09
Mar
15

Servants as a Class


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

Servants can be a difficult class to have working for you. Thankfully ours have neither sick days nor days off for relatives’ funerals.

However, they do have carefully defined job limits and sometimes a job can go undone because the servant whose job it is, is not available.

This is very annoying if it is you who have sent them off on an errand, but sometimes the butler will inform you they have other duties and what you want must wait.

Since what we want is paramount waiting is never pleasant and is always something to be endured.

If you have offended a servant there will be many tasks they are unable to carry out. This is when you summon the butler and ask him to find out what is wrong.

This is always tiresome and it is much better not to give offence, but you cannot spend your life worrying about what other people think and there are always those who are quick to take offence.

However, for a servant to do many jobs badly or not at all is serious and if they are not a new servant then they will have taken offence at something.

I find that a long time is taken to train servants to do things just as you like them and then often they leave, which is most annoying.

Then there are what humans today would call servants’ politics. Of course, this is nothing to do with we employers, but occasionally one servant, for example a footman, will refuse to do a job for another footman.

This is when it becomes our business. I hear that servants try very hard to avoid these sort of situations because if we employers have to intervene then there will be repercussions for all involved.

We do not like having to step over our limits and deal with servants’ business.

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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