The recruits were brought to the Academy of Law by their parents, having been accepted as potential Judges from their aptitude tests. Around them children we’re being comforted by the tutor bots and their parents. Throughout the hall stern faced Judges stood by to remind them that what they were entering wasn’t going to be easy. Two children in particular, Cassimir Striker and Velrik Thanesaid goodbye to their parents before being led off to the main hall where an elderly Judge awaited them. The elderly Judge impressed upon the group of children the importance of the task before them and welcomed them to the academy, very few listened. After the speech the children were divided into their groups and led off to their dormitories.
The first Term found the children being taught all the basic skills they would need, literacy, numeracy, cognitive exercises and creative play. The tutor bots met all their needs and they began to learn what life as a Judge would be like.
Striker and Thane found themselves in group 13, a group composed of four children, Cadets Thane, Striker, Rose and Rolley. Cadet Thane found himself excelling in physical exercise, outgrowing all the others. Cadet Striker, though, excelled in the coordination exercises, distinguishing himself with his tutors. Cadet Rose soon proved to be quite adept at the law and excelled in her studies while Rolley, an overweight child initially had trouble relating to the other kids and initially was a target of bullying from some of the other squads, fortunately he formed a bond with the rest of his squad and the other kids soon learned how difficult it would to pick on a member of squad 13.
The four of them, working together, blew through their exams with relative ease, although still coming in behind several of the other squads.
At the beginning of the second term all cadets were told that this term would see a dramatic increase in their physical training, academic training and they would also begin training with Lawgivers and Lawmasters. Excited but worried Squad 13 dived into their studies.
It became evident in what directions each member would go, Thane and Rose both delved into the law, spending time together in the library, Striker quickly proved his skill on both the firing and driving range and Rolley committed himself to his physical training, surpassing many other students and proving himself capable in the eyes on his instructors. The term also saw the beginning of unarmed combat lessons and while Rose and Striker didn’t take to them very well, Thane and Rolley excelled in every class.
By the end of the term the students were subjected to a live ammunition exercise in a recreation of Mega City One, they had to make their way to a predetermined extraction point while taking down drones and targets. Again Squad 13 proved themselves, with Thane taking point while Striker covered him, with Rose and Rolley covering the flanks. They managed to reach the extraction point without any casualties but unfortunately the emergence of teenage hormones caused friction within the group, and they came in third overall. Thane and Striker in particular butted heads and harsh words were exchanged.
At the beginning of the third term tempers were already flaring but luckily the discipline and bond of the last 7 years prevented it from boiling over into anything more than harsh words and the occasional shoulder bump.
The Instructors informed everyone that this year the training would become even harder but first they would all undergo tests to determine psychic potential. Nobody in Squad 13 proved to be psychic and while other members of other squads all transferred into either Psy, Tek or Med divisions Squad 13 reached a unanimous consensus that they would all remain Street Judges. This had the effect of bringing the squad closer as a group and eliminated the bickering.
The squad stood by each other and soon relationship began to form. Both Thane and Striker began competing (friendly this time) for the affection of Rose despite relationships being off limits. Some physical reciprocation did occur but it never advanced beyond that. Rose spent a lot of time in the library after that and her knowledge of the law accelerated by leaps and bounds. Rolley continued his lessons and soon began to dominate in the unarmed combat classes while Thane became his constant sparring partner. Striker focused himself on his training, losing himself on his Lawmaster or on the range with his Lawgiver, he soon began attaining some of the highest scores the Academy had ever seen.
Again, the squads were subjected to live fire exercises, this time though Squad 13 dominated the scoring. Many of the other squads had diversified themselves with Tek, Med and even a couple of Psy specializations and it showed in some of their tactics, Squad 13 though had refined theirs, always training together until they could read each other with saying a word and they pushed their way through to the extraction point faster than anyone else. They had very little time to celebrate though as the Instructors anounced that after all tests had been done all third year recruits were to prepare for the Hot Dog Run, a trip out into the cursed earth.
Hot Dog Run
For their Hot Dog Run the Squad found itself divided for the first time as they were sent out in two man teams into the Cursed Earth. Thane and Striker were one team and Rose and Rolley the other. They set out from different gates, wishing each other luck.
Thane and Striker went south towards a small mutant community 150 kilometers out. There they spent a few days getting to know the locals and being shown examples of how things work by their guide Judge Rayne. 3 days in they were called upon to Judge a case of theft made by one family against another. Striker made a hasty judgement that Judge Rayne over ruled, citing that Striker needed to brush up on his law. Judge Rayne then pronounced his own judgement and one of the those he sentenced decided to take out their anger on Striker. The mutant advanced on him angrily but before he could stop him Cadet Thane intervened, knocking the man to the ground and staring him down. The town accepted this and gave Thane their respect but Striker had to return to the Mega City shamed a little.
When Rose and Rolley returned they seemed in good spirits but didn’t relate the results of their trip. They did seem closer though and both Thane and Strike began to suspect that a lot more had happened then they were letting on.
Entering their final term all the Cadets braced themselves for a gruelling four years. Squad 13 stood by each other, helping each other study and prepare for every test. The attitudes and habits of Street Judges started to set in, but their life long friendships endured. Any time any of them started to fall behind the others quickly stepped in to help. Long hours were spent in the library, in the gym and in the shooting range and within months time for frivolity dried up. Everything became about routine and duty.
By the time the fourth and final year rolled around Squad 13 was leading the other squads in most areas and before any of them knew it it came time for their final exercise in the Mega City One recreation. They dominated.
The years of tactical training they had endured and perfected together showed, they advanced through each block, taking down drones with efficiency and deadly accuracy. Rolley tore through droids with his daystick while Rose covered him with her Lawgiver. Thane ordered Striker into the buildings and after “acquiring” a rifle Striker began taking out drones with headshots. Thane called targets and took point, taking down the leader bot, grabbing him by the throat and then shooting him in the head.
The final exam could not have gone better and all four of them were riding high off their success but they al knew they still had to go through their Full Eagle Day to be allowed on the street as full fledged Judges.
Full Eagle Day
Finally the day came for each Cadet to experience their Full Eagle Day, the day where they would be assigned to a Senior Street Judge for one day of final evaluation, their performance under real world conditions would affect the Senior Judges decision to pass/fail the cadet, and their decision is final.
Cadet Striker was assigned to Judge Eugene Smalley. Judge Smalley took the cadet out on patrol and soon they were confronted with a perp driving erratically along one of the megways. Judge Smalley told the cadet to take it and Striker accelerated towards him, his sirens blaring and his voice booming over the Lawmasters loud speaker ordering him to stop. The perp sped up to escape and Striker drew up along side, the perp swerved into the Lawmaster but Striker maneuvered around him. With 4 counts already against him Striker drew his Lawgiver and took a shot at the perps tires, blowing them out. The perp swerved into the megway’s median, away from traffic. They dragged the perp out of the wreck and sentenced him to 30 years in the Isocubes.
Cadet Thane drew Judge Sharon Gold, a young Judge from sector 26. They proceeded to answer a Block Riot call from DiCaprio block. On arrival the crowd was already engaged in rioting, Judge Gold told the cadet to call it and he called in for backup and riot foam. They waded into the crowd looking for the instigators and soon became separated. One perp outright attacked Cadet Thane, hitting him hard. Thane responded in anger, hitting the perp hard enough to knock him down and then went to hit him again, luckily common sense prevailed and he instead grabbed the perp and sentenced him to 5 years. Judge Gold witnessed the exchange and asked him why he hit back, Thane paused for a moment and then responded that he lost control momentarily and that it wouldn’t happen again. They both continued with the arrests until the Meat wagons arrived to take away the rioters.
Both Cadets returned to the sector house at the end of their shifts and awaited the decisions of their preceding Judges. Both of them passed and we’re presented with their Black helmets, eagle armour and badges. They were assigned to sector house 13 and told to report in the next day to Chief DiMaggio.
Cadets Rose and Rolley also passed their Full Eagle Days, both of them were assigned positions in sector 19.