The only blot on my party was Michelle.  She is an Old Vampire who has killed prominent humans; not those who would be missed or from self-defence but to see a return to the old ways.

Since she helped catch Michael, the latest Human killer, she has been given my old job in the prison and last night she turned up.

I did not notice her until there was a sudden silence.  I turned around and she was alone in the middle of my living room.  One of my guests must have been playing at footman and let her in.

It was a tricky situation, as I could not turn her out as she had not done anything in my house that I could turn her out for.

So I had to welcome her and play the gracious hostess.  I did so and then informed her that I had given my servant the night off and everyone was taking their turn at being a servant.

I suggested that she take the coats of others and hang them up, as they were lying everywhere.

She drew herself up and opened her mouth, then thought better of it and acquiesced to my plan.  Thankfully that dissolved the atmosphere.

I had to endure murmurs of “this is what happens when you only have one servant” but put them in their place by asking if they were going to invest in one of my financial schemes, so I could afford another servant.

Since I have sunk so low I cannot afford financial schemes they were forced to withdraw rather than admit ignorance.  Of course, this will not endear me to them, but since they were my enemies I will take no further harm than I would have done.

Michelle took the coats with ill grace, flounced off and everyone breathed a sigh of relief.  Someone who has broken our Ruler’s laws is not welcome anywhere.


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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