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The Foreign Turnabout
Turnabout Foreigner
Trial data

April 24, 2028

Courtroom No.

High Court of Khura'in

Presiding judge


Defense team leader

Phoenix Wright


Gaspen Payne


Ahlbi Ur'gaid


Paht Rohl

Time of death

April 23, 2028; between 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m.

Weapon/cause of death

Blunt force trauma via a dahmalan (originally thought to be the Treasure Box) to the head


Guilty (overturned)
Not Guilty

Ahlbi Ur'gaid
Rayfa Padma Khura'in
Pees'lubn Andistan'dhin
Other characters
Maya Fey
Inga Karkhuul Khura'in
Datz Are'bal
Dhurke Sahdmadhi
Winston Payne (allusions)
Attorney's badge
Song of Ceremony
Rohl's Autopsy Report
Crime Photo
Treasure Box
Temple Diagram
Magatama Key
Dance of Devotion Photo
Phoenix Wright
(What in the world is going on here? The judge made his ruling based on something called a "Divination Séance"? What is Ahlbi's attorney doing? Wait a minute! Where IS Ahlbi's attorney?!)
Episode 1: The Foreign Turnabout[1] is the first episode of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Spirit of Justice. Phoenix Wright heads to the Kingdom of Khura'in to check up on his old friend Maya Fey. While sightseeing, his tour guide, Ahlbi Ur'gaid, is arrested on suspicion of stealing the precious Founder's Orb and murdering a guard named Paht Rohl.[2]

Prologue Edit

The kingdom of Khura'in is a peaceful country of spirit mediums and mystery located on the western edge of the Far East. However, there are currently revolutions around the kingdom, threatening to consume it whole. These actions, however, were not what Phoenix Wright had expected as he arrived in the kingdom a month prior.

April 23 Edit

Within the Tehm'pul Temple, a security guard was struck dead. His killer stood above him, realising he needed to blame someone else for his crimes, and knew exactly what to do.

Arrival Edit


Ur'gaid meeting Wright.

At 4:26 PM, after a long plane trip, Phoenix Wright arrived in a street in the Kingdom of Khura'in. Fascinated by the culture, he took plenty of pictures. He was interrupted by a boy who introduced himself as Ahlbi Ur'gaid, a nine-year-old tour guide and monk-in-training at Tehm'pul Temple. After some chatter, Ur'gaid told Wright that his good friend, Maya Fey, couldn't see him yet, as she was still training in the mountains. Wright had come to Khura'in to celebrate the end of her ascetic training with her. He came early because he was worried about her. Ur'gaid then took Wright to Tehm'pul Temple at 4:45 PM. After a brief history lesson on the temple, Ur'gaid explained that the main "attraction" of sorts was the Dance of Devotion rite, which took place once in the morning and once in the afternoon. The Song of Ceremony was sung during the dance. Wright learned that Ur'gaid told Fey about the temple for a full hour; he pondered that maybe Fey had grown up since he last saw her. Suddenly, bells signalling the start of the Dance of Devotion rang out, and Ur'gaid rushed Wright to the temple to watch the dance, but not before giving Wright a lyrics card with an English translation.

Arrest Edit

The Dance of Devotion began and was performed by a girl Ur'gaid referred to as "Her Benevolence". During the dance, the police suddenly barged in and arrested Ur'gaid on the charge of treason. Ur'gaid was taken into custody just as the dance came to a close.

April 24 Edit

The High Court of Khura'in Edit


Wright arriving to Ur'gaid's trial.

Wright arrived in the accused lobby at 10:10 AM out of concern for Ur'gaid; he wanted to watch the trial. However, the bailiff resisted. After telling the bailiff he was not just a nosy foreigner, but rather, a lawyer, the bailiff was taken aback long enough for Wright to enter the courtroom. He was surprised to see Her Benevolence standing near the center of the courtroom. He heard the judge declare Ur'gaid guilty based off of something called a "Divination Séance", despite the trial having started mere moments before. The judge pointed out that séances performed by Princess Rayfa Padma Khura'in (otherwise known as Her Benevolence) are infallible, showing only the truth. Phoenix was confused by this, and wondered what Ur'gaid's attorney was doing, only to discover he didn't have an attorney. Rayfa ordered the judge to impose the highest penalty on Ur'gaid. When the judge agreed, Wright finally objected, going to the defense's bench. When asked, Wright stated he was an ordinary tourist, and nothing more, inquiring where Ur'gaid's defense attorney was. The judge explained that defense attorneys are not needed in Khura'in, as Rayfa's Divination Séances determined everything. When Wright saw how terrified Ur'gaid was, he decided to be his defense attorney, despite Ur'gaid not wanting Wright to defend him. When the judge ordered the bailiff to kick out Wright, the prosecution, Gaspen Payne, who had become Chief Prosecutor of Khura'in, objected, saying he would like to give Wright a chance and proceed with court in the manner of his previous country. Rayfa agreed, saying it could prove to be amusing, as it had been at least twenty years since a defense attorney had been present in the courtroom. Wright then notices that the gallery was saying hateful things about him and wondered why.

Treasure Box (1)

The photo of the treasure box.

Payne gave his opening statement; Ur'gaid had been accused of larceny and murder. He explained that the Founder's Orb, a national treasure of Khura'in in which Khura'in's Holy Mother's soul, or mitamah, is contained, was stolen from the treasure room of Tehm'pul Temple; the dead body of an armed temple security guard named Paht Rohl, who was assigned to guard the Founder's Orb, and the empty treasure box that housed the orb were both found in the treasure room. The box had been forced open and emptied. Payne presented a photo of the crime scene and asserted that Rohl was killed by the treasure thief, and also presented Rohl's autopsy report, which states that he was killed due to cerebral contusion from a head injury between 12 and 1 PM the previous day. Wright then learnt of the Founder's Orb's importance; no one outside the royal family could so much as look at the treasure itself. Payne presented an eight-year-old newspaper article containing black-and-white photos of the treasure's box, which were the only photos of it in existence. Furthermore, he explained the box only leaves the treasure room once a year for a special New Year's rite. He added that there had been a string of thefts of historic artifacts from the temple. Payne claimed that to help with his family's finances (as they were by no means wealthy), Ur'gaid worked as a tour guide in addition to his training, and had decided to steal the treasure in order to help further. Wright asked Payne what the murder weapon was; Payne explained that the empty treasure box left behind at the scene had a large bloodstain on it, making it the murder weapon. He claimed that Ur'gaid went to the treasure room to steal the treasure at the top of the altar stairs, but ran into Rohl. In order to get away with the theft, he killed Rohl and fled after forcing the box open and emptying it of its contents. Cementing Ur'gaid's guilt was the presence of a notice scroll found near the victim's body, which ordered all temple windows to be closed to prevent theft; to Wright's horror, this scroll also bore Ur'gaid's fingerprints.

The judge moved to declare his verdict, but Wright protested his right to cross-examine the defendant. To Wright's dismay, the judge did not seem aware of what a cross-examination was until reminded, and Ur'gaid expressed his distaste upon learning that Wright's profession was that of a lawyer. Ur'gaid testified that he did not go near the treasure box "with the green butterfly motif". Despite his misgivings, Wright called Ur'gaid out on this inconsistency; Ur'gaid would not have been able to identify the box's design by its color since access to it was restricted, and the photos presented earlier were in black and white.

Payne pointed out that Wright had proven nothing; the Séance still implicated Ur'gaid. The judge warned Wright that if he persisted in Ur'gaid's defense, he would suffer the consequences of the Defense Culpability Act if Ur'gaid was found guilty. Wright was not sure what this meant, to the judge's shock; the judge explained that the DC Act stated that lawyers who defended criminals would suffer the same punishment if they were found guilty. Many defense attorneys had already been executed or imprisoned as a result of this law, and Payne gloated at the chance to take revenge on Wright. Despite the odds, Wright insisted that he would defend Ur'gaid, recalling his own creed to defend those who had no one to defend them.

Rayfa added that as the High Priestess, it was up to her to interpret the indisputable sensations the victim suffered before death. She expressed certainty that Wright could not do anything about it.

Insight Edit

Based on the visions, Rayfa claimed that Ur'gaid murdered Rohl after the morning Dance of Devotion took place. Wright studied the visions reflected in the Pool of Souls, realizing he could point out the victim's sensations if they contradicted with the evidence he had on hand, and noted that the victim had heard the Song of Ceremony at the moment of death, contradicting with Rayfa's statement. Rayfa was surprised that Wright brought up an issue with her insight, but simply explained Rohl had heard a practice run of the ceremony through the temple's loudspeakers; the loudspeakers also explained how Rohl heard the song from the treasure room, which was some distance away from where the practice was being held. She amended her Insight, claiming Ur'gaid struck Rohl over the head and caused him to black out and die from the pain of blunt force trauma.

Wright objected, pointing out that Rohl's sensation of pain was only experienced after his vision had gone black, meaning Ur'gaid had not dealt the fatal blow. Payne countered that the temple experienced a brief blackout at the time, explaining why Rohl's vision went black. However, Wright pointed out that Rohl had heard the Song of Ceremony even after his vision went black, which would not have been possible due to the blackout causing the speakers to fail.

Rayfa argued that none of the contradictions Wright pointed out mattered; Ur'gaid was clearly shown in the vision to have raised his arms, which could only be explained by him wielding the murder weapon to kill Rohl. Wright thought back to Ur'gaid's arrest, and pointed out that Ur'gaid could have raised his hands after being threatened at gun-point as he did when he was arrested; Rohl must have threatened Ur'gaid with his pistol for some reason.

Everyone was shocked at Wright for proposing another plausible interpretation of the vision. Acknowledging the possibility Wright had brought up, the judge decided that he could not hand down a verdict, much to Payne's dismay and Rayfa's outrage. The judge had Rayfa removed as she began throwing a tantrum at Wright for humiliating her.

Payne argued that Wright had not proved Ur'gaid's innocence; rather, the fact that Rohl threatened Ur'gaid with a gun proved that Ur'gaid had stolen the treasure box. Wright realized his only chance was to ask Ur'gaid for his testimony despite Ur'gaid's unwillingness to cooperate, and called Ur'gaid to the stand. Ur'gaid admitted his dislike of lawyers, but also admitted that he came to respect Wright after Wright willingly risked his life to defend him, even if it meant the possibility of execution, and so decided to testify.

Ur'gaid revealed that he had snuck to the treasure room to behold the treasure box for its beauty, despite it being forbidden and having been told by Rohl on multiple occasions not to do so. On the day of the incident, he attempted to sneak another peek but encountered Rohl on the stairway closer to the main hall where the choir was practicing. To his shock, Rohl had covered his face with a mask and threatened him at gunpoint, asking Ur'gaid, "Did you steal it?" Just then, the lights went out and Ur'gaid fled under cover of darkness. Ur'gaid admitted to not testifying out of fear of incriminating himself.

Payne claimed that this testimony was damning enough to prove Ur'gaid's guilt, but Wright suggested that a third party might have killed Rohl from behind. Ur'gaid wasn't able to see if another culprit was in the hallway, but claimed that his dog Shah'do detected the presence of another person. Payne insisted that Ur'gaid was lying, revealing that he had another witness who would provide conclusive testimony against Ur'gaid.

A musical witness Edit

Payne's witness turned out to be Pees'lubn Andistan'dhin, head monk and teacher of the dah'malan, the instrument he carried around. Andistan'dhin explained that as the head monk, he also had the duty of holding onto the "Magatama Key", a green trinket worn around his neck, which was the only way the box holding the Founder's Orb could be opened.

Andistan'dhin testified that he returned to his room after the morning Dance of Devotion, and heard Ur'gaid walk past his door to sneak a peek at the Founder's Orb. Following this, he saw Ur'gaid in the treasure room, and claimed that Ur'gaid was the only individual he saw, thereby making Ur'gaid the culprit. Wright wondered if the murder could have taken place before the Dance of Devotion, but Payne submitted a photo taken by a tourist, which showed that Rohl had been alive at the time. Andistan'dhin encouraged Ur'gaid to confess to the crime to save his soul, but Wright pressed the monk for more details. Andistan'dhin claimed that he had seen Ur'gaid through the treasure room's window. Wright objected, presenting the notice scroll that incriminated Ur'gaid; at the time of the murder, the window had been closed, meaning Andistan'dhin could not have witnessed Ur'gaid from his room.

Payne demanded an explanation for how Andistan'dhin could have seen Ur'gaid. Wright pointed out the area behind Rohl, suggesting that Andistan'dhin was the third party on the scene who had struck Rohl from behind. Wright also reminded Payne that he accused Ur'gaid of stealing the Founder's Orb due to his position as monk-in-training - the same explanation could be used to implicate Andistan'dhin, as he was the head monk holding the only key that allowed him access to the artifact. The fact that Andistan'dhin lied on the stand was enough to cast suspicion on him.

Payne was shocked, but Andistan'dhin called Payne out for his cowardice, pulling up a pair of loudspeakers and revealing a harsher personality similar to a rock star, unlike the hippie persona he displayed earlier. Declaring his rage at Wright for calling his faith and integrity into question, he psyched the crowd into an uproar by playing on their hatred for lawyers, and proceeded to testify. He admitted that he had been at the music storeroom to place his dahmalan for safekeeping after the ritual, and witnessed the exchange between Ur'gaid and Rohl, at which point the blackout occurred.

Wright argued that Andistan'dhin must have killed Rohl under the cover of darkness, but Payne pointed out that the blackout was an accident and had not been planned. Wright disagreed, pointing out the circuit breaker next to the music storeroom where Andistan'dhin had been. Andistan'dhin could have caused the blackout by messing with the breaker, then snuck up behind Rohl and killed him that way, but the head monk objected, claiming that he would not have been able to see Rohl in the darkness.

Thinking the case through, Wright proposed that Rohl must have been holding onto the Founder's Orb, which was known to glow in the dark. Everyone present found the theory absurd, but Wright suggested that Rohl could have stolen the Orb, which explained why he was holding it, as well as Rohl's strange behavior of masking his identity and threatening Ur'gaid. To prove this, Wright requested for permission to examine the box that had held the Orb. After closing the box to Andistan'dhin's surprise, Wright attempted to open the box with Andistan'dhin's Magatama Key, but found that inserting the key into the hole on the lock didn't work. Inspecting the box further, Wright found the bloody outline of a hand, which matched the shape of Rohl's blood-covered hand in the photo of the crime scene, proving that Rohl had been holding the box when he was killed.

Ur'gaid was disappointed to learn his friend had been a thief. Wright added that if Rohl had been holding the Founder's Orb, it meant that the box could not have been the murder weapon. Thinking of what Andistan'dhin must have had on hand to commit murder, Wright presented the photo Payne had shown earlier, noting that the dahmalan Andistan'dhin had used was different from the one he was holding in court. Wright proposed that the reason Andistan'dhin had brought a different instrument to court was because the one in the photo had been used to bludgeon Rohl to death. Unfortunately, Andistan'dhin declined to present the other dahmalan as he had it burned.

The judge declared that Wright did not have the conclusive evidence needed to prove his case, much to Wright's dismay. Payne added that since Wright proved that Rohl was the thief, Wright's theory of Andistan'dhin's motive for murder being theft was invalidated. As the court chanted for Wright's death, he tried rethinking the case - instead of proving Andistan'dhin's motive, he had to think of a situation that would force Andistan'dhin to commit murder. To the judge's shock, Wright proposed an alternative scenario: the box that had held the Founder's Orb was already empty at the time. Rohl, having escorted the box before, realized the difference in weight and suspected Ur'gaid of stealing the Orb, which explained why he asked Ur'gaid if he had stolen it. As the head monk, Andistan'dhin was in charge of guarding the Founder's Orb; he had killed Rohl to prevent news of the lost Orb from spreading and portraying him as incompetent.

Andistan'dhin objected, testifying to his diligence in guarding the Orb, and insisting that Ur'gaid must have forced the box open, which explained why it had been found empty at the time of discovery. The judge pointed out to Wright that it was his last chance to prove his case, and Ur'gaid expressed his newfound belief in Wright.

Upon pressing Andistan'dhin, Wright tried to argue that Ur'gaid could not have forced the box open, but could not propose an alternative explanation for why Andistan'dhin's key did not work, or how the box could actually be opened. Andistan'dhin insisted that the Key was the only way to open the box, but referred to it as the "Mitamah Key". Pouncing on this, Wright suggested that Andistan'dhin's slip of the tongue held considerable significance. The judge asked him for an explanation that tied the "Mitamah Key" to the Founder's Orb, and Wright presented the translated lyrics to the Song of Ceremony Ur'gaid handed him earlier - specifically, one part said "when the butterfly embraces the mitamah the favor of the orb is bestowed". Wright suggested that the Key needed to be rotated 180 degrees to resemble a mitamah, but the judge pointed out that the key could not be used on the lock in that orientation. Inspecting the box, Wright found a butterfly pattern on the box on which the Mitamah Key could be placed; doing so unlocked the box in front of the entire gallery, much to their surprise.

Wright moved to conclude his case. Andistan'dhin was the only one capable of opening the box since he held the only Key to it, which meant that he was the only one who could have stolen the Orb. In addition, the fact that the box had been found open with no signs of forced entry placed him at the scene of the crime, therefore making him the culprit who murdered Rohl. Unable to refute Wright's claims, Andistan'dhin proceeded to play a solo on his dahmalan, before using it to smash his loudspeakers and break his instrument on the stand, causing it to knock him on the head and stun him. Angrily, Andistan'dhin blamed Rohl for stealing the orb and threatening to blow his cover.

The onlookers expressed their surprise at Wright's victory, while Payne was horrified that his perfect record had been ruined, as his crown and toupee fell off to reveal his bald head. The judge admitted his shock, but acknowledged that Wright had proven the truth, and declared Ur'gaid "not guilty".

Aftermath Edit

Even after the trial, the gallery was in an uproar, having witnessed a defense attorney's victory first-hand. Ur'gaid thanked Wright for his efforts, but was unable to explain why the country held lawyers in such disdain. Wright expressed his distaste for the current state of affairs, but Ur'gaid warned him against doing so, in case he might be mistaken for a rebel and arrested. Ur'gaid added that a group of insurgents had appeared, declaring war against the queen and court system, and were led by a scary man named Dhurke.

Their conversation was interrupted by Inga Karkhuul Khura'in, the Justice Minister. Inga explained that after his subordinates investigated Rohl and Andistan'dhin, they confirmed that Rohl had been stealing from the temple. In addition, he claimed that Andistan'dhin had been sworn to silence by the insurgents who had stolen the Orb. Inga coldly complimented Wright on his "not guilty" verdict, a first in the country for over two decades, but warned him against meddling any further. As Inga left, Wright reminded Ur'gaid of the tours he had promised to take Wright on, hoping that Fey was doing all right.

Meanwhile, news of Wright's victory had reached Dhurke in his hideout. Discussing the matter with his associate, Dhurke noted that "the winds of change" had begun to stir...

References to previous cases Edit

References to popular cultureEdit

  • During the Divination Séance, the gallery cheers Rayfa on, saying "Long may you live and prosper!", to which Phoenix thinks to himself, "Hey! I want to live long and prosper too!". The phrase "live long and prosper" is the catchphrase of the Star Trek character Spock. Coincidentally, the release date of Spirit of Justice, September 8, 2016, is exactly fifty years after Star Trek first aired.
  • When being questioned by Phoenix, Andistan'dhin at one point asks "Whatchoo talkin' bout, Phoenix?" This refers to the catchphrase of the character Arnold Jackson of the sitcom Diff'rent Strokes: "Whatchoo talkin' bout, Willis?"
  • When Andistan'dhin and Payne reveal how the teachings of the Holy Mother spoke to them, Phoenix thinks to himself "Ladies and gentlemen, I present: Brother Dumb and Brother Dumber..." This is a reference to the movie Dumb and Dumber.
  • When Andistan'dhin reveals his "rock star" persona, Phoenix thinks "And now for something completely different", a reference to the same quote from a 1971 British comedy based on Monty Python's Flying Circus.
  • While Andistan'dhin is on the witness stand Phoenix thinks to himself that he doesn't know a lot about music followed by "...but I've got chills, and they're multiplying..." Those words are a reference to the lyrics of the song "You're the One That I Want" from the musical film Grease.
  • At one point Andistan'dhin declares, "I ain't gonna take it! No, I ain't gonna take it!" referencing the song We're Not Gonna Take It by American band Twisted Sister.
  • When Ahlbi asks Phoenix to give him the time he's been forced to waste back, Phoenix remarks to himself that he's a "lawyer, not a time lord". This is a reference to the Time Lord alien race from the British sci-fi show Doctor Who.
    • The gallery's frequent chanting of "EXTERMINATE! ANNIHILATE!" also appears to be reminiscent of the series's longtime antagonists, the Daleks.
  • When it is revealed that the Khura'in judge is unaware of what a cross examination is, Phoenix via inner monologue retorts ("A judge who doesn't know what a "cross examination" is... what fresh hell is this?"); "What fresh hell is this" is a famous quote used by early 20th century American wit and poet Dorothy Parker.
  • During the "What I Saw, Baby" cross examination, Andistan'dhin sings, "Give Pees'lubn a chance..." This is likely a reference to the song Give Peace a Chance by John Lennon.
  • When Phoenix points out that Andistan'dhin called the Magatama key the Mitamah key, Andistan'dhin says, "You're riding the crazy train to nowhere, lawyer-man!" This could be a reference to the song Crazy Train by Ozzy Osbourne.

Notes Edit

  • The Foreign Turnabout is the only introductory case in the main series to date to not start in a courtroom lobby.
  • At one point, Andistan'dhin asks Phoenix whether or not his musical tastes are more suited to Orchestra or Jazz Soul. This is a direct reference to two of the official Ace Attorney arrangement soundtracks.
  • To date, this episode has the youngest alleged first-degree murderer in the entire series, with Ur'gaid being only 9 years old.

Other languagesEdit

  • Japanese - 逆転の異邦人 (Gyakuten no Ihōjin; lit. "Turnabout Foreigner")


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  2. Sato (2016-06-14). Ace Attorney: Spirit of Justice Gets New Screenshots And Details On Its Story And E3 Demo. Siliconera. Retrieved 2016-06-14.
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