I didn't want to look at this because I knew I'd be sucked in and I totally was. I can't resist putting up a character for consideration.
Hahaha, well I'm glad you did get sucked in. Your character has been approved, and can be found in the character thread, here
. And with your character, the District 4 tributes are all taken :)
So these are the tribute positions still open:District 1
- 1 Male Tribute spot open.District 2
- 1 Male Tribute spot Open.District 3
- 1 Male, and 1 Female Tribute spots open.District 4
- No Tribute spots open.District 5
- 1 Male, and 1 Female Tribute spots open.District 6
- 1 Male, and 1 Female Tribute spots open.District 7
- 1 Male, and 1 Female Tribute spots open.District 8
- 1 Male, and 1 Female Tribute spots open.District 9
- 1 Male, and 1 Female Tribute spots open.District 10
- 1 Male Tribute spots open.District 11
- 1 Female Tribute spots open.District 12
- 1 Male, and 1 Female Tribute spots open.
lol For me it's a triple issue.
1) The character will likely die anyway.
2) I'm not very familiar with the setting beyond what I read in the wikis.
3) The character concept I came up with is one where I'd probably need more setting familiarity to make it make sense.
Basically the idea was sort of a "Tribute", but from a poor district(the farming one that can't feed itself). Not a real "Tribute" in the sense of being loyal to the empire and hailing from a wealthier district, but one who trained for the Games with the only weapon his poverty-stricken district could afford...his wits and his bare hands.
That's where i'm stuck though. Can't really think of who gave him this training or why. "For fame and glory" ain't doing it for me. And the extra food rations for the winning district doesn't seem sufficient motivation either. Not for a district so destitute. I can't imagine they'd get enough to have a lasting impact.
If a sensible motivation comes to me maybe i'll stop resisting.
I can help you with most of those issues. I know the fact that character death is not only a possibility but expected of most characters can be a major turn off. But I also feel as if it's an interesting factor, I will admit that it's mostly intriguing to those who have read the books, but I think it can be just as fun for those who haven't. It's definitely going to be a survivalist battle oriented game, and I think the fact that all the characters could potentially die gives a certain edge to it, that wouldn't be there if all the players came in knowing their characters were all going to live. But to balance it out, the game itself will be starting with the parade of the champions, which will than lead into a short stint with all the characters training together, learning different skills, and showing off what they can do in front of a group of those involved with the game(A.K.A me, the gamemaster.) So there will be plenty of time to hash out your character, get used to him or her, and create pact's and deals with other characters from different districts.
As for setting, a lot of the districts have little information about them, since there are a few that are just never mentioned beyond a base description of some of the tributes that hale from them. I can help fill in any holes though, but for the most part, if you create a character from a district with little details given in the wiki, you'll have a lot of wiggle room to make up details that would be helpful for your character.
Your idea is actually fitting for the setting, to be honest, most of the citizens from the less well off districts aren't loyal to the capitol, since their motivation to follow orders are fueled by fear more than anything else. I'd actually suggest throwing a PM Alysanthia, since her character hails from the animal farming district, and she has a pretty good idea of the setting and plus it might give you guys a chance to come up with a possible shared history.
As for training, when it comes to the poorer districts, it's unlikely that those chosen to be a tribute(because volunteering to be one is uncommon in these areas) would have any training. But this is where you can get creative. In the books, Katniss, hails from the 12th district, which is coal mining. She didn't train for the games, didn't even want to go, if it weren't for the fact that she was trying to save her sister. She gained her skills by sneaking out of the district(since at that time the peacekeepers were lax, and starvation was rampant) to hunt illegally for food in the woods. She was trained by her father, who had been doing this before her, and she must have gotten a few tricks from her hunting companion. It would actually be better, in my mind if a character from these districts don't know how to handle a regular weapon like a sword, but has some skill that can be twisted in a way that would help them survive.
As for motivation to win. Well, those who are chosen in the poorer districts, the need to live is a big one. Although their lives aren't the best ones, they would still want to survive. Also, the extra food rations are great, but the champions who win get to live out the rest of their lives in wealth. They get their own home in the Victors village(a part of the district where nice houses are built and empty until a victor comes along to claim one,) and never have to worry about money, food, or poverty. Which can be a really big incentive for those who lived moment to moment wondering if they'd die or not.
I hope I helped, even if just a little bit.
-contemplates a character-
DF, doooesss it
*toys with the idea of making a mentor or stylist because she is a character whore*
Well, both mentor and stylist's are awesome, and can add flavor to the game, I say go for it.