Genetics and Reproduction
Growth Rate & Stages
Civilization and Culture
Common Etiquette Rules
Pureblood vampires are those who were part of the group of humans who were originally turned by Dunstan, Arch of Obscurum, and the Sphinxes. There are very few left, as most of them died in the Great War. The ones who survived are immensely powerful and nigh impossible to kill. Purebloods are never targeted by the Hunters, since they are the only vampires who can reliably rein in a rogue. When the Hunter Society became official, they made a pact with the Purebloods: if there was ever any rogue who could not be killed by the Society, a Pureblood is to be summoned to take care of the issue. Purebloods are fickle creatures, however, and taking care of the issue may not result in the killing of the rogue.
Purebloods are the ultimate authority of vampires. Due to a quirk in the magic that helped create them, all vampires except other Purebloods are compelled to follow a direct order from a Pureblood. Due to this, vampires have a way of talking that has them never giving a direct order to another unless it is necessary.
Given their capricious nature, one must always be polite when talking to a Pureblood, no matter how well one knows the Pureblood. The politest form of the language in which they talk must always be used, and they must always be referred to as Lord/Lady Pureblood. Often, the name of the Pureblood is omitted unless one is on friendly terms with the Pureblood.
Eminents are vampires directly created by Purebloods, and are rarely under 500 years old. There are a few left from the humans turned during the war, but most Eminents were created after the Great War officially ended. They were the ones who set up the idea of clans amongst vampires. This idea turned into what is know known as a Consanguinity - a group of vampires who can trace their lineage to one Eminent. The Eminent decide the name of the Consanguinity.
Like the Purebloods, Eminents have the ability to directly compel vampires, but their ability is a little more restricted. Eminent cannot compel any Pureblood, nor can they compel any vampire outside of their Consanguinity. Because of this ability, however, they too must be addressed with polite language and be referred to as Eminent vampire name of the Consanguinity name.
As the title suggests, Aristocrats are those vampires who are considered the upper echelon of vampire society. They are any vampire made by an Eminent that is over 500 years old. Mortals are unable to tell the difference between Aristocrats, Matures, and Fledglings; vampires are trained from the day they are turned to understand the subtleties that tell the difference between the classes.
Aristocrats also have the ability to compel other vampires, but like Eminents, they can only compel vampires with a direct lineage underneath them. They do not utilize this ability nearly as much as Eminents and Purebloods. Younger vampires, including other Aristocrats who are younger than the vampire in question, must address an Aristocrat as such: Sir/Madam vampire name of the Consanguinity name.
Vampires between the ages of 100 to 500 years are considered mature. By this time in their new life, they have learned to control their bloodlust to an acceptable degree, and their skill in their element is adept at worst. They are considered the commoners of the Consanguinity, and are the most numerous class of vampires. Using polite language around them is only reserved for Neophytes, who must always address them as vampire name of the Consanguinity name.
Vampires under the age of 100 years are Neophytes. They can be created by any of the other ranks of vampire, but are almost always created by Aristocrats or Matures. In some ways they are considered the most dangerous vampire class, for Neophytes are unable to control their bloodlust around living humans. They must always be under constant watch by a Mature or Aristocrat vampire, and are considered the slaves of the Consanguinity. Other vampires in the Consanguinity only address Neophytes as Neophyte/servant/slave/boy/girl, unless they have taken a special liking to the Neophyte.
Neophytes are not allowed to use the Consanguinity name in conjunction with their own name until they have proven they have full control over their bloodlust. Also, they are not allowed to use their magic outside of training sessions unless their own life is in peril.
Rogues are not an official class recognized by vampires, but they are a class where the Hunter Society is concerned. These are the vampires that indiscriminately feed off humans with no regard for proper working of vampire society. They are considered lower on the hierarchy than Neophytes, and generally ignored by most vampires. Rogues are normally younger than 500 years old. Once they are determined to have gone rogue, by either vampires or a group of humans who feel vampires are attacking them indiscriminately, the Hunter Society is informed. Their life expectancy drops significantly after this event.