I used to scorn humans who got sick. After all, they were frail things, unlike we Old Vampires who were never sick.

After a week off “sick” because I was too tired to work I now have more sympathy for humans who are sick.

This was one of those times where working in the day, when I should be asleep, had taken its toll on me and I was simply unable to get out of my coffin in the morning.

It took several nights before I was up and about, several more until I was back to my usual self.

Of course, I reported all this to The Ruler as he (or more likely, one of his Men) has to know anything to do with the post I have taken, as it is important that vampires get their blood in prison.

My human colleagues seem to be off sick for varying amounts. There is one who is never off sick and one or two who always seem to be off sick.

If all Old Vampires worked, then we would all be sick for roughly the same amount of time as our bodies work the same.

I was shocked to find out that humans would take time off sick when they were not actually sick, whereas an Old Vampire would never do that.

When I was a human there was no sick pay, so humans would work unless they were too ill to get out of bed.

Nowadays they seem to telephone in sick at the drop of a hat. It is all coughs and colds, never shaking like a leaf in bed or crippled with joint-ail.

One employee I know has had to take medical retirement. In my day that was being taken care of by family, or begging if there was no family.

As with all modern fads, they make some things better and others worse.


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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