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|Zodiac Art Gallery|
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|Notable dates||Dec. 24, 2000 - IS-7 Incident |
April 2, 2019 - Gallery opened, IS-7 Incident resolved, Katherine Hall arrested for attempted murder
|Owned by||Jeffrey Master|
|Relevant cases||The Inherited Turnabout|
The Zodiac Art Gallery houses the works of the famous French sculptor Pierre Hoquet. It is in fact a mansion previously owned by Jeffrey Master, but it was repossessed from him after his arrest for being an accomplice to murder. However, in 2019, Katherine Hall purchased the mansion and refashioned it into a museum dedicated to Pierre Hoquet.
Main article: IS-7 Incident
In 2000, renowned pastry chef Jeffrey Master hosted a grand cookery competition in his mansion. The grand prize of the contest was a "recipe book" which was actually a list of advanced experimental drug recipes not available to the general public. Master had come to obtain it due to his close ties to the Master Group, a pharmaceutical institution which he was set to inherit. The Group had objected to Master's giving away the book, but he had not been swayed and had carried on with the contest. However, the Group sent Delicia Scones, an elite pharmacist and member, to compete in the contest and retrieve the book in a way that would please Master.
Among other notable competitors were Dane Gustavia and Isaac Dover (who was actually a famed French sculptor by the name of Pierre Hoquet). Gustavia nursed an extreme desire to become the world's greatest pastry chef, but he also suffered from a disorder that caused a complete lack of ability to taste. His reason for wanting the book was that it contained a recipe for a drug that could temporarily cure his illness. Hoquet, however, was in financial trouble and wished to sell the "recipe book" to one of the Master Group's rivals for a lot of money. However, neither could win the contest on their own; through extreme training, Gustavia had become excellent at producing superb-tasting foods, but he was severely lacking in aesthetic sense. Hoquet, being a sculptor, was naturally very good at design, but completely unable to produce something of good taste. As a result of this, the two agreed to collaborate; Gustavia would do all the actual cooking and baking, while Hoquet would do the design. Using this method, the pair were able to make it to the semifinals, along with Delicia Scones. However, in the finals, Hoquet ended their collaboration just after Gustavia had given him two batches of sherbet to sculpt, thus giving Hoquet everything he needed but leaving Gustavia with nothing but his own ingredients and terrible design skill. Hoquet then anticipated that the desperate Gustavia would try to "steal" the prize by taking photos of the recipe, and caught him red handed in Master's room doing just that. Hoquet then started to blackmail Gustavia by threatening to expose him as a thief, even going so far as to deal Gustavia a blow using a rock salt lamp that was in the room, in order to prove his superiority. Gustavia, blind with rage, responded by killing Hoquet using the other salt lamp.
Gustavia quickly devised a plan to give himself an alibi and frame someone else. His chosen target was Delicia Scones, as her habit of snacking on the other contestants' hard work irritated him to no end. Gustavia hid the body in a chocolate treasure chest that was in Master's room, planning to retrieve it later and freeze it inside one of Hoquet's sherbet sculptures, so as to obfuscate the time of death and give him an alibi. He then left to have tea with the other contestants and establish his fake alibi.
However, the very bad habit of Scones' which so irritated him proved to be the undoing of his plan. Before Gustavia had a chance to move the body, Scones entered Master's room and nibbled her way through the chocolate supports holding up a pastry pirate ship, which caused the ship to tip over and break the lid of the treasure chest (although Scones herself left before this happened). The breaking noise attracted Katherine Hall, a servant at the mansion, and upon discovering the body, Hall ran off to call the police. Gustavia bided his time until Hall was out of sight, then entered the room, stole the body, and went ahead with his plan to freeze the body inside the sherbet sculpture. He also broke down the rock salt lamp that had his own blood on it, and mixed it with the remaining sherbet to fashion a lyre for the sculpture. Gustavia's plan was to melt the sculptures and have whoever was nearby "discover" the body. However, he was foiled once again, this time by Hall. Hall had learned that "Isaac Dover" was in fact Pierre Hoquet, whom she was a great fan of. Fearing that the police investigation would damage Hoquet's work, Hall moved the sculptures down to the basement of the mansion.
Due to where the body had been found, Jeffrey Master himself was accused of the murder, with Gregory Edgeworth taking up his defense in court. Edgeworth conducted a thorough investigation, but lead prosecutor Manfred von Karma's deliberately obstructive tactics prevented the investigation from really getting anywhere. Due to the fact that the body was missing, Chief Prosecutor Blaise Debeste provided von Karma with a forged autopsy report, which he had forced the elderly coroner Bonnie Young to create. Edgeworth was able to prove in court that the report was forged, and Debeste was forced to penalize von Karma in order to shift suspicion away from himself. However, von Karma himself avoided further punishment by directing the brunt of the blame toward Police Detective Rip Lacer, who was subsequently dismissed. In addition, von Karma's rigorous questioning tactics managed to force a false confession out of Master, thus ensuring a guilty verdict. But Edgeworth had a trump card up his sleeve; he had recorded the confession as it had really happened, and presented the tape in court to prove that the confession was false. In spite of all of Edgeworth's efforts, judgment was passed and Master was found guilty of being an accomplice to murder.
Purchase by HallEdit
After Master's arrest, the mansion was repossessed by his close relatives, and Katherine Hall was kicked out due to having no blood relation to Master. Hall vowed that she would one day get the mansion back, and took up a career as an actress toward this end. In 2019, with some help from Raymond Shields, Hall was able to fulfill her goal, and set about renovating the mansion into a museum dedicated to Pierre Hoquet. She was surprised to have found the sculptures she had hidden in the mansion's refrigerator 18 years ago. While inspecting the sculptures for the gallery, she finally discovered where Hoquet's body had gone; it was frozen inside the sculpture. Hall devised a plan based on this to catch and trap Hoquet's real killer, the one responsible for framing Master (or so she thought).
IS-7 solved at lastEdit
Main article: The Inherited Turnabout
In order to carry out her plan, Hall removed the sculptures from the basement and placed them in the exhibit, then put the toxic chemical Fatallium in the case. She then froze an amount of the ordinarily harmless chemical Normallium onto the lid. When mixed, Normallium and Fatallium caused a gas that quickly became fatal to anyone who inhaled it. The idea of the plan was that the real killer would return to the mansion in order to remove the body. That person would then try to melt the sculpture case lid open (as the frozen Normallium would have sealed it shut). The temperature would cause the Normallium to melt and drip down the sides of the case, then meet with the Fatallium already in the case and form the gas. The real killer would then lift the lid of the case, thereby releasing the gas and completing Hall's plan. It worked exactly as Hall had plotted; Dane Gustavia mixed the chemicals and lifted the lid, but after being overcome by the gas, managed to find enough energy to drag himself to the door of the exhibit. However, he found it locked; Hall had also locked it in case the victim managed to find enough energy for an escape attempt. If not for the timely (if accidental) intervention of Larry Butz by opening the door, Gustavia would have died. However, Butz opened the door, thus allowing Gustavia to tumble out and escape death. Hall immediately took Gustavia to the second-floor infirmary, along with Delicia Scones, in order to shift suspicion. Miles Edgeworth, who was visiting along with Raymond Shields, quickly made to investigate the cause and perpetrator of the gas, but they were stopped by Sebastian Debeste and Justine Courtney, a rival prosecutor and judge who had arrived to do their own investigation. Debeste introduced Butz as a suspect, due to the fact that he had been carrying a red paint that contained Normallium. Edgeworth quickly dashed his logic into pieces by pointing out that Butz would not have had access to Fatallium. Debeste then placed suspicion on Delicia Scones, due to the fact that she knew how to make the gas, being a pharmacist. He added that Scones also carried a bottle of a pesticide called "Megatoxin X" at all times, the active ingredient of which was Fatallium. However, Scones was able to prove that her bottle of Megatoxin X had in fact been stolen one week prior to the incident, thus clearing her of suspicion. Debeste eventually agreed to let Edgeworth assist with the investigation, and Edgeworth used this authority to track down Hall as the real culprit of the gas. However, both Edgeworth and Shields had noticed that all the people involved with IS-7 seemed to be congregated at the museum, and they quickly set out to finish what Gregory Edgeworth had started 18 years ago. Edgeworth suspected Gustavia, due to the fact that he had set off the gas, but a lack of decisive evidence prevented a formal suspicion, and Edgeworth was forced to resort to a mixture of logic and manipulation in order for the investigation to go anywhere. Once Edgeworth had uncovered a motive, he investigated further and found that numerous pieces of evidence pointed to Gustavia. Gustavia, trapped, openly confessed to his crime, but pointed out that the statute of limitations on the IS-7 case had run out, meaning he could not be convicted. However, Edgeworth drove Gustavia into a corner by revealing that Master had only been convicted as an accomplice, which meant that the statute was extended by a year if the accomplice's partner could not be found. As a result, Gustavia was finally brought to justice.
After the resolution of IS-7 and the gas trap, Hall was presumably arrested and tried for attempted murder. Since Master was set free after Gustavia's conviction, there is a high probability that the mansion is once more in his possession. Whether or not it is still a museum is unclear.
There are four main rooms in the gallery, called "palaces", each named after a specific season. All of them are decorated and have a temperature corresponding to their seasons, and house specific sculptures made by Hoquet which he based on the 12 astrilogical constellations and are placed in the room that correspond to the season in which they are best seen in the sky.
- The Spring Palace - (12 °C) Leo, Cancer, and Virgo
- The Summer Palace - (26 °C) Libra, Scorpius, and Sagittarus
- The Autumn Palace - (18 °C) Capricorn, Aquarius, Pisces, and Aries
- The Winter Palace - (3 °C) Taurus and Gemini
Additionally, all rooms are equipped with sprinklers, which are manually controlled from the security room on the first floor. On the second floor, there is a medical room, equipped fully enough to create a poison antidote on the spot.
In the fan translation of Gyakuten Kenji 2, the 12 Constellations Art Gallery is slightly renamed to the "Zodiac Art Gallery".