I'm the twilight messenger. Can't ya tell?! Gonna take this lying lawyer straight to hell!
~ Pees'lubn Andistan'dhin upon being cornered.
~ Pees'lubn Andistan'dhin

Pees'lubh Andistan'dhin is a villain in the 2016 game Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Spirit of Justice. Specifically, he is the main antagonist of the game's first case, The Foreign Turnabout. He was the head monk of the Tehm'pul Temple. In addition, he's also the musician for the Dance of Devotion.


Early Life

Andistan'dhin is not a Khura'in native. He came to the Kingdom of Khura'in from an unknown location six months before the events of the game. There, he become the head monk of the Tehm'pul Temple, as well as the musician for the Dance of Devotion. He is tasked with guarding the Founder's Orb, a national treasure in which the Holy Mother's soul was contained, which is locked in a treasure chest.


Andistan'dhin was later tasked by Inga Karkhuul Khura'in, the Minister of Justice in the Kingdom of Khura'in, to steal the Founder's Orb. He succeeded in doing it, but unbeknownst to him, Paht Rohl, a guard tasked with guarding the Founder's Orb, was also planning on stealing it. Afraid that the empty treasure box would be discovered, he killed Paht Rohl, and then tried to pin the blame on Ahlbi Ur'gaid, a young monk-in-training who also worked as a tour guide.

In court

Ahlbi was arrested during his tour with Phoenix Wright on the suspicions of stealing the treasure and murdering Paht Rohl. In court, Phoenix manages to get past the guards to see the trial, but to his surprise, learns that Ahlbi doesn't have a defense lawyer. Upon learning this, Phoenix decides to defend Ahlbi.

After Phoenix Wright successfully broke through Rayfa's insight, Gaspen Payne called Andistan'dhin to the witness stand. He first testified that after the Dance of Devotion, he went back to his chamber, which is on the way to the treasure room, from where he could see anyone heading to the treasure room, and that Ahlbi was the only one who went through the chamber aside from Paht Rohl. When questioned how he knew it was Ahlbi and if he was heading to the treasure room, he states that he saw Ahlbi heading towards the treasure room through the window of his Chamber.

This, however, was proven to be a lie, due to the fact that all hallway shutters were shut for the Dance of Devotion due to a recent series of thefts in the temple. When asked to read the notice that states this, he reveals that he's not Khura'inese, and can't speak the language very well. Phoenix began to suspect a motive for his belief, and questions him if he really was in his chamber. Phoenix then suggests that Andistan'dhin was actually at the hallway, and then accuses Andistan'dhin of being the murderer, and using his position as head monk to get the treasure.

A change in nature

Lawyer-man... You really are the lowest of the low. You've gone and said something I can't forgive... You called my belief into question, my belief in the Holy Mother... And nobody...NOBODY gets away with that!
~ Andistan'dhin upon being cornered.

Upon being accused, he takes off his headband, which is actually an audio jack, to plug into his dahmalan to make it an electric guitar. He testifies that after the Dance of Devotion, he went to the music storeroom to put away his dahmalan. He then states that on his way to the storeroom, he spotted Ahlbi with Paht Rohl behind him. The power went out shortly after. He states that he was in the music storeroom during the time of the outage.

Phoenix then gets the idea that Andistan'dhin purposely caused the blackout by turning off the breaker. Andistan'dhin states that he couldn't possibly kill Paht Rohl in the dark with no light, but Phoenix suggests that the victim was holding the treasure box, which can glow in the dark. To prove this, Phoenix asks to examine the box. During the examination, however, he closed the box, much to the frustration of Andistan'dhin. He lent the Magatama key, the key to the treasure box that Andistan'dhin keeps on him, to Phoenix, but it didn't work, to which Andistan'dhin states that the thief must have busted the lock.

Upon further investigation, he discovers blood that outlines a hand. To prove that the outline was the victim's hand, he presented the crime scene photo, and pointed out Paht Rohl's bloody hand. Gaspen Payne states that the treasure box was the murder weapon, to which Phoenix states that there must have been a different weapon. He points to Andistan'dhin's dahmalan in the Dance of Devotion photo, which is different than the one he's currently using. However, to Phoenix's horror, Andistan'dhin has already gotten rid of the dahmalan prior to the start of the trial, leaving Phoenix with no proof.

Before the Judge hands down his verdict, Phoenix speculates that the box was already empty prior to Paht Rohl's arrival, stolen by Andistan'dhin.

In his final testimony, he states that he was guarding the Orb the whole time, and that Ahlbi forced the box open. Phoenix suggests that there's a hidden way to open it, but Andistan'dhin denies it being true. Phoenix wishes to examine the box, believing the secret to be the butterfly designs, but finds nothing.

Andistan'dhin is asked to describe the carving, at which he states that they're Khura'inese butterfly that carry souls to the Twilight Realm. Phoenix then states that the secret must be the key. Andistan'dhin, however, accidentally let slip the key's true name is the Mitamah Key. He insists that it was just a mistake, but Phoenix insists that the name had a deeper meaning.

Using the lyrics of the Song of Ceremony, he flip the key vertically to turn the shape to that of a Mitamah, and fitted it in the Mitamah shaped hole in the butterfly, which successfully opens the box. Phoenix Wright exclaims that the only person who knows the secret and could possibly steal the treasure is Andistan'dhin himself, exposing him as the true culprit.


For his breakdown, he proceeds to play a solo on his dahmalan while the speakers are on full volume. Then, after unplugging his dahmalan, he smashes the speakers with it. He then raises his dahmalan, screams, then slams it on the witness stand, causing it to break and a piece of it to fly into the air, which then hits Andistan'dhin on the head, at which point he collapses.

He then admits to murdering Paht Rohl and is then arrested.


Andistan'dhin first comes across as a calm and collected man. Like all Khura'inese citizens, he despises and distrusts lawyers. He antagonizes Phoenix and blames Ahlbi, despite caring for him as a "little brother", albeit in the polite manner.

When cornered, however, he becomes a loud man who isn't afraid to openly insult both Phoenix and Ahlbi. His music also changes from ethnic music to heavy metal.

Being a musician, Andistan'dhin often accompanies his speech with his music and singing.


  • His name is a play on the name "Peace, love, and understanding".
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