Hunger Games au
So, I love taking classic aus, and twisting them, and I’m doing the same here.
Which basically means they don’t all die. Not in the games anyway.
(Some of this (everything about Winn and Vasquez for starters) is from @change-the-rules)
We start with Alex, 17 years old, from District 4. Absolutely nobody who knows her is surprised when she volunteers to take her sisters place in the games. That she wins is slightly more surprising. She doesn’t kill at first, focusing more on surviving, but then Rick, the other District 4 tribute, attacks her, tries to drown her, angry that she turned his advances down in the past. She bashes his head in with a rock.
Her kills after that are absolutely ruthless and nobody ever sees them coming.
After her victory tour, J’onn, her mentor, introduces her to some other victors.
Maggie Sawyer, the victor from the year before Alex, is from District 12. Half starved when the reaping happened, she wasn’t expected to even last the bloodbath. She won without killing a single person. Her victory was one of surviving, hiding from the other tributes until they killed each other.
Lucy Lane was a career tribute from District 2, who’s father won one of the first games. She was highly favored to win her games about five years back, but what nobody knew what that Lucy had been fully disillusioned from the Games when, as a child, she watched her sister sacrifice herself for a District 10 boy, Clark Kent, and letting him win. The Capitol had expected her Game to be as exciting as Lois’, but instead, Lucy was barely on camera the entire time.
Winn Schott, district 6, another legacy. His father went crazy during Winn’s victory tour, and managed to rig the train’s engine to blow, killing himself and various others in the process. Winn was one of the youngest victors,
M’gann M’orzz, district 11. She won after the Gamemakers set portions of the arena on fire and she failed to pull the tribute she had allied with up a cliff to safety, leaving her as the only survivor.
Then, J’onn tells her about the rebellion forming. It’s mostly comprised of victors, but there are some Capitol citizens.
Cat Grant, the Queen of the Games. She hosts the tribute interviews, and gives commentary on the games.
Max Lord, a Gamemaker. After his parents died due to a safety malfunction in an experiment he wants the Capitol taken down.
They both use their positions and power to help the rebellion.
Then, there are others, such as Vasquez, a tribute from District 3 the year Lucy won. The two had bonded during training, with Lucy eventually telling Vasquez her real thoughts about the game. Vasquez wasn’t scored high, the only skills she showed being a base level with a quarter staff and survival skills. Only, she was actually a technical savant. She taught Lucy how to take advantage of the arena, manipulating traps and sabotaging cameras and such. She had been thought dead just minutes after the bloodbath, killed by the environment, but had instead managed to break out.
They all work together in secret, slowly planning and piecing everything together.
Then, four years after Alex’s Games, Kara’s name is pulled again and everything is forced into motion.