There are four Old Vampire Butlers who are vying to present the petition to The Ruler.

It seems that Ronald, Aethelric, Walter and Tyler all want the honour of presenting the petition.

Since I am sponsoring this petition I get to lie back, hear their cases out and decide who it’s going to be.

Aethelric is the eldest.  He is much older than me, but has moved slowly and steadily up the ranks, is known as someone who is cautious and careful and has always served his current employers.  He is the only one I know well; I remember when he became a butler.

Walter is several centuries old and in contrast to Aethelric is a risk-taker.  He is American, but most of his brashness has been trained out of him by his employers.

My sources say that he became an Old Vampire while in Britain and tends to move between employers when he gets bored.

Tyler is new to both being a butler and an Old Vampire, being only a century old.  Tyler was his surname which, unlike most Old Vampire butlers, he prefers being addressed by.

You would think he would be a fan of modernity, but my sources say that he wants servants to espouse Victorian values.

Ronald is the modern one.  He was one of the first to communicate with me by telephone.  It is rumoured that he goes to the cinema regularly; the only Old Vampire I know of to do so.

Each of the four will make their case for presenting the petition in a few days.

I wanted a short deadline as each person will have little time to prepare.  The more time they have to prepare the more obfuscating information will appear and the more the truth will be masked.

These Servants are Old Vampires after all.  I will have to pick through the lies carefully to find the truth.


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

Walk into the sun a euphemism for suicide


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