Octavia, Venia, and Flavius
In Wisconsin, United States
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In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games. The Hunger Games are a nationally televised event in which "Tributes" must fight with one another until one survivor remains.
Octavia, Venia, and Flavius — Katniss's prep team. They are residents of the Capitol and sport the usual radically altered appearances of Capitol residents, including orange corkscrew hair and purple lipstick (Flavius), pea green skin (Octavia), and aqua colored hair and a face etched with gold tattoos (Venia). To Katniss they are like very bright and fun pets. Katniss assumes that they are very dull-witted and care only for their appearance. They prove themselves less shallow when they begin to cry because it is unlikely that Katniss will survive the Quarter Quell, but at the request of herself and Cinna, they leave the room if they feel the need to be emotional. Katniss also learns valuable information from them by listening to them gossip about shortages of supplies, giving Katniss clues about which districts have rebelled. (For example, when they complain about how difficult it has been to get seafood recently due to the "bad weather" in District 4, Katniss immediately guesses that District 4 must be rebelling.) In Mockingjay, they are kidnapped and taken to District 13 to help with Katniss's style, and they very quickly run afoul of District 13's draconian rules and end up cruelly punished for stealing bread. Katniss orders them set free and healed. Venia is said to have always been the strongest: for example, in Catching Fire, Venia is the only one to contain her emotions while working on Katniss's appearance. Octavia and Flavius both needed to leave on account of being too emotional.
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Last Updated: on 9/2/2013 9:47:24 AM Pacific Daylight Time (4:47 PM GMT)
Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum