An upcoming book in the series that inspired the TV hit "Game of Thrones" will introduce a new character named Dave Goldblatt, after a 30-year-old Facebook employee from San Francisco, according to ABC News.
Goldblatt won the right to have a character named after himself by donating $20,000 to a charity run by author George R.R. Martin, whose "A Song of Ice and Fire" books inspired the TV series.
The charity is raising money for Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary and the Food Depot of Santa Fe, New Mexico, where Martin lives with his wife, Parris.
"I’m just lucky enough to be in a position to do this," Goldblatt said of the prize. "Obviously, the money is going to charity, so it’s an added bonus. I didn’t immediately seek to help wolf sanctuaries, but the more I read about the charities, I learned it was a worthwhile cause."
When asked whether Martin will morph his name to mimic the designations of fictional noble men and women that sound part-Welsh and part-science fiction, Goldblatt said, "I have no idea. You’re going to have to ask George about that."
There were only two top-level prizes available in the competition run by celebrity-based sweepstakes fundraising site Prizeo.com. One character will be named after Goldblatt and the second will be named after a woman, who has remained anonymous.
The two winners will choose their character's station in the world (lordling, knight, peasant, whore, lady, maester, septon, anything) and "you will certainly meet a grisly death!" the Prizeo website states.
Goldblatt chose to be a "Valyrian," a people group famous for their indestructible steel, as his station in Martin's literary universe.
When asked why he chose to be a "Valyrian," Goldblatt said, "You read some piece of fiction and for whatever reason you think one particular character or race is cool – and for whatever reason, I thought the Valyrians were cool. I’m hoping in future books we get to see more of them."
Perhaps parents will now start naming their children Dave Goldblatt, as they have done with Martin-inspired named such as Arya and Khaleesi.
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