02
Apr
13

Servants and Hunting


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

Old Vampire Servants do not hunt.  It is an employer’s duty to provide for her or his servants and when given the opportunity to hunt they have refused.

I suspect they think that hunting is beneath a servant, but of course I have been unable to find anyone to confirm this.

They are too valuable to risk losing to the mobs, so we buy blood in for them, or if they have been exemplary we sometimes bring live food back.

Whether the people who work for you are servants or employees the Lady, Lord or employer has to take care of them.  In modern parlance, this means managing them.  Modern managers seem to know nothing of their employees’ wants or desires.

Our butlers keep us abreast of what is going on with our servants.  They inform us of the ones who are not toeing the line and the ones who are doing well.  They tell us what our servants’ wants and desires are and whether we need to praise or discipline a servant.

From time to time your butler will tell you “I am afraid, my Lady, that we have had to let a servant go”.  The correct response is “of course” and then to change the subject.

It is most important to make sure your butler is happy as he makes the difference between a sloppily-run castle where the servants may get away with murder and a well-run castle where all your needs are catered to.

When I had a castle, a large part of what I did was overseeing servants.  A happy servant will go to great lengths to make your life easier.  An unhappy servant will be sloppy in her or his duties, get up to devilry in her or his spare time and at worst bring you into disrepute.

Of course, not all servants are happy and satisfied all the time.  Our aim is to avoid them bringing us into disrepute and to have them support our chosen lifestyle.

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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