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Aug
11

Status


*** DISCLAIMER – THIS BLOG IS FICTION AND THE AUTHOR IS NOT LIABLE FOR THE ACTION OF ANYONE WHO PERSISTS IN THINKING IT IS NOT FICTION ***

I have written before that Status is something all Old Vampires have, whether they are Servants or not.

The point at which an Old Vampire becomes a real Vampire is when she or he gains Common Status.  This is having a castle and servants or if you are a Vampire Servant, having a master and/or mistress.

Then for every century an Old Vampire survives, his or her Status increases because we, unlike humans, recognise and reward experience.

If you are an Obligatee you lose Status to the power of the Old Vampires you are Obligated to and the people who have Obligatees gain Status the same way.

There are four classes of Status : Negatives, Debutantes, Status and Thousands.

Negatives are people who have zero or negative points of Status.  Thousands are those whose Status is above one thousand points and Status is the rank of people who are neither Negative nor Hundred.

If an Old Vampire is a Debutante Vampire, she or he starts life with a Status of zero.  It is not until she or he has a castle that she or he gains Common Status.

If you are her or his Sire, you have to find them a castle and Servants.  Before Dracula, there would often be a castle where the owners had fled a mob.  Nowadays Debutantes require a start-up loan.

Vampire Servants are very proud of the fact that they never start life with a Status of zero.  Occasionally a Servant would disappear, my Vampire Butler James would inform me that she or he had become a Negative and we would have to get a replacement.

If the Status of an Old Vampire reduces to zero, the Status Keeper serves Notice on them that they are in danger of becoming a Negative.

Glossary

Common Status the point at where an Old Vampire becomes a real Vampire

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.  They are the only Old Vampires who have a zero level of Status and are acceptable.

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

Negatives Old Vampires with zero or negative points of Status.

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.

Notice the Status Keeper serves a Notice on an Old Vampire whose Status has reduced to zero that they are in danger of becoming a Negative

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

Status a ranking system which denotes whether you are an acceptable member of Old Vampire society, which is if you have plus points of status.  See Negatives and Thousands

Status Keeper the Old Vampire in charge of the Status points

Thousands Old Vampires whose Status is over a hundred points

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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