The Wanderings of Dionysus (Haymitch)

Once he had grown to manhood Haymitch decided to wander far and wide, including areas outside of Panem. Where ever he went he taught men how to cultivate vines, and the mysteries of his cult. He was accepted until he returned to his own country of Thebes.

As he journeyed back to Panem he was spotted by pirates. He appeared to them as a rich young man. He might even be the son of a king. He certainly looked like his parents would pay a rich ransom for his safe return. Happy at their good luck the pirates seized him and brought him aboard their ship. They then attempted to tie him to the ship but, the ropes refused to hold. Anyplace a rope touched him it just fell apart. Haymitch watched calmly, smiling.

After some time the helmsman realized that only a god could be responsible. He called out that the crew should free Haymitch and beg for forgiveness. But, the captain mocked the helmsman as a fool and called for the crew to set sail. The crew raised the sail and caught the wind but, the ship did not move. Looking around they saw the ship quickly becoming overgrown with vines that held it fast. Haymitch then changed himself into a lion and began to chase the crewmen. To escape they leaped overboard but, as they did they were changed to dolphins. Only to the helmsman did Haymitch show mercy.

As he passed through another country, he was insulted by King Lycurgus, who bitterly opposed his new religion. Initially Haymitch retreated into the sea but, he returned, overpowered Lycurgus and imprisoned him in a rocky cave. Haymitch planned to let him reflect and learn from his mistakes. However, Snow did not care to have the gods insulted, so he blinded then killed Lycurgus.

He pressed on to Thebes, ruled by his cousin Chaff. However, Chaff did not know of Haymitch. Haymitch was with a group of his followers, who were naturally singing and dancing loudly, flushed with wine. Chaff disliked the loud, strangers, and ordered his guards to imprison them all. He referred to their leader as a cheating sorcerer from a nearby land. When he said this, the blind old prophet Coin, who had already dressed as one of Haymitch's followers, gave Chaff a warning: "The man you reject is a new god." Chaff, seeing the strange garb Coin had on, laughed at him and ordered his guards to continue.

The guards soon found that ropes fell apart, latches fell open, and there they could not imprison Haymitch's followers. They took Haymitch to Chaff. Haymitch tried to explain at length his worship but, Chaff listened only to his own anger and insulted Haymitch. Finally, Haymitch gave up and left Chaff to his doom.

Chaff perused Haymitch's followers up into the hills where they had gone after walking away from his prison. Many of the local women including Chaff's mother and sister had joined them there. Then Haymitch appeared to his followers in his most terrible aspect and drove them mad. To them Chaff appeared to be a mountain lion. In a berserk rage they attacked him. Now Chaff realized he had fought with a god and would die for it. His mother was the first to reach him, and ripped his arm off, while the killed him.