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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.


(Art: muggleriot)

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.


(Art: Catching-Smoke)

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.


(Art: Maiasm)

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.


(Art: Frankie-Calamari)

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.


(Art: screamster)

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.

the victors(art: leabharlann)

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.


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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.


(art: Broken-Endings)

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.


(art: Catching-Smoke)

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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CUoCF: Capitol Creations

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But it’s not true. A mockingbird is just a songbird. A mockingjay is a creature the Capitol never intended to exist. They hadn’t counted on the highly controlled jabberjay having the brains to adapt to the wild, to pass on its genetic code, to thrive in a new form. They hadn’t anticipated its will to live.

These are things created by the Capitol, whether intentionally or not.

Morphling: A person addicted to the Capitol painkiller, morphling.  These people tend to be wealthy citizens, like previous victors.


Jabberjay: A male bird created by the Capitol during the Dark Days. This bird had the ability to mimic human speech and could repeat entire conversations. They were used to spy on the districts, but they became inefficient once the districts figured out their purpose. The Capitol then set them loose in hopes they would die out. (art: painted-flamingo)


Mockingjay: When the jabberjays refused to die out, they mated with female mockingbirds. This created the hybrid mockingjay. These birds can’t repeat conversations, but they have been known to mimic human singing. The mockingjay is an animal the Capitol unintentionally created. (art: painted-flamingo)


Muttations: Genetically modified creatures, muttations (also known as mutts) are used for the Hunger Games as instruments of torture in the arena. They were once used as weapons of war by the Capitol, but are now primarily used against the tributes. In Catching Fire, the muttations take the form of extremely aggressive monkeys. (art: geonjia)

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CUoCF: Terms of the Games

November 5, 2013 | No Comments »
Posted by in Catching Up on Catching Fire, Fan Art

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I will have to travel from district to district, to stand before the cheering crowds who secretly loathe me, to look down into the faces of the families whose children I have killed…

These are some of the terms used in Catching Fire that are related to the Games. 


Victory Tour: Placed about midway between the annual Hunger Games, the Victory Tour is a travelling celebration through the districts. The victor travels to each district & then the Capitol for a ceremony & feast held in their honor, saving their home district for last. The Victory Tour is the Capitol’s way of keeping the Hunger Games fresh in the minds of their citizens. (art: Maiasm)

Parcel Day: As a reward for the victor’s of the Hunger Games, every citizen of their district receives food packages. For one year, the people are given a variety of foods, as well as grain & oil for their families each month.


Quarter Quell: Every twenty-five years, the anniversary of the districts’ defeat is marked with over the top celebrations, and the Hunger Games involves a change for the reaping & some miserable twists for the tributes. (art: TheSearchingEyes)


Spile: A hollow metal tube, tapered at one end, with a small lip curved downward at the other end. It is used to get moisture out of a tree, like a faucet.

Talent: Because victors don’t have to work in their district’s industry, each takes up a “talent” or activity to spend their time. It can be any activity that they can be interviewed about. Some victors do not have a natural talent.

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CUoCF: Definitions of the Districts

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That was my favorite. To see all those hungry kids in the Seam running around, waving cans of applesauce, tins of meat, and even candy. Back home, too big to carry, would be bags of grain, cans of oil. To know that once a month for a year they would all receive another parcel. That was one of the few times I actually felt good about winning the Games.

These are some of the terms related to the districts in Catching Fire.


Victor’s Village: A separate community built within the district for the victors of the Hunger Games. In District 12 the Victor’s village is a dozen large houses built around a beautiful green lawn, landscaped with colorful flowering bushes. Only three of the twelve homes in District 12 are in use.

Harvest Festival: A celebration held each year in District 12 on the final day of the Victory Tour. Normally, the Harvest Festival celebration would mean a decoration on the door & a family meal at home. But after the 74th Hunger Games, the Harvest Festival celebration will be a big event sponsored by the Capitol because of District 12’s new victors.

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Snow Coat: A medicinal treatment used in District 12. It consists of fresh snow and a mixture of herbal juices, which gives it a green tint. This can be used on a variety of injuries, including wounds created by a whip. For obvious reasons, the snow coat can only be used in the winter months.

Morphling: A medicine from the Capitol, morphling is a clear liquid injection used as a strong pain reliever. Most citizens of Panem cannot afford this expensive medicine.


Toasting: This is a District 12 wedding tradition. When a couple gets married, they go to their newly assigned house, light their first fire, and toast some bread to share. This is a private ceremony for the newly married. In District 12, no couple truly feels married until after the toasting.

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