Lamina was the female tribute reaped from District 7 during the 10th Hunger Games. She died on day 3 of 5 and finished in 10th place of the 24 tributes (though only 15 tributes made it to the start of Day 1 of these Games). She was one of the few tributes to not be in a known direct alliance with their fellow reaped district partner. In her case, Treech. She was preceeded in death by Jessup Diggs, the boy tribute from District 12 and succeeded by Tanner, the District 10 boy tribute. Her mentor was Pliny Harrington.


Biography

10th Hunger Games

On day 1 when the gong rang signaling the start of the Games, Lamina, perceived as one of the weaker tributes, expectedly ran straight into the arena's tunnels and forgoed weapons in favor of hiding to avoid the assumed bloodbath over supplies that traditionally occurs. Later that day, she surprised everyone appearing from the tunnels when she perceived it had been cleared of danger. She made way to the pile of remaining weapons and picked out a small axe and knife. Being from the lumber district, she quickly showed her fluidity with these specific tools while heading to the two 20 foot vertical poles that connected a similar in length horizontal wooden beam. Here is where the District 2 male tribute, Marcus, was left hanging near death. He had prior to the Games been tortured and strung up by Capitol Peacekeepers. Lamina, showing impressive skill in climbing, scurried up one of the poles and gracefully walked the beam towards Marcus' mangled form, delivering a coup de grâce on the 3rd strike of her axe and claiming the first official arena kill of the Games.

Lamina then staked claim of the beam as part of a thought out strategy that she created without the help of her mentor, shown by Harrington being as shocked as everyone else at her prowess. Her strategy was to take the offense and preemptively use her advantages and strengths learned from her district rather then being hunted or the hunter. Assuming she would continue to receive sponsorship gifts, she felt she could stay there indefinitely. Or if required, the fight would be on her terms at her choosing. By remaining in clear view, she herself, had a clear view of everything in a 360 view. She felt if she stayed strong and hydrated, with the knowledge and training of her weapon to kill, she was empowered to win.

One essential part of her strategy was her unique familiarity of heights and ability to, without thought, maneuver the narrow wooden beam unencumbered. She wanted to show this off to the sponsors but more importantly to her competitors. Lamina felt confident that she wouldn't be attacked by a tribute at this open location and that high up for a few reasons. First, she figured the perceived strong tributes wouldn't know how to climb a pole, couldn't climb it fast enough to avoid her defense, or be too heavy. Second, the weaker tributes wouldn't be stong enough. Thirdly, attacking her in the open space of the arena would inadvertently expose them to other tributes' attacks.

She was quickly and often rewarded with sponsor's gifts. Unfortunately, there were a couple of aspects she failed to prepare for. One was, because she was used to trees which provided cover, she didn't take into account the beam was completely exposed to the sunlight. It was causing a multitude of sunburns. Noticing this was Reaper, the male tribute from District 11, who presumably knew the affects since he worked in his district's farms and fields, which are completely exposed to the elements. He struck a temporary alliance with her, providing her with cover using a strip he recovered and ripped from the Panem flag, which had been draped over a portion of the arena destroyed by the bombing. In exchange for the strip he recieved much needed food and water. Reaper's sponsor, Clemensia Dovecote, had refused to release gifts until he showed he deserved them and not based on need. Also part of the arrangement was the promise to keep watch and warn the other of the entry of another tribute.

Death

On day 3, Lamina was targeted by the District 4 tributes, Coral and Mizzen, who had aligned with the District 10 boy Tanner. Initially she underestimated them as a threat but did warn Reaper of their presence. When the District 4 tributes showed some skill in climbing, she was put on the defensive for the first time since the initial gong. Each climbed up on the two poles on opposite ends, with Tanner protecting the ground exit underneath with the weapons. This forced her to deal with them simultaneously while balancing on a narrow beam exposing the one big fault in her strategy. While the height of the poles and beam limited the ways tributes could attack her, it also limited the ways she could attack them and the number of ways she herself could exit, realistically, in a hurry. So what was her empowerment originally was also her major flaw when accounting for alliances. Especially alliances where two could climb and she only had one axe and small knife. By needing a grip to climb and the limited space the beam provided to store weapons even if she could handle the weight of bringing them up, actually hurt her. Add to the fact, it would have been too risky to make multiple attempts at the weapons pile.

The choice to throw her axe to kill Coral or Mizzen would leave her unarmed with Tanner below and the other living District 4 tribute still coming. So her only option was to play cat and mouse. She targeted Coral first, delaying Coral's climb before moving across to face Mizzen. She couldn't risk chopping at him for fear of the axe getting stuck and therefore losing it. So, she used the back of the axe head to hit and injure his knee, knocking him off balance and falling to the beam. Unfortunately for Lamina, Mizzen caught himself instead of falling off and was left precariously dangling by one arm causing her to take an extra moment to assess the chances of him pulling himself back up or whether she needed to finish him off. Meanwhile, Coral had reached the beam and approached from the opposite end with a trident in hand. The two sparred for a brief period of time but Lamina could never regain the upper hand and go on the offensive. She was forced to use her axe to consistently block the attempts of Coral's much longer trident, which Coral proved to be more than proficient using. Eventually Lamina faltered, making an opening for Coral to thrust her trident straight into her abdomen. Reeled backwards from the impact, Lamina fell off the pole, dying on impact as soon as she hit the ground.

Physical Description

Lamina is described as having a blonde halo of hair accompanied by puffy, exhausted eyes, with insect bites dotting her bare feet and legs. She possessed a spindly frame, and her Reaping attire, which she wore to the Arena, looked to be fashioned from a flour sack and belted with a piece of rope. 

Etymology

"Lamina" refers to the main blade of a leaf.

Trivia

  • Lamina was the recipient of the first ever sponsor gift delivered during the history of the Hunger Games. 
  • She dies in a similar fashion to that in which Mizzen met his end, falling to her death after struggling with a threat directly in front of her.
  • Mizzen, Lamina, and Lucy Gray are the only tributes in the 10th Hunger Games to have their ages confirmed, being 13, 15, and 16 respectively.
The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes
Main Characters Coriolanus SnowLucy Gray BairdSejanus Plinth
Supporting Characters TigrisGrandma'amVolumnia GaulCasca HighbottomClemensia DovecoteLysistrata VickersFestus Creed
Tributes FacetVelvereenMarcusSabynCircTesleeMizzenCoralHySolOttoGinneeTreechLaminaBobbinWoveyPanloSheafTannerBrandyReaperDillJessup
Mentors Livia CardewPersephone PricePalmyra MontyFlorus FriendIo JasperUrban CanvilleDennis FlingIphigenia MossApollo RingDiana RingVipsania SicklePliny HarringtonJuno PhippsHilarius HeavensbeeGaius BreenAndrocles AndersonDomitia WhimsiwickArachne CraneFelix Ravinstill
Groups AcademyCoveyPeacekeepersUniversityCapitol Families
Locations PanemThe CapitolDistrict 1District 2District 3District 4District 5District 6District 7District 8District 9District 10District 11District 12District 13
Behind the Scenes Suzanne CollinsSantino Fontana
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