4/30/2014

The Hunger games dictionary

Some unfamiliar words in the trilogy:

Capitol: The Capitol is the seat of Panem's brutal, totalitarian government and is located in the western Rocky Mountains of the former United States and Canada.

Grooslings: A wild bird, the size of a wild turkey and known to be edible.

Jabberjays: Jabberjays are small, crested black birds bred during the Dark Days by the Capitol. They were engineered to be able to remember human conversations and repeat them verbatim with human voices, and thus to be able to spy on the rebels with small likelihood of arousing suspicion. Upon discovering the birds' purpose, the rebels fed lies to the jabberjays, upsetting the Capitol's plans for espionage. The birds were promptly abandoned by the Capitol and left in the wilderness to die. Because the jabberjays were exclusively male, it was thought that they would die off in the wild. However, when released they bred with female mockingbirds and created the hybrid species of mockingjays, which no longer had the capability of reproducing human speech, but they could repeat back the tunes of songs that they heard humans sing.

Mockingjays: Mockingjays are the result of the genetically created Capitol jabberjays mating with female mockingbirds and creating a unique species. Mockingjays lost the jabberjay's ability to enunciate words, but can copy perfectly, down to the last note, any human tune. If a singer with a voice the mockingjays respect sings, they will fall silent. Mockingjays acquire a symbolism throughout Panem following the 74th Hunger Games. For the rebels it is a symbol of rebellion.

Nightlock: Nightlock is a wild and extremely toxic berry. The plant will kill almost as soon as it is ingested.

Panem: the nation of "Panem" has risen from the ashes of a post-apocalyptic North America.

Peace Keepers: Peacekeepers are the combined military and police force in Panem. They wear black trimmed white uniforms consisting of a helmet, a standing collar, waist length tunic, and trousers which are tucked into high black boots.

Quarter Quell: The Quarter Quell is a special Hunger Games that occurs every 25 years. Each Quarter Quell includes a new twist to the rules, supposedly prescribed at the end of the Dark Days when the Hunger Games were first created.

The Arenas: The location of the arena varies from year to year. Past arenas have included volcanoes, avalanche zones, and dams; the terrain has included woods, meadows, scrubland, deserts, and frozen tundra. One of the previous Games took place in the ruins of an abandoned city. Upon the conclusion of the game, the arena is preserved as a tourist attraction for Capitol citizens.

The Victory Tour: The Victory Tour is a trip across all of the districts of Panem to honor the victor of each Hunger Games. The tour is usually held six months after the games to keep the horror of the games fresh in the minds of those living in the districts. 


Tracker Jackers: The tracker jackers are genetically altered wasps created in the Capitol during the Dark Days. Tracker jackers are gold in color. Disturbing the nest causes them to chase or 'track' the offender, and the stings bring on extreme pain, hallucinations and death if they are stung enough

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