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Information


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

A lot of the information I receive that supports my seat on The Committee comes from The Ruler or, more accurately, from his Men.

Anything I receive from The Ruler or his Men is taken seriously and much use is made of the information, usually at Committee meetings.

Other queries and information I investigate, decipher and follow up at my leisure.

Some of my information comes from anonymous sources.  These are usually rumours which on investigation I am unable to substantiate, so are filed in the bin.

More interesting are the signed letters with queries and information in them.

Recently I have started receiving a few pieces of information from the telephone, which Old Vampires are becoming used to making calls on, but when it rings it’s usually prank calls or wrong numbers and I have to wipe the dust off my telephone before I answer it at the last minute.

Computers are far too new for Old Vampires to use; the three decades they have been in common use is a flash in the pan to us.

I have to confess that not all information that pertains to be information is.  Some of it is returned favours, others are invitations and of course I get the usual junk mail that everyone gets.

Some of it is garbled missives from a drunk vampire who thinks it’s such fun to send me such things.  These are given a cursory glance, then are aimed straight at the bin.

I file all information at my house.  Anyone who breaks into a vampire’s house is fool indeed.

I usually put my feet up on my chaise longue with a drink while I sort through my post, my servant Jane dusting around me making acid comments and the telephone firmly buried so I cannot hear it ring.  I will unearth it when I have finished.

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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