19
Jul
15

Proven Facts


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

For we Old Vampires, anything classed as rumour means that there is a great deal of disinformation. Proven facts are our currency of choice.

Unfortunately sometimes a lot of money has to change hands to prove facts.

For example I may hear a rumour about an enemy that I think may be true.

First I would check my Obligatees to see if any of them had ties to that person and could confirm or deny the rumour.

This often fails, but is worth checking as it costs me nothing if they can confirm or deny the information. If they get caught and their usefulness deteriorates that is their problem as their Status will deteriorate too.

Then I will check the information I already have to see if any of my allies can verify the information.

If they owe me a favour then I can call it in; otherwise I would either have to pay or owe them a favour. Depending on the Old Vampire in question paying money may be less costly in the long run.

If none of my allies can verify the information this is when these days I have to choose between letting the rumour lie unverified or expending a good sum of money as other sources are costly.

There is a bureau staffed with former Old Vampire Servants whose speciality is finding out information. No-one quite knows how they do this, but they are far too useful for anyone to pry into them.

I could pay an enemy to verify the information but they would exact a hefty price for it.

Sometimes it is worth it to move the enemy further towards being an ally; of course all this depends on how useful the enemy could be to you in the future.

If any Old Vampire takes your money they will be telling the truth.

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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