The last time I saw Adele I had a screaming row with her about following me around; being under an Obligation to her does not let her take liberties.

Of all the infernal nuisances, Adele turned up last night.  She wants me to pass her information about the vampire prisoners that the prison which I work for holds.  Of course, this is information that is not supposed to leave the establishment.

Unfortunately, this request is well within an Obligation’s remit, so I am bound to do it.  And so it begins, the drawing in of an Obligatee until they are a mere pawn in the hands of the person who holds the Obligation.

Pawns can be sacrificed to protect.  I have seen it happen and have done it myself.   One way to negate the Obligation is by paying Adele the money she paid my debts with.  It will take a long time to pay so large a sum of money back.

The other option is to wait and see if Adele slips up and offer to negate my Obligation.  Sometimes this works and sometimes the Obligator laughs in your face.  This usually happens when you are too useful and the information you provide is too good.

Being an Obligatee means that you have to maintain a tricky balance between fulfilling the terms of your Obligation and being too useful.

If I was a human or a New Vampire, this would be difficult, but striking balances is meat and drink to an Old Vampire.

We Old Vampires are masters of subtlety, nudging people here and nudging people there so that they move the way they want.

Manipulating humans is a walk in the dark.  I do it at work every day.  Now, manipulating an Old Vampire is a real challenge.


Debutante Vampires before Dracula came out, vampires who had been newly turned vampire were taught the rules of society.  They then “came out” when they were deemed presentable to vampire society as debutantes.

The Committee see The Committee to Regulate Non-Human Activity

The Committee to Regulate Non-Human Activity a committee that meets monthly and talks about affairs to do with werewolves, vampires and humans

The Hunters see Vampire Hunters

New Vampires vampires who do not want to be Old Vampires, often live as Goths and hold down jobs.  This started after Dracula came out.

Obligation when one vampire is under an obligation from another s/he has to do as they say

Old Vampires vampires who are polite society.  Either turned vampire before Dracula came out or were turned after by an Old Vampire and decided to join the Old Vampires.

Parent the vampire who brought you up (if you are an Old Vampire) in polite society

Shun a vampire who has committed a sex crime is shunned on their release

Sire the vampire who made you a vampire

Vampire Hunters New vampires who hunt down those vampires who have committed crimes

Vampire Servants servants who are vampires themselves.  Mostly Old Vampires, one of their functions is to repeat information and gossip to the Old Vampires they serve


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