Ace reaches the scaffold in Marineford, where the Marines assemble for Whitebeard's assault. Meanwhile, Luffy's ship approaches the Gates of Justice, blocking his path through Marineford. After Ace finally reaches the execution platform, Sengoku asks who his father is, but Ace insists that Whitebeard is his father. However, Sengoku reveals to the world via Transponder Snail that Ace's mother is Portgas D. Rouge, who had him inside her womb for 20 months and he took his mother's surname to become a pirate himself. He also reveals that Ace is the son of the Pirate King, Gold Roger, much to the horror of Ace, the Marines and the reporters.