Recap / Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney

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Day 1 — Trial Former

Two men are playing poker when all of a sudden, someone loses, and a bottle gets swung. One of the players ends up murdered, and the other takes out a phone and calls someone. He explains what happened and denies committing the crime. Remarking that the cops will arrive soon, the man informs the other person on the line that he's in their hands now...

In a defendant lobby the next morning, rookie lawyer Apollo Justice prepares to begin his first court case, accompanied by his mentor, accomplished defense attorney Kristoph Gavin. It's the murder shown in the prologue, and as per usual, Winston Payne is the prosecutor for the first of the game's trials. Amazingly, the defendant is none other than Phoenix Wright, who's been out of the law game for seven years, and is now considered a fallen lawyer of sorts. It's mentioned that Phoenix specifically hired Apollo as his lawyer, rather than Kristoph.

The trial begins with Payne explaining what happened. The murder took place in the basement of the Borscht Bowl Club, a Russian restaurant where Phoenix now works as a piano player. The murder weapon was a bottle of grape juice with Phoenix's fingerprints on it, and Payne claims that Phoenix was in the room at the moment of the crime. The victim was one Shadi Smith, of whom little is known aside from the fact that he was a traveller of sorts, and had recently returned to the country after a very long absense.

As shown in a photo of the scene of the crime, the pair were playing a friendly game of poker, with Kristoph remarking "only the cards, their backs wreathed in blue flame, [knew] its final outcome." Phoenix is asked to testify about the game, and he reveals that although he's technically a pianist, his main job is taking on customers in games of poker, and he's never lost once in the seven years he's been working at the restaurant. He also mentions that the game used two decks of cards to prevent cheating, one with blue backs, and another with red backs.

Phoenix pleads silence regarding the the murder, but claims to have not touched the murder weapon. Apollo reluctantly points out that the bottle does in fact have his fingerprints on it, with Payne enthusiastically adding that the fingerprints were upside down, as if the bottle was used to hit someone. Phoenix remains silent, causing Payne and the judge to remark on his apparent refusal to co-operate, but then Kristoph informs them that Phoenix was the one who reported the crime to the police in the first place, calling them from the ground floor of the restaurant. So he can hardly be called unco-operative.

Kristoph deduces that the reason Payne's so certain Phoenix was at the scene of the crime is that he has a decisive witness. Enter Olga Orly, a waitress at the restaurant who also takes photos of customers, one of which is of Phoenix and Smith sitting together. Olga testifies that she was the dealer for Phoenix and Smith's game, and that she saw Phoenix strangling Smith. Apollo points out that Smith was bludgeoned to death, not strangled, and after further questioning, it turns out that Phoenix was actually getting a locket with a picture of a young girl from around Smith's neck. When asked about the locket, Phoenix claims that the girl is his daughter.

Payne and Olga then claim that Phoenix was losing the game prior to the murder, with Payne presenting a photo of the table that shows Phoenix with less chips - here used to represent generic points rather than money - than his opponent. He argues that Phoenix murdered Smith simply because he was a Sore Loser. Apollo examines the photo and works out that, while Phoenix does indeed have fewer chips, he actually has more points than his opponent, squashing Olga's claim that he was losing, and Payne's motive with it.

Olga then claims that there was cheating in the last hand, with five aces being played at once, but the photo only shows four aces on the table. Smith's cards are examined, and one of the cards is blue. This confuses Olga, who remarks that she was certain she had put a fifth ace in Phoenix's hand...Upon hearing this, Kristoph calls attention to it and argues that Olga was helping Smith to cheat in the game, with Apollo then arguing that she was the one who murdered Smith, after her attempt at cheating went wrong and resulted in an altercation between the two of them. Olga faints in shock, and the judge prepares to adjourn the trial for the day so that the prosecution can investigate the defense's claims...

...and then Phoenix objects out of nowhere, stating that the trial can't be ended just yet. He points out that Smith's blue card turned up when he and Phoenix were using the red deck, and asks Apollo when it could have been swapped in. Apollo answers that it could only have been done after the murder, as the perp would have been caught if they tried it during the game thanks to the alternating decks. Phoenix then asks who could have done so, and Apollo answers that it couldn't have been Phoenix or Olga, since the former had no reason to do so, and the latter wouldn't have made the mistake of swapping in the wrong colored card, seeing as she was the dealer. In conclusion, it could only be someone else, someone who didn't know that red cards and five aces were being used. A fourth person was at the scene of the crime!

After reprimanding Phoenix for not providing this information earlier, the judge calls for a recess. Kristoph tells Phoenix to leave his defense to his attorney in the future, before leaving for a chat with the judge. With the two of them alone, Apollo asks Phoenix about his locket, and whether or not he cheated that night. Phoenix doesn't answer either way, only saying that after what happened seven years ago, it's not unreasonable for Apollo to think that he might cheat. He then talks about how playing poker is a lot like fighting a court case, specifically the parts about reading your opponents. And speaking of reading your opponents, Phoenix mentions that Olga was scratching her neck quite a bit during her testimony...

Then Phoenix claims that he has yet to tell anyone "the truth" of the case, but that he has his reasons for this, and that all will be revealed. He tells Apollo that he will need his "power" from this point on, and that the real trial will be beginning now...

Day 1 — Trial Latter

Court resumes, and Olga is called back to the stand. It turns out that she’s actually a professional gambler, and had been hired by Smith to help him destroy Phoenix’s reputation as a poker player. Their plan was for Olga to plant a card on Phoenix prior to the game, and then deal five aces during a hand to make it look like someone had swapped a card in. Smith would then search Phoenix and “discover” the planted card, thereby making him look like a cheat. Olga testifies that when the time came to execute the plan, Smith was unable to find the planted card on Phoenix, and that Phoenix hit him with the bottle immediately afterwards.

Apollo isn’t convinced that Phoenix would do this for no apparent reason, and notices Olga scratching her neck more and more when he tries to discuss the subject. Suddenly his vision zooms in and slows down, enabling him to perceive Olga’s neck scratching in detail. He decides to try jogging her memory by presenting the bottle, and points out to the court that she always scratches her neck when talking about the moment of the crime, almost as if ‘’she’s’’ the one who got hit by the bottle.

Olga insists that Phoenix hit Smith, and that she didn’t take her eyes off him until the police arrived, only for Apollo to inform her that Phoenix was the one who called the police, and that he left the basement to do so. So just how on earth could Olga have kept her eyes on him during that time?

Finally caught, Olga comes clean; it wasn't Phoenix who used the bottle, but Smith. After their plan failed, Smith grabbed the bottle and hit her on the back of the neck with it, knocking her out. Olga claims that when she woke up, Smith was dead, but Kristoph argues that she’s the real killer, and lying to avoid being identified as such. He points out that she was the only other person who was in the basement, and reiterates Apollo’s earlier claim that she and Smith got into a confrontation that ended with his death. Olga denies the murder and claims that someone's trying to frame her…

...and then Phoenix once again appears at the stand, claiming that it’s not like Kristoph to come to such a hasty conclusion. He reminds the court of his theory of a fourth person being at the scene of the crime, and suggests that they're the true killer. Then in another twist, he reveals that they're inside the courtroom right now, and they just so happened to provide a clue to their identity at the beginning of the trial; they thought the cards used at the time of the murder were blue. Phoenix asks who this person could be, and Apollo realizes that it's Kristoph, who made a remark about the cards having blue backs long before that bit of information was revealed to the court. Phoenix is accusing a member of his own defense team of Smith's murder!

Payne argues that this is nonsense; for one thing, Kristoph and Smith have never even met one another! But Phoenix hints that they may in fact have done so before the poker game. Realising that this may be the truth which Phoenix had decided not to tell the court, Apollo tries to get him to testify, but Kristoph tries to overrule him, claiming that anything that happened before the game is irrelevant to the case at hand. He again attempts to blame Olga for the crime, but the judge points out that Apollo's the official defense attorney, not him. The defense's course of action is up to no-one but Apollo himself. Apollo asks Phoenix to testify.

Phoenix testifies that he had dinner with Kristoph at the restaurant, and that Kristoph left just before Smith showed up. As Olga stated earlier, Smith hit her with the bottle after their scheme failed, at which point Phoenix left to call the police, returning to find Smith dead and bleeding from his forehead. Upon realizing that he was now involved in a murder, Phoenix called Kristoph to hire his legal services, though Kristoph accuses Phoenix of planning to drag him into the murder trial right from the start. Phoenix states that all he wants is to find the truth.

Beginning his cross-examination, Apollo finds two issues with the testimony. The first is that Smith's wearing a hat in the crime scene photo, meaning that Phoenix shouldn't have been able to see his bleeding forehead. Phoenix admits that he was the one who put the hat on Smith's head, after finding that it had fallen off when he returned from calling the police to find Smith dead. When the judge asks why he did this, Phoenix merely apologizes. The second issue is that, after some pressing, Phoenix claims that he found the card Olga planted on him and hid it in the grape juice bottle used to kill Smith, but there's no such card inside the bottle. Phoenix nevertheless insists that he hid the card there.

At this point Kristoph tries to call a halt to the cross-examination, claiming the testimony to be full of lies. Phoenix insists that he's been telling the truth throughout, and he decides to reveal the reason he put the hat back on Smith's head. He plays a recording of his call to Kristoph for the court, in which, despite having supposedly never seen it before, Kristoph makes a reference to Smith's bald head. Just how did he have that knowledge, when it was only revealed for a short time after Smith's murder?

The judge calls for another recess, after which Kristoph will be asked to testify about his knowledge of the victim's baldness. While waiting for the trial to resume, Apollo is approached by a familiar looking teenage girl in magician's attire, who presents him with an ace of spades card containing a drop of blood. The girl cryptically claims that he'll need the card to win the case, and that her father's fate is in Apollo's hands. Apollo wonders if the card's the fifth ace that was supposedly swapped out by the killer.

Court resumes with Kristoph taking the stand, and Phoenix taking his place on the defense's bench. The former lawyer points out that the only time Smith's hat came off was the moment of the murder, and that Phoenix put the hat back on shortly afterwards. Meaning that the only way someone else could know about it before the trial would be if they were the real killer. Kristoph however has his own explanation; before he had been hired by Phoenix, he returned to the restaurant and went down into the basement, out of fear that Smith might try something. Through a window, he saw Smith dead with his hat off, and Phoenix holding the grape juice bottle. He claims he didn't provide this information earlier to avoid incriminating his client.

Apollo insists that there would have had to be a fourth person there to swap out the missing ace, but Kristoph asks why the killer would bother to do such a thing. Acting on impulse, Apollo presents the bloody ace to the court. Kristoph does not react well, insisting that the card has to be a fake. He quickly shuts up when Phoenix points out that the only person who could be certain of that is Smith's killer, however. Phoenix goes on to suggest that the blood on it came from Smith's head wound, and that the killer took it to hide the blood, thereby answering Kristoph's question of why it was taken.

In order to elaborate, Phoenix informs Apollo that if the card was on the table when the drop of blood landed on it, there's a problem with the crime scene. Picturing the scene in his head, Apollo figures out that since Smith's head was knocked back when he was killed, the blood went down the back of his head, meaning that it would have gone on the floor if he was facing the table. It could have gotten on the card if Smith was facing away from the table, but in that scenario, the only spot the killer could have stood in during the murder is occupied by a large cupboard. If the cupboard was moved a bit to the right however, the killer could have stood there instead.

The judge orders an investigation into the cupboard, as well as a second investigation requested by Phoenix. As they wait, it's discovered that if the theory of the killer's position and the moved cupboard is true, the cupboard would have blocked off the window Kristoph supposedly saw Smith's bald head from. The investigation then confirms that the cupboard can be moved to reveal a secret escape passage, back from when the basement was used for shady meetings and deals. Everything fits; at the time of the murder, the only place anyone could have seen Smith's head was inside the room it took place in!

Apollo summarises the events of the case. After Smith attacked Olga and Phoenix left to call the police, Kristoph entered the room using the secret passage. Smith heard the cupboard being moved and turned around in his chair, and was promptly hit with the bottle. He died, and a drop of his blood landed on his ace of spades as it lay on the table. To avoid revealing his use of the secret passage, Kristoph turned Smith's chair back around and swapped the bloody ace for another blue-backed card, unaware that the players were using the red-backed cards at the time.

The judge moves to have Phoenix acquitted and Kristoph arrested, but Kristoph refuses to go down. He again claims that the card's fake evidence, and reminds the court that Phoenix's upside down prints were found on the murderous bottle of grape juice, as if he were using it to hit someone. Apollo looks at Olga's photo of Phoenix and Smith, where he notices a load of grape juice bottles next to Phoenix's piano stool, and figures out that if Phoenix tried to pick up a bottle while sat at the piano, he would naturally grab it in an upside down grip. He argues that Kristoph used the grape juice bottle Phoenix was drinking from during their dinner to commit the murder, before swapping it for one of the bottles under the piano to pin the blame on Phoenix.

The results of the investigation Phoenix requested earlier are then revealed; the police checked all the bottles next to Phoenix's piano, finding among them a bottle containing the card Olga tried to plant on Phoenix earlier. The only person who could have put that bottle under the piano is Kristoph.

Finally caught, Kristoph smashes his fist down on the witness stand, and asks Phoenix if his actions today were revenge for the loss of his attorney's badge seven years ago. Phoenix replies that "My past is like my logic, straight and true. Nothing's changed. All I did was point the finger of justice in the proper direction." Upon hearing this, Kristoph turns Affably Evil, and thanks Phoenix for their little tête-à-tête.

Kristoph is taken away, though his reason for killing Smith remains unknown, as do any significant details about the victim. Before he is declared not guilty, Phoenix reveals that Kristoph was a man of much significance to him, as both a friend and a lawyer. He also warns the court that a dark time is coming for the legal system, and that there's a miscarriage of justice that needs to be addressed.

Meeting Phoenix in the defendant lobby, Apollo guesses that the girl who gave him the bloody ace is the same girl shown in the locket Phoenix took from Smith. He asks why Smith would have a locket displaying a photo of Phoenix's daughter, but Phoenix only replies that the straightest path to the truth isn't always the best one.

With Apollo now out of work thanks to the arrest of his boss, Phoenix offers him a job at his agency, even though he's no longer practising law. When Apollo brings this up, Phoenix admits that he's not qualified to do so anymore, and reveals that the bloody ace Apollo used is in fact forged evidence he created. Kristoph wouldn't have been stupid enough to let the real bloody ace leave his possession, after all. Shocked and angered by this revelation, Apollo asks if "the rumour" from seven years ago is true, but Phoenix states that it doesn't matter now. He assures Apollo that the job offer's still on the table, and leaves.

Behind the Turnabout

Kristoph Gavin dined with Phoenix Wright at the Borscht Bowl Club, and left just as mysterious traveller Shadi Smith was arriving to challenge Phoenix to a game of poker. For reasons known only to himself, Kristoph decided to murder Smith. At the same time, Smith was planning to destroy Phoenix's reputation as an unbeaten poker player with the aid of Olga Orly, a professional gambler posing as a waitress at the Borscht Bowl Club.

Their plan was for Olga - who was working as the dealer in Phoenix and Smith's poker game - to plant a card on Phoenix and then deal five aces during a hand, after which Smith would search Phoenix and "find" the planted card, thereby making it appear that he was just a cheater. The plot was foiled prior to the game, when Phoenix discovered the card and threw it in one of his empty grape juice bottles. Smith didn't take kindly to his plan failing, hitting Olga with a grape juice bottle and knocking her out.

Phoenix left the room to call the police, and while he was gone, Kristoph seized his chance, entering the room using a secret passage known to all the patrons of the establishment. Smith turned around in his chair to face Kristoph, who hit him over the head with the grape juice bottle Phoenix had used to hide the planted card. Smith was killed, his hat was knocked off and a drop of his blood landed on one of the ace cards in his hand. Kristoph replaced the murderous bottle with one of the ones Phoenix had been drinking from earlier, and covered up his use of the secret passage by turning Smith around to face the table, and replacing the bloody ace with another card.

When Phoenix returned to discover Smith murdered, he called Kristoph to hire his services as a lawyer, but after Kristoph made a remark about Smith having a bald forehead despite never seeing it before, Phoenix put two and two together and figured out what had taken place. Making plans to catch Kristoph, he put the hat back on Smith's head, and recreated the ace card Kristoph had taken with him in order to be able to "prove" that he had entered the room through the secret passage. Finally, he entrusted his defense not to Kristoph, but to a rookie attorney in Kristoph's employ, trusting him to do the right thing and reveal the truth...

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Day 1 — Investigation

Day 2 — Trial Former

Day 2 — Trial Latter

Day 2 — Investigation

Day 3 — Trial

Behind the Turnabout

Alita Tiala was a nurse in the employ of mob doctor Pal Meraktis when Wocky Kitaki, heir to the Kitaki crime family, was shot during a gunfight with a rival family and came to their clinic to get the bullet removed. The bullet was too close to Wocky's heart for the doctor to safely extract it, so he left it inside Wocky. He and Alita hid the medical report in Meraktis's safe, and claimed to the Kitakis that the operation was a success, even though Wocky was left with a bullet inside him that could kill him at any moment. Taking advantage of this, Alita began a relationship with Wocky and soon got engaged to him, knowing that when he died, he would leave her his massive inheritance.

Wocky discovered what Meraktis had done after a health check six months later. He made plans to deal with Meraktis over the matter, but Alita talked him out of doing so, not wanting him or his family to discover she had been complicit in Meraktis's actions. She went over to the Meraktis clinic with a Kitaki handgun, intending to force him to give her the damning medical report so she could dispose of it, only for Meraktis to attack her right after he opened the safe. Alita managed to get a shot off, but only hit the inside of the safe, and Meraktis soon strangled her into unconscious with a lamp power cord. Apparently not thinking straight after the whole confrontation, Meraktis assumed Alita was dead and made plans to dispose of her body.

At around the same time, university student Wesley Stickler stole Trucy Wright's Magic Panties - i.e. one of her magician's props - in order to try and figure out how they worked. Trucy gave chase, and Wesley was forced to hide in Meraktis's garage and stuff the panties into the exhaust of the doctor's car. This meant that Meraktis was unable to start his car and use it to transport Alita's body, and so he decided to "borrow" Guy Eldoon's noodle cart, after emptying it of all its noodle bowls. He dumped Alita and the Kitaki gun inside and started pulling it away, and made it to People Park before Wocky confronted him with a shiv.

Alita woke up during this time, and shot Meraktis with the gun to prevent him from ratting her out. Moments before she did so, Wesley - still out on his panty thieving - saw the confrontation between Wocky and Meraktis and called out to them from near the bin in the park, where he had hidden the panties of Plum Kitaki. Both Wocky and Meraktis looked around at the sound, and as a result, Alita's bullet hit Meraktis in his right temple. Wocky and Wesley both fled the scene at the sound of the gunshot, with Alita doing the same once the coast was clear, leaving her hospital slippers behind. Wocky was arrested on suspicion of Meraktis's murder the next day, and Alita, now playing the part of the concerned fiance, hired Apollo Justice to defend him, confident that the rookie attorney would never be able to get Wocky acquitted...

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Day 1 — Investigation

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Behind the Turnabout

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7 Years Ago — Trial Former

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MASON System — Investigation

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Behind the Turnabout

The Troupe Gramarye was a group of Magicians organised by Magnifi Gramarye, known for an assortment of tricks. The show was put on by three magicians: Shadi Enigmar (with the stage name Zak Gramarye), Valant Gramarye, and Magnifi's daughter Thalassa Gramarye.

In addition to magic, the Gramarye bloodline had a unique trick: They were unconsciously hypersensitive to "tells", small twitches of the body whenever somebody was lying. To focus this trick, they had special armbands made which would react to their own unconscious detecting of a tell, so they'd know when to focus.

Thalassa left the troupe for a while, marrying a guest performer from one of their shows. She had a son, who was named Apollo. However her husband was killed in a stage accident, so she gave Apollo up for adoption, bequeathing him one of her armbands, and returned to the troupe. She eventually married Zak, and they had a daughter named Trucy.

One of the more exciting tricks of the troupe was "Zak & Valant's Quick Draw Shootem", wherein Zak and Valant would rapidly fire pistols at Thalassa. One day they try practising it with a new spin: Thalassa in mid air at the time. However the practise goes wrong, and Thalassa is shot, although it's unclear who fired the deadly shot. To preserve the reputation of the troupe, Magnifi told the others she was dead, and abandoned his daughter. Although she actually survived, she lost her sight and her memory, and took to singing under the stage name Lamiroir to make a living. During this time Zak meets Spark Bruschel, a reporter and licensed notary, who is snooping around the Troupe in the wake of the accident. He eventually befriends him.

A few years pass and Magnifi, diabetic and dying of liver cancer, is spending his final months in hospital. Determined not to succumb to his illness, he sends letters to both Zak and Valant, implying he knows who shot Thalassa, and ordering them to "fire one shot, in the forehead".

Zak arrives first as planned, and can't bring himself to shoot his mentor, so he shoots the nearby clown doll in the head. Magnifi wakes from his feigned sleep, as this was part of his plan, and writes a will bequeathing all the rights to the Gramarye tricks to Zak using a page from his journal. Valant arrives 15 minutes later with the intention of killing Magnifi and framing Zak, but cannot bring himself to shoot anything. Magnifi reveals the trick and asked Valant to support Zak. He then takes Valant's pistol and commits suicide.

However Valant, long envious of Zak's greater talent and determined not to spend the rest of his life in his shadow, tampers with the scene, making it look like Zak's gun fired the fatal shot, and changing the bag of insulin to obfuscate the estimated time of death. His plan works, and Zak is charged with Magnifi's murder. Although he has Magnifi's will which could potentially exonerate him, Zak doesn't show it to anyone so as to protect Valant.

Respected Defense Lawyer Kristoph Gavin sees the publicity surrounding the case, and surmises Zak's lawyer could get a lot of fame and respect from a successful defense, so offers his services to Zak and investigates the facts of the case. He notes the missing page in Magnifi's journal, and gets in contact with Drew Misham, artist and purported forger, to construct a "final" journal entry which shows that Magnifi survived his meeting with Zak, naturally implicating Valant. In truth, it's Misham's daughter Vera who is the forger; Misham is essentially her agent.

Kristoph is ready to go to court against his younger brother Klavier, who just became a prosecutor, when Zak calls him to the detention center to play a game of poker. Kristoph loses the game, but what's important is Zak gets a measure of his character, and doesn't like what he sees, so he dismisses him as his attorney and instead calls Phoenix Wright to represent him after another game.

Kristophe is infuriated at being snubbed for who he sees as a second rater, and is determined to punish both Zak and Phoenix. After planting the fake page on Zak's daughter Trucy to give to Phoenix, he meets with Klavier the night before the trial to warn him about the fake page, and gives Drew Misham's name as a witness. Sure enough, Phoenix uses the page in court and is implicated for using forged evidence. With Phoenix's theory of the crime utterly discredited it looks like Zak will be convicted.

Zak however has other plans: He doesn't want Valant implicated, so he's been planning to escape from court regardless of the verdict. As the judge is about to pass his verdict, he pulls off a magic trick and flees the courtroom, aided by Trucy. Kristoph didn't expect this, and becomes paranoid he will eventually be implicated in the forgery, so he starts keeping track of everyone involved in the case. He befriends Phoenix, being the only one to stick up for him at his disbarment hearing, although this is not enough to prevent Phoenix losing his license. While he cannot find Zak directly, he has his associate Spark Bruschel tracked.

He also sends Drew Misham an envelope and stamp to send back confirmation of payment received for the forgery, but the stamp is spiked with atroquinnine, a slow acting but lethal poison. Fortunately for Drew the stamp is a Troupe Gramarye commemorative stamp, so Vera takes it and has it framed. Kristoph has plans for her as well, however. During a visit to her, he notices she bites her fingernails as a nervous tic, so he gives her a bottle of poisoned nail varnish, telling her to wear it as a good luck charm if she has to go outside, which she is terrified of doing, so eventually she will bite her nails and die.

Seven years pass. Trucy, all alone now, has been adopted by Phoenix Wright, and actually becomes the breadwinner for the family since Phoenix's profession is closed off to him. Not that Phoenix is resting on his laurels. He spends a significant part of the next seven years investigating both Magnifi's death and the piece of forged evidence, a vague but as yet unconfirmed suspicion of Kristoph forming. Kristoph has a successful law office even without the publicity of the Gramarye case, and eventually hires an overeager new attorney called Apollo Justice.

Meanwhile Valant, implicated and held for Magnifi's death immediately after Zak's trial, is eventually released because of lack of evidence, and continues his career as a magician. However he is met with much less successful as before, a combination of the scandal and lacking access to either Zak's natural talent or Magnifi's tricks. He plans to hold out for seven years, after which Zak will be declared legally dead and, in the lack of a formal will, Valant will inherit the tricks and make use of them. However Zak is also aware of this law, and must act.

Phoenix is working a job as a pianist and poker player at a Borscht restaurant, and is surprised when Zak, under the name of Shadi Smith, turns up one night. Zak has brought Bruschel, who while a reporter is still a licensed notary, and has him draw up a note declaring Shadi Enigmar alive and bequeathing the rights to the Grammarye tricks to his daughter Trucy. However Kristoph, through Bruschel, has learned of Zak's reappearance, and after a poker game becomes an argument, he kills Zak to silence him, and for good measure tampers with the scene to implicate Phoenix. Phoenix is no stranger to being a murder suspect however, and is able to turn the subsequent trial around and have Kristoph convicted of the murder, and eventually hires Kristoph's protege Apollo as well.

From prison, Kristoph keeps in communication with Drew Misham. Misham, something of a recluse now, is running out of stamps, and to send off the final letter to Kristoph resorts to using Vera's framed Gramarye stamp. Seven years later than planned, Drew Misham dies from atroquinnine poisoning, and his daughter is implicated.

Phoenix, while barred from court, is still active in the legal system. In response to public sentiment that the Judge-only system of trials is closed off from wider society, he organises an experimental jurist system, using a computer program called MASON to allow the jurists to review the facts of the case. When he learns of the Misham case, he nominates it as the inaugral trial under this new system while asking Apollo to take the case, hoping the truth will finally be revealed...

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