|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 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.
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.
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.
Books are listed by publication date, and do not reflect the timeline in-universe.
- The Immortals
- Wild Magic (major character)
- Trickster Series
- Numair Chronicles
- Tempests and Slaughter (major character)
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. His first name is a tribal name meaning "nightmare", from the Baduma in Africa.
Notes and references
- ↑ 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
- ↑ The name is a Baduma (African) tribal name meaning "nightmare". source
- ↑ Tempests and Slaughter, Ch. 1
- ↑ T & S, Ch. 6 (pg. 120; Random House hardcover)
- ↑ Sheroes-Central; "Is Sarge Sergeant Ogunsanwo?"; February 22, 2004
- ↑ https://tpwords.wordpress.com/2007/08/26/picking-names/