The price of being a character in George R.R. Martin's upcoming "A Song of Ice and Fire" novels cost
, and Dave Goldblatt from San Francisco, Calif. is the man who payed up.
Martin offered the "Martyr" donation tier in his
charity campaign as a way to gain a big chunk of money to go to the Santa Fe charity The Food Depot and the Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary. The payoff for donating $20,000 was to have a character named after you in a forthcoming novel, choose that character's occupation, and then have them get killed off in some "grisly" way.
Goldblatt, a 30-year-old Facebook product specialist, payed up to be immortalized in one of Martin's novels. He tells
he wants Dave Goldblatt the
"Game of Thrones"
character to hail from Valyria, a previously unvisited country in the world of the series. "For whatever reason, I thought the Valyrians were cool. I'm hoping in future books we get to see more of them," he says.
Two "Martyr" prizes were available: One for a man (Goldblatt) and one for a woman. The female character has also been claimed, though the purchaser chose to remain anonymous.
At press time, Martin raised over $375,000 and all of the high-price "Extra Rewards" have been claimed. Thirty-eight more days remain in the charitable fundraiser. "The response to our fund-raising campaign on Prizeo has been nothing less than mind-boggling," Martin
on his blog. "You guys have made me very proud."