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15

The Wild Hunt


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

In many countries humans have a legend about the Wild Hunt that comes sweeping down out of the sky on the 6th of January, killing all in its path.

We are the Wild Hunt; it is us who decimate the landscape, terrify animals and snatch up any humans who are foolish enough to be in our path.

We do this out of tradition but mainly because it is fun. If you are in the country it is compulsory to take part; this takes precedence over Obligations or anything else.

For one glorious night we hunt as one, not stopping for human or beast, till dawn shows signs of breaking.

In recent decades the hunt has been easier, as humans have forgotten their myths and stories and now go out on that night instead of staying in.

As usual, some Old Vampires enjoy it that way while some moan about how it used to be and things were better that way.

I prefer neither, as I like a modicum of difficulty in this Hunt; I am usually good at it and there is a certain cachet to be had from bagging more.

It is now too easy for my competitors to bag humans; but neither do I want it to be more difficult for m e.

Our Ruler leads the Hunt and is exempt from this competition. He is not averse to bagging humans if they land in his lap, but will eschew animals.

Everyone except the Ruler competes on a level playing field; it does not matter what Status you are.

We ride as one pack; you can be near the front or to the end of the pack depending on how you are flagging or where it is best to spot opportunities, as we do not arrange ourselves via Status, colour or anything else.

There is no reward for this competition, although (as with anything else) Status may increase. We know who the victor is and the victor will dine out on it.

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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