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Status Keeper


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

The Status Keeper for Britain is Jason Andersen and only he and his assistant know exactly how many points of Status each Old Vampire has.

A list of Old Vampires with each rank and a notation as to who are Status and Hundred is sent through the post to each Old Vampire every year, with a mark against those who have Baseline Status.

Any Old Vampire who is not on those lists is automatically a Negative and thus does not and never has existed.

We check the lists religiously, as Old Vampires are ranked in order of Status points and that order makes a difference as to how you are treated by other Old Vampires.

It is frustrating to see your enemies move up the lists, but it can be very satisfying to see them slip down.

The name at the top of the list is our ruler, who has the title of King or Queen.  The second name has the title of Consort and the third is Status Keeper.

Unlike humans, if Jason was dishonest, the next Status Keeper would find out and tell everyone.

If this happened, Jason would never be allowed to be a Status Keeper again, no matter what his rank, and so the new Status Keeper’s position would be much safer.

The Status Keeper can employ anyone he wants as Assistant.  Theoretically he could employ a Negative, but no Old Vampire would even acknowledge one, much less co-operate with it.

Jason has held the position for the last hundred years, although it is strongly rumoured that he is fed up with it

During that time the position of the ruler and Consort has swapped around a few times.  The people at the top do not change much over a hundred years, but over a millennium is another story.

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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