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Vipsania Sickle was a female resident of the Capitol and a student of the Academy. She was one of 24 top-performing seniors at the Academy selected to be a mentor for the 10th Hunger Games. She was assigned the male tribute from District 7, Treech.[1]


Wanting a guitar for his tribute, Lucy Gray Baird, to use for a performance at her interview, Coriolanus Snow asked his classmates. The best result he got was a "maybe" from Vipsania. Coriolanus feared a trap, as Vipsania had inherited her aunt Agrippina's love of competition. He told her that he she was a lifesaver, but secretly continued to search, finally securing a guitar from his neighbor Pluribus Bell.[2]

Her tribute, Treech, snatched two water bottles that were sent as sponsor gifts for another tribute, Dill, after she, in the depths of exhaustion to due tuberculosis, failed to claim them. She commented that this was good thinking, as it saved her money, and she didn't have much to work with.[3] She was the only mentor who thought to bring bedding to sleep overnight in Heavensbee Hall at the Academy and thus slept comfortably in it while her fellow mentors sat sleeping in padded chairs. Her tribute Treech, finished in the third place, killed by Lucy Gray Baird via a hidden snake, one of numerous ones unleashed into the arena by Dr. Volumnia Gaul. Afterwards, Sickle was escorted away by Lepidus Malmsey of Capitol News, thanking the Gamemakers through gritted teeth.[4]


Vipsania is the name of the first wife of Roman Emperor Tiberius. She was exiled with her son and died of starvation.


  1. The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, Chapter 7
  2. The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, Chapter 11
  3. The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, Chapter 14
  4. The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, Chapter 20
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