The Ruler and The Consort are funded by taxation. Unlike humans, we do not mind this as whoever is The Ruler is our lawmaker and keeps our society stable. Without a Ruler we would be in anarchy, with Old Vampires at each other’s throat.

What humans do not understand, particularly not today’s humans, is that your lifestyle comes at a price.

If there is no taxation, then the structure that props up your lifestyle fails and you are not able to sustain it.

For example, taxation pays for your police. Without some form of police humans would be rioting and breaking into shops.

Shop owners would quickly arm themselves and deaths would occur. There is now no lord of the manor to restrain the common mass of humans; most of the time police, courts and your law do it all.

Instead of faking deaths these days Old Vampires sell to a mythical buyer in order to avoid inheritance tax.

We pay our taxes to our Ruler, not humans. Old Vampires have no inheritance tax as we have no family to inherit.

We could pass it on to an ally or one we have sired or raised as a Debutante Vampire, but this is not our way. We are too used to mobs storming a castle and either having to flee or being killed.

Afterwards The Ruler will nominally hold the castle with his Men administering it. If no-one claims it after a century, The Ruler will dispose of it as is seen fitting. Many a vampire has returned to Britain and had to buy a new castle.

Also unlike human society, there is no taxman for Old Vampires because no-one would wish to offend The Ruler by not paying taxes.

An Old Vampire may have bar, club and tailor’s bills outstanding but will always pay taxes.


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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