I have just returned from holiday, which started out with an Old Vampire wedding.

The bride wore a white dress, with a veil, pearl seeds, lots of embroidery and a train.  The groom wore a black suit with a red waistcoat.

As tradition dictates, the bride and groom got married in full sunlight and pretended they were having a happy human wedding.

Another Old Vampire tradition is to leave all weapons outside the gates to the venue and the reception.

This tradition dates from the Middle Ages when people left their weapons outside their host’s house to signify peaceful intentions.

We also do the usual human traditions of the day, but their only significance is that the couple are getting married as humans.

The reception was a glorious occasion where the full moon shone down on the party, while we had some of the best drink I have had for decades.

At the reception the bride and groom shared their blood, which is an Old Vampire tradition going back millennia.

The reason for this couple getting married was to make a bond between the groom’s family and the bride’s family.  This means that both families have the allies of each family to draw upon.

The enemies of one family do not necessarily become the enemies of the other as the enemy may have a grudge specific to one person or one part of the family.

In the past, Old Vampire weddings were often for the convenience of pretending to be human.  In these weddings allies and enemies do not matter.

These days more and more of our weddings are “bonded” weddings for political influence and for what both vampires get from the marriage.


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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