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Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney

by Mors Rattus

Part 97: Case 5 - Rise From the Ashes - Trial (Day 4) - Part 4

Case 5 - Rise From the Ashes
Trial (Day 4) - Part 4

: (The Blue Badger hadn't even been dreamed up when Ema drew this picture.)
: (Yet she's certain she saw its "shadow"!)

: Ladies and gentlemen... It is the defense's belief that on that fateful day two years ago...
: there indeed was something that looked similar to the Blue Badger...
: Something that is now sitting in this very room!
: Mr. Wright...!

: In this room? Very well, Mr. Wright.

: What is it that the witness saw in that instant?

: But that's...
: Er, what exactly is that?
: I believe
: it's some sort of jar.
: But Mr. Wright!
: That doesn't look anything like the Blue Badger!
: Indeed it doesn't. As it stands now, it's just a plain jar. However...
: What if we were to change our viewpoint?
: Our viewpoint...?

We now get to rotate the thing until we reach the Blue Badger. The game's kind of picky about it, but getting it wrong has no penalty - just some uninteresting 'maybe I need to rotate this more' stuff..

This'll work, though.

: No...
: It can't be!!!

: Order! Order!
: The defense has proven its claim.
: The mysterious "Blue Badger" witnessed on the day of the crime was actually this...

: Although we all enjoyed Mr. Wright's dramatic performance, one question remains...

: What's your point!?
: What do you mean?
: So that Badger thing was actually just a jar.
: That doesn't change anything!

: I'm afraid that's where you're wrong, Mr. Edgeworth.
: You see...

: this changes everything!
: Indeed? Very well, then. Please tell us...

This is a false choice - all of the responses get the exact same result.

: Allow me to take these in turn.

: Not only that, but she saw it at a very specific angle.
: Knowing this, where could she have seen this jar?
: Where...?
: The location of the jar is shown in a picture taken on the day of the crime.

: But the body was found lying near Lana Skye's desk!
: The witness testified so herself!

: Yes! And it is these two facts that reveal what actually transpired! You see... The struggle between Darke and Marshall did not take place in Lana Skye's office!
: It happened on the other side of the room, in Chief Gant's office!

: Are you implying the murderer moved the victim's body?

: Yes.
: Why would he do that!?
: There's no reason!

: Exactly.
: !
: If there wasn't a "reason"...
: he wouldn't have gone through the trouble. The only logical conclusion...
: is that there was a "reason."
: Do you know
: what that reason was, Mr. Wright?

: (So this is why Lana tried to stop the trial!)

: Please recall the witness's testimony.
: She said she knocked away the man who was holding up the knife. In the next instant, the jar was hit and flew threw the air.


: Now tell me...
: What could have sent the jar flying?
: That would have to have been...
: the impact the man made when
: he was knocked into the wall?
: Ladies and gentlemen...
: if I may draw your attention to this picture once more.

: what would he have hit?
: The suit of armor!
: Holding... a very sharp and dangerous-looking sword...

: Yes.

: he would have to have been Neil Marshall, wielding the Prosecutor's Award.
: No...
: Mr. Wright... You can't be thinking...
: Yes.
: There is another possibility of what actually transpired in that room.
: Another possibility?

: Of course the perpetrator would have had no idea, but nevertheless! ... (I...)
: (I don't know if I can go through with this...)
: Mr. Wright? What's the matter?
: If events took place as the defense theorizes...
: Then the outcome is obvious. In that moment...
: assuming the man Ema Skye knocked away was actually Prosecutor Neil Marshall...

: Mr. Marshall died... because of... me...?

Ema has fainted again.

: I never imagined her testimony would lead to this...
: So it was the witness who took the victim's life...
: and then proved so with her own testimony!
: This is unprecedented!

: What... What are you saying?
: I'm sorry, Ms. Skye, but given the circumstances...
: Joe Darke murdered Prosecutor Marshall!

: Imagine that, coming from you.
: !
: As I recall, it was you who admitted to forging evidence two years ago.
: The reason you moved Prosecutor Marshall's body... was to keep anyone else from finding out about what Ema did, wasn't it?
: I assure you, Mr. Edgeworth, I have no idea what you're talking about. If you hope to have anyone believe your insane allegations,
: I'm afraid you're going to have to have proof. Tell me...
: Do you have any conclusive evidence that proves my sister killed Neil Marshall?
: E-evidence?
: I'm willing to bet you don't.
: Yes...
: it certainly would be difficult to prove this with evidence.
: If we don't have evidence,
: then we'll have to rely on testimony.
: I'm afraid that won't work in this case. Both parties involved in the incident are dead.
: ...! (We certainly can't get dead people to testify.)

: Hmph. Touche, Ms. Skye.
: Of course...
: That only leaves us with one possibility.
: ...!
: (You mean, there's still another possibility?)
: What do you mean, Mr. Edgeworth?
: I mean, the possibility that
: the victim has left us a message.

: He may have left behind the name of the person who took his life...
: somehow.
: That's...
: That's impossible!

: Well, Mr. Wright? This is the only possibility left to you. A message from the deceased...
: Does such a message exist?
: (I've got to think back to the Court Record!)

: (No...)
: (There's no way a dead person could tell the murderer's name!)

: Well.
: It looks like this is as far as we can go with this.
: Mr. Wright. You disappoint me.
: I never thought you the type to let feelings cloud your judgment.
: My feelings...?
: If we overlook the victim's message... one he would have written with literally his last breath,
: then everything will be lost in darkness!

: (This is it.)
: (I can't afford any more mistakes.)

This leaves us where the right path starts.

: This "message" from the deceased...
: is already in our possession.
: Mr. Wright! Will you stop at nothing to prove my sister a murderer?

: Do not be mistaken, Ms. Skye.
: ...!
: Our purpose is not to accuse Ema of any crime. There is only one thing we seek:
: the truth.

: No matter how painful it may be.

: Now then, Mr. Wright.

: This is the message left by the deceased.

: Oh, is he going to just speak the killer's name?
: If that thing could, I'm sure it would.

: A message was left here...
: on the surface of this jar.
: What do you mean?

: It looks like someone wiped the blood away.
: ...
: Yes, but notice: for some reason... the blood on some of the fragments was not wiped away.
: Yes... there is a line here... drawn in blood!
: So what you're saying, is that these "dots"...
: were once lines!
: Prosecutor Marshall did not die instantly.
: He used the few precious moments left to him to leave behind a message!
: One that someone apparently wiped away...
: But blood must have seeped into the jar where the lines change directions.

: Precisely so! All we need to do is connect these points...
: and the victim's message will become apparent!
: N-no...!

: Mr. Wright!
: What kind of message did the victim leave for us!?

: (I've got to connect these dots to make letters. There's only one thing the victim would have written, given the circumstances:)

Now, we have to connect the dots. We can draw lines between any of the dots to any of the other dots, and can cancel them out with the B button...but only in the order they were entered. No selective line deletions.

: (That's why all I've been thinking about is saving Lana.)

: So this is the final message Prosecutor Marshall left behind.

: She may not have meant it... but in the end, the one who took the victim's life...
: was Ema Skye.

: Chief Gant...
: Do you understand the implications of what you've done?
: What...? What are you talking about?
: Two years ago,
: Joe Darke was sentenced to death. He was convicted because of his final murder.
: I believe you were the prosecutor in the case, were you not?
: Ack!
: Yes, Worthy. Because of you...
: an innocent man was sentenced to death.
: Not only that...
: but you used forged evidence to ensure his conviction!

: But Joe Darke really was a serial murderer!
: That's undeniable!

: I'm afraid that's not important.
: Didn't you know? We aren't defenders of justice.
: What?
: We're merely keepers of the law. Sentencing a man to death...
: is no light matter. Even if there wasn't any cover-up or evidence forgery...
: ultimately the responsibility falls on the prosecutor in charge.
: !
:: Despite what anyone may say,
: this fact cannot be denied.

: Unable to settle the crowd, the judge declared a recess. Where this trial is headed, no one knows...

Next time: Maybe we can salvage this.