15
Sep
14

Rulers in the Rest of Britain


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

As you know, we have a Ruler here in England. However, Scotland also has a Ruler, although they call theirs a Chief. Wales has not had a Ruler for as long as anyone can remember and Ireland has one Ruler for the whole of Ireland, who is called an Ard Rì.

The divisions in Ireland into North and Republic (south) are largely religious and we Old Vampires certainly do not care for religion.

We do not have English Old Vampires, Scottish Old Vampires and so forth. We are all Old Vampires, it is just that various regions are broken up in accordance with human law as it makes it easier to administer.

I hate to admit it, but we now live in a human world and have to take into consideration the local laws and penalties.

After the Union of Scotland and England we realised that it is easier for a Ruler, or Chief, or Ard Rì to administer an area where she or he only has to take into consideration one area of human law and not several.

After the Union it was mooted that that we should only have one Ruler.

At the time I was close enough to the Thousands to see a little bit of what was going on : the jockeying for power and Status that left some elevated while others fell and the reasons those gave for one side or another that would make them lose or gain.

It was a worrying time; what would happen to our Ruler? If Scotland’s Chief became our Ruler then we would be under their laws, their Status and their politics.

We would have had to change our entire way of being just because the humans changed and it was this in the end that swayed the English Ruler and Scottish Chief to make a new precedent and keep things as they stood, rather than following what the humans had done.

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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