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75th Hunger Games Arena Visual Guide by alternatecoppa 75th Hunger Games Arena Visual Guide by alternatecoppa
-Update Nov.23rd
Saw the movie adaptation of Catching Fire. Looks like I was spot-on in my visual representation of the arena! The cosmetic changes they made of their of their own vocation (deviating from the text) were to make the Cornucopia, it's island, and the spokes made of sleek, black, rock-like material instead of sand. The simulated daytime sky was also depected as being regular blue instead of pink. Aside from those two changes, I feel they did just as close a job interpreting the text as I did and was thrilled to see it!

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The thing I loved most about Suzanne Collins' Catching Fire (sequel to The Hunger Games) was the new arena she created to throw her characters into. It's symmetrical, therefore easy to map out, extremely creative in it's "clock-trap" concept, and far more detailed in it's environmental descriptions & feature locations than the arena described in the first book. Therefore, more map-able! I felt I better do just that right now before a movie comes out and eclipses this version which I've based solely on the novel's literary description.

I created the overall topography of the map, both endless jungle and beach with sea zone through assembly of real satellite photos pulled from Google Earth. It was actually a lot harder to pull off than the idea first seemed to make it. I had to locate beach & sea features such as atolls to help contribute to the curved edges of the beach line and stitch it all together in a way that didn't cheaply repeat. However I knew using real photos was the only way I knew I'd be satisfied with achieving a realistic "Google Map" style for the final look.

I promise you I have done my homework on this map! Both distances, topographical features & their placements all correspond as best they can to the text presented in the novel, though I concede this is a fictional place and of course an error could have been made on my part by missing some small detail. I fully welcome friendly pointers/debate/corrections on the layout. I made extensive notes on all descriptive references in the novel to the arena along with what page numbers in the book that they appear on. I'd be happy to provide any detail of choice and page number I found it on if anything is suspected to be incorrect. I was actually going to type them all up and post them right here but while it may be hard to believe from looking at this thing, I do have a life :D and I really do need to get back to it at some point soon.

Only two numerical distinctions I have made on the map are the product of my (educated) guess work and deduction based on what's written in book and not from direct mention by the author. I have very detailed and thought-out reasons for making the decisions I did when factoring them and again instead of writing a book about it all I think I'll wait and see if anyone catches on to them and then go from there. ;)

All that information aside, enjoy! I had a lot of fun researching and planning out this guide & have really enjoyed the book series!

Capitol Seal Vector Art by :iconmoochips: fav.me/d3i2plu

UPDATE: A great question was asked on Mockingjay.net about the nature of the central island and spokes-
"Isn’t it supposed to be an island?"

That’s what I thought too at first. It’s referred to as an “island” but if you look how the “spokes” are described, they branch out from the center island all the way to the beach. The first overt reference to this we find is when Peeta draws his map on a leaf on page 332 (hardcover edition)- "In the center the Cornucopia on its circle of sand with the twelve strips branching out from it."

Next, we find several characters during the course of the novel are able to run on dry land from the island all the way to the shore & jungle without having to swim. For example, on page 333 Brutus and Enobaria both sprint down one of the sand strips to the jungle after attacking Katniss & her group just before the Cornucopia spins.

So it would seem the center land mass is an “island” only by virtue of the fact that it's more of a large, circular, mass of sand than the thin spokes that connect it to the beach and not a "true" island surrounded completely by water without interruption.

UPDATE: Regarding The Total Length of The Arena
The jungle radius around the lake/sea is surprisingly large if you follow the hints in text! In fact, almost too huge to decently support the events described in the last half of the novel where they're wiring up the Lightning Tree, get attacked, and everything hits the fan. That's why I made a few guesstimates of my own that put the total diameter at 3 miles...

Katnis & her group initially walk straight from the beach uphill into the jungle for what she estimates to be a mile, then they all rest. After her "almost fight" with Finnik, the whole group moves on for another mile before reaching the force field. That could conceivably put the radius length from beach to force field at 2 miles, making a full diameter of the arena over 4 miles! However they don't encounter the force field head on (Peeta's accident notwithstanding) they instead wind up approaching it while walking next to it from the side so I don't think that second mile they walked after resting was in as straight a line as they were before resting.

Add that to the fact that they're walking up hill, which would add more foot distance than would be measured on a top-down map, plus the fact the events at the end which I mentioned above all take place in mere moments where the characters run huge distances very quickly and I don't think the radius is a full 2 miles. I believe it to be roughly 1.5 to 1.75 miles as I rendered in my map.
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theriver2 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014
just out of curiosity, what program/software did you use to make this image. It looks awesome by the way. You were spot on with how I pictured it in my head.
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alternatecoppa Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014
Thanks! I used nothing but Photoshop for all the graphics and to manipulate screengrabs from Google Earth.
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suzipru09 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013
Absolutely stunning! Extremely helpful and I found this link on Mockingjay.net! Go you!
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alternatecoppa Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013
Thanks so much! :)
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Neon-Tiger-7 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013
this is awesome, it's so detailed!
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strongcactus Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Great job by the way its cool to see someone elses point of view. I'd love to get a criteque to see what you think of mine alternatecoppa   thank you
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alternatecoppa Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013
Looks nice! Good use of textures. I like how you incorporated clouds into your God's-eye-view of the arena!
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strongcactus Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!
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strongcactus Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
in the book does it describe the spokes going out Because i didnt remember that when i did mine.
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alternatecoppa Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013
It does... In an indirect way. If you look in the book on page 333 (hardcover edition) it describes how Brutus and Enobaria both sprint down one of the sand strips and make it to the jungle after attacking Katniss & her group just before the Cornucopia spins. It never mentions them have to swim any of that distance and they seem to get away into the cover of the jungle pretty quickly i.e. Not being slowed down by having to run through the beach's shallows. So it would seem the center land mass is an “island” only by virtue of the fact that it's more of a large, circular, mass of sand than the thin spokes that connect it to the beach and not a "true" island surrounded completely by water without interruption.
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strongcactus Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thats curious just assumed they were for the sake of beete's plan the whole body of water was conected. I guess we'll see that in the movie though. :D
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alternatecoppa Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013
Yeah you're right. My guess is that was an oversight on the author's part. If I was forced to come up some kind of continuity spackle to explain that, I guess the best I'd say... Since the whole environment is ultimately artificial, the water in the beach probably all hooked to a unified filtration system which it no doubt flows in & out under all the spokes. So Beete's plan of electrifying the water would still have worked due to that... 
...But again, I think we fans are the only ones who think that deeply about such things ;)
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strongcactus Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
interesting Idea. I guess i'll have to read it again this is going to bug me, haha.

I'll mostlikly just wait for the movie
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l33tn3rdz Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Personally when this place is not used during the games it makes a good biosphere for scientific research.
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AmyCat-3 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013
Great work... Thank you! I think you've done better than the movie set, actually...
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alternatecoppa Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013
Thank you! I actually kind of like the art-deco styled rocks they chose to depict the island and spokes out of. It's definitely in direct defiance to the book's description of those landmarks being made of "white sand" but a film's art department need to have some creative freedoms!
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Clockworkalien Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
Nice attention to detail! Do you think the movie will fill in some of those missing traps?
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alternatecoppa Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013
With so much ground to cover in a movie adaptation with such limited time, my guess is we may not even get to see each trap we already do know about from the book depicted in the film. Though like you, I'd love to know what those other sector traps are as well!
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ThePortexx Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012
This is really awesome... I acctually got a little confused about the arena but it's quite easy to understand seeing your map. Seriously, it's amazing
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Squid-Dragon-Games Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012
This is amazing! Tick tock...
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swoopingisbad99 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012
This makes it a lot less confusing! Thank you! :D
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daisy019 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012  Student General Artist
vampires would love it at 1:00
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eneere Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, this is amazingly done! I absolutely loved seeing this. Its so well done that i thought it was the actual plan haha :D :hug:
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farnham48 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012
Tick tock, tick tock... A very nice representation of a very complex Arena. I hope that the film folks can use this as a way to both impart the complexity of the images, as well as keep the story from losing clarity. At any rate, while the film is being realised, those of us out in the Districts will have time to ponder all these issues, until the HG2:CF film is released next November...
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Cristina37 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012
Didn't know if you knew but I found this on FB: [link]
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tejrinde Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012  Professional Artist
Seriously, this is awesome!
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stuff-I-do Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012
AMAZING! very professional :D
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PLURnation Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012
This is absolutely amazing! Just what I imagined it to be, well done!
I hope to movie version is portrayed in a similar fashion
thoughtheyseriouslyshouldhireyouforsetlayoutorsomethingjustsaying.
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Leggurm Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Wow!
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RossiJones456 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
fantastic! :icongreatjobplz:
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darleneprz Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012
WOW!!! THANX
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LilyEvans394 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
whoa this is amazing! This is just how i pictures it!
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Obiwanlives4ever Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012
Wow, this is excellent! Seems like it could be in some sort of Guide to the World of Panem book. I'm deeply impressed by all the effort you put into it, and I really like how big you made the jungle - I always imagined there being about as much water as there was jungle, but this way makes a whole lot more sense, as there'd be a lot more room for tributes to hide and fight. (Plus you've clearly shown your work, whereas I have so little concept of distance... DX)
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bluebran Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Let me tell you, you're awesome xD. I had no problem picturing the arena as I read, but I bet this is extremely helpfull for a lot of people, and it's exactly as I imagined it! Great, great job on the research and on mapping it! Straight to faves :)
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MandyCyrusLovato Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012
I'm reading catching fire and this picture helps me a lot to imagine how the arena looks like,great job!
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deepstars Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Hobbyist
WOW!
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Mil-lie Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012
The map is well accurate and highly detailed, good job!
I recommend you do the 74th hunger games arena map, you did a great job on this one!
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Tafuri42 Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I know what Ps can do so I am not as impressed as these other people but I do want to thank you for clearing that up a bit for me. I read it a few times over but its still nothing like drawing it out. (there were a few more clues here and there, in the book also)
Nailed it, for sure dude.
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Cloud-Dash Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Student General Artist
HOLY CRAP! God, i wish i were this good. Nice job :)
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jasminesamazashi Featured By Owner May 26, 2012   Digital Artist
OH.MY.GOD. This soo good:O
I mean.. This.. This is Perfect!
YOU'RE AWESOME!!
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JadePhoenix37 Featured By Owner May 20, 2012
Really cool! I can totally imagine Peeta drawing this on a leaf!

Only one correction though, the Jabberjays section. The birds did originally cry out to the tributes with a specific individuals voice, but once they were trapped, more were played. SPOILER: Katniss originally heard Prim, but after she was trapped, she also heard her mother, Gale and other people she loved from back home.
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MysticTriforce Featured By Owner May 20, 2012  Hobbyist
Phenomenal. Absolutely great depiction! :wow:
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Kathrine95 Featured By Owner May 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow this is incredible...very very well done :)
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drewtua Featured By Owner May 12, 2012
THIS IS INCREDIBLE O_O!
I was so lost about how I had to imagine the arena, and this cleared me all.

Thank you so much <3
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MoonyFrostie Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:iconhoryshetplz: , this is fantastic and very well made! :)
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Stratoc Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is awesome!!
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UnknownArtist101 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012  Student General Artist
THE CLOCK!
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Silver-Sliver Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012
Very Very well done almost exactly as i pictured it while reading the book.
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EMTPEJ Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012
Awesome - very detailed and official-looking!
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EMTPEJ Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012
awesome - very detailed and official-looking! I love maps, too!
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