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Say "hi" for me, OK? Oh, and "screw you".
~ Daryan Crescend to Apollo Justice, referring to Klavier Gavin.

Daryan Crescend (眉月大庵 (Daian Mayudzuki) in Japanese) is a minor antagonist in the video game Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney, being the main antagonist of the "Turnabout Serenade" case.

He is the second guitarist in the music band called the Gavinners, as well as the best friend and former partner of its lead guitarist, Klavier Gavin. He is also the one responsible for the murder of Interpol officer Romein LeTouse.

Biography

Crescend got involved with the smuggling of a Borginian cocoon, the extracts of which could be refined into cure of Incuritis, a deadly disease. The son of the Chief Justice was afflicted with the disease, and the Chief Justice hired Crescend to smuggle the cocoon from Borginia to the United States. Smuggling the cocoon was considered a capital offence in Borginia that was punishable by death, as any alterations made to the extraction process of the cocoon would result in the creation of a deadly poison.

Crescend contacted Machi Tobaye, Lamiroir's pianist, to smuggle a cocoon while Klavier Gavin was visiting the country. Tobaye put the cocoon in a guitar that Lamiroir had given to Gavin, along with an incendiary device called an igniter. During the Gavinners concert, he was confronted by Romein LeTouse.

Tobaye used the igniter (that could be controlled remotely) to burn the cocoon (and Gavin's guitar), while Crescend shot LeTouse with his own gun. During the trial, Lamiroir recalled listening to Crescend's threats to LeTouse, marking Crescend as a suspect. From there, after some investigation and a very difficult trial, Apollo Justice, with help from Trucy Wright, managed to expose Crescend and his crimes in court.

Breakdown

Backed into a corner, Crescend straightens his hair, appearing to remain calm of the situation, but then suddenly cries for help and begs Tobaye not to testify against him, all while flailing about madly, his pompadour slashing about like a sword. Shortly after this, his hair is loose and flopped downwards as he stands, broken, on the witness stand. After this, Crescend is found guilty and arrested for LeTouse's murder off-screen.

Personality

Crescend was a very serious individual who was confident in his skills as a detective and a smuggler. He was frequently hostile to his co-workers and bandmates and was quick to become belligerent if provoked. He also saw himself as superior to others, frequently looking down on those who did not possess his musical or analytical skills.

At his core, Crescend was a greedy and cowardly individual, willing to resort to murder to make a quick buck. He was willing to pin the blame of a murder on a fourteen year old (who happened to be his accomplice) in order to draw suspicion away from himself. He was also willing to risk a death sentence to smuggle cocoons from Borginia, due to the sheer amount of cash he could make from it.

Despite his brash persona, Crescend was very intelligent. He was able to smuggle cocoons into the country effortlessly as well as set up a complicated murder, only foiled by the perfectionism of his bandmate. He was also a good liar, keeping a straight face throughout most of his accusation (to the point that he didn't even have any tells that could be picked up by Justice's bracelet, which can pick up on even the slightest of tells) only dropping it when it became obvious he was the suspect.

Trivia

  • Crescend's outfit is heavily based on a shark theme.
  • Crescend is the only culprit in the game to be openly hostile to Justice, as most of the other culprits feigned innocence or kindness to hide their true personalities.
  • It was stated that Borginian courts give a death sentence for a single case of cocoon smuggling. As Tobaye confessed to his role in the smuggling in an American court, it means that Crescend was sent to Borginia, where (most likely) he was executed.

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