For the first time I have watched humans perform martial arts. It was most interesting seeing the humans’ economy of movement and how they defend themselves.

Any vampire, even a New Vampire, is still too fast for a human, however skilled they are.

It amuses me that humans must defend themselves against other humans and walk around afraid of being attacked.

We Old Vampires use the fence to air any grievances which have escalated as far as fighting.

I still owe Gerhardt a favour for training me to win my last fence. I have no doubt that unless he is careless enough to get himself killed he will someday collect.

For grievances which have not got as far as fighting there are always our machinations and allies to fall back on.

While being a New Vampire is cause enough for us to attack them it causes too much trouble.

If we meet while hunting both parties walk out of the area. It is the only way as neither would give way to one another.

Neither I nor Nosferatu (the New Vampire representative) relish being called out to deal with such a thing and for once we are both in accord that whoever disturbs us must pay.

He is more physical in taking payment, while I view allies and obligations to be worth more than favours.

Unfortunately these days I must take money, as I need to pay off my obligation to Adele.

All Old Vampires are schooled in boxing techniques in case we need to fight outside the fence.

It would be embarrassing in so many ways if I lost to a New Vampire; embarrassing in nearly as many other ways to another Old Vampire.

Even before New Vampires existed Werewolves had no love for us and some would try to kill us, so we had to be prepared.

Humans were never a problem unless a mob got together. One or two together we could take quite easily.


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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