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Now hear me, you useless lawyer. Cease this charade and bow before me. For I, Queen Ga'ran, shall finally have your head!
~ Ga'ran Sigatar Khura'in
Ga'ran Sigatar Khura'in is the main antagonist of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Spirit of Justice. She has been the queen of Khura'in for 23 years, ever since her older sister, Amara, was assassinated. In the aftermath, Ga'ran ascended to the throne and married Inga Karkhuul Khura'in. Over the next few years, she phased in the Defense Culpability Act, which declared that attorneys would receive the same sentence as their clients. She now has absolute power within the country.
Prior to Amara Sigatar Khura'in's assassination attempt, Ga'ran served as a prosecutor and the Khura'in Minister of Justice while her sister, Amara, ruled as Queen of Khura'in. This caused her to develop deep jealousy towards her sister, culminating into a plan to replace her and discredit all defense attorneys, effectively giving her and her loyal Ministry of Justice absolute power over Khura'in's legal system.
She set her plan into motion, starting a fire at Amara's residence during Jove Justice's performance. To the public, this seemingly killed Amara, allowing Ga'ran to take her place as queen. However, the truth of the matter was that Amara survived, and Ga'ran blackmailed Amara into staying hidden and helping her when needed, using Amara's daughter, Rayfa's, safety. In the process, defense attorney and Amara's husband, Dhurke Sahdmadhi, was accused of causing the fire. Ga'ran prosecuted the case, causing an unjust guilty verdict, leading Dhurke, his son, Nahyuta Sahdmadhi, and foster son, Apollo Justice, to go into hiding, and eventually causing a widespread discrediting of defense attorneys, leading to the occupation to become dangerous and borderline illegal via the Defense Culpability Act.
When Nahyuta was forced to become a prosecutor rather than a lawyer as he had initially desired, she recognized him to be a threat and decided to force him into compliance by threatening to expose Rayfa's true parentage, forcing her into the same status as a pariah that he had suffered for being Dhurke's child, making him become the embodiment of the draconian legal system she forged. Unlike Inga, she never truly developed a soft spot for Rayfa, only seeing her despised sister's image in her niece, and her neglectful and abusive behaviour ended up giving Rayfa a high-strung and overly perfectionist attitude that would torment her throughout her life.
However, Ga'ran knew that one thing could end her long reign over Khura'in: the fact that she had no spiritual powers. For years, the queens of Khura'in had always been spirit mediums with enough spiritual power to channel the souls of the dead. Amara had plenty, and Ga'ran had used her for that. However, she knew that she would eventually need her own so that her cover would not be blown. Thus, she sought out the Founder's Orb, a mystical object that would grant whoever solved its secrets more spiritual power than he or she could ever want or need. However, Dhurke and Apollo found the Founder's Orb first and managed to keep it from her upon returning to Khura'in, even though this resulted in Apollo and fellow attorney Athena Cykes being hunted by Khura'inese soldiers and members of the Royal Guard in Ga'ran's attempt to obtain the orb for herself. Her efforts were in vain, like Apollo, with help from Dhurke's right-hand man, Datz Are'bal, was able to keep the Founder's Orb away from her long enough to use it as the trump card in exposing her crimes and her false position of royalty in court.
After being accused and then challenged by Apollo to channel the Holy Mother, the guards in the courtroom are blown away while Ga'ran reels back in shock. She then tries to perform the Divination Séance dance to channel the Holy Mother while the guards encourage her, only for it to fail. Her guards realize that she is both a murderess and, according to law, a false queen since she has no spiritual powers of her own. As they aim their rifles at her, she pleads with them to give her a second chance and attempts the dance again, only for it to backfire, knock her unconscious, and cause her to fall backwards into the Pool of Souls. She then lies on the pool, bemused.
She is then arrested for her crimes off-screen, and it is revealed that her exposure as the villainess she was caused her to have a mental break, as she had started believing that she was the Holy Mother.
In her duties as queen, Ga'ran seems to dress with the intention of seeming regal and harmless. She wears a heavy white robe with red-and-gold trim, along with a golden ministerial hat and her hair styled in extremely tight buns.
As with her kindly persona, this is a mask. Underneath her robes, she wears a customized prosecutor's uniform: a far more revealing, skintight purple dress and a necklace of Magatamas, with a bindi head jewel, large hair clips, and mascara to give herself a seemingly perpetual sneer. When removing her royal robes to reveal her dress, she will also undo her buns, allowing her hair to fan out into stiff coils and bangs that resembled a spider's legs and mandibles. She grows her nails long and painted red, and carries a large red-and-purple fan (which she used to blow at the defense when making her claims), as well as carried around a book about Khura'inese law that she would slam on the desk as a prosecutor (and to which she would make edits when issuing her decrees).
Ga'ran is the second female character to serve as the main villain of an Ace Attorney game, the first being Dahlia Hawthorne.
Ga'ran is also the second main villain of an Ace Attorney game to be defeated by Apollo, the first being Kristoph Gavin.
Ga'ran's unique speech bubble "Such insolence!" is "Hirefuse!" (ひれ伏せ！) in the Japanese version, which roughly translates to "Bow down!" This fits her status as the Khura'inese queen and arrogant personality.
Her outfit, design, and using a fan as a weapon may have been inspired by Princess Iron Fan from Journey to the West.
Ga'ran's design seems to bear resemblance to High Inquisitor Darklaw from the crossover title Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney. Both appear to be witch-like in design and both serve as the prosecutor of the last case of their game.
Ga'ran can be compared to both Manfred von Karma and Morgan Fey. Like Manfred, she is a corrupt prosecutor who tries to convict someone else for her own murder and is responsible for much of the other party's darker actions (more directly, in her case, as Nahyuta only became such a merciless prosector because he was being threatened by her), and during the final trial regularly directs its general flow (although Ga'ran has actual authority over the judge, as opposed to Manfred, who is just too intimidating to gainsay). Like Morgan, she is a powerless woman from a family of mediums driven by jealousy of her nobler sister, and manipulates her daughter (adopted, in Rayfa's case) to be her political pawn against her enemies (though, unlike Morgan, Ga'ran has nothing resembling affection for Rayfa, emotionally and verbally abusing her as a way of getting back at her sister by proxy, while Morgan has at least'some affection for her own daughter, Pearl).