05
Jan
15

Magic


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

We Old Vampires do not, as a rule, use magic. At least, not the magic you are thinking of.

Magic as in wave your arms around and produce fireballs does not exist. Magic as in grand gestures summoning up demons or stealing your neighbour’s milk does. Neither of which we use.

However, there has always been a background level of magic, commonly called folk magic.

These are the charms people used to make sure their horses were not ridden by witches in the night or to heal wounds.

It was not considered witchcraft to use them, especially as many of them used the names of Jesus and Mary or the Psalms.

It also wasn’t witchcraft if the bishop used it. The Bishop of Glasgow’s curse against cattle rustlers is a good example of witchcraft of its time.

We use this sort of magic, although we call on our own deities. We also use what is today commonly called superstition e.g. carrying objects for luck.

The last time I lost money at the card tables and became Obligated to Adele I reached for my good luck charm at the end of the night and found it stolen.

Until recently everyone had some magic. Now it seems to have receded into the past for humans.

We are thankful that the old breed of witches has gone as we did not dare cross them.

A witch could know you were a vampire by magical means. A strong one could blackmail you for what she or he wanted. Even a weak one could sell you out to the mob.

That was why we started the witch hunts. They were already fermenting and all we had to do was to speak some words into susceptible churchmen’s ears.

For an Old Vampire, it is not hard to use prevailing misogyny and hatred of one’s neighbour to remove humans.

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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