It’s Hard to be an Old Vampire


You may scoff at me for this, but there are times when it is hard to be an Old Vampire.

It takes a lot of money to keep up appearances and, as I have previously stated, I lost mine.

There are parties with the right people invited, or going to parties hosted by the right people.

To do this, you must either entertain well or be a good guest. You must be unable to be tripped up by others into faux pas which could cost future invitations.

Thankfully, there is no such thing as going to parties with the wrong people, unless you go to ones hosted by those who have no Status, as they are shunned.

I may go to a party with people who are not deemed the right people; this is to make useful connections or to see an ally I could not meet with otherwise.

A well-turned out carriage with coachman is necessary, as cars still have a second-class status to carriages. Unless there is good reason, decorum trumps speed any day for Old Vampires.

If it were not for my value as a representative on The Committee I would be unable to host any parties at all.

I have no castle and the novelty value of going to a party held in a house soon wears off, especially as among the restraints on my parties is that we have to keep the noise down after eleven at night.

We have to pay our membership at our club in town and for any dinners hosted or drinks imbibed at that club.

Then there are accoutrements to pay for and keep up. For example, the correct form of dress worn at the correct function.

I must maintain a certain style of dress when I go to see The Ruler. I rarely do get to see our Ruler, but since it is possible I have to buy a new dress each time.


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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