21
Apr
13

Moving Continents


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

New Vampires seem to move as the wind takes them, but it is unusual for an Old Vampire to move continents.

The North American and Australian Colonisation was the last Great Move; it was attractive to us when the colony and prison ships were colonising these continents.

Once docked, there was confusion among the colonists and an enterprising Old Vampire could take advantage.

Some Old Vampires were fleeing mobs and decided to move there, some were Debutante Vampires lured there by youth and inexperience.

Most survived, made an absolute killing in North America and Australia and continue to do so.

The only minor migration we have had was the Rumanian one.  Once Dracula was published, it was not safe for any vampires to remain there.  We dropped all pretence and put any contingency plans into effect as soon as the news caught up with us.  Many lost all or most of what they had.

The other people who moved continents are few and far between.  Some started off in one continent and slowly drifted east, west, south, north or a variation thereof over the centuries.

We have yet to have an Old Vampire who has circled the globe.  Those who have gone half-way have great cachet and are regarded with wonder and awe.

It can take millennia to move across continents and those who have done are of high Status, although I do not know whether moving continents affects Status.

Those who went to the Americas or Australia are regarded with suspicion, as normally Old Vampires wouldn’t move half the world away in one journey.  I myself have drifted west until I ended up in England, which at the moment I am tethered to by The Committee and my job.

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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