“ There is no room for weakness. Cowards die on their knees. It's gonna be great.- Antwon Ridgeway (leader of the True Sons) ”
Colonel Antwon Ridgeway is a colonel of the Maryland National Guard and the self-appointed "General" and leader of the True Sons in Washington D.C. and serves as one of the 4 main antagonists in The Division 2. He appears as the final boss in the final Stronghold, the Capitol Building.
Having resemblance to the Last Man Battalion's leader Lieutenant Colonel Charles Bliss, except Ridgeway is very delusional and vicious in his goals, even going as so far to starve people and withdraw medicines during quarantine on Roosevelt Island. While Bliss is more disciplined and a better sense of honor and morale as the LMB had protected the civilian populace in their territory.
With his death and the capture of their final stronghold, the remnants of the True Sons faction scattered across D.C.
Antwon Ridgeway self-financed his studies at ROTC and joined the Maryland National Guard, eventually achieving the rank of Colonel. He had a lucrative career as a salesman and often uses the skills he gained during this period to enhance his leadership style. Ridgeway served during the start of the outbreak in Washington D.C. and was given responsibility to administer the quarantine on Roosevelt Island to make sure everything ran smoothly. When the chaos erupted in the quarantine, he deployed guards to make sure nobody could leave the area. He let people starve to death and withheld medicine from the infected. Ridgeway abused his authority for a long time until the commander of the JTF discovered him and imprisoned Ridgeway for his actions. Once loyal members of his unit freed him, Ridgeway gathered men from his former unit and the stockade where he was held prisoner, they captured JTF officers that had imprisoned him and held a symbolic tribunal for them, only to execute them all moments later.
Ridgeway is ambitious and has a strong desire to lead. He will always dominate the conversation and express his concerns if he disagrees with the people. He can become decisive when under intense pressure. He is extremely aggressive as the leader of the True Sons and wants to achieve victory at any cost.
During his time with the JTF, Ridgeway was likely dutiful and possessed competent leadership and planning skills as he achieved the rank of Colonel and was tasked with administrating the quarantine on Roosevelt Island. During the quarantine chaos Antwon demonstrated to be quite cold as he prioritized the safety of his men over the infected and allowed them to die. Conversely, he can be caring and charismatic to his men as some of his soldiers defended his actions during his arrest. He can tolerate those who question his priorities as he can easily persuade them into agreeing with him. However, Ridgeway will not tolerate insubordination, and worse, desertion, and will personally execute those who try.
Ridgeway seems to have established a cult of personality within his faction as he self-promoted himself as a General and has the fierce loyalty of those under his command. He also views himself and the True Sons as the only hope in restoring order in D.C. and thus justifies the act of demanding tribute from other settlements. He and his men believe it's mutually beneficial as the settlements get protection in exchange the True Sons get supplies despite some settlements wanting nothing to do with the faction or believing the demands as too harsh. Consequently, Ridgeway considers those who offer tribute (willing or by force) to be considered, by default, part of the True Sons and thus as his "citizen" he expects them to obey. A phone recording between him and a random civilian showed him intimidating the civilian into handing over his supplies by indirectly threatening him by mentioning the civilian's neighbor was "not a good citizen" and was dealt with. Throughout the conversation, while Ridgeway clearly intimidated the man, he treated the civilian nicely by calling him a "good and model citizen" and that he was doing his part by contributing to the True Sons but nonetheless told the civilian that he expects more supplies to be handed over the following week.
Ridgeway has even developed hypocritical and delusional beliefs, an ECHO shows him executing True Sons Deserters and talks about loyalty which has some irony in it because went rogue from the JTF, he talks of hordes of degenerates yet it was because of him that the Outcasts exists because of what he did at Roosevelt Island and saying about the corruption in government he is the corruption as he went AWOL.
Colonel Antwon Ridgeway is a highly capable strategist and a charismatic leader, who was able to effectively lead the vast majority of the JTF in Washington D.C. to join his True Sons organization. When facing the Division agents who attacked the Capitol Building, Colonel Antwon Ridgeway is shown to be a Heavy Weapons user that also acts like a quasi medic. Although being a heavy weapons archetype armed with the Military M60 E4, he can even use the M3 MAAWS like an RPG Shooter to blow the agents to pieces. He also possesses some SHD Tech, as he was able to deploy medical drones that can resuscitate fallen True Sons back to life and even heal them to some extent.
- Despite being listed as National Guard, he may have also previously served in the U.S. Marines, as he wears a coat that resembles Marine Dress Blues. The same goes for his True Sons, who all have elements of Marine Uniforms in their outfits.