We Old Vampires do not kill our enemies. That is one of the Rules that is laid down to govern our lives.

As long-time readers know, I have killed an enemy during a fence. The Old Vampire in question should have surrendered when given the chance but attacked instead and I had no choice but to ash him.

Thankfully I was exonerated. If I had not been then my Status could have been reduced to zero and no-one would have had anything to do with me.

Having to spend time with humans at work is bad enough. Living among them permanently would be worse than dying.

We used to kill our enemies or set the mob on them but the numbers of Old Vampires were so low that this was outlawed. It is difficult to live as a Ruler when you do not have any subjects.

Nowadays we cut our enemies dead at parties; we show up dressed better than them, have a better time and obtain more information from the party.

If it is someone who has constantly thwarted your plans or tried to get in your way you will do anything to get one up on them and not mind what it is.

We also find ways to interfere with our enemies’ supply of drink. An Old Vampire who is desperate for drink makes mistakes in hunting; if I or the human police are called out to cover for an Old Vampire their Status goes down.

We are always looking out for opportunities to decrease their Status and increase ours.

This is difficult when we do not know the criteria for depending Status. My own opinion is that the Ruler changes it at his whim as it grew out of the courts any ruler had, but it could well have codified rules I do not know.

Old Vampires do not have any feelings, so in a sense we are all enemies of each other. Some of us are more useful than others.


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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