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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
I don't know what happened in the past, but it looks like everyone in this country considers lawyers to be liars. So I can understand if you don't believe me. But... I still believe in you, and your innocence. So all I have to do is keep believing, and find the truth. That's all there is to it.
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]


Phoenix Wright
On the western edge of the Far East lies a peaceful country of spirit mediums and mystery -- the Kingdom of Khura'in. But now, the flames of revolution are threatening to consume it whole. But things like "revolt" and "revolution" were the furthest things from my mind when I first arrived in this land.

The crimeEdit

Here in Khura'in, death is not the end. Even after death, the soul lives on in the Twilight Realm, and priestesses can commune with the spirits of the dead. Fear not death. In the name of the Holy Mother, fear only the impurities of your soul.

In the darkness, a man struck another man dead. As the killer stood over the body, he resolved to frame someone else for his crime.

"Welcome to Khura'in"Edit


Ur'gaid meeting Wright.

April 23, 4:26 PM

After a long plane trip, Phoenix Wright arrived in the Kingdom of Khura'in. While he was taking photos in the bazaar, he was greeted by Ahlbi Ur'gaid, a nine-year-old tour guide and monk-in-training at Tehm'pul Temple. Although Wright had come to see Maya Fey and celebrate the end of her ascetic training with her, he had arrived early out of concern for her. He planned to spend this time sightseeing while Fey continued to train in the mountains.

The templeEdit

4:45 PM

Ur'gaid then took Wright to Tehm'pul Temple. After a brief history lesson, 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. While they were discussing the temple and Fey, bells rang out, signalling the start of the Dance of Devotion. Ur'gaid rushed Wright to the temple to watch "Her Benevolence" perform the dance, but not before giving Wright a lyrics card with an English translation of the Song of Ceremony, sung during the rite. However, during the dance, police officers 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.

"A Foreign Court"Edit


Wright arriving to Ur'gaid's trial.

April 24, 10:10 AM

Out of concern for the boy, Wright headed to the High Court of Khura'in to watch his trial. At the accused lobby, the bailiff refused entry, but Wright managed to distract him and enter the courtroom proper. He was shocked to hear the judge declare Ur'gaid guilty so quickly based off of something called a "Divination Séance" performed by Rayfa Padma Khura'in, the royal priestess who had performed the Dance of Devotion the previous day. Wright was further surprised to find that Ur'gaid's attorney was missing.

As the judge was about to pass his sentence, Wright took to the defense's bench and demanded to see Ur'gaid's attorney. The judge explained that the court saw no need for defense attorneys due to the Divination Séances. In response, Wright insisted that he represent Ur'gaid, though Ur'gaid oddly protested. Though the judge wanted to kick him out, the prosecutor, Gaspen Payne, said that he would like to give Wright a chance and proceed 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 noticed that the gallery was very hostile toward him and wondered why.

Treasure Box (1)

The photo of the treasure box.

"Opening Statements"Edit

Payne opened with Ur'gaid's charges of larceny and murder. He explained that the Founder's Orb, a national treasure of Khura'in in which the Holy Mother's soul, or mitamah, was said to be contained, was stolen from the treasure room of Tehm'pul Temple. In the treasure room, the police had found the dead body of an armed temple security guard named Paht Rohl, who was assigned to guard the Founder's Orb, and the now-empty treasure box that had housed the orb. Payne presented a photo of the crime scene and Rohl's autopsy report, which stated that he was killed due to cerebral contusion from a head injury between 12 and 1 PM the previous day. It was further explained that no one outside the royal family was allowed to so much as look at the treasure itself, which only left the treasure room for a New Year's rite. The only photos of it in existence came from an eight-year-old newspaper article from when it had first been found. Payne added that this was only one of a string of thefts of historic artifacts from the temple. He claimed that Ur'gaid worked as a tour guide to help with his family's finances, but had turned to theft for more income.

Wright, wanting to learn more about the crime itself, asked about the murder weapon. Payne responded that the treasure box 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.

The judge moved to declare his verdict, but Wright protested that he wished to cross-examine the accused. To Wright's dismay, the judge had trouble remembering what a cross-examination was, as nothing of the sort had been performed in over 20 years. It was then that Wright ended up revealing that he was a practicing lawyer in his home country, which threw the entire court in an uproar. Even Ur'gaid turned hostile toward him, saying that he would not have offered Wright a tour had he known that he was a lawyer.

Wright nonetheless got Ur'gaid to testify, though the boy lied and claimed that he had never gone near the treasure box "with the green butterfly motif". Wright called Ur'gaid out on this inconsistency, explaining that the newspaper photos of the treasure box were in black and white. Ur'gaid admitted that he had seen the treasure box before but insisted that he had not been in the treasure room at the time of the murder. Payne countered this by presenting a notice scroll that had been found near the victim's body, which bore Ur'gaid's fingerprints.

Wright looked to the Divination Séance as his only chance at gaining a foothold. 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. This ordinance stated that those who defended a criminal would suffer the same punishment as the criminal. Many defense attorneys had already been executed or imprisoned as a result of this law. Payne revealed that this had been part of his plan for revenge against Wright for humiliating him and his brother in court. Wright insisted that he would defend Ur'gaid, recalling his own creed to defend those who had no one to defend them, even if it meant risking his own life.

"Divination Séance"Edit

Rayfa then performed the Dance of Devotion, causing a pool at the center of the courtroom to show images of the victim's last moments, along with words depicting his other sensations at the time. Rayfa then interpreted this vision in what was called her "Insights". She claimed that Ur'gaid had murdered Rohl after the morning Dance of Devotion took place, and that the victim had felt pain as he blacked out. Wright pointed out that the victim had heard the Song of Ceremony, to which Rayfa simply responded that Rohl had heard a practice run of the ceremony through the temple's loudspeakers.

Despite this setback, Wright had gotten the hang of the process of finding mistakes in the Insights. He corrected Rayfa, saying that the vision showed Rohl feeling pain after his vision had gone black. Payne countered that the vision going black was actually due to a blackout at the temple, but this only exposed another contradiction. Rohl had heard the Song of Ceremony even after his vision had gone black, after the loudspeakers should have failed. Wright concluded that the crime had actually occurred on the steps that were within earshot of the practice session.

Rayfa then demanded to know why Ur'gaid had his arms raised in the vision. Wright thought back to Ur'gaid's arrest, and answered 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. Payne and Rayfa demanded that Wright be punished for questioning the Insights, but the judge declined, saying that Wright had opened up legitimate questions that had to be answered. The judge had Rayfa removed as she began throwing a tantrum at Wright for humiliating her.

"Insightful Truths"Edit

Wright was relieved that the trial would now proceed using arguments. However, Payne argued that the fact that Rohl had threatened Ur'gaid with a gun made him more suspicious, not less. At this, Wright again looked to Ur'gaid to give testimony, pleading with the boy to trust him because that was the only way that either of them would escape this nightmare. Fortunately for both of them, Ur'gaid had been inspired by Wright's resolve to help him despite the DC Act, contradicting what he had heard about lawyers up to that point. He agreed to tell the truth, revealing that he had sneaked into the treasure room on multiple occasions to behold the treasure box for its beauty, despite being told by Rohl not to do so. On the day of the incident, he had 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 own face with a scarf and threatened him at gunpoint, asking, "Did you steal it?" Just then, the lights had gone out and Ur'gaid had fled under cover of darkness.

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.

"Cross-Examining Andistan'dhin"Edit

Payne's star witness, Pees'lubn Andistan'dhin, was the head monk of Tehm'pul Temple. Among his many duties, he played a string instrument similar to a guitar, called a dahmalan. He would give dahmalan lessons, one of which the judge had missed due to the unexpectedly lengthened trial. He also held the key to the treasure box, which he called the "Magatama Key".

Andistan'dhin testified that he had returned to his chamber after the morning Dance of Devotion. From there, he had heard footsteps, and had determined that Ur'gaid had gone into the treasure room. 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. In addition to this, Andistan'dhin revealed that he was the one who had restored the power to the temple, as the circuit breaker was close to his chamber.

Wright asked how Andistan'dhin had deduced what he did from the footsteps. He answered that he had simply looked out of his window; a hallway window at the entrance to the treasure room was visible from there, and he claimed that he had seen Ur'gaid entering the treasure room. At this, Wright presented the notice scroll, which contained instructions to close all of the hallway shutters during the Dance of Devotion. Wright suggested that Andistan'dhin had been near the breaker, suggesting that Andistan'dhin was the third party on the scene who had struck Rohl from behind and stolen the treasure. Andistan'dhin grew angry at this, pulling up a pair of loudspeakers and revealing a harsher personality similar to a rock star, unlike the hippie persona he displayed earlier.

"The True Face of Andistan'dhin"Edit

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 once more. 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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