Liam Payne was born in a family favored by the Capital as both his of his parents were the victors of their own games. Raised on the best food of any District and the principal of Kill or Be Killed, he volunteered for his games as well, saving both the younger children and other volunteers his own age from the torment of the games.
He quickly gained friends and attention in the Capital, not only because of his family status, charm, and appealing looks but also for his ruthless fighting style. Though he was skilled in multiple tools, his weapon of choice was a hatchet. During his games, he quickly formed an alliance with the tributes from 2, 4, and surprisingly, the boy from 9.