08
Jan
12

Telephones


*** 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 Hunters have changed the way that Old Vampires are using technology.  All Old Vampires are now using telephones to communicate.

The telephone is a good way to check on your allies, to make sure they have not been taken by The Hunters.

A few of us were already using telephones, but this has led to every castle having one as there is always someone who will pick up the telephone in a castle.

Before The Hunters if we needed to communicate we would write a letter, or if we needed to meet urgently, we would get a servant to fly over with details of a meeting.

This could lead to a servant flying around for the whole night arranging a meeting, so they are now delighted that they merely have to pick up the telephone and make a few calls.

Before The Hunters if we did not get an answer a servant would fly over; but we cannot risk valuable servants to The Hunters.

If there is any question of a servant being put in danger we will now pick up the telephone instead.

The telephone is the first electronic device that Old Vampires have used.  Other Old Vampires are finding that it is quicker than the post for arranging meetings and in these times, speed is a necessity.

I have found that it is a good way of gathering information from other Old Vampires while they are trying to come to terms with a new machine that they don’t really understand.

Old Vampires will now pick up the telephone and call me instead of waiting to see what would happen or waiting for another few months to see if she or he gets a response, with the result that I am now very busy.

I know from working with humans that many of them use mobile telephones, but they are so new-fangled and we don’t need them.

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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