03
Mar
13

Secrets and Servants


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

There is a close bond between Vampire Servants and their employers.  We trust our Servants, but we never trust other Old Vampires.

We rely on our servants to buy in supplies and gather information from other servants, which may or may not contradict information already gathered.

Our servants rely on us as employers to keep them fed, clothed and housed.

They also know our secrets.  There is very little you can keep from someone who knows your itinerary, changes your coffin linen and supplies your comestibles.

We do not know their secrets, as we do not have dealings with the minutiae of their lives.

Moreover, we would not be able to sell or trade their secrets as other Old Vampires have no interest in what servants do, as long as they do not bring us into disrepute.

We have all bailed out a servant from time to time and then handed her or him over to the butler to deal with.

Worst is when a servant has killed someone living near your castle.  As employers, we have all had to deal with it, especially in the days of the mobs when the mobs looked to the Lady and Lord first.

Such things are the standard problems of having employees.  Other things are such matters as I have to buy blood in, or my servant Jane would buy dirty blood in.

The advantage and the problem with servants is that they gossip.  It is an advantage when your servant gathers relevant information from other servants gossiping.

The problem is when it is information about you other servants gather from gossip.  I am very careful telling Jane what she can and can’t repeat, but with the best will in the world things have a habit of getting out.

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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