I worry that new-fangled inventions will alter our lives for the worse and not improve it as they should do so.

Servants may lose their flying skills since they are using the telephone to arrange meetings instead of carrying a message to the attendee.

More and more Old Vampires are enjoying the thrill and chase of the motorcar instead of flying to their destination.

Even Old Vampires who do not use motorcars for chasing other Old Vampires or prey are enjoying having a chauffeur.

It is all the latest talk of my club, to the exclusion of everything else. I have taken refuge at home because if I hear the word “horsepower” one more time I will bite someone. It is not as if I can afford a motorcar.

Trains are not for us as we do not care to travel with the hoi-polloi. I was nearly forced to use one for work but I managed to obtain a lift in a motorcar, where I only had to be near one human. Even that felt unnatural to me; sitting next to a human for hours without biting them.

I can see the attraction of motorcars; they move faster than I can fly. If I was in a crash I would walk away and be unbruised and unscarred next sundown.

On the other hand, I can fly in a straight line and not get stuck in traffic jams.

We do not use aeroplanes as you cannot get away from humans on them. They may well be the next big thing among Old Vampires who can afford a private jet staffed with Old Vampire Servants, but for now everyone is simply fascinated with cars.

If I had my way everyone would have to fly like me. It is not merely that I cannot afford a motorcar; it is also the joy of soaring through the air and looking down on humans and their accomplishments.


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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