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Machines


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

One of the degradations of working was learning how to use a telephone.  I had never had anything to do with such a grubby machine before and I would have got a servant to deal with it.  Photocopiers and fax machines are also for servants.  Computers are machines for Old Vampires to deal with, as they have the complexity that takes an Old Vampire to use.

Except for telephones I am the only Old Vampire who uses such machines; others know of them, but are waiting to see if they are a fad which will disappear or if they will stay.

Even I am not yet used to the idea of telephones that can be carried around on your person, so our telephones are firmly fixed to the wall.

As for vehicles, I prefer a horse and carriage to a car as it makes for a slower and gentler pace of life and I find it easier to see and be seen.

When I had a horse I could stop more easily and in more places to converse with allies.  It’s a shame they are no longer in fashion.

I still hunt on horseback when I can borrow a horse.  It’s fun to see the human’s face when they realise they have a rider bearing down on them.

Some Old Vampires have got themselves new-fangled cars; most of us use motorbikes as there is always the danger of being staked by a tree branch.

I once borrowed an ally’s motorbike and found that driving at speed with no seatbelt is so much fun.  It’s a pity we have to wear helmets.  I loved fooling around on it, feeling the wind in my face and being able to outpace the human police who chased me.

Of course, we can just get off the motorbike and turn into bats if cornered, but that means we lose the motorbike, which is counted as a win for the Human police, so we try and avoid this.

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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