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Sarge
Biographical Information
Nickname
Honorific '
Epithet
Codename
Alias
Born 415 HE
Died
Race
Nationality Carthaki
Gift
Magic
Specialization
Physical Description
Gender Male
Height 6' 5"
Hair Black (cut very short)
Eyes Brown
Other Dark brown
Heavily muscled
Shackle scars (wrists and ankles)
Whip scars (back and sides)
Sword scars (chest, abdomen, and thigh)
Slave brand (left shoulder)
Family Information
Noble House
Family
Ancestors
Grandparents
Parents Abeid Ogunsanwo (father)
Edo Ogunsanwo (mother)
Siblings Five unnamed
Lover
Other Family Sister-in-law (widowed)
3 nieces and nephews
Animals
Patron God
Affiliation
Rank
Estates
Residence
Bazhir Tribe
Knight Master
Year Knighted
Squire
Affiliation
Military Affiliation
Training Master
Military Branch Queen's Riders
Commander Thayet of Conté
Company
Squad Leader Sergeant
Rider Group Group
Combat Carthaki Gladiator (430 - 434 HE)
Bibliographical Information
Tortallan Universe character
First Mentioned '
Only Mentioned '
First Appeared Wild Magic
Last Appeared '
Latest Appearance Tempests and Slaughter
Only Appearance '
Last Mentioned '

Musenda Ogunsanwo[1][2] (pronounced moo-SEND-ah oh-goon-SAN-woh), also known as Sarge, was a very large black man in the service of the Crown of Tortall as a training master for the Queen's Riders. He had once been a Carthaki slave before running away to Tortall.

Biography

Carthak

Musenda used to fight in the arenas of Carthak as a gladiator. He would ride an elephant named Ua into the colosseum. He met Numair Salmalín when the boy was only ten years old and studying at the Imperial University of Carthak. He had fallen into the arena, and likely would have been found by the imperial guards and whipped. Musenda had allowed the young Arram to ride with him on Ua, and brought him back to his family.[3]

The second time he met Arram was years later, when the adolescent had progressed in his learning. It was then that Arram first learned that Musenda was a slave.[4]

Tortall

There he eventually got work with the Queen's Riders, where he held the rank of a sergeant was the training master for the new recruits. He was in charge of the boys and was known among the Riders for his bellow, which could be heard across the Rider fields every morning. He fought in the Siege of Pirate's Swoop in 449 HE and was injured during it, obviously very badly because he would nearly have died had not the magical barriers over the swoop been lifted soon enough so that the healers could work magic again.

Appearances

Books are listed by publication date, and do not reflect the timeline in-universe.

Further information

Tamora Pierce once mentioned that Sarge replaced Buri as commander of the Riders after she quit, but this contradicts her other statements that Evin Larse followed Buri as commander[5]. His first name is a tribal name meaning "nightmare", from the Baduma in Africa.[6]

Notes and references

  1. According to a statement of Tamora Pierceon Sheroes Sarge's real name, along with Numair's, was one of the few she picked because of its meaning from The New Age Baby Name Book
  2. The name is a Baduma (African) tribal name meaning "nightmare". source
  3. Tempests and Slaughter, Ch. 1
  4. T & S, Ch. 6 (pg. 120; Random House hardcover)
  5. Sheroes-Central; "Is Sarge Sergeant Ogunsanwo?"; February 22, 2004
  6. https://tpwords.wordpress.com/2007/08/26/picking-names/

See also

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