03
Feb
13

Status of One


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

When a Debutante Vampire becomes an Old Vampire, her or his Status is automatically set at one.

As I have written before, an Old Vampire’s Status can be lowered to the value of one, which means that the Old Vampire in question has a castle and nothing else.  This rarely happens as we are usually careful enough to avoid this.

She or he is given a century of grace to see if she or he is able to increase her or his Status.

I know of only two Old Vampires in existence who has managed to improve their Status after it had dropped to one.

Like others, they had sunk to this low under the weight of multiple Obligations with contradictory things being asked of them.

I do not know how one of them managed to improve their Status, but the other one made a deal with me.

I had money then, and was able to buy up her Obligations.  No-one had ever been offered money for an Obligation before, but there was no law against it.

The Obligators willingly took my money, as they knew her Status was valued at one and would get little more out of her.

What they did not realise is that I would get all the information she had gathered in the course of her Obligations.

So I held her Obligations in the palm of my hand, then watched and waited.

Slowly she accumulated enough money to buy the Obligations from me one by one at a price increased 50% from the usual range.

During that time she was mine and there was literally no movement made that I did not track and no decision that she made without me.

She was useful to me and rose far.  Far enough that Adele is now my Obligator.

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

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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