I have had a communication from my ally Samuel.  You are welcome to try and raid my office and computer to find out what it says, as my security systems could do with a test.

To recap : Samuel’s castle was raided a year ago by The Hunters; his wife Eloise and their ally Simon were taken.

Samuel was one of the best intelligencers (a spy in today’s English) before becoming an Old Vampire.

After the raid, he disappeared to find Eloise and Simon, only notifying the Status Keeper that he was leaving the country.  Anything else would have put him in danger.

To answer a query, of course Samuel isn’t his real name.  After all, I am five hundred years old and have managed to stay alive for a long time.

Samuel started looking in the Old World; for those humans who do not know, this is a term for Europe.

From his report he has not spent much time on frivolities, but gone straight to the heart of the matter.

He has searched France, Germany and all related countries, which is impressively fast.  No-one there has heard of The Hunters.

He contacted me because he needs an introduction to where he is going next.

My work does not cover diplomatic relations with other countries as that sort of thing is dealt with by the Ruler and his allies, but I do have allies in other countries.

I’ve found it prudent to do this as you may find yourself alone in a strange country when fleeing from a violent mob.

Samuel will go all the way around the world to find out what has happened to his wife and I pity any Hunter who catches up with him.

The English centuries which bred intelligencers were hard centuries when even humans made their own laws.


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

The Ruler’s Men people employed by The Ruler to do anything she or he asks

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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