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The Tale
In her younger years Queen Victoria found herself and her entourage racing indoors after a rather sunny day had gone sour as the sun had already vanished behind dark clouds. Whilst they were storing their parasols and canes she noticed the small form of her youngest relative remaining outside. When she asked him to quickly get inside before the rain started he cooly stated without turning around "I much prefer this dreary world that only I see the beauty in to the one that seems to only revolve around you." Although her majesty knew he did not mean to slight her she still retorted, rather loudly, to those around her "Well then perhaps rather than your family's lands'
your earldom should be over all that is grey. You shall be The Earl Grey from now on."

The nobles laughed as Victoria began to make her way down the hall, but stopped abruptly when a glint caught her eye. The boy had turned under the darkened sky, the rain finally starting to come down gently around him, his face completely enveloped by the shadows. Only a bright off center circle could be seen glimmering past the rain and the darkness to the guests. Over sized as it was for the small boy he still wore the monocle handed down to him, light from some unknown source reflecting back towards the group. Victoria looked towards him nervously. While it was impossible to tell she had an eerie feeling that the widest smile she had ever seen was now lurking in the shadows before her. His voice rang clearly across the yard as if he was standing directly next to them,

"Put it in writing."

The Now
Left his family's care at a young age to make his own way in life. Returned after many silent years of "living in the grey parts of the world." With a new fortune to match his original family's entire worth the Earl describes his profession as that of a tea tradesmen, importing and exporting to countries around the world. Of course some have jested that it is a mock business that only imports tea for his personal use. As one known associate of the Earl once stated:

"It would take at least an entire fleet to keep up with his habits, I must say. But anyway, do you have any marbles or not?" - Lady Elizabeth Patch

Controlling his vast lands and assets from a hidden manor within the mountains of Scotland (not telling you which one) little else is known about the earl. He has been known to employ both sky pirate and mad scientists when it suits his fancy, however has yet to socialize much with either as they are 'the help'.

Reports have been made of a massive dark cloud that seems to appear either immediately before or after his arrival at any location. Some speculate that this may be linked to the fact that no one has ever seen the man in transit.

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At 2:24pm on March 25, 2014, Leslie Orton said…

Mr. Grey,

I was wondering if you had any written works you might want to submit for publication in The Aether Chronicle? There is space in the next edition, if you are interested?



At 10:47am on February 27, 2014, Leslie Orton said…

Mr. Grey,

What are these adventures of which you speak? I do have an existing thread through my newspaper surround what I call "Mechanoids", so feel free to submit your story about an automaton. I would also be interested in the lifestyle of a 'Mad Aristocrat' and everything that that title entails!



At 5:30pm on February 26, 2014, Leslie Orton said…

Mr. Grey,

My name is Leslie Orton, I publish a Steampunk newspaper entitled The Aether Chronicle. I was wondering if you would be interested in contributing to my newspaper? Perhaps as the subject of a feature article? Perhaps detailing one of your mad adventures? If you would like to review past editions of The Chronicle, please feel free to visit my Page.



At 9:32pm on July 28, 2013, Sidney said…

Hello old friend! Just thought I'd stop by and leave a hello. 

At 7:11am on July 7, 2012, Mademoiselle Suzette Cherie said…

Earl Grey, You are a darling darling man! Thank you for the mermaid compliment. (((hugs)))

At 1:48pm on July 6, 2012, JoHnny de-Lux said…

Earl Grey is either a cup-cake or a blend of weak tea mi old china...hahaHa

At 9:44pm on March 11, 2012, Alexandraya Lee-Aluna Belu said…

Ah, well then. 

At 8:57pm on March 11, 2012, Alexandraya Lee-Aluna Belu said…

Oh dear, you are not going to allow me to get away from them are you, good sir?

At 7:37pm on March 10, 2012, Alexandraya Lee-Aluna Belu said…

Oh my, interactions!

At 3:47pm on March 10, 2012, Thessalonica Jones said…

you don't have to be lonely anymore, REMEMBER, you have all of us. take care, Earl.

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