Public Opinion of the Races

The public might not understand or have access to all the information on these people. Knowledge varies by profession and proximity to supernatural business. Some personal assistants know a lot about vampire disciplines (but they've had to sign NDAs for a few of the details). Some idiots will think they know a lot of things (but luckily if they offend the right Elder no one will miss them that much). In general, the public knows about the main splats, has suspicions about some others, and is quite content with how the world is.

Vampires

These are the most prominently public figures. They are known widely as leaders (CEOs, celebrities, etc) but also as freaks (classic nosferatu imagery in the sewer does come to mind). So while they are associated with glamour, wealth, power, and leaderships—they are still lumped together with the murderers and monsters wandering the streets.

By far, the most publicly celebrated group.

Werewolves

Still referred to as "Dogs" by laypeople, this group is the most distant from human society. They've interpreted their oath to mean the herd must not know the dangers they are in (with some adjustments defining the "herd" outside of the government, now that it's run by hunters). Spirits are secrets they must protect the stupid stupid humans from, which means their powers too remain a mystery.

Playing religion or hermit helps them keep to themselves. People don't quite think of them as humans, and, well, at least they got that much right.

Changelings

"Fairies" are one of the more misunderstood groups. Because their powers vary, and their place in society is so unsteady, people lump pretty much anything they can't identify into this group. That is to say, the common phrase, "probably some fairy bullshit".

Unfortunately, because the state believes in a whoever-has-the-most-power and whatever-won't-mess-with-the-status-quo, Fetches are legally the human and retain all power over the Changeling's assets (unless the Fetch is mysteriously replaced by a slightly amnesiac slightly different version of the person, then the state will turn a blind eye—since there is no victim left to complain about it). Because the whole "kidnapped" rhetoric is questioned by the state, people tend to see them in the same light as fae and figure they are enchanters who try to lie their ways into humans' lives.

They are also seen as less human because they are so readily identified by their own kind, and the art put forth of their true form has the government a little uncomfortable.

Mages

Mages are lucky. Not only are they associated with more whimsical names— "wizards", "witches", "magicians", etc.—they can blend in very easily with human society. Mages have a quiet presence. Most work for the state, quite happy to encourage human ignorance on the existence of time and death and fate magic (the list could really go on).

This is the only splat that the general public still considers human.

 

Other Races

Anything else is generally lumped into fairy bullshit or vampire slave bullshit (but vampires have a more cohesive story and are motivated to pretend they don't do that—how else will they get on the front cover of Vogue or Daeva?)

 

Public Opinion of the Races

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