On February 4, Ice-T reported on his podcast that he had no idea what he was in for when he agreed to record an audiobook set in the world of Dungeons & Dragons. But which book was it? John Ruch at Paste explains:
“They didn’t tell me this was a #$*! Dungeons & Dragons book,” Ice says, explaining to partner Mick Benzo that D&D is “some of the most crazy, deep, deep nerd $#!+.” “#$*! talk like Yoda,” Ice T marvels. “They were talking about ‘pegasuses’ and ‘pegasi.’ That’s horses with wings,” he continues. “This #$*! got a sword that talks to him… #$*! live in places that don’t exist, and it comes with a map. My God.”
Ice-T doesn't come cheap, so it's likely Wizards of the Coast is spending some serious coin to promote its current linen of fiction novels based on The Sundering. The Sundering features a reshuffling of the Forgotten Realms' power structure:
The gods are thrown into chaos at the promise of a new reckoning of the pantheon, and they scramble and grasp at power in hopes of cementing their positions of authority. Their mortal agents in the world, the Chosen, are charged with carrying out their will in every aspect of life.
Wizards of the Coast previously announced that it would be releasing fiction tie-in novels based on The Sundering, written by six authors:
- The Companions (R.A. Salvatore), released on August 6 2013
- The Godborn (Paul Kemp), released on October 1, 2013
- The Adversary (Erin Evans), released on December 3, 2013
- The Reaver (Richard Lee Byers), released on February 4, 2014
- The Sentinel (Troy Denning), to be released on April 1, 2014
- The Herald (Ed Greenwood), to be released on June 3, 2014
There are several hints in Ice-T's comments as to which book he read, specifically that the protagonist is possibly male, probably rides a pegasus (and is therefore good aligned) and wields a talking sword. Judging by the covers, we can weed out a few right away:
- The Godborn: Vasen Cale has a fiendish lineage that makes him an unlikely candidate for pegasi.
- The Adversary: Farideh is likely a female spell caster, not a fighter.
- The Reaver: Anton Marivaldi is a bounty hunter who is unlikely to be riding a pegasus.
- The Companions: The dark elf Drizz Do'Urden neither rides a pegasus nor wields talking swords.
- The Herald: Elminister. 'Nuff said.
With those candidates eliminated, it seems like that Ice-T was reading The Sentinel, which features Kleef Kenric -- a paladin who fits the bill of being male, could ride a pegasus, and certainly wields a sword. We'll find out soon enough when the audiobook is released.
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