When the third species (hominids such as vampires and lycans) resolved to openly proclaim their existence, an abundant number of humans were fearful for the safety of themselves and their families. Something had to be done.
A human-only Global Council was formed to define the new social structure and set up global laws in managing this. All third species were defined as second-class citizens until they proved themselves to be as low risk as they claimed.
They’re still trying to prove that.
Unfortunately for them, whispers of vampire prophecies foretelling of the overthrowing of the human regime has not helped their plight. In fact, it’s only given the Global Council more reason to maintain divisions, especially as they’re already dubious that the third species self-disclosure was part of those very prophecies humans need to ensure never come into fruition.
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‘Locales’ have replaced previously divisible villages, towns, cities and states. Every locale is made up of four districts, each district spanning out from the nucleus where the third species reside.
The Blackthorn series is based around one locale consisting of Blackthorn, Lowtown, Midtown and Summerton. Each district is divided by guarded borders that become increasingly secure the further away from the nucleus they are.
This is the nucleus – the polluted, over-populated, rotten core of the locale. It is the district where vampires (and the fewer numbered lycans) are forced to live. They’re given the dregs in terms of location, provision, opportunities and rights. It is also used as an overflow system for law-evading humans (cons) extradited from the penitentiary across the border in Lowtown. These humans are tagged and unable to leave Blackthorn.
Across the weakly managed border of Blackthorn is Lowtown. Here humans and the third species strive, without choice, to reside together. It’s where the lowest in the human social hierarchy dwell. Provision is poor as are opportunities. Many earn from being feeders to vampires, a role that subsequently prevents them from social development into Midtown. The third species (primarily vampires) that reside there are ‘approved’ e.g. have indicators of academic potential or social acquiescence. Other than those tagged cons, residents of Blackthorn can cross the border into Lowtown during night hours, but all non-residents must return to Blackthorn an hour before dawn. Curfew Enforcement Officers ensure that happens.
Across the border from Lowtown is Midtown. It is predominantly human occupation. All human residents are professional, social or academic contributors. Places are maintained by continually meeting set standards. The only vampires allowed into Midtown are the most elite e.g. diplomats of the vampiric Higher Order (vampire royalty) or those selected for medical procedures to assist humankind. The border is closely guarded.
Across the tightly safeguarded border from Midtown is Summerton. It is an elite, human-only district and the most exclusive, privileged and luxurious. It offers the best in housing, education and lifestyle opportunities. Pollution is minimal, there are greener spaces and is the only district to have access to water e.g. lakes or coastlines. Residents are top of the human social hierarchy. Places have to be earned and maintained through significant academic or social contribution. Residents of Summerton are free to wander wherever they choose, but very few leave the district.
Third Species Control Division (TSCD)
This is the centre of law enforcement responsible for overseeing third species matters. It consists of the:
Vampire Intervention Unit (VIU), Lycan Intervention Unit (LIU) and Demon Intervention Unit (DIU) These units deal with low-key responses to crimes, law and order, maintaining peace and dealing with disputes.
Vampire Control Unit (VCU), Lycan Control Unit (LCU) and Demon Control Unit (DCU) These are the elite, specialist units involved in tracking and convicting known law-evaders or those with detrimental influential power.
Curfew Enforcement Unit (CEU) An elite force managing the curfew system in place between Blackthorn-Lowtown border and, when needed, the Lowtown-Midtown border.
Unidentified Species Unit (USU) The unit responsible for identifying any third species not fitting current criteria.
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