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CUoCF: Quarter Quell Victor-Tributes Part 1

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Yes, victors are our strongest. They’re the ones who survived the arena and slipped the noose of poverty that strangles the rest of us. They, or should I say we, are the very embodiment of hope where there is no hope. And now twenty-three of us will be killed to show how even that hope was an illusion.

(Art: xxIgnisxx)
Beetee: The victor-tribute from District 3, Beetee is a fidgety, older man who has a habit of looking at things under his glasses. After winning his Hunger Games, Beetee began inventing things. Being from District 3, he invents things like a music chip the size of a glitter flake that can hold thousands of songs.
Blight: The male victor-tribute from District 7, Blight is a relatively unknown character.
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Brutus: The District 2 victor-tribute, Brutus was a volunteer for the 3rd Quarter Quell. He is a large, imposing man who would like nothing more than a chance to get back in the arena.
Cashmere: The District 1 female victor-tribute, Cashmere is gorgeous, but not very friendly. Her brother is Gloss, the other District 1 victor-tribute. They won their Games in consecutive years.
Cecelia: The District 8 female victor-tribute, Cecelia is about 30 years old. During her reaping, she had to remove her three children who were clinging to her.
Chaff: The victor-tribute from District 11, Chaff is well-known for his friendship with Haymitch Abernathy. With dark skin & a height of 6 feet, Chaff would be intimidating if it weren’t for his self-deprecating humor. He lost most of one arm during his Hunger Games 30 years ago, but refused to get a prosthetic from the Capitol.
Enobaria: About 30 years old, Enobaria is the female victor-tribute from District 2. She is well known for her vicious behavior during her Games. She killed one tribute by ripping out his throat with her teeth, and since then she had her all teeth cosmetically shaped into sharp fangs & each is inlaid with gold.
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CUoCF: Characters of the Capitol

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He embraces me, enfolding me in the smell of blood and roses, and plants a puffy kiss on my cheek. when he pulls back, his fingers digging into my arms, his face smiling into mine, I dare to raise my eyebrows. The ask what my lips can’t. Did I do it? Was it enough?

These are the people of the Capitol from Catching Fire.

President Snow: The President of Panem, Snow is a small man with white hair, snakelike eyes, & overpuffed lips. President Snow rarely leaves the Capitol, but he makes an exception when someone isn’t cooperating with the Capitol. President Snow is a ruthless leader who smells of blood & roses.


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Seneca Crane: The Head Gamemaker for the 74th Hunger Games, Seneca Crane was the one who allowed 2 tributes from the same district to be victors. This didn’t make President Snow very happy. It is believed Seneca was killed for what happened in the 74th Games.

Ceasar Flickerman: The master of ceremonies for the Hunger Games, Ceasar Flickerman is a larger than life personality. He conducts interviews with victors & tributes, trying his best to make each one look their best.

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Plutarch Heavensbee: The new Head Gamemaker for the 75th Hunger Games. Before he became Head Gamemaker, Plutarch Heavensbee was a Gamemaker for the 74th Games. During the private training session for Katniss Everdeen, Plutarch fell back into a punch bowl after she shot an arrow into the Gamemakers’ feast.

Atala: The woman in charge of the Training Center, Atala is responsible for organizing the tributes during the training sessions before each Games.

Tax: The man in charge of archery in the Training Center, Tax was very impressed with Katniss’ skills during the 74th Hunger Games. He tries to make archery training more difficult for Katniss during the 3rd Quarter Quell.


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Claudius Templesmith: The announcer for the Hunger Games. Claudius Templesmith is responsible for all the announcements in the arena.

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CUoCF: Book Characters Worth Mentioning

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I think of how I never realized that she and my mother shared this connection. Of Madge showing up in that snowstorm to bring the painkiller for Gale. Of my mockingjay pin and how it means something completely different now that I know that its former owner was Madge’s aunt, Maysilee Donner, a tribute who was murdered in the arena.
These are important characters mentioned in Book 2 of The Hunger Games trilogy. They may or may not be in the movie.
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Madge Undersee: The daughter of District 12′s mayor, Madge has become a friend to Katniss Everdeen since the 74th Hunger Games. Madge has a lot of free time, so she began giving Katniss piano lessons & went out in the woods to learn how to shoot a bow & arrow. She’s a quiet girl who doesn’t have much interest in clothes or gossip. Madge is best known for giving Katniss the mockingjay pin after the reaping (this was changed in The Hunger Games in order for Prim to be the giver of the pin).
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Twill & Bonnie: We meet Twill & Bonnie briefly in the woods outside of District 12. They’re on the run after escaping the bombing in District 8. Twill is a middle-aged woman who taught school & worked shifts in the textile factory where the uprising of District 8 began. Bonnie is a teenage girl from District 8 who also worked shifts in the textile factory that specialized in Peacekeeper uniforms. Working her shifts in the inspection dock allowed Bonnie opportunities to steal 2 Peacekeeper uniforms for Twill & her husband. It was only by chance that Twill & Bonnie weren’t in the factory when it was destroyed by the Capitol. So they used the uniforms to escape from District 8 in order to make their way to District 13, where they hope to find sanctuary from the Capitol.
 Annie Cresta: A previous victor from District 4, Annie Cresta is not completely sane. She was chosen in the reaping for the 3rd Quarter Quell, but her place was taken by an older victor from District 4.
Maysilee Donner: During the 2nd Quarter Quell, Maysilee Donner was one of the girls chosen from District 12. She survived most of the Games using poison darts & becoming an ally of Haymitch Abernathy. But she was eventually killed by vicious birds in the arena. Maysilee was the sister of Mayor Undersee’s wife, and she was friends with Mrs. Everdeen. Maysilee was also the original owner of the mockingjay pin.
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CUoCF: The District 12 Support Team

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My prep team. My foolish, shallow, affectionate pets, with their obsessions with feathers and parties, nearly break my heart with their good-bye. It’s certain from Venia’s last words that we all know I won’t be returning. Does the whole world know it? I wonder. I look at Cinna. He knows, certainly. But as he promised, there’s no danger of tears from him.

These are the people who help the District 12 Victors & Mentors.


(Art: Leabharlann)

Effie Trinket: She has been the escort for District 12 for all Hunger Games related events. She’s responsible for getting her tributes, victors, & mentors where they need to be on time. Along with her energetic personality, she is a very positive person with Capitol style. She enjoys wearing a variety of wigs to coordinate with her outfits. Effie also considers herself to be a bit of an expert on architectural design.

Octavia: She is the member of Katniss’ prep team that has changed the most since the 74th Hunger Games. Her skin is no longer a pea green shade, but rather a light evergreen color. Octavia has always been curvy, but has become a little plumper than Katniss remembers.

Flavius: A member of Katniss Everdeen’s prep team for all Hunger Games events, Flavius is known for his orange corkscrew curly hair & his purple lipstick. Since the 74th Games, Flavius has been desperate to alter Katniss for a more Capitol look. The members of the prep team have been enjoying their notoriety since the previous Games.


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Venia: Another member of Katniss’ prep team, Venia seems to be stronger than the other two. She styles her aqua hair into spikes all over her head. The gold tattoos on her face used to be confined to above her eyebrows, but now curl around under her eyes. This makes her look perpetually shocked.

Portia: The stylist for Peeta Mellark since the beginning of the 74th Games. Not much is known about Portia, except that she collaborates with Cinna on costume designs for District 12.


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When my hair is done, I find Cinna downstairs in the living room, and just the sight of him makes me feel more hopeful.

Cinna: The stylist for Katniss Everdeen since the 74th Hunger Games, Cinna is unlike other Capitol citizens. He avoids the outrageous outfits & body modifications, instead choosing to wear simple clothes, keep his natural brown hair short, and only using a hint of gold eyeliner to bring out the gold flecks in his eyes. Since the end of the 74th Games, Cinna has been helping Katniss “develop” her talent for clothing design.


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CUoCF: The People of District 12

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There’s an inherent flaw in the plan that both Gale and I were too blind to see. An uprising requires breaking the law, thwarting authority. We’ve done that our whole lives, or our families have. Poaching, trading on the black market, mocking the Capitol in the woods. But for most people in District 12, a trip to buy something at the Hob would be too risky. And I expect them to assemble in the square with bricks and torches? Even the sight of Peeta and me is enough to make people pull their children away from the windows and draw the curtains tightly.

These are some of the people we meet in District 12.


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Mayor Undersee: As the mayor of District 12, Mayor Undersee doesn’t seem to have much authority. He has no say in the influx of Peacekeepers or the new aggressive law enforcement. His wife suffers from debilitating headaches, which leaves him to look after his daughter, Madge.

Greasy Sae: The old woman who sells her soup at the Hob, Greasy Sae can make soup out of just about anything. During the 74th Hunger Games Greasy Sae started a money collection among the people of the Hob to sponsor their District 12 tributes. This collection expanded to most of the district, and could have been the difference between life and death for the tributes in the arena.

Ripper: The woman who sells liquor at the Hob. Before she sold liquor, Ripper worked in the coal mines of District 12. She lost one of her arms in a mining accident, which forced her to find another means of income. But Ripper always manages to find a way to support herself.


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Darius: Identified by his red hair and easy grin, Darius is one of the younger, friendlier Peacekeepers. He’s not as serious & is always good for a joke. He spends time at the Hob, and he likes Greasy Sae’s soup. But Darius doesn’t really fit with the new Peacekeepers brought into District 12.

Purnia: One of the female Peacekeepers, Purnia is another that eats at Greasy Sae’s. She may not agree with the way the new Peacekeepers do things, but she knows how to deal with them.

Leevy: A girl who lives in the Seam. Leevy lives a few houses down from the Everdeen’s old house in the Seam. Mrs. Everdeen kept Leevy’s little brother alive when he had the measles.

Bristel & Thom: Two of Gale Hawthorne’s crewmates down in the coal mines of District 12. We don’t know much about them, but we do know they care about their crewmates.

Cray: The old Head Peacekeeper, Cray wasn’t well liked. An older man with silver hair combed sideways above his red face, Cray is well known for his drinking. He wouldn’t have been disliked so much if he didn’t have a habit of paying starving young women for their company.


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Romulus Thread: The new Head Peacekeeper in District 12, Romulus Thread is a hated man. He was brought in quickly, and he is aggressive in his punishment. He is a tall, muscular man, with a hard face, cruel mouth, gray hair, and black eyes.


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CUoCF: History Lesson-74th Hunger Games Recap

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But that was before the Games. Before my fellow tribute, Peeta Mellark, announced he was madly in love with me. Our romance became a key strategy for our survival in the arena. Only it wasn’t just a strategy for Peeta. I’m not sure what it was for me. But I know now it was nothing but painful for Gale.

This is a summary of some of the things that occurred in The Hunger Games.

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After her younger sister, Primrose, is chosen as a tribute in the 74th annual Hunger Games, Katniss Everdeen volunteers to take her place. As a result, Katniss is forced to leave her family & her best friend, Gale Hawthorne, to fight for her life against 23 other tributes. One of those tributes is District 12′s Peeta Mellark, a boy Katniss feels she owes her life to.

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As she’s forced to participate in the ceremonies & interviews prior to the actual Games, Katniss tries to reconcile herself with the fact that her survival would mean the death of all the tributes. During his interview in the Capitol, Peeta tells all of Panem of his long time love for Katniss. Between Peeta’s confession and the captivating outfits created by her stylist, Cinna, Katniss becomes the focus of the 74th Hunger Games.

Once she is in the arena, Katniss fights for her life while making an ally, Rue from District 11, and tries to figure out why Peeta has teamed up with the Careers from Districts 1, 2, and 4 to find & kill Katniss. But it was all an act on Peeta’s part to protect Katniss. After the death of her ally, Rue, a twist for the Games is announced. Two tributes from the same district could win the Games, so Katniss found a wounded Peeta and kept him alive by fighting for medicine to save his life. As part of her mentor, Haymitch’s, Games strategy, Katniss had to act as a girl in love, even if she felt those feelings weren’t real at the time.

The Games comes down to a final fight between Katniss, Peeta, and Cato, the Career from District 1. And after Cato is killed, Katniss & Peeta believed they won. But in order to have a big finish, the announcer tells them only one can be crowned victor. Not surprised, Katniss decides they will thwart the Gamemakers by simultaneously eating poisonous nightlock berries. But of course, there has to be a victor, so the Gamemakers allow both Katniss & Peeta to be victors.

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But now Katniss is in danger. The president of Panem, President Snow, is not happy with her little act of rebellion with the berries. After trying to convince everyone she acted out of love, Katniss confesses to Peeta that much of what happened between the two of them was an act to get gifts from sponsors. Now they return to District 12 and try to live with the consequences of being victors or the 74th Hunger Games.

If it were up to me, I would try to forget the Hunger Games entirely. Never speak of them. Pretend they were nothing but a bad dream.

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CUoCF: District 12 Family

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Looking at Prim’s face, it’s hard to imagine she’s the same frail little girl I left behind on reaping day nine months ago. The combination of that ordeal and all that has followed–the cruelty in the district, the parade of sick and wounded that she often treats by herself now that my mother’s hands are too full–these things have aged her years. She’s grown quite a bit, too; we’re practically the same height now, but that isn’t what makes her seem so much older.

This is Katniss Everdeen’s family from District 12.

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Mrs. Everdeen: Since the return of the District 12 victors, Mrs. Everdeen has tried her hardest to be there for her two daughters. After moving into the house in Victor’s Village, Mrs. Everdeen has been responsible for all the money won by her daughter in the 74th Hunger Games. She has also taken a larger role as a healer for the people of the district. With her new resources, Mrs. Everdeen doesn’t have to charge the less fortunate people of District 12.

Primrose Everdeen: After her sister took her place in the 74th Hunger Games, Prim Everdeen grew up fast. Since then, Prim has taken an interest in the healing work her mother does. She’s calm & efficient when assisting Mrs. Everdeen, and has shown that she has a natural talent for healing. Prim knows her sister, Katniss, has changed since coming home, and she tries to keep things as normal as possible, even though she can guess that things aren’t safe for her family.

Buttercup: Still a cranky, old tomcat, Buttercup is less than thrilled with the new living arrangements. He doesn’t really like the new house in Victor’s Village, so when Prim isn’t home, Buttercup prefers to relax in the Everdeen’s old home in the Seam. He also still prefers Prim’s company to anyone else’s.

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Gale Hawthorne: Now that he’s done with school, Gale Hawthorne works on a crew down in the coal mines. He doesn’t get much free time, but he still hunts in the woods outside District 12 with Katniss every Sunday. During the 74th Games, Gale was portrayed as a cousin of Katniss’, since the Gamemakers felt he was took good-looking to be “just a friend.” But now that the Games are over, Gale hopes his friendship with Katniss will become something more.

Hazelle Hawthorne: After her husband was killed in the same mine explosion as Mr. Everdeen, Hazelle Hawthorne had to find a way to provide for her four children, Gale, Rory, Vick, and Posy. In addition to Gale’s illegal hunting & trading, Hazelle makes some money laundering clothes for some of the merchants in District 12. When that stopped being an option, Hazelle became a housekeeper for Haymitch Abernathy.


Next CUoCF Post: The People of District 12

CUoCF: History Lessons-The Quarter Quell

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I wonder how that would have felt. Picking the kids who had to go. It is worse, I think, to be turned over by your own neighbors than have your name drawn from the reaping bowl.

After the war between the Capitol and the Districts, known as the Dark Days, The Hunger Games were created as punishment and a reminder to the Districts that the Dark Days should never be repeated. So every year, children were chosen to fight to the death in a televised event.

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But every twenty-five years, the anniversary of the Dark Days was marked by a Quarter Quell. The Quarter Quell would be a glorified, over-the-top version of the Hunger Games with the purpose of refreshing the memories of the citizens of Panem of those killed because of the districts’ rebellion. This would involve over-the-top celebrations and a change to the reaping process for added entertainment. The arena for each Quarter Quell is built years in advance, but the specifics of the Quarter Quell are planned that year by the Gamemakers.

The Quarter Quell officially begins with the reading of the card by the President of Panem. The cards were supposedly written out right after the Dark Days, but some are skeptical. The reaping change for the first Quarter Quell was: “On the twenty-fifth anniversary, as a reminder to the rebels that their children were dying because of their choice to initiate violence, every district was made to hold an election and vote on the tributes who would represent it.” The victor of the first Quarter Quell is no longer alive.


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The reaping change for the second Quarter Quell was: “On the fiftieth anniversary, as a reminder that two rebels died for each Capitol citizen, every district was required to send twice as many tributes.” The victor of the second Quarter Quell was Haymitch Abernathy of District 12.


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The reaping change for the third Quarter Quell is: “On the seventy-fifth anniversary, as a reminder to the rebels that even the strongest among them cannot overcome the power of the Capitol, the male and female tributes will be reaped from their existing pool of victors.” Out of 75 victors of the Hunger Games, 59 are still alive. And only 3 of them are from District 12.

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