Link to the interest check Link to the IC Welcome to the Capitol! You have been selected to be one of the two tributes from your District for this years Hunger Games! As soon as we arrive at the Training Center, you will meet your prep team, who will prepare you to meet with your stylist before the chariot ride parade. Training will begin promptly the next morning! Good luck, and may the odds be ever in your favor! Panem Our great nation, Panem, was established many years ago after terrible war and conflict. The country that formerly resided in this continent was torn to pieces through these wars, and from the ashes, Panem arose. Our nation was strong and mighty, uniting those who remained into the thirteen districts and the Capitol. Each district had it's own specialty, designed to made the most use of the location in which the district lay. The districts and Capitol worked like clockwork to create a unified, systematic front, allowing for all of the nation's citizens to lead happy, fulfilling lives, free from the danger and threat of another war. Today, our nation has a population of 4,556,778 people, spread across the remaining twelve districts and the Capitol. The districts are spread out across North America, the land was inherited and healed after the great wars. Much of North America's size has been consumed by the oceans that border our continent, but we still have plenty of land to live on, and space enough for our population. Approximately fifty years ago, the Dark Days threatened the prosperity of Panem. Traitors from each district rose up to the Capitol, fighting brother on brother, destroying everything they laid their hands on in their destructive rampages! The Capitol fought back valiantly to quell the rebellion and protect those in the districts still loyal to their nation. For every one Capitol soldier that perished, two or three rebels were fought down. Eventually, the Capitol beat back the rebels, however at the loss of our Thirteenth District. The Hunger Games In the stead of the Dark Days, our current President created the Hunger Games, an event that truly brings us together again as a nation! It was decreed that every year, each district would offer up as tribute one young man and one woman to fight to the death in an event of honor and sacrifice- The Hunger Games. The one surviving victor would remind the districts of the Capitol's forgiveness, and they showed their generosity by rewarding the victor for their success, providing lavish living for the remainder of their lives. The Games themselves have little to no rules. Tributes are picked randomly from a drawing days before the event begins, and are brought to the Capitol. Training and a few public events, meant to bring in sponsors for each tribute, commence and then the Games begin! Tributes are placed into an arena build specially for the Games. The arena's can change from an empty desert to a wild forest- it is all decided upon by the Head Gamemaker for each year. Once inside of the arena, there are no rules. The only goal is to be the last man standing. The Districts There are only twelve districts that remain in Panem today, the thirteenth having been abolished during the Dark Days. Each district has their own Peacekeepers and Head Peacekeeper, and are located in separate regions of North America. Each one also has it's own special export to the Capitol. Below is a list of each district and it's function. District One - Luxury Items District One is arguably the wealthiest of the twelve districts because of it's export, luxury items. These items are heavily used by the Capitol. CAREER DISTRICT District Two - Masonry Although District Two supplies masonry, it is also known, albeit less commonly, that they also produce and export weapons and supply Peacekeepers for the Capitol's usage. The district highly supports the Capitol, and some say that they get special privileges because of it. CAREER DISTRICT District Three - General Electronics Although they primarily focus on electronics, this district also produces firearms and automobiles that are used by the Capitol. District Four - Fishing District Four fishes, as is notable by their position by the ocean. Many of the tributes hailing from this district have an ability to use fish hooks and tridents as weaponry, as well as have a talent for gathering food (fish) during the games. CAREER DISTRICT District Five - Power Much of the power for the nation comes from this district. District Six - Transportation This district produces many automobiles and items for transportation, notably building the trains that run between the twelve districts and Panem. District Seven - Lumber This district produces lumber, chopping down (and probably growing!) trees for use in building and fuel. Many tributes from this district can use hatchets and axes to fight. Children begin work in this district very young, as lumber is usually in high demand. District Eight - Textiles District Eight produces clothing and textiles for Panem! Peacekeepers get their uniforms here from special factories. District Nine - Grain This district farms grains for Panem and the Capitol. Large fields are scattered about the country that are filled with various grains. District Ten - Livestock District Ten has large fields for livestock, which are bred and used for meats and other products. District Eleven - Agriculture This district has massive fields surrounding it filled with cotton, fruits and vegetables, and other grown products that usually are sent directly to the Capitol. Everybody works here during growing season, even children, who are pardoned from school to help out in the fields. District Twelve - Coal Located in the mountains, this district mines for coal that is sent to the Capitol and other districts for fuel. Arguably, this district is the laughing stock of Panem, being rather poor and far away from everybody else, having very few tributes throughout the years. However, their industry is also very important. Other Terminology There is a lot to know about the Hunger Games, and there is so little time; below there is a FAQ for all of your Hunger Games needs! Sponsors Tessarae Reaping Training Center Chariot Parade Interviews Cornucopia Mentors Tokens Feasts Quarter Quell Careers Sponsors! These are the highly important, rich Capitol citizens that will often pay to provide gifts to their favorite tributes during the actual Hunger Games event. Paying a high fee, they can purchase medicines, foods, and other supplies to send to tributes in boxes or spheres, carried down to tributes on little silver parachutes. Sponsors can often be the difference between life and death. To gain sponsors, tributes typically must have an appealing attribute or high scores to win their favor. Tessarae is a bit complicated to explain, but here it goes: Many youth in Panem hail from families in great need for extra food and supplies. Tessarae provides grain and fuel to potential tributes. You can take out tessarae as many times as you have family members, but there is something they must pay; for every time you take out tessarae, your name is put into the Reaping ball one more time. These counts are cumulative, meaning that if you have three family members, and take out three counts of tessarae one year, then the following year you would have six extra counts in the Reaping ball, as the three from the first year rolled over into the following year, where another three tessarae were taken out. While this could also be the difference between life and death, it could also throw you into the perilous Games! This is the formal selection of the tributes, held at the center of each District. Escorts (men and women that escort the tributes throughout their stay at the Capitol) pick names at random from Reaping balls, containing every child's name and their extra counts. Only children ages 12-18 are entered. At the age of 12, you enter your name in once, but every other year after that, you add one to your count. An 18 year old has their name in 7 times. After the name of a tribute is chosen, the Escort asks if there are any volunteers- other teenagers who wish to take the place of the chosen tribute. Sometimes, there are fights in Career districts over volunteering. In other districts, nobody volunteers. The Training Center is the huge building tributes live in until they enter the Games. They reside with their stylists, mentor and escort. Throughout their stay, they are given a few opportunities to train, learning survival and fighting skills. Towards the end, they are each given an hour of time to demostrate their abilities to the Gamemakers, who then give each tribute a score from 1-12, which is publicly televised. These scores can help tributes win sponsors. This event is held almost directly after tributes arrive at the Capitol. They meet their stylists and prep team, who doll them up for the Chariot ride, which shows them off to Capitol citizens and potential Sponsors. Tributes are dressed to resemble their district's main export. The interviews take place later on during the tributes stay at the Training Center. Once again, their stylists make them look their best and then they go on stage, one at a time, at three minute intervals to talk with an interviewer in front of a live audience. They talk about themselves and answer questions, trying to make a good impression on the audience and potential sponsors. The Cornucopia is exactly what it sounds like; a huge golden cornucopia in the center of the Hunger Games arena. It is usually filled with loot that the tributes can use in the Games. When the tributes rise up into the arena, they are circled around the Cornucopia. They must wait a minute until a gong goes off, and then they can rush the golden cone for items. However, many simply flee. The beginning of the Games often results in a bloodbath, where people fight for control over the majority of the items the Cornucopia holds. Usually, about half of the tributes die at the bloodbath at the Cornucopia. Mentors are past victors of each district that mentor the new tributes. They help them train and help them through their interviews. They handle incoming gifts from sponsors, help gain sponsors, and teach the tributes how to survive in the arena. A token is an item you kept from your district that you can bring into the arena to represent your district. There are rules on what the token can be (objects that can be used as a weapon or as a beneficial item are prohibited). Feasts are events held at the Cornucopia midgame. Their purpose is to bring together tributes towards the end where they are often hiding and trying to avoid eachother. Often, the feasts provide food or another helpful item to tributes that arrive. Sometimes, they hold nothing at all, luring tributes into their deaths. Quarter Quell's are events held every 25 years of Hunger Games. They are special because there is a new rule in place; i.e, double the number of tributes, no weapons, etc. The rules are all preset in advance. Career Districts are home to the Career tributes, a group of tributes that tend to band together due to their heightened chances at winning the Games. Usually, the Careers come from Districts 1,2, and 4, and those districts are dubbed the Career districts for that reason. Career Tributes often sneak in training for the Games prior to their reaping, and volunteer for the Games in hopes of winning the grand prize. Many times, the Career packs win over control of the Cornucopia and tend to win the Games. Rules The Hunger Games has no rules, but this roleplay sure does. Here they are! 1. Absolutely no god-modding. This is when you take control of another character, incidentally or on purpose. This is ONLY okay when a GM does it to an inactive player in order to move the story along, and even then, I'd like to avoid it. THIS INCLUDES NO INSTA-KILLS OR META KILLING. 2. You cannot have a perfect character in any way, shape, or form. When reading your CS I will ask that you fix it, and if you make your character out to be perfect during roleplay, you'll get a warning before a ban. 3. I ask for at least one well written paragraph per post, 4-5 sentences minimum. Please check your spelling and grammar. I don't require you to write in any form/tense, but please be consistent. 4. A posting order isn't necessary, however during fight scenes or conversation, try to keep things in some semblance of order to provide other players a chance to communicate. Don't post twice in a row, and please, if you're in communication with somebody else, please keep it to five posts or less- if you need more than that, please collaborate through a PM and then post it as one post. 5. If you are absent for two weeks without prior notification, you will be removed from the roleplay. This is a fast paced set roleplay and you need to make sure your character isn't blocking others from movement and communication. If you will be gone for any period of time, let a GM know and make sure your character either a) has somebody else to play him/her for the time being or b) is out of the way and won't disrupt the flow of the roleplay. If your character is locked in with another, and the player is absent, you have rights to partial god-modding; I.E, you can say a neutral statement to free your character, such as "After conversing for awhile, they parted ways" or "She told him that she had to go, and left." 6. I shouldn't need to say this one but I will: No sexual relations, at least not during the Hunger Games. You're fighting for the death, not making love. Yes, Katniss and Peeta fell in love, but they weren't doing the do in their cave. In the districts, you are permitted to do whatever, but keep it to a PM and under a spoiler with a rating. In the Games, romance is allowed, sex is not. You shouldn't be falling in love during the Games anyway. 7. You are not going to enter this roleplay being a badass fighter from district 11. Yes, Career districts do have some more liberties with this, but a Katniss Everdeen is going to be rare. I don't want to see 10 people from different districts coming in with the ability to hunt. 8. All Iwaku rules apply, of course. 9. No. Revolution. This may be discussed outside of the roleplay, but don't go starting a revolution on your own, please. 10. Everyone can have two characters. This may change without notice (it probably won't be going down, but if it does and you already have two characters, you get to keep them.) 11. Book characters will not exist, as a whole, in this roleplay for the sake of keeping things clean. President Snow might, but past victors, etc. don't necessarily have to. I guess if you know for a fact that a certain victor existed in the current time period and you really want them to be your mentor, go ahead. But I set the roleplay years before the seventy-fourth for a reason. 12. Respect! Be nice to your fellow roleplayers. :) 13. You are absolutely welcome to come up with plot devices, plans, etc. with other roleplayers. 14. Please try not to leave the roleplay before the end. While it is okay to do so, it would be great if you joined with the idea in mind that you are going to see it through 'till the end. 15. As this roleplay will involve everybody's characters dying except for one, the GMs expect that players will be realistic in combat and in other situations in regards to their characters health and life status. No character is going to go through this entire event without suffering. No character is going to walk out of a fight, bleeding out, and still live without help. And help isn't going to always come. We're leaving it up to the players to make sure things stay real, but in the case that somebody just refuses to let their character go, we do reserve the right to kill off your character. This is the Hunger Games. Only one will survive. Besides, hopefully we'll be running a second games after this one! Meaning, you get another shot. So try, try again! 16. Most importantly... Have fun. Or else. >.> <.< CS Form This is the form you will use to create your character. Be mindful: Unless noted, all spaces are required for you to fill in. You may add in additional information. Name: (you are not required to come up with a fancy name like Katniss Everdeen) Age: (12-18. You may not be a mentor as of now) Gender: (male/female although you can be whatever you'd like, as long as it's not crazy, I.E "squirrel" or anything like that) District: (1-12. Capitol is off limits) Token: (optional) Appearance: (I prefer realistic art/images but you can do anime if you'd like, as long as it looks... human. Keep descriptions focusing more on the physical. Clothing doesn't matter as much as all tributes are in uniform anyway) Personality: (Who is your character? How do they act? How do they tick?) Skills: (what do they specialize in? Tricks relating to their district or other learned abilities go here. Try to find at least one thing to throw in) Strengths: (are they strong? Are they fast? Cunning, clever? Don't make it OP) Weaknesses: (try to come up with a few to balance your strengths. Obvious ones for lower districts would be undernourishment, etc.) Background history: (required. Doesn't have to be long, but cover their past life, relationships, how they came to learn any skills they did, if they applied for tessarae, etc.) At the end of your form, please fill this in (with your characters information): Character Name/Age/Gender/District/Username How This Game Is Played The game needs to be fair, doesn't it? We already went through the rules, but below are the rules/methods for how the Games will be played out. I promise it's not horrible. **Note: I don't want to make people use the dice to calculate combat hits/misses. I'll only institute it if people are powerplaying, I.E refusing to let their character be hit, dodging every attack and strike. In that case, dice will be used. But I believe people can be trusted to play fair.** Death Cornucopia Items Sponsors Read rule 15 on the rules list. Essentially, we will be trusting each player to realize when their character needs to die. You're character likely won't live until the end to be the victor. That's okay. This is the Hunger Games and the idea is to try, but you will likely fail (considering the number of characters here). There is always a next time (assuming we get that far :P)! So just try your best. However GMs do reserve the right to kill off any characters that *should* be dying, but have not. This is to keep things fair. If a GM killed off your character and you have a valid objection, please message both/all GMs in a conversation to discuss the issue. Things need to be fair with who grabs what at the Cornucopia as well. Careers will typically be able to have more access to these supplies, but it also depends on how the Games play out. In general, my only rule is that you don't go overboard. Keep things real. GM's and I will pick what is on the Cornucopia table. Sponsors will be outside of the roleplay players. Yes, people who are not in the roleplay will be your sponsors! I have yet to work out an official system for this, but the idea is generally that other members of Iwaku will be able to provide gifts for your characters. It will probably be done through voting or likes; a certain number of likes will equate to certain gifts that you can chose to receive (as we have no players for mentors, you will chose what your mentor sends you for now). When this comes into play, I'll create a Giftshop for sponsors. You will be allowed to ask other players to help you get items through this system. However, spamming is not allowed. The roleplay will begin just before the reaping, giving characters a chance to provide an introduction before arriving at their local reaping. Characters in a district with no partner (only one of the two tributes are played by a player, and are not NPC) can opt to skip this and go directly to their train ride.