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|Organization type||Resistance movement|
|Headquarters||Former Sahdmadhi Law Offices|
|Leader||Dhurke Sahdmadhi (c. 2005 - May 16, 2028)|
|Affiliated groups||The Kingdom of Khura'in|
|Other dates||May 8, 2028: Datz Are'bal escapes from prison. |
May 10, 2028: Tahrust Inmee commits suicide to protect his wife.
May 16, 2028: Dhurke Sahdmadhi is murdered by Inga Karkhuul Khura'in during the former's rescue of Maya Fey. Fey channels Sahdmadhi and travels to the United States.
May 18-19, 2028: Sahdmadhi is channeled by Amara Sigatar Khura'in and put on trial for Inga Karkhuul Khura'in's murder.
May 19, 2028: Ga'ran Sigatar Khura'in is deposed and the Defense Culpability Act repealed.
|Status||Disbanded (May 19, 2028)|
|Relevant cases||The Foreign Turnabout |
The Rite of Turnabout
|A dragon never yields.|
The Defiant Dragons were a Khura'inese resistance group led by former defense attorney Dhurke Sahdmadhi that opposed the rule of Queen Ga'ran Sigatar Khura'in in general and her Defense Culpability Act in particular.
More than 23 years prior to Phoenix Wright's visit to Khura'in, the kingdom was ruled by Queen Amara Sigatar Khura'in, who was married to a successful defense attorney called Dhurke Sahdmadhi and the two had a son together named Nahyuta. One day, Dhurke met a traveling musician called Jove Justice in a bar and the two quickly struck up a mutual friendship, with Justice soon being invited to visit the royal residence.
However, in the middle of the night during Justice's visit, a fire suddenly broke out that set the building ablaze. The musician died while trying to save his infant son Apollo, although Dhurke was able to rescue the child. The building was reduced to ashes, leaving very little evidence as to the cause of the inferno that had also apparently killed the queen. One item that was discovered was a metallic lighter covered in Dhurke's fingerprints, leading to him being accused of murdering his own wife.
During the subsequent trial, Dhurke chose to defend himself against the prosecution, led by Amara's younger sister, Ga'ran Sigatar Khura'in. Although Dhurke was able to clear his name due to his own experience as an attorney, he was soon accused of forging evidence in his favor. Knowing that Ga'ran would not rest until she proved his guilt, he escaped to the mountains.
With Amara's apparent death, Ga'ran became queen. She quickly asserted her dominance over the legal system by enacting the Defense Culpability Act, whereby anyone who defended a criminal would suffer the same punishment as them if found guilty; if the crime was murder, both defendant and attorney would be put to death.
Dhurke started his movement up in the mountains. A while later, a spy of his inside the royal residence notified him that Amara was held hostage - thus, still alive - by Ga'ran, to which the former attorney reacted by taking her away. Amara was first reluctant to the move since Ga'ran convinced her that Dhurke was the one who tried to kill her, but she moved along anyways, wishing only for the truth to be discovered. They stayed together for eight more years, enough time for the former Queen to give birth to Rayfa Padma Khura'in. After these eight years passed, the regime found her location and reclaimed her, only for them to obscure her whereabouts even further. They even took her infant along, as the new royal couple decided to raise her while she thought they'd be her parents. Dhurke, alongside Apollo, who had reached the 9 years mark, and Nahyuta, lived along since that day.
Apollo Justice was then sent to the United States; while Nahyuta had an uphill battle to fight, as he was only considered inheriting the guilt of his father's deeds. He ended up, at last, becoming a prosecutor for his country.
The first "Not Guilty" verdictEdit
In the present timeline, Phoenix Wright is in a trip to Khura'in in order to visit his longtime friend Maya Fey who has been in training at the same location. However, he wasn't completely out of business abroad, as there was an innocent to defend: a young monk called Ahlbi Ur'gaid, accused of the murder of a temple guard, Paht Rohl. Despite all the stakes up against Phoenix, he managed to pull off a victory in the trial, setting the country in a state of shock and uproar as to what the lawyer accomplished, and how much time has elapsed between that verdict and the one that preceded it.
The news came into Dhurke and his right-hand henchman, Datz Are'bal, as they knew that the occasion to spark the fire of revolution has arrived at last.
The DC TragedyEdit
A ceremonial rite was held to honor the Holy Mother of Khura'in, in which Maya was supposed to perform an important role. The rite was supposed to be held in a very high sanctuary, only accessed by Tahrust Inmee, the monk in charge of said rite, and Fey. The next day, the monk was found dead and Maya was put on trial. Phoenix accepted to defend her. The Defense Culpability Act came into play as Phoenix failed to prove Maya's innocence, now that he was in a state of abetting a murderer, receiving the same punishment as him.
Shortly after the verdict was announced, a bailiff stormed in. As he announced that a new dead body had been found, Phoenix and Maya's punishment would wait until the end of the second trial, as the spirit medium was indicted in the second murder as well. Both sides in the trial stayed the same.
With his life and his friend's at stakes, Phoenix managed to clear Maya's name off of both cases, only to find that Tahrust actually committed suicide to protect his wife Beh'leeb, since she had involuntarily killed the "second" victim, since the couple were rebels and Puhray was only a governmental spy tasked to kill them. Because of the DC Act, Tahrust couldn't tell anybody about the incident that would deprive him of his beloved spouse (and unveil a secret about the sanctuary). He then saw in the rite a perfect occasion of covering it all up, while framing Maya for it. Phoenix told him he should've consulted him, a statement to which Tahrust agreed, but it was too late, as all deeds were done now. The judge overturned the previous Guilty verdict and announced a Not Guilty verdict that only fueled the fire more.
Out in the Hall of Justice, Dhurke was seen having freed Datz from the jail he was held in shortly after the first trial, managing to escape from the Royal Guards alongside the widowed Inmee.