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I have been dubbed a "witness", thus I must clearly have witnessed something. ...Do you see?

Wordsmith is an old man in Labyrinthia who seems to think himself something of a philosopher. He was a witness in both of Espella Cantabella's witch trials; as a normal citizen for the former and as a (recently hired) member of the Vigilantes in the latter.

Espella's trial[]

Main article: The Fire Witch

At some point Wordsmith signed a contract with Labrelum Inc. in order to have his memories suppressed and live a new life as a resident of Labyrinthia.

Around dinner time on the evening that Hershel Layton and Luke Triton arrived in Labyrinthia, Wordsmith witnessed two thugs being seemingly burnt alive by the spell Ignaize after confronting Espella Cantabella. He later appeared at the Witches' Court with Mary, Kira, Knightle, and Emeer Punchenbaug for Cantabella's trial. In the first half of the trial, Wordsmith testified that Cantabella's lantern fell to the ground after the Ignaize incantation and that he had heard a "sploosh" sound. When Cantabella's defender, Phoenix Wright, asked him if he heard the lantern's glass shattering, he admitted that he did not, causing Mary to remember that the lamp fell before the incantation. Later on, during the second half of the trial, Wordsmith and Mary testified that there were only four witnesses at the crime scene, leading Wright and Layton to conclude that one of the five witnesses was the actual witch who had cast the spell. They proved that Kira was that individual, and so the flower seller was sent to the flames.

As a Vigilante[]

Main article: The Final Witch Trial

As a vigilante.

At the final witch trial, Wordsmith appeared as one of the ten Vigilantes testifying against Cantabella when she was accused of the murder of the Storyteller. Although he tried to claim that he was not Wordsmith, nobody present believed him.


Wordsmith likes to think of himself as philosopher and constantly makes superficially "deep" observations that often quickly stray from the topic at hand. After taking on the role of a Vigilante, he denied that he was the same individual, although no-one present was fooled as he still looked and acted the same. Despite this, he kept up the charade by pretending not to understand who Wordsmith was.


  • His English name comes from the term for someone who applies almost craftsman-like skills to word use.
  • His French name "Philocrate" is a combination of "philosophie" (French for "philosophy") and "Socrate" (the French name for the Greek philosopher Socrates).
  • Both his German and Italian names come from the Chinese philosopher Confucius.
  • His Spanish name comes from the word "divagar" (meaning "to wander off topic") with a Latin suffix added to make it sound like a name.