck, the shoe polish stains on the floor caused Naruhodo to say that he tumbled. Inside the current cabin's wastepaper basket, there was glass fragment like the one in Asogi's cabin. It's a bell that Darka was wearing, Pavlova is related to the case! They conclude that Asogi slipped, was tripped by Darka, and fell somewhere that broke his neck killing him.

Pavlova said this all happened one past midnight, Hosonaga said cats get nervous in new environment. The reasons no animals were allowed on the ship was because they might contain diseases. Pavlova heard Asogi's cabin to be very quiet. Despite being engrossed to the cat toy and whistle, Darka didn't return to her, Sholmes said when cats were afraid, they don't listen. Pavlova heard the cat meow loudly followed by a large thump, that must have been Asogi's cabin, Hosonaga also said that Asogi must have stepped on Darka's bell. Pavlova heard about the death but she had to stay hidden as "Grimesby Roylott" or else she'd be escorted back to Russia. The snake was revealed to Bif Strogenov's harmless pet and good friend, its name was Pirozhko and it escaped during the alarm.

Susato told Pavlova that despite what happened to her, she had no right to lie when involved with a murder, she didn't think this was the truth. Naruhodo hands were cuffed again, Sholmes agreed that he should listen carefully to Pavlova's out of place words if he wants to find out the true death of their good friend, Kazuma Asogi. There's a contradiction in his cabin saying his death wasn't an accident. It's the Russian writing, Asogi died immediately and didn't even know Russian, so who wrote that? Also, Asogi stepping on the bell didn't explain why the other half was in the wastepaper basket of Pavlova's cabin. The must have another person in Asogi's cabin who altered the crime scene. Strogenov disagreed, the only one was the locked room with him was Naruhodo. But Naruhodo was in the closet and didn't Russian either, obviously someone who does tried to frame him for the crime and retrieved one half of the bell to avoid finding out Asogi's cause of death. Hosonaga asks why they didn't take both pieces so Sholmes answer that it was pretty dark and they couldn't find them.

Bif Strogenov refuses to believe that a ballerina who danced on the ship killed the victim. The door was latched shut but Sholmes there was a way of turning the latch from the outside, it's in the bookshelf. The latch moved during the inertia of ship just like the books, Naruhodo remembers that the door was shut after the SS Burya pasted that other ship despite neither of them doing it themselves, they believe the same thing happened last night. The others doubt that the ship stopped, but Sholmes admits he pressed the emergency alarm button earlier for fun and the safety of the ship, that stopped it so Sholmes said someone did that last night too. Naruhodo shows Strogenov the blank pages of the voyage log despite him saying nothing unusual happened last night, which means something must had been transpiring after two. But how come no one noticed anything? Sholmes remembers everyone getting headaches, last night Naruhodo suddenly felt sleepy after eating all the roasted chicken Asogi gave him. Asogi didn't have any as he didn't like chicken, Susato and Hosonaga then realized that the chicken was tampered with sleeping drugs. Sholmes concluded that the sailors must had been responsible.

That's when Pavlova suddenly spoke up and Strogenov revealed that all the sailors helped her for the glory of Russia and her ballet troupe. The sleeping drugs were put in the dinner right before they received Nikolina Pavlova in Shanghai at 11:30 PM. While the passengers were sleeping, the people of Shanghai sent a fisherman's boat to get her onto the SS Burya. Only she, the sailors, and people who didn't eat the chicken were awake, Pavlova used the inertia to cause the emergency stop and shut the latches. This means there was a third party at Asogi's murder. Herlock Sholmes had one more theater to do, just by observing them Naruhodo can figure out who tampered with crime scene and solve this case once and for all. It's an ink stain on Strogenov's uniform, it's the same purple ink as the Russian writing!

Bif Strogenov admits he shut the latch during the emergency stop to divert suspicions away from Pavlova. Around one past midnight he was keeping watch in the corridor, that's when she quickly approached him for help. He opened the cabin door with her and saw Kazuma Asogi on the floor. Pavlova told Strogenov that Darka the cat tripped him. The next morning she heard something fall from his cabin and went to check it out, the door was not latched shut. Susato didn't think Asogi was dead when Pavlova entered the cabin until Pavlova reassures her. Sholmes and Naruhodo note the writing again, Asogi's hand was in a fist. Sholmes revealed he checked that hand and found an earring that's looked exactly like the one, just one, Pavlova was wearing! Asogi mush have ripped it off her ear when he fell, which means she was there at the time of his death. Naruhodo demanded to know what happened last night and Pavlova screamed and passed out.

Nikolina remembers what happened last night.

It turns out when Darka ran away, Pavlova came to Asogi for help, he originally thought it was Detective Hosonaga knocking but promised to keep a secret. When they found Darka, Asogi recognized Pavlova from a ballet performance back in Japan. Pavlova got scared so she tried to make him an ally. Asogi agreed to help her get Asylum and was going to introduce her to someone, then he looked to his right. Pavlova said he was looking at the calling bell like he was going to call the captain. When she screamed, Darka ran to Asogi,

"In the time frame when the exchange student swung around to look..."

and when he turned around a panicking Pavlova thrusted him with all her might, Kazuma Asogi hit the bedpost and died. Pavlova didn't know why she did that, it was then she had Bif Strogenov help her tamper the scene to pin the blame on Ryunosuke Naruhodo. Naruhodo didn't understand why she would panic about the captain if every sailor on the ship was her ally, but when Asogi thought Pavlova was Hosonaga she thought if he notified him she would be arrested. Susato and Naruhodo realized what happened last night was just like Sholmes' joint reasoning, Asogi was actually looking at the closet to introduce her to Naruhodo. Naruhodo thanks Pavlova for telling the truth but told her that the fact she killed someone will never go away. Nikolina Pavlova apologized for everything and cried with her hands in her face.


7:14 p.m.

Satoru Hosonaga said that Pavlova will be handed over to Scotland Yard, Herlock Sholmes will negotiate with the immigration office for her asylum but she'll most certainly never go back to her hometown in Russia. Naruhodo was finally free of his handcuffs, Bif Strogenov apologized for only thinking about her and never about Naruhodo, he intended to hand himself over to the Yard as well and promised to take care of Pavlova. Hosonaga told Naruhodo he will have to go back to Japan, he understood due to being a stowaway.

Back in the cabin, Naruhodo was very upset about not going to England. Susato Mikotoba was sobbing while holding Asogi's katana. She couldn't believe Nikolina Pavlova's mistake, Hosonaga was sad that he failed his mission and made Naruhodo and Susato suffer pain. Suddenly, Naruhodo was handcuffed again and Sholmes appeared. Susato thanked him for his help and he expressed his condolences of them losing their friend. Sholmes told them to study in England for him but Hosonaga told them that the Ministers of Justice agreed to send an attorney and legal assistant from Japan, so with Asogi dead the exchange had to be suspended. Sholmes said the journey will continue as long as there was another attorney, this gives Naruhodo the idea of replacing Asogi. They have forty days before they reach London so he will study and become an attorney for Asogi. Susato thinks that's wonderful, Hosonaga reluctantly agreed, he will try to send a report to the government and leaves to see the captain about the incident. Susato will teach Naruhodo all there was to know about being an attorney and gives him Asogi's katana. Susato also requested Naruhodo to toss her five times, after a conversation on martial arts she performed the "Susato Takedown" on him.

In a flashback, Kazuma Asogi told Naruhodo that his katana was named "Karuma". It was down through generations of the Asogi house. He said there something he must do in London no matter what and Naruhodo swears to see it.

Cultural references[]

  • When Ryunosuke tries to deny that he is having fun during the dance of deduction he says "This is strictly business. Not strictly come-" before getting interrupted. This is a reference to the UK show Strictly Come Dancing.
  • The song that Herlock is singing when investigating the Ship's Log is a parody of the Frank Sinatra song My Way, albeit with Sholmes' own personal lyrics.

Holmes references[]

  • One of Sholmes's first inferences when meeting Naruhodo is that he has come from Afghanistan. This mirrors Holmes's first meeting with Watson in A Study in Scarlet, where he correctly remarks that the latter has been in Afghanistan while they are shaking hands.
  • Nikolina Pavlova, while under disguise, goes by the name Grimesby Roylott. This is a direct reference to the character Grimesby Roylott from Arthur Conan Doyle's The Adventure of the Speckled Band.
    • At one point, the game mocks the original source material by pointing out numerous problems with the story's conclusion.


  • In the original Japanese version, Herlock Sholmes said Kazuma Asogi wrote "closet" in Russian, but "гардероб" actually means "wardrobe". The English release fixes this by correcting Sholmes' translation of the word.
  • After Sholmes has left the cabin, Sholmes will still appear in the dialogue and help translate when examining the Article About Revolutionary.
  • During the Meiji/Victorian era, Russian language utilized different spelling rules. "ГАРДЕРОБ" writing on the floor would be actually spelled "ГАРДЕРОБЪ", and one can see the last letter not being finished. However, newspaper article titles and subtitles are spelled wrong. For example, "Революционер Вилен Борщевик убегает из России через Шанхай" should be "Революціонеръ ​Виленъ​ Борщевикъ убѣгаетъ изъ Россіи черезъ Шанхай" and so on.