High Inquisitor Darklaw
|Appearances||vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney|
|Other Names|| Great Witch|
|Voice Actors|| English:|
|Relations|| Newton Belduke|
High Inquisitor Darklaw is a major character that appears in Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney. She is the leader of the Mass Inquisition, a force that is tasked with apprehending witches.
Darklaw wears a plum colored shirt and pants, and brown knee-high boots. She also wears a maroon cape and has purple hair.
Ten years before the events of Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, Darklaw went by her real name of Eve Belduke. She lived in the town where Labyrinthia now stands with her parents, her father being Newton Belduke. At this time, she was also a close friend of Espella Cantabella.
On the night of the town's annual fire festival, Espella convinced her to take her mother's pendant so they could gain access to the town's bell tower, as she wanted to ring the bell. After having second thoughts about ringing it, Eve decides to instead, causing the townspeople to fall unconscious. This caused the town to be destroyed by a large fire, which is what was seen when the two girls woke up. Their fathers, who had been in underground ruins at the time, located them both at the top of the bell tower, and Eve pins the blame on Espella while she is still unconscious.
Since the incident, Espella has come to believe she is the Great Witch Bezella, after her father had told her that ringing the bell would cause her to be possessed by Bezella. Espella's father, Arthur Cantabella, wrote stories about witches being punished for her, eventually deciding to build the government funded project of Labyrinthia for her, where witches and witchcraft existed. Eve also became a part of the project, but decided she couldn't stay around Espella, as it would remind her too much of Bezella. She changed her name to Darklaw, and became the first Shade. She became the Great Witch of the Eldwitch Woods, as well as being the High Inquisitor of Labyrinthia.