|on_va_voir (on_va_voir) wrote,|
@ 2015-08-01 21:39:00
character name: Steven Grant Rogers
link to contact post: Here!
are you over 18? Yes
character's district of origin: District Eight
current age: 25
occupation: Past victor
if your character is a past victor:
describe their pre-Hunger Games life:
Steve Rogers grew up in a crowded, rundown tenement building in District Eight. His father died before he was born, so Steve was raised by his mother, who worked in the factory that made Peacekeeper uniforms. Steve was small and sickly as a child, and the polluted, urban atmosphere of District Eight certainly didn't help his constitution. His obvious weaknesses made him a target for bullying and cruelty, but Steve refused to let anyone push him around - even though fighting back was often a detriment to his own well-being. With such a honed sense of right and wrong, it wasn't long before Steve began to draw some parallels between the way bullies treated him and other easy targets, and the way the Capitol treated the rest of Panem. What began as a niggling sense of injustice blossomed into a full-fledged crusade when Steve's best friend, Bucky Barnes, was reaped for the 63rd Hunger Games. Although Bucky made it out the other side of the games as victor, Steve had undeniably lost his best friend. He began to pay closer attention to the district's gossip about the Capitol, with special regard for anything that sounded like rebellion. He stopped short of being outwardly vocal about his opinions, however, for fear of bringing the Capitol's wrath down on his mother.
When he was 17, Steve hit a growth spurt, shooting up and gaining muscle, at the same time as his mother came down with a rattling cough. Six months later, she was dead, and Steve was truly all alone. When his thirteen-year-old neighbor was reaped in the following year's Hunger Games, Steve didn't hesitate to volunteer to take his place.
describe their post-Hunger Games life:
Although Steve is certainly dealing with his fair share of trauma from his Hunger Games experience, he is still very much the same person he was before he entered the arena. This is possibly due to the fact that he managed to make it through the Games without directly killing any of the other tributes. He drew a definitive line between defending himself and the younger tributes and actually striking a killing blow. Under Steve's leadership, a number of tributes even banded together, until finally the Game Makers were forced to increase their attacks, since so many tributes were refusing to fight one another. Steve's effect on his fellow tributes and his refusal to bend to the Capitol's will marked him as a troublemaker, and the Capitol has kept a close eye on him ever since. Steve quickly learned that his status as a victor was not, in fact, a platform to bring attention to the Capitol's brutality. Every time he's dared to speak out, the Peacekeepers have brought swift retribution - never to Steve, but always to someone from his district. They tend not to retaliate directly against Steve, since he is not only a victor, but also well-loved in numerous other districts, for his choice to protect their sons and daughters. These days, Steve keeps to District Eight, doling his victor's income out to those who need it most, and only returning to the Capitol when he has no other choice.
what are your character's thoughts on a possible brewing rebellion?
If there's a rebellion, Steve is sure to be right there in the thick of it. He knows Panem is in dire need of drastic change, but he's also set on doing what's best for Panem's innocent citizens. He's not naive; he knows bringing change will most likely result in an all-out war, but he also recognizes the need to protect those who will be unable to fend for themselves. Steve's role would also be complicated by the fact that he's made no real secret of his opinions of the Capitol and President Stane, which means he's absolutely being closely watched.
any ideas for things you'd especially like to get them involved with/explore with them? I'd love for Steve to have a central role in the rebellion - that's a cause that's near and dear to his heart. I think Steve and other rebel leaders might have some differing ideas as to what constitutes acceptable casualties in pursuit of a regime change, so that could be fun to explore. And this is dependent upon other characters' backstories, but I'd love it if part of Steve's arc here could be about getting his friendship with Bucky back.