27
Aug
13

Choice Made


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

After much deliberation I have listened to all the butlers’ presentations and made my choice.

Aethelric’s presentation was good.  He has had many centuries to serve Old Vampires and pick up the nuances of our culture.

While Aethelric is the eldest, which carries much weight, the questions I asked afterwards showed that he is too steady and does not have the quickness of thought that is needed to answer any questions The Ruler will ask.

Tyler is too young and will not be taken seriously by The Ruler.  It is a pity, as his presentation was the best and I have confidence that he would do the job superbly.

That left Ronald and Walter for me to make my decision from.  The fact that Walter is American will count against him, also his brashness showed in his presentation, which was the worst of the four as he stumbled over words and was hesitant.

Every butler should have perfect poise at all times.  I have had to mention it to his current employers, who just happen to be enemies of mine.

I cannot take into consideration who a butler’s employers are; whether or not they are allies or enemies has no bearing on this as it could reflect badly on me.  There is no leeway for pettiness with a person’s employers here.

This left Ronald.  His presentation was very good, but not the best.  It also helps that he is modern; The Ruler is in favour of modernity at the moment and will probably quiz him on the modern experience of the cinema.

I will have to spend some time beforehand preparing him for the experience.  Of course Ronald will be able to handle this situation, but it is best if he is prepared for what The Ruler is like.

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

Walk into the sun a euphemism for suicide

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