|Hair||Black (cut very short)|
|Other|| Dark brown|
Shackle scars (wrists and ankles)
Whip scars (back and sides)
Sword scars (chest, abdomen, and thigh)
Slave brand (left shoulder)
|Parents|| Abeid Ogunsanwo (father)|
Edo Ogunsanwo (mother)
|Other Family|| Sister-in-law (widowed)|
3 nieces and nephews
|Military Branch||Queen's Riders|
|Commander||Thayet of Conté|
|Combat||Carthaki Gladiator (430 - 434 HE)|
|Tortallan Universe character|
|First Appeared||Wild Magic|
|Latest Appearance||Tempests and Slaughter|
Musenda Ogunsanwo (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.
Musenda used to fight in the arenas of Carthak as a gladiator. He would ride an elephant named Ua into the colosseum. He met Arram Draper (later Numair Salmalín) when Arram was only ten years old and studying at the Imperial University of Carthak. Arram had fallen into the arena, and likely would have been found by the imperial guards and whipped. Musenda allowed the young Arram to ride with him on Ua, and brought him back to his family.
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.
Musenda eventually escaped Carthak for Tortall. At some point between 442 and 449 HE, he joined the Queen's Riders. By 449 HE, he was a sergeant and served as the training master for 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 very badly injured. He would have died without magical healing, but he was able to be treated after the magical barriers over Pirate's Swoop were lifted to allow the healers to work.
Books are listed by publication date, and do not reflect the timeline in-universe.
- The Immortals
- Wild Magic (major character)
- Trickster Series
- Trickster's Choice (at Sarralyn's naming ceremony)
- Numair Chronicles
- Tempests and Slaughter (major character)
His first name is a tribal name meaning "nightmare", from the Baduma in Africa.
Notes and references
- ↑ According to a statement of Tamora Pierce on 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
- ↑ Tempests and Slaughter, Ch. 1
- ↑ Tempests and Slaughter, Ch. 6 (pg. 120; Random House hardcover)
- ↑ Sheroes-Central; "Is Sarge Sergeant Ogunsanwo?"; February 22, 2004 (Link broken)
- ↑ Picking Names (Sheroes Central)