: superxconductor [AT] gmail.com; superxconductorCharacters already in Medietas
: Rhaegar Targaryen, Sansa Stark, Oliver QueenReserve Link
: Here.Character BasicsName
: Katniss EverdeenCharacter Journal
: The Hunger GamesCanon Point
: Mockingjay + CRAUAge
: Canon Character InformationAppearance
: Katniss is around 5'10" with dark hair and gray-blue eyes. She has a fair number of scars from her time both in the Games and during the war but none of them are noticeable from a distance. She carries herself like a hunter - light-footed, athletic and stealthy. She tends to dress in browns and greens, when given a choice.History
Katniss Everdeen is a survivor. Born in the poorest part of the poorest district of Panem, everything that Katniss has is something she fought for tooth and nail. Her father died in a mining accident when she was only eleven and with her mother in a deep depression from the shock of it, it was up to Katniss to figure out a way to provide for herself and her sister, Prim. She struggles at first and at her lowest point, a gift of bread from baker’s son Peeta Mellark is enough to sustain her until she can get on her feet once again.
With a combination of the hunting and gathering skills she learned from her father and the tesserae granted by the Capitol in exchange for extra entries into the The Hunger Games, Katniss found a way to keep herself and Prim alive and, by standards in the Seam, to thrive against adversity. While in the woods, she meets fellow hunter Gale and the two of them make a decent living by poaching off the Capitol’s land and selling the meat on the black market. It’s a hard life but not without bright spots.
Katniss’ hunting allows her to prevent Prim from entering her name more than once in the Reaping and really, the odds were in Prim’s favor. Of all the kids in District 12, she only had one entry. One chance in thousands of slips that her name could be called but it was Prim, not Katniss, whose name was read out on Reaping Day. Unable to fathom her sister going into the arena to kill or be killed, she volunteers. She is the first volunteer from 12 in as long as anyone can remember. Her District partner? None other than the Boy with the Bread.
District 12 is almost always at a disadvantage because it’s the smallest and poorest but Katniss and Peeta both show promise and strength, so much so that the only other victor from 12, Haymitch Abernathy, sobers up long enough to help them. Peeta and Haymitch concoct a story that he has been in love with Katniss since the first time he ever saw her and Katniss plays along, eventually culminating in a last-ditch effort to save them both by committing suicide in the arena and ending with them both being crowned victors of the 74th Hunger Games.
This trick is seen in the districts as defying the Capitol’s totalitarian rule and incites a rebellion. The ruthless President Snow reminds Katniss that not even a victor of the Hunger Games is immune from his power and threatens all she loves if she doesn’t go through with convincing the entire country she’s madly in love with Peeta. She tries, with varying degrees of success, and shortly after announcing her engagement to him the rules for the 75th Hunger Games are read:
Only existing victors will be reaped.
As Katniss is the only female victor from 12, she has to go back into the arena but this time, she intends not to come out alive. She owes Peeta for her life and hates seeing a debt remain unpaid. Peeta is the voice of this revolution, not her, and she will keep him alive even if it means sacrificing herself. Too bad his agenda is completely the opposite. After destroying the Arena with a perfectly-aimed shot at the force field surrounding it, Katniss is rescued by the rebels of District 13 and Peeta is taken to the Capitol.
Katniss originally left her canon at the end of Catching Fire
but through her three years at all_inclusive
, she has been updated to the very beginning of Mockingjay
Katniss survives. She’s tough as nails and has been fighting against the odds her entire life, which makes her an ideal candidate for the Hunger Games even if she is from the poorest district. She is resourceful and clever as both a hunter and a tracker and feels more comfortable in the woods than she does in a room full of people. While she puts up a front of being fierce and untouchable, she is sensitive to the pain and misfortune of others and cannot stand to see suffering; she notes that she’d never be able to withhold pain medicine from a patient because the pain that is present is the pain that is too much to bear.
Katniss has trouble expressing how she feels. She loves, deeply and true, but has trouble qualifying that love in words. She does things to show when she feels most strongly and she’s a terrible actress. While she can lie, it’s rarely with success, and she does better when she’s simply being herself. In this, she’s a foil to the eloquent Peeta, who is so easily able to manipulate the hearts of those in the Capitol and make them feel invested in his and Katniss’ sham of a romance. Her strongest relationship is with her sister, who can understand her and know her as well as Katniss knows herself and she has never shown much interest in anything romantic in spite of both Gale and Peeta’s interest in her.
She can be bitter and hold onto grudges. Even years after her father’s death and her mother’s recovery from depression, she still holds it against her that Mrs. Everdeen nearly let she and Prim die through indifference. She has trouble trusting that her mother won’t ever do that again and a betrayal of Katniss’ trust is not something she easily gets over. She doesn’t like owing favors either and will go to great lengths to avoid a debt. She thinks she can never forgive Peeta for his act of kindness, even if he would do that and much, much more solely because he cares for her.
While she’s thrust forward as the face of a revolution, Katniss isn’t the kind of person to seek power. She merely wants her family safe and her freedom untouched, two things that her involvement with the Capitol pretty much guarantees will never happen. She is a simple girl who only wants the simple things in life: a day to hunt, food in her belly, her sister’s embrace. She isn’t idealistic and high-minded and she’s not a political mastermind like Snow, Coin or the other major players in the rebellion.
After her rescue in Catching Fire
and her arrival into all_inclusive
, Katniss has suffered PTSD and panic attacks. She feels these are a crippling weakness, a way that Snow still has a hold on her even from far away, and she shuts down rather than dealing with the prospect of facing that fear because it, unlike a wild animal or an opponent in the Arena, is something intangible and something that reminds her of the way her mother failed her and Prim long ago. It's something she's working toward accepting and only after she accepts
it can Katniss possibly work through her issues. Powers/Abilities/Talents
: Katniss is skilled with a bow and knives and is also quite knowledgeable about edible plants, camping and general survival. She is also a fair singer, with a folksy sort of voice. Notably, her voice is so pleasing to listen to that the mockingjays in 12 would often pick up her songs and sing them back.AU/CR AU Addendum
, Katniss has dealt with gaining and losing several of her castmates and has continued to
deal with the anxiety that first presented in canon with Mockingjay
. That particular game has allowed Katniss to avoid going back to Panem and she has developed a strong avoidance reaction to any of the doors that would take her back to 12, the Arena or even somewhere she has no real history with such as District 4 or District 5. Since updating to Mockingjay
, Katniss has learned to cope by not coping and pushes down her fear and anxiety in order to get through day to day.
In doing so, she has formed a close friendship with Johanna and Annie, who are dealing with their own PTSD in varying ways. Katniss' journey in all_inclusive
is on-going but she comes to medietas_logs
with three years of additional experience with a troubling and serious psychological disorder.What 4 items would you like your character to have with them on the island during their stay?
bow (with arrows), a small black pearl from Peeta Mellark, her father's hunting jacket, a locket with pictures of her mother, father and Prim.Samples
- First Person
:[Katniss doesn't like parties. She's never liked being around a crush of people she doesn't know and while she's not shy, she's just uncomfortable with the idea of being gracious and kind and pretending to care about someone she doesn't know. It's all she does in the Capitol, though, and when Peeta isn't around to save her from putting her foot in her mouth things don't always go as planned. Currently, she's next to some wealthy fashion designer who's looking to take Cinna's place.]
Look, I'm not really the one you need to talk to. You probably need to talk to a Gamesmaker or something. All I do is wear the clothes.[They keep pushing, thrusting a small book of designs on her. They love her dresses so much, the ones she's been making since retiring to Victor's Village, and wouldn't they love if she asked them to do the wedding? Katniss grits her teeth.]
Yeah. Well, you know how it is in 12. We wear burlap sacks to the wedding, drink alcohol from illegal stills and then go burn some bread before calling it a marriage. How are you in burlap?[The designer just doesn't get that Katniss is insulting her or, apparently, doesn't care, so Katniss just walks away. Let Effie clean up this mess, she's done.]Third Person
, HereFinally, out of the 4 words, pick one: Chimes, lake, gravel, or sun
Gravel.Please feel free to ask me for additional samples or revisions if necessary.