The Empire Games - Part 7
🦋 Part 7 is now posted! 🦋 Thank you so much to everyone reading! 💖
Tipping his head back, Luke briefly closes his eyes, drawing in a slow, deep breath. The bloodbath was by far the worst he’s ever seen, the battle droids absolutely ruthless as they blasted away tribute after screaming tribute, resulting in more of them being killed—fourteen in all, including Poe and Kaydel’s co-tributes—in the opening minutes of the Games than ever before.
He can’t help but wonder if it was done on purpose, or if Gamemaker Hux was simply in a particularly bad mood that morning. Luke knows the redheaded Gamemaker is being closely watched, based on Lando’s reports, and so must be feeling the pressure to deliver a spectacular show. And while killing off more tributes in the beginning can shorten the overall length of the Games, it also often increases the drama, concentrating the focus on a few specific players rather than those who likely don’t have much of a chance of survival.
Anything to prevent a repeat of Luke’s Games, considered the least exciting in the entire history of the Empire Games, and the only Games which is not shown during the months leading up to each year’s reaping.
Although, ‘least exciting’ isn’t exactly the terminology that Luke would use to describe his Games. More like 'most manipulated’.