07
Aug
14

Status in Other Countries


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

All Old Vampires have Status, no matter what country they live in. It is part of who you are and is as necessary as breathing is to you.

Some countries have well-defined rules of what gains and loses Status. Our Ruler likes to keep us guessing and behaving but I have been told that other Rulers like a more orderly rule.

I agree with our Ruler on this, mainly because it is easier to use leverage on people if their Status may suffer as a result of them not doing what you want.

It is not the only leverage that can be used, but is useful if someone is not sure whether to do what you want ornot.

When I have moved to or visited another country I have contacted their version of the Status Keeper and informed them from whence I came.

This has to be done, as if an Old Vampire who is making enquiries about you cannot find out that you have Status then you do not exist.

This will happen as soon as you move or go on holiday to another country and start meeting people.

Even if you have known people for centuries, you will still check up on their Status, as it could have dropped to zero since you last met them.

This is an important query, so a servant is usually dispatched with it and told to wait until they have received an answer.

Even if you are on holiday, you can still be useful to someone. What is important is who will be useful to you now or in the future.

Status can define usefulness. If you have a high Status you will have many resources, allies and obligates. A low Status means the reverse.

Some other countries will inform people of anyone’s Status. Britain only informs those who are in Britain and no-one else. This has been going on for as long as I can remember.

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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