Past Hunger Games - 7th Hunger Games, Badlands
The 7th Annual Hunger Games was a well remembered, precedent setting spectacle for Panem. The victor, Alexandrite Bordeaux, or “Alex”, came from District 1. Alex formed a bond with the tributes of Districts 2 and 4, and the female tribute from his owe district prior to the games, presumably during the training. When the games began Alex and his alliance massacred the other tributes when the gong went off, leading the current Games announcer, Clarence Templesmith, to coin the term ‘bloodbath’. Under Alex’s leadership, the alliance holed up at the Cornucopia, hording all of the supplies and weapons, and making day trips of three people at a time to go out and hunt for the other tributes. Despite the large selections of special weapons during these games, Alex chose to fight with a staff, sweeping out the legs of any tributes attempting to run away across the uneven, rocky landscape, and bashing their heads in. The other tributes in his alliance seemed more terrified him than friendly with him, and it was no surprise when Alex turned on his alliance when only three of them remained, killing his two companions before going out to hunt for the last pair of tributes. During his final interview, Alex said that he had been “preparing for a long time” and keeping himself ready if he was ever reaped into the games. Alexandrite said he had “taken it seriously…like it was a job”. Although training for the games is illegal, the Capitol played it off as if Alex had just been training to keep himself healthy, which ended up helping him in the games. Despite the Capitol’s statements on the matter, it was clear to the other districts what was really going on, and lead to the coining of the phrase ‘career tribute’. In the years to come it became evident that more and more tributes of the richer districts had been training for the games ahead of time, and it became a norm for the tributes of Districts 1, 2, and 4 to form an alliance, and usually win the games.