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Barok van Zieks
...I trust no one. Not the police, not the judiciary, and not you Nipponese.

Episode 4: Twisted Karma and His Last Bow is the fourth episode of The Great Ace Attorney 2: Resolve. Things took a shocking turn for Ryunosuke Naruhodo when Detective Tobias Gregson was suddenly killed during an investigation of a runaway husband and a scam group of people with red hair. Unexpectedly, the one arrested for the murder was Barok van Zieks, the so-called "Reaper of the Bailey".

Crime[]

Pipe in hand, Sholmes looked down at the thick, rolling fog outside our window. 'I wonder exactly how many mysteries are out there, hidden within this bed of fog,' he said. Indeed, a most bizarre incident born of a curious advertisement... a hell-hound's mad gallop through the shadows of a serial murder, an executed man's graveyard resurrection in the dead of night... and a commonplace killing in a small, forgotten room at the edge of town... There is, naturally, always another side to every case of which most remain ignorant. 'And it is that "other side" which compels me to the scene of the crime, Wilson. So, quickly now. Take your hat and let's be on our way, my dear fellow. For our adventure is not over yet. Come! The game is afoot!'

Investigation - Day 1[]

10:24 AM

Ryunosuke Naruhodo and Susato Mikotoba are in the lobby of London's Great Waterloo Hotel. Susato was excited to see her own father, but also sad having recently learned the truth about Asogi's father. She wondered if her own father knew about his true nature; Naruhodo says he suspected that was the case, as they were together studying abroad at the time of the killings. Naruhodo also wonders if Susato's father knew that Kazuma Asogi vanished in Hong Kong. Susato confirmed that he did, but was unable to talk to her about it for some unknown reason. Naruhodo pondered if that meant he was also aware of Asogi's reappearance in London.Yujin Mikotoba and Seishiro Jigoku arrived in the lobby, though Naruhodo failed to recognize Jigoku until he produced his gavel and said "I find the defendant, Ryunosuke Naruhodo... guilty!" Naruhodo then realized that Jigoku was, in fact, the judge from his original trial back in Japan. Jigoku mentioned that he'd been receiving reports of Naruhodo's adventures, and explains that he and Yujin are there to attend an international symposium. Naruhodo realized that Jigoku must be the third member of the visiting scholars from sixteen years ago, along with Kazuma's father and Yujin.

Naruhodo asked about the pair's journey to London. Yujin explains that they took the same fifty-day trip via ship that Naruhodo and Susato had previously. Jigoku noted that they're just in time for the symposium, which starts tomorrow. Yujin insisted that Jigoku's ties to the British Attorney General lead to their invitation, but Jigoku disagreed and highlights Yujin's own accomplishments in London with forensic science. Naruhodo asked about Kazuma's father, confirming that he was responsible for the Professor Killings. Jigoku explained that Kazuma's father, Genshin Asogi, came to Britain with them to study investigative techniques at Scotland Yard. Yujin added that his trial was closed to the public, meaning very few people knew what really happened. He admitted that he lied to Kazuma, telling him his father died of an illness. However, when Kazuma later approached him and declared he wanted to study in Great Britain, Yujin began to suspect his real motivation was investigating his father's death.

Naruhodo told them that Kazuma Asogi had turned up alive, which was shocking to both men. Susato accused her father of knowing the truth, but Yujin insisted that he only knew that Kazuma's "body" had gone missing in Hong Kong. Naruhodo explained that Kazuma suffered from amnesia, which is why he hadn't made contact. He added that Kazuma regained his memories only eight days ago, and that he was currently working as Barok van Zieks' "apprentice". Yujin wondered why Lord Strongharthadn't let them know about his reappearance.

Naruhodo asked about their previous trip to Britain. Jigoku explained that they had been in London for six years, as the first judicial scholars to travel overseas to study. Yujin was the top student of forensic pathology at Yumei University at the time, and came to study autopsy. In their sixth year, Genshin was arrested for the Professor murders. Neither Jigoku nor Yujin could believe it; Jigoku even testified in his defense at his secret hearing. However, he was unable to save him, and both he and Yujin were sent back to Japan, leaving Genshin behind to his fate.

Japanese people visiting England.

Yujin asked to be excused, with Jigoku adding that they needed to take their things to their rooms. Susato left to find a porter. Meanwhile, Yujin told Naruhodo he had "one request" of him, but before he could explain what he meant, Susato interrupted them by bringing a bellboy to take their luggage. Yujin notices the bellboy has a camera, and has him take a group photo of all four of them.

Back with Herlock Sholmes[]

Upon returning to Herlock Sholmes' flat, Naruhodo and Susato found two red-headed men screaming and sobbing. Gina Lestrade appeared, announcing that she was about to lead them both to the police station. Despite their protests, she took them away. Iris and Sholmes appeared, bidding Gina farewell and welcoming their new guests. Oddly, Sholmes' hair was now bright red, though he offered no explanation. Naruhodo inquires about the two men, and Sholmes explains that they were petty crooks who had tried to con him. He'd handed them over to Lestrade as he couldn't get a hold of Tobias Gregson. Sholmes explained that he'd already spent all the money from Esmeralda Tusspells, and did not have the funds to cover the month's rent, which is how he'd come across the con men.

When presented with the copy of last week's newspaper lying on his couch, Sholmes revealed that he'd found a solution to his rent problem there, in a wanted ad for something called the "red-headed league". Joining the league would entitle him to a salary of 4 pounds a week, so he'd gone to submit an application. However, the interview panel recognized him immediately as Herlock Sholmes and asked if he was conducting an investigation, foiling his plan to his great frustration.

Naruhodo asked Sholmes to come clean about the lie he had previously admitted to telling. Sholmes explained that he believed Kazuma's life to be in mortal peril, so when the opportunity presented itself, he decided to have Kazuma removed from the ship as a "corpse" in Hong Kong, with the assistance of the crew of the SS Burya, who he swore to secrecy. Naruhodo presses him to explain why he did so, but Sholmes says he isn't at liberty to elaborate yet. He does, however, tell them that he did not foresee Kazuma's subsequent disappearance, and that he believed he may have made an error in judgement.

Sholmes told Naruhodo and Susato that he was expecting a guest soon-- a client who wished to appoint the services of a great detective. He invited them to stay and observe him at work, though Iris added that the client was not expected for another hour, so they need not wait around.

Meeting with Stronghart[]

Upon arriving at the Lord Chief Justice's Office, Naruhodo and Susato find Chief Justice Mael Stronghart conversing with Barok van Zieks. They overheard Van Zieks say he was delivering the final draft of the opening address for the international symposium, having gone unnoticed by both men. A moment later, Stronghart noticed the two and dismissed van Zieks. He mentioned how van Zieks was performing admirably in the absence of his "dedicated right hand", Dr. Courtney Sithe. Naruhodo apologized for exposing her, but Stronghart dismissed him, saying he didn't blame him for what she did.

When asked about the Forensic Science Symposium, Stronghart shared his goal of making Scotland Yard the leading investigative organization in the world. His intentions were to become the Attorney General and reform the Yard from the ground up; however, the recent scandal involving the Forensic Investigation Team had dealt a heavy blow to his ambitions. He lamented the setback, but ultimately said he still planned to pursue the position of Attorney General and oversee his reforms.

Stronghart also mentioned that van Zieks' apprentice had gone missing. When asked why Asogi was chosen to be van Zieks' apprentice, Stronghart explained that three months ago an unknown Asian man was apprehended by border police. He didn't have a passport, suffered from amnesia, and had no other way to identify himself. Stronghart assigned him to Lord van Zieks so he could keep an eye on him. He was given a mask because it would be "tiresome" to explain why van Zieks was working with an Asian apprentice. Stronghart claimed to have no idea where Asogi was now, other than that he left London.

When asked about Asogi's father, Stronghart noted that while Genshin's crimes were awful, they had to be hidden from the public in order to avoid an international incident. He shared that his crimes were not universally condemned-- some felt the killings improved society overall, as the people he killed were "a blight on the aristocracy". Susato noted the similarities between the crimes of the Professor and the Grim Reaper of the Old Bailey.

Sholmes' new client[]

Daley Vigil, Evie's missing husband.

Having concluded their business with the Chief Justice, Naruhodo and Susato returned to Sholmes' flat just in time to meet his new client. The client was a young gentlewoman who wanted them to find her missing husband. Her name was Evie Vigil. She expressed some concerns about confidentiality when she noticed Naruhodo and Susato, but Sholmes vouched for them. Susato noted that the woman seemed familiar. Naruhodo agreed, eventually remembering her as Juror No. 2 from Albert Harebrayne's trial. Her husband's full name was Daley Vigil. She showed them a photograph and explained that they had been married for fifteen years, and that Daley was the chief warder of the Barclay Prison. Naruhodo was shocked to learn that this is the prison next to Lowgate Cemetery-- the very place where Genshin Asogi was buried. Evie, unaware of the connection, noted that her husband was in charge of executions, which sometimes had him away from home for days at a time. However, he always told Evie when this would be the case, so despite it only being a day, she was worried something had happened to him. The police had told her to wait longer, saying she should simply wait at home for his return. Despite agreeing with the police, Sholmes agreed to find Daley Vigil. He claimed it was to make Evie happy, not motived by this month's rent.

Sholmes promised to report back to her within a day or two, then showed her to the door. After her departure, Sholmes, Susato, and Naruhodo discussed the strange coincidence. Naruhodo recalled Enoch Drebber's testimony of the place's reputation for holding the ghosts of convicts, and thought it odd that the chief warder of the same prison and cemetery where the Professor had been held was now missing. Sholmes told Naruhodo to go to the prison and investigate-- he himself was too busy as he had a pressing need to wash the red dye out of his hair.

Barclay Prison[]

Barclay Prison.

Naruhodo and Susato requested a meeting with the governor of the prison. Upon arrival, they were shown to the governor's office in the watchtower. Naruhodo described the prison as being on the outskirts of London, backing onto a lonely burial ground, with high outer walls encased in fog. There, they meet the governor, Barry Caidin. He refused to tell them anything about prison matters due to them being Japanese, instead asking them to leave. Naruhodo and Susato suspected his distrust of Japanese people may have stemmed from being a part of the Professor case. Naruhodo wondered if there was anyone they knew who might be able to help them get him to talk.

The duo traveled next to the Great Waterloo Hotel, where they found Yujin Mikotoba reading a newspaper. Naruhodo and Susato told him about what happened with Caidin and asked if he could help them. Yujin said that he did know the governor, and that Caidin would be likely to talk to him, but he couldn't come with them since he was busy with preparations for tomorrow. Instead, he wrote a letter of introduction and gave it to Naruhodo to give to Caidin.

When Caidin saw the letter, he recalled Yujin and his demeanor towards the two changed completely, becoming more open and almost friendly. Naruhodo and Susato explained that they were there about Daley Vigil, one of his warders who was missing. Caidin was confused by their questions; he hadn't heard about any missing person. He revealed that while Vigil had been a warder at the prison, he'd resigned 10 years ago. He wasn't sure why his wife thought he still worked there. Caidin suggested that he'd been forced out after he did "something unthinkable" during his last execution, though he wouldn't say what, exactly. Susato wondered if that final execution had been the Professor's. Caidin said he wasn't able to answer that question.

Regarding Yujin, Caidin said that St. Synner's Hospital was located near the cemetery, so Yujin would often come to the prison to pick up fresh corpses for use in forensic study. He had been responsible for negotiating terms with the hospital, so the two of them became acquaintances, then friends. Despite his trust of Susato's father, though, Caidin said he still couldn't understand the Japanese. He gave them a copy of Vigil's decade old dismissal notice before requesting that they not come back. Having gathered some interesting information, the two headed back to Baker Street.

A shocking victim & culprit[]

Back at Baker Street, Naruhodo and Susato found Iris and Sholmes waiting. Sholmes' hair was now a bright blue; he remarked that the two of them have returned sooner than expected. He inquired about the warder and asked what they found. Before the two could reveal anything, Gina Lestrade burst into the flat with shocking news: Tobias Gregson had been shot and killed. Sholmes asked her to tell them what she knew, and she explained that his body had been found in a rental room in a building of flats on Fresno Street. Sholmes suggested he may have been investigating a case there, but Gina explained that no one at the Yard knew of any cases in that area. Gina then told them that the culprit had been apprehended-- and it was none other than the Reaper, Lord Barok van Zieks. She shared that the evidence against him was strong-- witnesses had heard gunshots and entered the scene, finding only the victim and van Zieks in the room. Gina begged them to come assist with the investigation, saying she'll wait for them at the crime scene.

Sholmes was very upset, not believing that Gregson could be dead. He asked Naruhodo and Susato to go speak with Lord van Zieks, while he himself headed to the scene of the crime. The duo agreed, and headed off.

Van Zieks Imprisoned[]

Naruhodo and Susato headed down to the local prison, where they found Barok van Zieks sitting in one of the cells. He was seated in one corner of the room, reading a document. Van Zieks was not pleased to see them-- he insisted that the case had nothing to do with them, and that he had no useful information for them. He requested they leave him to read his document, which he revealed to be a letter from Albert Harebrayne, in peace.

Naruhodo asked to hear his side of the story. Van Zieks didn't have much to add to what they already knew. He said that he'd been in the room and heard the gunshot, but had been unable to determine what had made the sound before he was apprehended. However, when Naruhodo tried to ask why he had been at the flat, van Zieks refused to answer.

Van Zieks also admitted that he had no legal representation. He explained that no defense lawyer wanted anything to do with him, thanks to the mysterious deaths of sixteen out of the nineteen defendants that had been prosecuted by him, but acquitted. He lamented that he may never discover the true identity of the killer. Naruhodo offers to advocate for him as his defense, but van Zieks refused, saying he trusted no one-- not the police, nor the judiciary, and certainly not the Japanese.

Fresno Street Apartment[]

Having been dismissed by Lord van Zieks, Naruhodo and Susato head next to the crime scene. The room was in a more remote part of London, in a back alley that had little foot traffic. Police were present at the scene, but Sholmes was not anywhere to be found. Gina, meanwhile, was yelling angrily at the policemen, insisting that they weren't putting enough effort into the investigation. Grabbing Gina's attention, Naruhodo asked about the investigation. She explained that Sholmes had been here, but had left already. Naruhodo requested that he and Susato be allowed to investigate as well. At first, Gina is suspicious, asking if they plan to help the Reaper. Susato told her that if Lord van Zieks was guilty, he would be fairly judged in court. Gina reluctantly agreed, then gave the two permission to investigate, insisting she had to know the truth about what happened here.

A mysterious photograph.

During their investigation, Naruhodo and Susato found a curious photo sitting on the room's desk. Unexpectedly, they recognized the woman in the photo as Evie Vigil, the woman who had visited Sholmes earlier that day insisting her husband was missing. They also found a large notice board covered in scraps of paper. Upon closer examination, they discovered that the papers included autopsy reports and details on prison inmates-- the sort of thing that only a detective could acquire. There were also newspaper cuttings on the board, including one with the ad for the Red-Headed League.

In the far corner of the room, Naruhodo and Susato found a bright red wig, right next to where Gregson's body had been found, which they suspected he may have been wearing. The rope outline suggested he had been curled up on his side when he died. On the wall near the body outline, they noticed a strange candelabra with two candles burnt down to nubs and one candle only partially burnt. They also found a pistol, presumably the murder weapon, and a small model policeman on the ground nearby.

Gina told them what she knew: the apartment was being rented by someone named Hugh Boone, who they hadn't been able to locate. Susato suggested that Boone might be an alias for Gregson himself, and that the apartment might be some sort of secret office, a theory which Gina confirmed the Yard was pursuing. She also explained that Gregson had been shot once, which was heard by some of the street sellers outside the building, who had now been taken to the Yard for questioning. Apparently, Detective Gregson was somewhat of a legend at the Yard, and often worked on cases alone that no one else knew the details of. She also shared that he had actually respected the Reaper a lot, saying he only went after bad people.

The Prosecutor[]

Back in Mael Stronghart's office, the Chief Justice was talking to Kazuma Asogi, who had just arrived on the train. Stronghart noticed Naruhodo and Susato, asking them if they'd heard the news about van Zieks. They explained that they had, but couldn't believe it was true. Stronghart, though, said he believed only in the facts, and that the facts pointed towards van Zieks being guilty. He explained that both the trial and the symposium started tomorrow, so he wanted a swift and fair trial to demonstrate the strength of their legal system. He expected that the trial would be a historic event, watched by people across the empire. Stronghart also informed them that Asogi would be leading the prosecution in van Zieks' trial, which was shocking to both of them. Asogi told them that he had requested to prosecute the case, for reasons which would become clear the following day.

Naruhodo also asked Stronghart about the gun found at the scene. He explained that it was the same model issue to all law enforcement personnel, including prosecutors and detectives. He added that Gregson's was found on his person, and that Lord van Zieks claimed to have lost his, suggesting that the murder weapon was, in fact, van Zieks'.

Klint, Barok, & Gregson

Naruhodo and Susato also spoke with Asogi, who explained that his memories had fully returned. He'd ended up in London because he'd heard a voice in his head insisting his destiny awaited him there; without his memory, that was all he had to guide him. However, Asogi said that even with the return of his memories, some things would never be the same. He declared that he was a prosecutor now, and told Naruhodo that he was sure their paths would cross again. Before they left, Asogi thanked Naruhodo for taking over his role in his stead, and said that he wanted Naruhodo to serve as the defense in tomorrow's trial. He gave them an old photo of the van Zieks brothers with Gregson, which had been in Gregson's office, and suggested they might try talking to Lord van Zieks again to get him to take a different view.

Revisiting the Reaper[]

Naruhodo and Susato returned to the local prison, where Lord van Zieks was still sat against one wall, reading. He shared that he was now reviewing the case notes, which had been brought to him in secret. Naruhodo asked about the state of his defense, but was again rebuked. However, when Naruhodo shared that Asogi would be the prosecutor, van Zieks seemed shocked, and said he would speak with them, after all.

Van Zieks explained that ten years ago, his brother Klint van Zieks, the Director of Prosecutions at the time, had been murdered by Genshin Asogi. Genshin had been a visiting student with Scotland Yard, and had been assigned as a partner to Klint. Barok expressed that he had respected the man, but none of them had seen his true nature until it was too late. After his brother's death, Barok had requested to prosecute Asogi, taking the trial from Mael Stronghart, who, at the time, was also a prosecutor. He explained that Genshin had taken everything from him, which was why he held such deep hatred for the Japanese. However, he also recognized that while the Japanese had been the bane of his life, he himself was the bane of Kazuma's, having sent his father to the gallows. He suspected that Kazuma's plan was to exact revenge on him in court the next day.

When asked about Inspector Gregson, van Zieks explained that Gregson had been essential in solving the Professor case ten years ago. He'd insisted on a full autopsy of Klint van Zieks, despite such a procedure being seen as inappropriate for a noble. The evidence found in the autopsy allowed Barok to avenge his brother's death. After being shown the old photo of himself, Klint, and Gregson, van Zieks admitted that he no longer believed in anything except those with a certain look in their eyes-- that of a simple determination to know the truth. He knew only three men like that-- his brother, Genshin Asogi, and Naruhodo himself. After saying this, van Zieks called Naruhodo by his name for the first time, and asked him to act as his defense in the trial the next day. Naruhodo accepted, saying it would be an honor.

Trial[]

Before the trial[]

8:56 AM

Ryunosuke Naruhodo was feeling more overwhelmed then usual, probably from Barok van Zieks. Today's trial will be different from normal, there won't be a jury, just like the Professor's trial. Herlock Sholmes arrived with his hair back to normal, but it was really hard for him to do that. He has a conversation with van Zieks, he said the prosecutor has a taste in defense attorneys and he'd better be prepared. Gina Lestrade and Yujin Mikotoba suddenly arrive, the symposium has postponed so they came to watch the trial. Lestrade holds a grudge against van Zieks but Naruhodo didn't think that's what happened, she wanted to know who really killed Gregson. It's time for the trial to start, so many people lost their loved ones, Naruhodo must bring light to this darkness.

Opening[]

9:20 AM

The judge announces the opening of the trial, Naruhodo and Kazuma Asogi are ready, they are both Japanese in the English court. Grim Reaper van Zieks was the defendant, so maybe his curse will finally be revealed. The trial was top secret by orders of the queen, all the people in the gallery are members of the nation's judicial system and there is no jury. Asogi gives the opening statement, he said he's here in London to prosecute this trial. On the first of November after 5 PM, on the back alley of Fresno street outside of London, Tobias Gregson was found in the room of an old apartment building. The witnesses who heard the gunshot all agreed that it was the defendant. Asogi shows the court a diagram of the crime scene, the bullet seemed to kill him instantly, it was a point blank range of a few inches. He not making assumptions with evidence. The crime scene was desolate, maybe Gregson was investigating a case. The witnesses saw the defendant holding the gun and he was arrested. Asogi was calling van Zieks to the stand as the first witness.

Cross-examining the defendant[]

Barok van Zieks takes the stand, he agreed that what was said was true. He will now testify why he was there and what he was doing. The judge expected him to be the defendant ever since he became the Grim Reaper. Van Zieks said he discovered the room when he was investigating Gregson. It was dark and he couldn't see, he turned around when he heard a gunshot and noticed the pistol. When he picked it up the door burst open and he heard a man scream, they he found Gregson's corpse before him. Asogi didn't believe that testimony despite being his former apprentice, he seems off today.

Van Zieks can't say why he was investigating Gregson, but he said he might have participated in a certain incident. He looked into his plans ahead of time at his yard at the office, the time he was killed and the location are marked. Infiltrating the office was a crime itself, Asogi isn't buying it. This was the first time he was ever there, the windows were boarded up preventing light barring a lamp of the desk, he couldn't search it because of the gunshot. Naruhodo suggested that the gunshot was outside but van Zieks smelled the gunpowder inside. The gun was stone cold when he picked it up and it didn't smell.

The man who screamed was one of the Fresno street vendors who selling their wares when they heard the gunshot, they were a match seller, an intelligence vendor, and an advertiser. They nearly broke down the door when they arrived, the man went to get the patrolman on Fresno street. Gregson just suddenly appeared in front of van Zieks, all he heard was the sound of the door bursting and that man's scream. He examined the body and it was definitely Gregson, but he didn't know how he was killed. Asogi said that the testimony was a big contradiction, one of the candles was longer meaning the other two were lit. Plus, the board at the crime scene had case records with the oldest one being ten years old, they were all cases lost by van Zieks where the defendants died. It must have been the Grim Reaper's hideout, Gregson must have been investigating the hideout, that's a motive. Van Zieks said that they are the fact, Asogi submits the board as evidence. Now, he will call new witnesses who saw the murder occur.

Cross-examining the Fresno Street vendors[]

Three people in strange clothes take the stand, one of them looked familiar. They are only called by nicknames, the one with the weird lip was "Gossip" who sells amusing topics to people along the street. Naruhodo was forced by Susato and the judge to buy a story regarding the birth of twins. The girl with the red hood was nicknamed "Venus", she sells fireworks recently to the school students. Naruhodo was forced to buy the Venus special fireworks as well. The last vendor was called "Sandwich", he didn't sell anything, instead he gives people information and directions. These three work together all day right outside the apartment building, they all saw the murder.

Tobias Gregson's corpse.

They say they saw the two enter the apartment building then heard a bang a minute later. "Sandwich" said loose-limbed people are light on their feet, "Gossip" arrived and found van Zieks holding the pistol and Gregson's corpse lying next to him, "Venus" ran to get an officer. "Gossip" knew van Zieks from the newspaper sketches, the apartment building was in bad shape and expensive so most of the rooms were vacant. The crime scene was the only room with a tenant: "Hugh Boone". During the cross-examination, "Gossip" said van Zieks entered after Gregson, the detective came fifteen minutes before the gunshot. The peddlers comment of his red hair, Asogi submits a photo of Gregson's corpse as evidence, it shows him wearing a red wig. The trunk he was carrying wasn't found at the crime scene. The candles lit the whole room, "Gossip" suddenly noticed van Zieks.

When he said he glared at the Grim Reaper, "Sandwich" turns his sign around very slowly. He said "Gossip" really fell on his hands and knees fear, "Gossip" reluctantly adds that he put his hand in a puddle of blood then smeared on the floor all by accident. Naruhodo and Susato find a bloody handprint on the bulletin board, Asogi said there were no handprints on the floor. When Naruhodo presented the bulletin board, "Gossip" recognizes it as his right hand. Naruhodo suggested that the board was tipped over, but Asogi said that it was by the door instead of near the body. Naruhodo admits that there was a contradiction in his claims, he said the hand was upside down meaning the board was moved after the murder when the police arrived.

Asogi demands to know who moved it, despite not knowing Naruhodo said the testimonies say the board was right next to the door on the other side. That explains how Gregson and the candles suddenly appeared, the door knocked the board down, van Zieks must be telling the truth. The judge asked for testimonies of what the witnesses did at the crime scene.

The moving bulletin board[]

They don't know anything about the board. "Gossip" said it must have been van Zieks', "Sandwich" adds that the fact that the gunshot killed Gregson didn't change anything. Asogi thinks they aren't so sure what happened at the crime scene, he also said only the defendant could've moved the board. When "Venus" said she was good at lying, "Sandwich" stroked his mustache and revealed she ran up the stairs after "Gossip". The judge would decide a punishment for her later, "Venus" said she just poked her head into the crime scene but then said she turned the place over a little and she moved the board! She also found an old watch, that's when Gina Lestrade suddenly takes the stand. She said it was a memorial present for Gregson from solving the Professor's killings, he had a habit of winding it every day. Lestrade tried to pickpocket it but he said only his life was more valuable that the watch. The glass inside was broken and the hands have stopped at five o'clock, when the gunshot rang out the crime scene.

Upon closely inspecting the watch, Naruhodo and Susato found a unique key hole at the bottom. The key in the policeman figurine matched it, but the watch starts working again after being wound, meaning it wasn't broken at the time of the murder, Gregson must've wound it the day before the murder and wouldn't have needed to do it again. The victim perished when the watch needed to be wound again! But Asogi said the coroner wouldn't have missed that, Susato revealed that the autopsy report didn't actually say the estimated time of death. Yet, the victim's blood wasn't dry yet, Susato suggested that it wasn't human blood. Naruhodo suggested that the witnesses might not have heard an actual gunshot. Remembering the fireworks he bought from "Venus", he said that they sound exactly like a gunshot and that a timer was used. One of the candles had gunpowder on them, so Naruhodo concluded that the fireworks were tied to it from the real culprit, when the flames melted through the wax they eventually lit the fuse. Naruhodo also revealed that the red hair the witnesses saw was just a wig.

Kazuma Asogi found this amusing despite being impressed with the defense. He said the pocket watch theory needed more investigating to find out what was Gregson doing the day before he was murdered. But the detective always worked alone and his cases are confidential. Susato and Naruhodo believed he was trying to track down the Red-Headed League, the wig was for undercover work. It's currently being investigated as a fraud operation, stealing the cash of all the London people with red hair, the two criminals were arrested yesterday. Naruhodo wanted them to testify as they should've encountered Gregson and there may be many more unknown incidents. So Asogi will bring in the league masterminds, there will be a half-hour intermission.

Recess[]

12:33 PM

Gina Lestrade and Herlock Sholmes are in the defendant lobby. They were quite surprised that Tobias Gregson died earlier than expected. They wonder why the time was left out on the autopsy report. Sholmes denied being gullible about the league, the two masterminds were the two redheads that were in Sholmes' room.

Cross-examining the Red-Headed League[]

1:00 PM

The two Red-Headed League leaders take the stand. The one with glasses was Fabien de Rousseau, he said he's a descendant of a powerful aristocratic family called the Rousseaus from Nice, France. The short, plump one was Peppino de Rossi, he claimed he's the third son of the Rossi family from Naples, Italy. They admitted they have great ideas but use bad ways, fraud being one of them, de Rossi called it a charming paradox. Apparently they were made fun of in school due to their red hair, that's why they made the league, the interview fee was five shillings. They would now testify about what they know about Tobias Gregson.

The Red-Headed League

In Lime Street park the other day, there were a thousand redheads, but the two don't remember seeing Gregson. So they have no connection to the victim, but wouldn't have been caught if it wasn't for de Rossi. The judge already had doubts and Asogi said that Gregson definitely had his notebook plans for the day before the incident, it said it was an undercover investigation for the league. The two interviewed all the people that came, they were told their name and address and received the payments, it took a whole day. But unless they had more specific information they couldn't remember Gregson like his mustache being a different color. Upon finding out he was a detective, de Rousseau still won't change his answer but de Rossi goes deep in thought. Despite de Rousseau's persistent of silence, de Rossi said that someone there was a detective! De Rousseau tried to lie and have de Rossi shut up but he kept confessing. De Rousseau was forced to admit it, but the detective's face didn't look anything like Gregson's, he had a younger face with sad eyes and a splendid jaw. He demanded proof of being a detective and he showed them his ID, the judge found that strange as there was no way a detective undercover would show that, so it must've been fake. But that man kept saying he was a detective so he was thrown out, de Rousseau had the fake ID now and presented it to the court.

When Naruhodo and Susato looked at it, it seemed like a very legit ID. In fact, it even has the symbol of the Scotland Yard, apparently it belonged to Tobias Gregson! Gina Lestrade confirmed this to indeed be the real deal from her late boss, he must've really been there undercover. Maybe there were some circumstances that kept him from reporting that it was stolen, like being murdered by that time, there's a chance he was murdered somewhere else. The two start crying, Lestrade demanded them to stop. They needed to tell the truth or there would be punishments.

The detective's I.D.[]

They actually locked that "fake" detective in their hideout for the night. It was in the room next to theirs, they confiscated the ID. He was released the next morning, the two just had to hang out in that room for the night. But that wasn't part of the plan, they really thought he was a fake. Gregson tried to sneak out during the middle of the night through the vent, so they had to chase him down and catch him. But when de Rousseau said it was peaceful, de Rossi acted pretty strange. He tried to escape through the inn window the day before the league, de Rousseau caught him and threw him back in their room, this gave him a large mark on his neck. Naruhodo requested more testimony about that detail, Gregson did not have that mark on his neck. The two reminded the court that they said the man was a completely different person, but then the genuine ID wouldn't make any sense. The facts don't lie even if they are hard to believe, that Gregson must have been an imposter. "Gossip" also had a mark on his neck, he must've been the imposter! Naruhodo wanted him back on the stand and the judge has the bailiff bring him.

Cross-examining Boone, de Rousseau, & de Rossi[]

He shows him the same mark on Peppino de Rossi's neck, they're exactly the same. But "Gossip" said he was born with that mark and he has no idea about any of this. Yet the defense and prosecution want one final testimony from him and the red-headed league. The two say the fake detective looked nothing like "Gossip", he never even left Fresno street. He's all alone with no family and can't hide his face with a disguise. Fabien de Rousseau didn't think the testimony was necessary, "Gossip" wanted the cross-examination to be brief.

"Gossip" knew about the league, he gave information about it to "Sandwich". But when he said he wouldn't go to other streets, de Rousseau went deep into thought. He said he thought about renting a house on Lime street for their hideout, that's where he saw him in a real estate office paying the agent with a contract. "Gossip" denied this but then Peppino de Rossi remembered that he had a thick roll of cash and saw his name of the contract, it's Hugh Boone! The judge didn't think they should reveal personal lives, but Naruhodo remembered that that name was of the tenant who rented out the crime scene. Boone agreed about all that, being a peddler he could afford the ramshackle room. He remembered the two red-heads there the day he was paying the rent, but he just wanted to make a quiet living.

Then Naruhodo presented the picture of Evie Vigil that was found in the room. Yet Asogi assured him that he couldn't possibly pose as Detective Gregson due to his unique appearance, but Naruhodo said those lips might be the disguise. Naruhodo said that this peddler was actually Daley Vigil, Evie's missing husband. He couldn't return home because of this case. Per Naruhodo's request, Fabien de Rousseau and Peppino de Rossi shake "Hugh Boone" until his hat, wig, and lip come off revealing him to indeed be Daley Vigil.

Meeting Daley Vigil[]

"Hugh Boone" working.

With his disguise removed, the two redheads remembered him as the detective they saw that day. Vigil was once nominated for the chief officer of Barclay Prison, but he stopped being the chief jailer a decade ago. He admitted his identity and apologized for everything, "Hugh Boone" was a name he created for his peddler ego. After he retired from the prison, London was at a major recession at the time and he couldn't find another job. Vigil didn't tell his wife about this, he made an account at the London bank using his "Boone" name and rented the Fresno flat. He reported to that room for work at about 8:30 AM everyday, at 5 PM he went back the room, went back to being Daley Vigil and went home.

Gregson finding Vigil.

He couldn't betray his family, but regarding the salary and coverup, he said it was due to Tobias Gregson. A few years after becoming "Hugh Boone", he somehow managed to find him. Back when he was the head jailer, Gregson visited him. When he noticed him on Fresno Street he was concerned and starting visiting routinely since. He entrusted Vigil with secret missions, he would pose as him and perform interviews and stakeouts. He would always meet him in the same apartment and give him his ID. Gregson always told him never to tell anyone about this, even if he died. He had police records and used the flat as like a second office. The red-headed league was another assignment.

Kazuma Asogi said that Gregson was killed during his investigation of the league, but Vigil protested that the league didn't seem to have anything to do with the murder. Asogi didn't want the cross-examination to end though, he asked Vigil if he witnessed the execution of the Professor, his father, he said there was a connection toward that case. Vigil didn't really remember what happened before his resignation, Susato found that odd. Naruhodo decided to present the disciplinary dismissal notice regarding his firing. Vigil was very surprised at this, Asogi also informs about what happened on June 17th where the Professor rose from the grave after his execution. Vigil should've watched his death and oversee all the preparations. He started to remember, Barclay was in an uproar afterwards! The newspaper article about Enoch Drebber were signs that the event occurred, there was a lot of bloodstains in the Professor's grave. An investigation concluded that someone in the jail assisted him in his escape. Vigil was suspected, a few nights after some detectives visited the prison, he was summoned to Barry Caidin at the observation tower. The detectives wanted to ask him some questions and Caidin told him to pack up his office. Suddenly, Vigil screamed, then fainted. The judge had the bailiff summon the emergency units and suspended the trial for the day.

Investigation - Day 2[]

Back at Sholmes' Flat[]

3:38 PM

Ryunosuke Naruhodo couldn't believe the trial, Susato Mikotoba revealed that the bailiffs told her that Vigil went to the hospital. It turned out Vigil tried to kill himself by jumping out the window of the tower, he lost his memories since then. Iris Wilson offered them some herbal tea and her help, she almost finished her next manuscript. Naruhodo didn't think that van Zieks was the killer, they wondered about Kazuma Asogi. Tobias Gregson must have been killed the day before, but why was van Zieks investigating him? The cases on the board were all related to the Grim Reaper, they needed to look into Gregson's movements. Before he was killed, he was investigating the red-headed league, but Daley Vigil showed up with his ID instead. Iris suggested this might be to create an alibi, then remembered Evie Vigil. Her husband was in charge of supervising the cell of the Professor but he was blamed for his escape. And now he's doing his secret job as acting as Gregson for him while being a peddler. Iris decides that it's time they head out, she takes a gun filled with boiling tea.

Meeting with Stronghart again[]

In the high court of justice, Mael Stronghart told Kazuma Asogi to move the trial along. Asogi left and Stronghart announces that the verdict of van Zieks has been delayed due to Asogi's questioning. He didn't know if Asogi thought that van Zieks was the Grim Reaper. He revealed that the defendant of his second trial, the leader of a crime syndicate, threatened the jury to get acquitted. Three days later, he was crushed by concrete at a construction site, that was the first appearance of the Grim Reaper. Although it was declared an accident, about sixteen more people met unnatural deaths afterward, this can't be a coincidence. The truth might finally be revealed, but they don't how the public will react to it, that's why the trial was top secret. This was the first secret trial since the Professor case, Stronghart was the original prosecutor but van Zieks begged to take his place so he can avenge his brother. But he seems to deny being a part of Stronghart's "clock", he plans to do something tomorrow. He has a meeting he was really late for so he has to go now, but he allows them to interview Asogi.

Interviewing van Zieks[]

In cell one of the Gaol, van Zieks was reading a book when he noticed the three. He guessed he should be agreeable to his defense attorney despite him being Japanese. He was impressed with Kazuma Asogi as a prosecutor but figured this might be a punishment for playing the part of the Grim Reaper. He said it was actually an organization he's been trying to hunt down, it would be impossible to commit all these crimes alone. The Grim Reaper knew about the defendants and their cases, meaning someone from Scotland Yard was involved, he said he was Tobias Gregson! That's why he was investigating him, but Gregson only had the most prominent position, he only investigated each target and formulated the plan to kill them, he always had an alibi. He used Daley Vigil, who was unaware of this, the Fresno apartment was the base where Gregson meets with the actual killer and made the plans. There was a actually a Grim Reapress, her name was Asa Shinn. Naruhodo remembered her as the real name of Jezaille Brett who killed John H. Wilson and almost got away due to consular jurisdiction but was killed. Susato and Naruhodo agreed that they shouldn't talk about Shinn around Iris due to her killing her father, but Susato should tell Yujin about this.

Barok & Genshin being attacked by thugs.

Van Zieks then heard about how Naruhodo replaced Asogi as the exchange student, he reminded him of his father. Back then, some aristocrats exercised their power to exploit of the government economy, military and even the citizens. Barok guessed the Professor was a hero somewhat, but he didn't understand why he would kill his brother, Klint, at all. He revealed that Genshin Asogi even saved his life once! It was a late foggy night after Klint's death, Barok and Genshin were walking along a back alley, he was unaware of his identity of the Professor. Suddenly, they were surrounded by thugs who were holding pistols and hiding their faces with scarves. Klint van Zieks was an outstanding prosecutor at the time, London's villains considered him an eyesore, so they occasionally targeted Barok. Just when he thought he was going to be killed, Genshin whispered that he'd never be able to face Klint again. Barok didn't really know what happened after that, but everything went quiet. Genshin was lying on the brick road with his left hand bleeding, he protected Barok. He was arrested for being the Professor two days later, Barok lost his brother and his foreign friend. Naruhodo thanks van Zieks for telling him his story, Susato saw that the Professor, Grim Reaper and Gregson all have a connection, Naruhodo couldn't believe he was the Grim Reaper working with Jezaille Brett. Susato said they should go to the Great Waterloo Hotel to see her father.

Yujin at the hotel[]

Yujin Mikotoba noticed the three, Iris Wilson introduces herself, he was a big fan of her work. He was able to see the trial since he was a guest to the symposium and he was impressed with Naruhodo with even facing Asogi. They decide to have some tea, Seishiro Jigoku isn't here. Yujin heard about the rumors of the Death God of the Old Bailey from a member of the justice system yesterday. It didn't exist ten years ago due to him returning to Japan, the two say the entity was really Asa Shinn/Jezaille Brett. Yujin was surprised and Susato sends Iris to get some cookies with her so she didn't hear about her father's death. Yujin revealed that John Wilson was not the partner of Herlock Sholmes and didn't think he had a daughter! But they should still be quiet, the girls arrives with cinnamon biscuits.

Yujin hasn't seen Jigoku since this morning, but now the symposium was delayed, maybe he went to see the World's Fair. Ten years ago, Jigoku tried to have Genshin Asogi's punishment lightened but ended up smashing the witness stand! Additionally, since his words brought humiliation to England he became a defendant as well, but he received a not guilty verdict and safely returned to Japan with Yujin. He also finished developing the photo that was taken yesterday. His request was for Naruhodo to go back to Japan! Their legal system was still under development, what they need was a real defense attorney now. The Japanese government was deciding what do do with Kazuma Asogi, but Naruhodo just has to think about the request before this trial ends.

Yujin has to go report Asa Shinn to the Japanese government and police, he looks forward to Iris' next issue. He asked Naruhodo to think about his request and wishes him good luck. Suddenly, Herlock Sholmes appears, pondering something about Shinn. He was drinking tea under the chairs. He heard about Yujin's actions just now and he prayed that his deductions would actually be incorrect for once. He gave Naruhodo the bill for his tea and quickly left, Susato left for her father and Iris went to call a carriage, leaving Naruhodo with the bill.

Vigil in the hospital[]

In a ward in St. Synner's Hospital, Daley Vigil managed to compose himself. Kazuma Asogi left a moment ago, also apologizing for revealing his secret. Vigil always felt guilty about deceiving Evie, but also himself for being dismissed. He met Gregson around the time and he gave him a large amount of compensation for being his proxy. But he swears he wasn't the one who helped the Professor break out, he wanted someone to hear him out.

Gregson was ordered to carry out special duties to investigate something with the yard knowing, probably for the Grim Reaper. That's why Vigil pretended to be Gregson in order to leave an impression. The day before the incident, he was told to go to Lime street for the Red-Headed League and make a scene. But them those two locked him up after he waved around the idea like he usually does, he was released the next morning. He return to Fresno street around 5 to give his report but then heard the gunshot.

The time of the Professor's execution was midnight of June seventeenth, but it was used to enact the jailbreak plan. Barclay Prison has high security so there are some rules regarding leaving and entering, but there was a blind spot, the Professor's casket. The coroner rules each prisoner dead and they receive a burial at Lowgate Cemetary, then their casket was set aside and the head jailer signs a confirmation form. Only the executioner and the coroner are allowed to witness the death, Vigil waited in the room next door for the confirmation report. When he went there he saw that the casket was already nailed shut before the form was signed. Vigil assumed the vice head jailer checked and shut it for him, but Genshin Asogi was alive. They all wondered what happened that night. All Vigil knows was that someone inside the prison must've helped him escape and that it wasn't him. He remembered Genshin well despite only meaning him for a little bit, his trial was speedy due to the treaty. Vigil supervised him in his solitary cell for a week, but Genshin always seemed calm and polite with knowledge. When asked if he really killed the five nobles, Genshin said yes. The trial was the next day and he received his guilty verdict, when he returned to his cell that night Vigil saw something odd on his patrol, it was Genshin's will he was holding. He was only allowed to bring personal items in his cell due to being Japanese, but he wasn't allowed pen or paper but he still had one. Genshin begged Vigil to ignore his will which he calls his final "weapon". But then the will vanished after Genshin's execution, the jailers didn't find it to give to Kazuma. Chief officer Caidin said it should've been there despite Vigil supposedly only knowing about the Asogi file.

That's all Daley Vigil can tell them, Evie will be here soon. But posing as a detective was a crime, so he'll probably be arrested but he knew it would catch up one day. Suddenly, he wanted to say one more thing about the Asogi file. He wanted them to keep a secret about it because it's a high level secret and something bad might happen if it's revealed.

Another meeting with Caidin[]

Barry Caidin has heard that they found Daley Vigil, but he emphasizes that the prison has nothing to do with the case. Iris gets a hard, handcuff shaped biscuit when saying he got disciplinarily dismissed. Naruhodo asked Caidin about the Asogi files, but the chief officer sternly tells them to stick to the present cases. The Professor's execution and escape was a dark spot for Barclay Prison, the coroner in charge was Courtney Sithe and Vigil was in charge of the execution. Caidin said his suicide was an excuse for having his crime found out. There was no one else around who knows the details of what happened at the time. Sithe isn't allowed visitors, probably to prevent leaking information. He suggested Maria Gorey might know about the situation, she was Sithe's only daughter. Their family seem to have unusual circumstances, apparently Gorey would choose the same path after watching her mother labor over those murder victims. She's also the one in charge of Gregson's incomplete autopsy, she might know about ten years ago. Caidin wishes they would stop talking about the Professor killings and didn't want them to come back.

Susato said their information sources regarding the Asogi file was a trade secret. Caidin confirms that Asogi indeed wrote his will, it didn't vanish, he actually has it write now and gives it to him. In brush strokes, Genshin said he wanted all belongings to go to his son. After the belongings were shipped to Japan the case was over. Caidin demands that they keep quiet about it as possible.

Questioning Prosecutor Asogi[]

In the Prosecutor's office, Kazuma Asogi figured they would be stopping by. He knew Naruhodo would stick to being a defense attorney and Susato was so happy that his dream of being in court came true. Asogi didn't know this would happen when they were together in court. Naruhodo was here to hear what he has to say about the Professor killings, but first he wanted to hear what happened on the S.S. Burya. When Asogi woke up, he lying in a narrow cabin on a bed decorated with a wreath of flowers. Already amnesiac, he snuck out quietly and headed for the deck, but his head kept saying he had a secret mission in England. When the steamship ported at Hong Kong, he disembarked in the middle of other passengers. He concealed himself and was able to secure a job on the cargo ship. After stopping at countless ports, he finally arrived at Dover Harbor three months ago. But he couldn't remember his mission, he was apprehended by the immigration office as an illegal alien and escorted to Scotland Yard. That's where he met Mael Stronghart during a meeting, he brought Asogi to the prosecutor's office and let him stay in his own due to his knowledge of the law.

Father & son.

Regarding Genshin, Kazuma was very young when he left for England, his last memory was photo taken right before he left. Six years later, Yujin Mikotoba told him that Genshin died of an illness. After that, he took Kazuma in and helped pay for his education at Imperial Yumei University. But he still wasn't convinced that an illness killed his father, they received a letter one day from England revealing Genshin as a serial killer! It was unknown who wrote the letter, but they were probably silenced. There was also a newspaper article about the Professor, Mikotoba didn't see the letter but Seishiro Jigoku did, after so feared hesitation he laughed it off. A year later, Asogi's mother died due to an illness. But anyway, he was impressed with Naruhodo's defense today. They inform about Tobias Gregson being the Grim Reaper, but Asogi said he already knows saying Barok van Zieks was ordering him. He made sure that Genshin was sent to the gallows, but Kazuma knows his father wasn't a serial killer, just that he was killed by the Grim Reaper.

Naruhodo brings up how Gregson's time of death isn't listed in the autopsy report, Asogi made a trip to the forensic pathology lab a while ago. But the coroner in charge, Dr. Gorey, was out. The lab was located between Lowgate Cemetary, where Genshin was buried. Asogi thanks Naruhodo for protecting and returning his sword, "Karuma", made by a famous blacksmith during the Sengoku period. It's a symbol of the martial-arts family, one of Genshin's apprentices took his name as his surname. He took it with him in his study abroad. Tomorrow, Asogi was determined to prove that van Zieks was the Grim Reaper who killed Gregson but Naruhodo won't allow it and they part ways.

Meeting with Maria Gorey[]

In the forensics pathology lab, there a sweet, rose scent inside now. The three hear someone sharping lancets. Maria Gorey said they'll die if she doesn't, she offers to cut them to test them out. They look around at all the creepy stuff in the lab, with Gorey responding with something that slightly scares them. When asked about Tobias Gregson's time of death, Gorey just notes that they aren't dead. So Naruhodo presented her the autopsy report, she takes off her mask and said that's not her fault. Mael Stronghart told Gorey not to write it because it was obvious that Gregson's death was as theorized. Naruhodo said she'll soon end up like her mother but then Gorey writes that Gregson's death was impossible to estimate. She found fish and chips in his coat pocket that started to mold, meaning someone probably tampered with the body to throw off the time of his death. She suggested that his body was frozen without his coat on, Iris said a big ice box might come from a factory. Gorey said that it might have been a day before matching Naruhodo's theory, but Stronghart said there were none of the sort near Fresno street. Maria Gorey goes back to sharpening her lancet.

A while later she was still sharpening. Now the group asked her about Courtney Sithe, her mother who announced the Professor dead after his execution. Gorey said she also observed the autopsy of his last victim, Klint van Zieks. Gregson insisted on the miracle happening, the autopsy occurred in this very lab. Sithe's biggest job was watching the Professor's execution and signed it off, she can't believe it was all a lie when she found out. Gorey sees this forced doing as what Stronghart was doing to herself now. They wonder who gave instructions for the jailbreak plan. Sithe was just an assistant to Klint's autopsy, the real man in charge was John H. Wilson, the other assistant was Yujin Mikotoba. Decisive evidence found in Klint pointed Genshin Asogi as the true killer, Gorey allows the group to look at the files but there didn't seem to be any record about Klint. Gorey was surprised at this, two years ago Herlock Sholmes came wanting to see the records. Iris remembered some business and tells Naruhodo she was suddenly going home by herself but Gorey stops her as she's been here before. Iris was with Sholmes two years ago but she left now. Gorey admits that talking to them was fun.

Return to the crime scene[]

Back at the Fresno Street apartment, the investigation was progressing. Naruhodo felt something off, Susato said they should investigate. They notice a heavy, metal case on the floor, the initials T.G. are on it. Suddenly, Gina Lestrade arrives saying that's hers and she takes it wherever she goes. She's also mad that Scotland Yard was calling Tobias Gregson the real Grim Reaper, she found a notebook in his office and managed to look at it before it was taken away. It was a list of Grim Reaper investigations and the names of all the killed defendants with their death dates. The last entry was October thirty-first, the day before this incident, Lestrade can't remember the name but it and wasn't English, Asa Shinn also appeared multiple times. Now regarding Lestrade's own investigation with Toby, the police are trying to retrace Gregson's footsteps, but the two found something but aren't telling. The "hellhound's" skills are highly praised here, Naruhodo decides to let Toby sniff the red wig Gregson was wearing. But suddenly, the dog launched himself straight at Lestrade and goes to her trunk, it did belong to Gregson. It took a long time though, but Lestrade admits that Toby attacked "Sandwich" when he sniffed Gregson's coat, he was hiding the trunk behind his sign board, he picked it from the crime scene. "Sandwich" thought he could sell it for good money, that's all he did but he still got on Lestrade's nerve. She managed to get it back, Naruhodo asked if they can look at it but Toby suddenly starts licking his face crazy!

Sholmes' deduction[]

4:57 PM

Ryunosuke Naruhodo woke up in his consultation office, He had a bandage around his head, it was a sugary water compress from Yujin since they didn't have ice. Sholmes invited them all for tea and they headed downstairs. When they arrive they saw a sad and quiet Iris Wilson, a masked man on the couch and heard German music. Sholmes demanded the man to stop singing and explain himself. He thought he knew what had happened, there was a long awaited reunion and Iris was hiding something. Since Iris went pale, Sholmes concluded that his logic would end the song.

Herlock Sholmes said the man was German because of his singing. He also said Iris knew why he was so cheerful, she gazed towards a tea cup so Sholmes concluded that she gave the German gentleman some herbal tea that caused him to pass out and sing. But who was he? Sholmes revealed that several years ago, a gentleman visited him to solve his problems, a story was written about it. His name was Wilhelm Gottsreich Sigmond van Ormstein, father of Gotts and the king of Germany! He wore a mask to hide his identity and it's the same one he was wearing now. Iris glanced at her backpack so Sholmes said something must be inside of it. He said the king gave her pocket money to keep a secret. Iris glanced at the handle of Sholmes' favorite coffee cup, he said the German king smashed it. The truth was that Iris tried to hide the broken cup, but Sholmes planned to send a bill to Germany. The deduction was finished, yet neither the "German king" nor Iris were talking still. Naruhodo added that he actually read that story and Gotts' father was the king of Bohemia, not Germany. Susato decided to help Naruhodo correct Sholmes' deductions.

Iris was actually looking the gramophone, that's where the German music was coming from, the gentleman was completely unconscious. Naruhodo and Susato remembered that the mask was the same one Kazuma Asogi was wearing when he was the Masked Apprentice. It used to be sitting on the metal box, but why was the gentleman wearing it now? Sholmes removed it and the man was Yujin Mikotoba, Susato's father. Moving on towards Iris' silence, she was actually glancing at the metal box which appears to be unlocked, it contained all the original stories of Herlock Sholmes. Sholmes opened it but then gets punched by a boxing glove trap after Iris warned him, he was now in the exact same position as Yujin! Iris was talking now and holding a key behind her back, it was originally in her mouth before Sholmes got punched. So Yujin tried to open the box but was sent flying, all the stuff on him miraculously came from onto the box to onto him. The deductions seem to be over but Sholmes objected as Iris was still hiding something. Underneath the tray she was holding a record from Scotland Yard, Naruhodo remembered that the autopsy of Klint van Zieks was missing. A couple years ago, Sholmes visited the lab with Iris to see the document, she suddenly started crying and apologizing.

Partner of Herlock Sholmes[]

Iris' confession

Iris Wilson admitted she took the autopsy report because she knew it was important, she said she found her father. But before she can clarify, Herlock Sholmes announced that he will take the unconscious Yujin to the attic bed. Anyway, Iris knew that her father was the partner of Sholmes and he wrote all the their solved cases in that trunk. When she secretly looked at the case files, they said he was a medical doctor, so she studied hard and became one as well. Yet the name of her father wasn't anywhere in the records. When she found Klint's autopsy report, she noticed that the handwriting perfectly matched those of the records. But she couldn't borrow the report to properly compare the two, and she never said it again until today when she stole it. The coroner who performed Klint's procedure was John H. Wilson, so she took his last name and decided to write "The Adventures of Herlock Sholmes". Sholmes came in blaming himself for what Iris had done, he promised he'd only tell about her father when the time was right. They both went to return the report to Dr. Gorey and apologized, so Susato and Naruhodo decided to borrow it for a while.

After Iris left to tend her herbs, Susato read the report and was very shocked. She said that the handwriting wasn't Dr. Wilson's, but of her father, Yujin Mikotoba! She revealed that medical assistants like him record their opinions during autopsies and compile them into the report, it's finished when the coroner signs off on it. So Iris made a mistake, John Wilson only signed the report. Naruhodo realized that they don't know which of Sholmes' stories are true, the detective said his best friend recorded all his activities. But Sholmes didn't get to see him much due to being in a faraway country, Naruhodo concluded that the partner of Herlock Sholmes was Dr. Mikotoba. Sholmes was glad he finally understood logic, Yujin suddenly appeared and Sholmes properly introduced him to them.

Their meeting was sixteen years ago, Yujin was looking for a lodging to commute to the hospital from. But the prices were high, so he decided he needed a roommate to split the rent with. Sholmes was still a novice at the time, he was at the hospital doing research. After that, they pursue numerous cases together, it all stopped because of the Professor. Yujin had to return to Japan with Seishiro Jigoku. Susato was proud of his father for being Sholmes' partner, but she asked about Iris' father. Sholmes told her that her father was the one who wrote the records in the trunk, that means that Iris and Susato are half-sisters! Susato was disgusted that Yujin had an affair with Iris' mother, but Yujin said she's got the wrong idea. Sholmes suddenly said they need to head out to solve a case like the old days, reluctantly Yujin agreed to go with him. He will be praying Naruhodo good luck and his decision about coming back to Japan. A lot of things happened today, but they will soon learn that there will be a clue to behind everything, and it might've been necessary to strengthen Ryunosuke Naruhodo's resolve.

References to other cases[]

The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles[]

Other[]

  • The scene with Kazuma and Naruhodo trying to get Daley Vigil to remember what happened in Barclay Prison is similar to Turnabout Succession. In both, the prosecutor aggressively pushes a witness to remember an event from years ago, acting out-of-character.
  • At one point, Venus states, "If you put 100 of these fireworks together, you can blow up this whole courtroom!" A variant of this hypothetical occurs in Turnabout Countdown.

Holmes references[]

Other cultural references[]

  • When Ryunosuke tells the court about the Red-Headed League, the judge asks: "Is there truly such an extraordinary league of gentlemen." This is most possibly a reference to The League of Extraordinary Gentlmen, a comic book series written by Alan Moore.
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