17
Feb
14

Top of the Castle


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

It is rumoured that there are ten people at the top of the castle, including the current Status Keeper, Ruler and Consort.

Rumour has it that the other seven are close to these people, but no-one knows exactly who they are.

These are people who make frequent visits to The Ruler but have no apparent function.

If they had normal business they would be in some of the same meetings and be seen with some of the same people.  That they are not is raising questions.

They are all Old Vampires whose Status is at the top of the Status lists; a yearly list is sent to all of us Old Vampires.

My Status has never been high enough to engage in meetings and developments and I have only had occasional contact with The Ruler and his Men.

Of course, this could be a smoke screen and others could have the real power, but we have to use the information that is in front of us and not the rumours that circulate.

Since information is power and money, it is natural that the Ruler’s activities are kept only for those who need to know in order to do their job.

However we are Old Vampires, so it behoves us to at least try and find out about these things.

Anyone caught trying to find information out will be subject to interrogation by The Ruler’s Men.  Every century a few try and it is made publicly known that they have tried and failed.

I have never tried.  I am not that big a piece in the scheme of things and nowadays I need to obtain money to buy myself out of my Obligation and be able to give up my job.

I do not need the enmity or disapproval of The Ruler and his Men on top of everything else I have to juggle.

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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