One of the banes of contention between New and Old Vampires is that while we Old Vampires have pets, New Vampires have food.

They see anything living as “fair game” for them. I would rather have sacrificed my then-husband than one of my hunting dogs.

At the moment I have a cat. I would love to have a dog, but dogs need company and when I got my cat I did not have any servants and could not have provided the company that a dog needs.

My cat is white and of a somewhat feral disposition, she enjoys hunting, killing and eating prey.

This is just as a cat should be. I have heard that humans will remove claws, but why remove the nature of the beast? It is a mere matter of training to stop the cat tearing sofas and shredding curtains.

Some readers will no doubt be disappointed that my cat is not black. We are not Goths and there is no reason that we should not employ any colour we wish.

I must admit that I deliberately did not get a black cat. While I normally would never choose on colour, I did not want to own a cat whose colour added to vampire stereotypes. It is the fact that because so many do not conform to stereotype that has kept us safe over the last century or so.

I must confess that I rather enjoy owning a cat. Dogs need walking and looking after and if left to their own devices can tear up possessions.

My cat devises her own entertainment. She sleeps when she wants, curled up in her bed and goes out when she wants.

At other times she tries to get into things; for example boxes, rooms which are closed to her and the first time it happened it was a great shock to find her in my coffin, looking up at me as if it was hers!


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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