- Aug 1, 2002
So yes, in the Nora section I was definitely trying to portray an "stereotyptical" 'older' vampiric manoeuvring.Huh...ok. What on earth are the vampires playing at? This I suppose it what happens when vampires get bored and live too long, they just bicker over everything including nearly dead corpses. Why? You're asking the wrong question.
And the Lord and Master is not completely undisputed, though apparently only when the Regent thinks they can get away with it. And also, the Master is absent for long stretches of time, even for a vampire.
Questions upon questions.
IndeedThe wheels, as they say, are turning.
Well the question of life is a very philosophical one, on which some vampires would have a lot to say, and othres would dismiss the entire idea as an irrelevance.The mechanics and reasons behind that play may be mysterious and opaque, but the essence seems simple enough: it is all a power play between creatures for whom power appears to be the only currency and the objective of their existence. (I carefully avoided say life, because it isn’t really, is it?)
Definitely. Of course, this is only representing one city and (so far) a very small group of vampires. That said, when you belond to a society where there is no natural "progression" because the folks above you never 'naturally' die...It certainly speaks of an incredibly secure society where that sort of faffing about can be tolerated. Also a very formal one, not quite legalistic but of that flavour. Lady Anne is clearly high up but did not have the power to get Nora directly killed, so had to resort to this method which Albert subverted.
I suppose this is another aspect of what TBC said above, if you have too much time on your hands and your society is already rigid and hierarchical then this is the kind of thing you will end up wasting your time on, because you have nothing better to do than petty power games with your fellow vampires. It's a bit sad really.
Not entirely I would say, but certainly there is a measure of truth to this view.There is literally no hope for advancement, aside from time and occasional rituals. Your status is directly tied to how old you are and who your sire was. So the society is not just stagnant but utterly stable provided no one really old gets murdered (which is really hard to do) since the elders are so powerful.
Eorhic is going to be developed.Not much to say about Eorhic's bit, honestly. I have a few idle thoughts about whether he might be someone we already know, but for the moment I'll keep them to myself pending future revelations.
I can't help but feel that Nora has inadvertently become a pawn in some sort of great game between Albert and Lady Anne -- at least, if she wasn't already. I also have a feeling that the Lady isn't one to take being snubbed like that lightly, but of course she wouldn't have lasted as long as she has if she didn't have some measure of patience and guile herself...
In certain areas, and for certain creatures, that is no doubt true.True, but I was thinking of external threats. No werewolves or gangs of marauding vampire hunters. It's all very settled and decadent with no thought of security. The only real enemies are daylight and boredom.
As mentioned prevoiusly Werewolf is the WoD line that I think meshes least well with all the others, which may be why I dislike it.Oh, I suppose that is one area of excitement. Being a vampire who hunts and fights to destroy anyone who poses any physical threat should prove diverting and interesting. By this time though I imagine werewolves have mostly been wiped out and only the smartest human hunters and magic users remain against the vamps. The blood ducker have too many advantages and infinite time to work with compared with humanity.
Well, that would be tellingProbably true, with the hint at voodoo zombies in the Americas providing another set of potential non-dead adversaries. WW VvZ? Is there going to be an analog between the supernatural groups for the human war getting ready to start? Or is it just the vampires vs humans in their parasitic, power-mining way?
So as mentioned part of the purpose of this scene was to show a little vampire power-game, and provide some context to the slight barbed gestures between Anne and Albert hitherto. I also wanted to try my hand at writing Albert from an external perspective, thinking about how Albert comes across. Finally this is very much a companion section to Albert's meeting with Fagin.
Also I find third-person present tense an interesting technical challenge to write in, and so I chose that. Which is self-indulgent I admit, but then a goodly part of AAR writing like this is as a writing exercise so I hope an excusable one. I am not exactly sure how best to employ it tbh. Here I felt it made sense since Albert's passages are, of course, written in first-person present, so keeping the present tense seems thematically consistent. If anyone would care to offer I would appreciate any thoughts or critiques of how it worked (or not, as the case may be).
The Eorhic section is mostly, admittedy more procedural, and as much to remind us of Eorhic at this stage, though as mentioned to @Specialist290 more will soon develop here.
And we come to an end of Chapter 1. This ended up taking a good bit longer in real-time than I had originally hoped. I have viewed these various sections as ways of me as the writer (and all you as readers) getting acquainted with the two primary characters of our tale thus far, plus a view of the people closest around them. My hope is Chapter 2 will be completed in somewhat swifter fashion - but being realistic I have no idea.