For the first time in a long while, I saw a fairy. They tend to keep themselves away from everyone these days, although they still do steal children, for what reason I cannot imagine and delight in playing small mischiefs on humans.

We merely exchanged nods and went on our separate ways. As long as I can remember, we do not get involved in their business and they do not get involved in ours.

I suspect it is because we are too close to humans, pretending to be them as we do.

They have been very clever; presenting themselves to the moneyed Victorians as cute, pretty, harmless beings when the peasants knew that they are capable of killing and maiming humans.

In reality, fairies are as harmless as your average cat is to a mouse, although for some reason they do not look on humans as prey.

Since fairies are misunderstood by humans, they can carry on with their mischiefs unhindered, although the local population usually knows how to counteract them.

The killings and maimings have happened when humans have been foolish enough to disturb their dwellings or maim one of their people, which is why it is still bad luck in Ireland to cut a lone thorn tree or disturb a fairy mound.

They protect what is theirs from all comers and practice the art of being unseen, so could be a serious problem to us if they chose.

So we give burial mounds and lone thorn trees a wide berth and are careful not to disturb them.

Fairies are considered a sign of good luck by Old Vampires, especially as sightings of them have gone down in the last century.

We hope that this will be reversed, but since humans now travel by car when they used to travel mainly by foot, I doubt this will happen.


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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