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Mar
14

Servants and Status


*** 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 may seem strange to you that I have no idea what happens to Vampire Servants whose Status is reduced to zero, but those situations are usually dealt with by the butler.

We are told by the butler that someone has had to leave because their Status has dropped to zero and that is an end to it for us.

The rest of our Servants would never interact with another servant whose Status had dropped below zero.

Unlike us, Servants cannot be ensnared in Obligations.  Their Status increases when they do something above and beyond what their job is.

For example, if a Servant travels day and night so that an important message is relayed to the correct person, then that would increase their Status.

If a Servant was to spill drink over an important person, then that would decrease their Status.

Of course, another Servant could have tripped them up.  Our Servants have their own politics and codes which we do not know and would not interfere with even if we did.

It is up to we employers to notify the Status Keeper of these incidents, except if the Status Keeper is directly involved.

Since I have no butler, I have had to have several talks with Jane on the behaviour of an Old Vampire Servant.

She picked up bad habits when she was a New Vampire which are not becoming to someone who has Status.

Some Servants who have lived a long time have more Status than most Old Vampires.

However, a Servant is not on Committees or attends meetings with The Ruler and his Men.

I do not wish the Status of a servant of mine to drop to zero.  It would be near impossible to replace her and would reflect badly on my own Status, which has dropped enough in the last few decades.

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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