Vampyric Titles (or) Otherworlder Mating Rituals 101

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This is for the hardcore among you and those who've read well into Episode 5.

I've had quite a few readers asking more about Vampyric society and I've always been fascinated by the British Peerage system (Lords and Ladies) and all of the archaic rules surrounding those titles. I'm so fascinated by it that I even know, by heart, what I would be called if I were the daughter of an Earl (Lady Paula G.) versus the daughter of a Baron (The Honourable Paula G.)

Vampyrs have a similar system for their nobility, but dare I say, it actually makes more sense! If you're well versed in the rules surrounding British titles, I'd especially like to know your thoughts. Oh! And if any of my readers are Italian or speak Italian and I'm using the language totally wrong, please let me know! Read on and you'll see what I mean.

Anyway, as a bonus, enjoy...

💖 ~ Paula G.

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Okay, so what's the deal with the long title the page announced when introducing the McFadden's at Prince Julian's engagement party?

Just to jiggle your memory, it was in Ep. 5.6 - To Each His Own and went like this:

PAGE: And next, Your Highness, is Sir Geoffrey and Lady Brigitte McFadden, of House McFadden-Primo, of Clan McFadden.

So, Vampyrs (if you haven't noticed) are very, very formal and love pomp and pageantry. Their society is quite feudal and a family's ability to succeed relies on their ability to marry their children off well and to ally themselves with even more powerful families.

In terms of social hierarchy, it goes something like this:

Royalty - THE highest level or power and prestige. The monarchs and their families are the ultimate rulers within Vampyric society. As you would expect, you have a King and Queen, Princes and Princesses.

Lord and Lady (Last Name) - These Vampyrs are the next rung down. They are non-royal Vampyrs in positions of great power, such as Lords of the High Council (the politicians), Lord Protectors (the generals and military leaders) and Lord Bishops (heads of the Vampyric church.) So in Episode 5.6 when we meet Lord Henley, he is a Lord of the High Council. His wife (who we didn't meet) would be referred to as Lady Henley. Given that Vampyric society is highly patriarchal, only male Vampyrs can hold these esteemed positions. However, a female Vampyr married to a Lord of the High Council or a Lord Protector--Bishops are supposed to be celibate--always assume the title "Lady + Her Husband's Last Name."

Sir and Lady (First Name) - These Vampyrs are the third rung down on the social hierarchy. They are the heads of the Great Houses--families who have accumulated great wealth and prestige, usually bestowed upon them by the Vampyr King. This is where the McFadden parents--Sir Geoffrey and Lady Brigitte McFadden--currently stand.

Now, only Lady Brigitte can use the title "Lady" since she is Sir Geoffrey's First Wife. Mina McFadden (Farid's mother) is the Second Wife and is referred to as Mistress McFadden. Anka McFadden (Sir Geoffrey's Third Wife and mother to Astrid and Greta) is referred to as Mrs. McFadden and Mariana McFadden (Sir Geoffrey's Fourth Wife and mother to Mateo) is referred to as Ms. McFadden. Rarely does a male Vampyr have more than four wives--except for Royalty--since none of them can afford it!

Mr. and Mistress, Mrs. or Ms. (Last Name) - These Vampyrs are the fourth rung down. They're either Vampyrs from the Lower Houses or Commoners. There's no way to tell if a Vampyr at this level is from a Lower House or a Commoner unless they are formally introduced, where in that case, the Vampyr from a Lower House would have their House name and affiliation announced as well.

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