Prepare for the long arm of the law. Prepare for enforcement on a level unforeseen. Today, Judge Sandoval takes over as the Department Chief of Sorditudo and Central Territories.
Sandoval will board his new armored train, the Inquisition, and head to Astam junction with a plan to bring order to the lawless West. Armed with arrest warrants, highly train personal Bobbies, an armored train with surprises, and a fierce goal he will not be swayed from.
How can you expect this to affect you? Feel free to read on and see how Judge Sandoval may affect your character in Western Antiford during this time.
In this blog post, you will find:
Information on the Judgement Arc
Character Information Page on Judge Adrian Sandoval
Information Page on the Inquisition
Sandoval's View on Notable Characters
List of 'Official' Judgement Arc Stories
Rules of Collaboration Use
As this is a 'World Event', if you are affected by his movements you may chose to write a story about how his actions affect you or maybe a story about your character meeting with Sandoval or his men. Therefore, I am going to ask that you follow a few rules that I hope don't sound too imposing.
Please run usage of him by me. I am not claiming to have veto power or soul say over your story or usage of him, but I feel it would be curtious to run things by me. Your story or interaction could be very helpful in my own stories in this arc or could have dire consequences to my planned stories.
He cannot die, be maimed, or seriously injured. I know this sounds Gary Sue, but I have a plan for this character and he needs to be alive, he needs to be a threat, and he needs to be able to be physically healthy for a large portion of it and cannot meraculously heal between stories.
He cannot commit any large and small crimes without my express permission. No murders. No corruption. No theft. No sexual assaults. Although it will soon become clear Sandoval will go to great lengths to achieve his vision, an outright crime in the wrong context can contradict his character and morals in the greater arc.
I look forward to any interaction with this character or his crew. However, as this series of stories can have large scaled, permenant influence on the character of Lt Joel Arnett I am obviously a little biased. That is why if you or I don't agree on how you wish to use him, there's nothing to fear. We can run it by a member of the Order to see how we can make it work.
The Honorable Judge Adrian Sandoval
New Department Chief of Police for Sorditudo. Acting under a self-initiated order from the House of Engineers and House of Commons to ‘clean up the west’. He is cold, strict to the law, and unforgiving.
He is an older male, sun worn skin, cut silver peppered hair. He’s slightly taller than average human height. He has angular features, clean shaven, with dark eyebrows.
Adrian Sandoval has been an Antifordian Judge for decades now, and not many actually know his past. He was a Royal Judge during the time of the king and practiced law since youth. During the revolution, he did not take sides, swearing loyalty to the Technocracy soon after the establishment of the new government and willingly taking part to implement new laws given out after the revolution. He has since served as a Judge in the Gearford courts trying local and federal cases. He has also been known to be called in to advise when laws are being written.
As a judge, he scoffed at how the West was handled by White Haven and Bobbies on Tour. He has a seeded hatred of vigilantes and Bounty Hunters who the newspaper praise as heroes. Leaving his Judgeship, he instead pressured the House of Engineers and Commons to allowing him free reign to bring the wild west under his heel. He now commands the Landship Inquisition and hunts Antiford’s most wanted.
He is cold and calculating, with no family to speak of and no allegiances except to the law.
Judge Sandoval’s Armored Train “Inquisition”
396.24 Feet (120.77 Meters) Long (For the described Engine/Tender + 3 Carts)
Steam and Asmyr
2 Dedicated Gunners
3 Replacement Gunners
Room for 3 Prisoners
2 Shell Cannons
1 Black Powder Mortar
1 Swivel, Dual, Pneumatic Gatling Gun
4 Pneumatic Gatling Guns
1 Rear Pneumatic Rifle
The Inquisition was specially designed and built by the Technocracy as a solid counter and mobile command center. The armor is thick to ensure protection of those inside. It has dual steam engines that are Asmyr powered to give it the power it needs to move its great weight and operate its many weapons while on the move.
It looks as if two train engines were welded together side by side, with two smoke stacks, two fireboxes, two boilers. It has one armored pilot at the front, and two headlamps to illuminate out ahead. In the "middle" of the front section is a large cab, which is higher than on normal trains giving 360 degree view around the top of the Inquisition through reinforced glass slits. Towards the back it where the tinder would be on a normal train, holding enough water (and dual water condensers) and fuel to survive many weeks out in the Istoki. All of this is enclosed and armored, even the smoke stacks are protected by grates to prevent explosives or debris getting in. Above the tender is also a rotating, dual gatling gun for an operator.
The second section is the major weapons system. A heavily armored car where two cannons, the mortar, and several gatling guns are housed (see below).
The third section is a general "office" holding desks, safes, and cabinets for processing warrants, filling out reports, and processing arrests. There is also a single armored room which acts as Sandoval's office and personal quarters. However the bed and desk are fold out, allowing maximum space for work or personal time. This also allows more room for its second purpose, and emergency panic room in the event the Inquisition is overrun. Slats along the walls of the room can be opened to allow gunfights into the room beyond.
The fourth section dubbed the 'caboose' is not a caboose at all. It holds the single jail cell for prisoners across from the dual bathrooms. Further down is the personal sleeping quarters for the crew including a basic dining area and small kitchen. Towards the back is the supply area and another vault. In the very back is a small armored area asa firing position for the large pneumatic rifle.
The ship looks like a bulky train, and in rail form it operates similarly as a steam engine. It can take the rails anywhere in Antiford for quicker travel. However, when the need calls for it, it can unfold a series of steam legs and lift off the tracks. Although a much slower pace, this allows this formidable machine to be unhindered by railines and get the advantage on unaware enemies.
The weapons are designed to allow it to completely defend a position or lay siege to a set location. It has two cannons on swivels, one towards the engine and one towards the caboose. It has a single black powder mortar that can launch powerful mortar shells a great distance. Although older technology, this mortar is multi use, firing flares, heavy shells, and anti-aircraft shells into the air. It has four Gatling guns leading down the side of the train as well as a swivel duel gatling gun by the engine. Lastly, it has a rear mounted, armored pneumatic Rifle firing rounds at high velocity.
This landship comes prepared to do battle with Airships with a series of air burst, anti aircraft shells for the mortar and a small reserve of ones for the cannons. Along with that, a few hand-held fireworks tubes were also stocked. Although inaccurate and expensive, these fireworks are used to direct air traffic or set airships aflame.
The ship has come prepared for landships like the Scorpios II. Word of subterranean lairs and vehicles have led to the design of a drill-depth charge. Dropped from the Inquisition, these charges drill down into the sand and dirt and detonated at pre-specified depths.
As it is still a train, any issues with capacity can easily be addressed by the addition of several more cars. In the event of a combat scenario these additional cars can be easily detached so the landship can function as expected. It can easily tow 3-7 additional cars without compromising its power. This allows the Inquisition to increase capacity easily for supplies, ammunition, personnel, or prisoner capacity.
Sandoval's Judgements on Notable Characters
With Judge Sandoval becoming a large pressence in the Istoki Desert for a short time, there's a good chance if your character or characters you deal with over this period will have interactions with, will be affected by, or will at least hear about the changes Sandoval will implement. So I wanted to outline what certin character types interactions with him could look like, as well is spell out what certain Characters in our world can expect from Sandoval.
Criminals/Outlaws/Pirates- As can be expected, if you or a character you may be writing is a criminal, you can expect Sandoval to not only hate them, but to be actively hunting them. The scope of his mission does not include the East Coast (Gearford or Argenstrath), however you can expect him to hve a negative opinion of all criminals.
Bounty Hunters/Vigilantes/Super Hero- If your character is taking the law into their own hands without being an officer of the law, you can expect Sandoval to hate them. Sandoval scoffs at the whole institution of Mercenary Justice and he views them as "legal criminals". Although he would tollerate them, per say, it is safe to assume he would be looking for any reason to label Vigilantes as criminals and arrest them as soon as possible. Your character would likely feel uncomfortable and get the very real feeling of being in danger around Sandoval.
Normal Citizen/Politician- You can expect Sandoval to be a gentleman. He would be polite and cordual. Perhaps he would be a little prodding or morally judgemental, taking even slight law breaking seriously. However most everyday law abiding citizens should have nothing to fear.
Foreigner- It's not a bad assumption that he would consider most foreigners as potential criminals, however he would be considerate and polite. The most hostile he would be would probably be to "obvious" Prush Confederacy (Empire) Citizens.
Vibranni- As can be expected of many humans in power in Antiford, Sandoval has a noticable predjudice against Vibranni. Simply put, he sees them all as criminals or potential criminals in connection with the backwards belief they are all savages.
Order of the Badger- Judge Sandoval is not aware of this organization. If he were to be made aware of it, he would despise it as the traitorous organization it was. Despite this, he would most likely not make a move on it. He would, instead, chose to study any members he could find and document their crimes. He would only push for indictment and arrest only when he was sure he had enough evidence without use of a warrant and subsequent search.
Lucas M Buford- Judge Sandoval believes Buford is not entirely lawful. He, like most Antiford government poeple, know Buford is behind the war machines in the former Prush Confederacy. Seeing a man capable of this type of power would upset him. However, as above, he would make no move against him unless more proof surfaced or he had cleared more of the Istoki. If they were to ever meet, he would probably passive aggressively let Buford know he was onto him and leave a veiled warning to straighten up.
Phinneus Cromwell- I cannot imagine Judge Sandoval knowing who Phinneus was/is. I don’t imagine he’d be high enough to know about barrow camp besides what an average citizen would know from the papers. He probably is aware there is a ‘ghost ship’ considered an enemy to the state or something. As for Phin himself, he probably has a distrust of him, like all water merchants, due to the likelihood a water merchant is some form of criminal as is. Being so easy and profitable to be involved with some sort of fraudulent activities, water merchants make up I high amount of water theft/ fraud in Antiford. Despite that distrust, I imagine he would be civil if introduced due to Phin’s graduation from the Royal Academy.
Abigail Beatrix Cormac- As with Phin, Judge Sandoval is probably not too familiar with Miss Cormac’s alter ego. However, vice is something he does not tolerate himself. Although not illegal, he would frown heavily on her if they met at a gathering. If he were to find out about her more violent side, he would be against it wholeheartedly. However, unless she moved out west, she would be out of his scope for his current operation and he would probably do little more then report her to local authorities.
Leo Swift- Judge Sandoval despises Leo Swift. He has a little file on him and suspects him of many crimes (Murder, public indecency, public destruction of property, etc). I will assume he does not know of the Button Incident, but Leo is publically in the papers all the time, highlighting his exploits. Sandoval disapproves of this image, as with all bounty hunters and freelancers. If they ever met, he would most likely be passive aggressively hostile, but not arrest him. Again, Leo Swift is a bounty hunter, bringing many villains to justice still.
Joel Arnett- Judge Sandoval and Arnett are going to butt heads in a big way. Arnett will get a first hand account at his style of justice and disagree with it heavily. Judge Sandoval, on the other hand, will push Arnett into breaking the law, and use him as an example of his justice, hunting him as much as he can. The tension between these two will provide stories for Arnett for some time.
The Judge knows about the Badger’s Challenge (AKA: Landship Scorpios II breaking into a closed off train yard, smashing up a train and destroying train tracks as well as working with Meimercough) as well as other crimes.
The main story for the Judgement Arc follows Lt Joel Arnett's struggle with these events and a rivalry with Judge Sandoval. Although Sandoval's mission and time during these events is not centered around Arnett, Arnett's goals and focus in this time are centered around Sandoval. They start and... eventually end, with Arnett and Sandoval's relationship.
All of these stories will be meticulously dated for context and locations provided when I can.
For a list of Stories (Chronologically) that are connected with this Arc:
This list will be updated as stories are published. They will be in chronological order, however not all stories will be published chronologically (I may go forward with the story, or I may go back and publish a story that took place in between stories.)