30
Jun
14

Competitiveness


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

 I was recently asked if Old Vampires are competitive, to which the answer is of course we are.

In days gone by humans would be missed more easily and strangers were hard to come by as people travelled less.

On the other hand, in the Middle Ages the few strangers were viewed with suspicion. If something just happened to go missing and the stranger disappeared the humans would have jumped to the wrong conclusion that he had taken it and absconded.

So we were naturally competitive; some of us openly fighting, which led to The Ruler instituting the fence when numbers became too low to collect taxes from.

It was a time when our affairs were conducted more openly. There was the danger that enemies could point the mob at you and happily watch you staked.

The fence led to our affairs being conducted more and more behind closed doors and contributed to humans disbelieving in our existence.

I prefer the less-open times of today. It’s more a challenge as we know a lot less of what our enemies are doing and thinking. Others preferred the dangerous times, saying that the possible loss of their existence was simply thrilling.

We still often compare how successful we have been at hunting with one another and there is always a certain cachet to coming out on top.

Our competitiveness is why these new-fangled motorcars are so popular. We cannot compete with speed on the roads or we end up in court, but it is all about who has the best make and model of car.

It was and still is about who has the best castle and the latest improvements. Mine was said by many to be one of the best and the loss of it and most of money still rankles.

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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