27
Nov
11

Status of One


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

It is very rare that an Old Vampire drops to a Status of 1, but I have known it to happen.

If this was to happen to an Old Vampire then they would only nominally be an Old Vampire.  Other Old Vampires who are associated with them may lose Status if that Old Vampire’s Status reduces and is no longer an Old Vampire.

Maybe all concerned will just wait and see if the Old Vampire concerned drops that last point of Status.

There are myriad minor ways in which Status can be lost : we all know the major ways, but the minor ways in which we can gain and lose Status are obscured to us.

It is possible that Old Vampires who have a Status of 1 can claw their way back up the ranks.

This is difficult because that Old Vampire has slipped so far down the rankings that any allies are standing as far back from them as they can and any enemies are closing in for the kill.

The simplest way for her or his enemies to reduce Status is to manoeuvre that Old Vampire into giving offence.

However, if that Old Vampire is a better swordswoman or swordsman this will backfire and the enemy will lose Status.  This often happens to young Old Vampires.

The more difficult option is to manoeuvre the Old Vampire into being an Obligatee.

This is one of the ways in which information you hold on allies and enemies can come in useful.  If you have information you can broker a deal to sell the information to one of the Old Vampire’s enemies, hopefully to a great advantage to yourself.

I am unlikely to get my castle back or clear my Obligation with Adele by doing this, as both of these would take too much money, but if I did broker a deal it would go some way towards mitigating my circumstances.

Glossary

Bonded Wedding Old Vampire marriage for political reasons

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

Fence an Old Vampire fight in which they fight to the first blood using fencing

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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2 Responses to “Status of One”


  1. 30/11/2011 at 6:41 pm

    What would be considered a “sex crime” in your definition?


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