Downton: Household control

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  1. The year is 1912, The Earl and Countess of Waldegrave have just written their heirs inviting them to Downton for a much needed visit, yet something else seems to be on their minds.

    Topics Upstairs

    The sinking of the RMS Titanic, The future of Downton estate, the Earl's health

    Topics Downstairs

    The household Butler has been fired suddenly. The staff rework has begun.

    The Village talk

    Downton Castle Layout and information


    ♦ No explicit language or sexual content

    Staff Rules
    by TheOddball
    Servant’s Quarters
    • [BCOLOR=transparent]Downton Abbey is the home of the servants as well as the family[/BCOLOR]
    • [BCOLOR=transparent]The servants rooms and quarters are maintained by the housekeeper[/BCOLOR]
    • [BCOLOR=transparent]The family will choose not to enter these areas unless of an exceptional circumstance[/BCOLOR]
    • [BCOLOR=transparent]There are cottages on the estate which married couples may be granted access too, but this is a rarity[/BCOLOR]
    • [BCOLOR=transparent]Marriage is not encouraged while in service as it will hinder promotion[/BCOLOR]

    Fellow Servants
    • [BCOLOR=transparent]It can be easy to quarrel with fellow servants in a household such as this, so take care to not let anger illustrate your actions.[/BCOLOR]
    • [BCOLOR=transparent]If you have argued, do not attempt to speak ill of them to the family. If this behaviour is discovered by the Butler, you will damage your reputation more than the person with whom you have argued[/BCOLOR]
    • [BCOLOR=transparent]Not everyone may share your sense of humour; be mindful of this[/BCOLOR]
    • [BCOLOR=transparent]Female staff are reminded of the behaviour expected of them towards male staff; anything overly familiar is inappropriate and unladylike.[/BCOLOR]

    Visiting Servants
    • [BCOLOR=transparent]Guests to the house may arrive with their own valets and maids[/BCOLOR]
    • [BCOLOR=transparent]It is expected that they may have their own way of going about things, particularly staff visiting from America[/BCOLOR]
    • [BCOLOR=transparent]Be careful not to speak of the family in a poor light in front of visiting servants, as rumours may spread[/BCOLOR]
    • [BCOLOR=transparent]Do not seek gossip from visiting servants[/BCOLOR]

    • [BCOLOR=transparent]An early start is essential as a number of jobs can be done while the family is asleep[/BCOLOR]
    • [BCOLOR=transparent]Duties should be carried out in an organised manner to avoid confusion and haste[/BCOLOR]
    • [BCOLOR=transparent]The Bell Board is very important, if in the servant’s hall or in the quarters it must be paid attention to to avoid the family upstairs from waiting[/BCOLOR]
    • [BCOLOR=transparent]If partaking in a job that is unclean, make sure to wear proper protection[/BCOLOR]
    • [BCOLOR=transparent]Cleanliness is particularly important; bathing should be frequent[/BCOLOR]
    • [BCOLOR=transparent]Special attention must be made to the face and hands to ensure full cleanliness, especially if serving the family or undressing them[/BCOLOR]
    • [BCOLOR=transparent]Good dental health is expected[/BCOLOR]
    • [BCOLOR=transparent]Retiring to bed can only be done once you finish all the jobs you need to complete for the day[/BCOLOR]

    Staff Meals
    • [BCOLOR=transparent]Servant’s meals are served by the kitchen staff, who will eat after the others (when instructed by the Cook)[/BCOLOR]
    • [BCOLOR=transparent]When/if the Butler enters, you must rise from the table. The same is to be applied for a member of the family.[/BCOLOR]
    • [BCOLOR=transparent]Breakfast is before the family begin to wake, lunch is after the family’s luncheon and dinner is after the family’s dinner. This means lunch and dinner are fairly late in the day.[/BCOLOR]

    • [BCOLOR=transparent]Do not walk through the front of the house unless in uniform or other work reasons[/BCOLOR]
    • [BCOLOR=transparent]The family upstairs will normally give warning if they plan to be in servant areas[/BCOLOR]
    • [BCOLOR=transparent]Kitchen staff are not permitted upstairs except in exceptional circumstances[/BCOLOR]
    • [BCOLOR=transparent]Scullery maids are not to be seen upstairs outside of their allocated jobs[/BCOLOR]
    • [BCOLOR=transparent]The Cook may go upstairs to present menus to Lady of the house[/BCOLOR]

    • [BCOLOR=transparent]Respect his Lordship and his family[/BCOLOR]
    • [BCOLOR=transparent]Do not spread rumours about said family[/BCOLOR]
    • [BCOLOR=transparent]Never speak ill of said family[/BCOLOR]
    • [BCOLOR=transparent]Uphold their reputation, even outside of the workplace[/BCOLOR]
    • [BCOLOR=transparent]Offer this same respect to the family’s children, relative and friends[/BCOLOR]
    • [BCOLOR=transparent]Even a pet of the family is to be treated with respect[/BCOLOR]
    • [BCOLOR=transparent]Remember, his Lordship is respecting you with his employment of you and his trust[/BCOLOR]

    Qualities to be admired in a servant:
    • [BCOLOR=transparent]Modesty; always seek to portray modest/respectful behaviour. Impressing your employers will put you in a better light.[/BCOLOR]
    • [BCOLOR=transparent]Listen and learn; get to know how your master/mistress likes to be served, as everyone has a habitual routine. It is advised to keep note of how experienced staff go about their business.[/BCOLOR]
    • [BCOLOR=transparent]Ask questions about how to provide the best service, in an appropriate manner of course[/BCOLOR]
    • [BCOLOR=transparent]A good sense of humour is appreciated[/BCOLOR]
    • [BCOLOR=transparent]Anticipating the needs of the family is essential; it saves time and shows you to be a good servant[/BCOLOR]

    Qualities to be disapproved of:
    • [BCOLOR=transparent]Refrain from being talkative and boastful[/BCOLOR]
    • [BCOLOR=transparent]While humility is to be admired, giving ‘back answers’ is not. It will not be tolerated by the Butler, Housekeeper or Cook.[/BCOLOR]
    • [BCOLOR=transparent]Actions such as muttering as you leave the room, slamming doors and marching heavily down the stairs is not appropriate behaviour if you have an issue with someone or an event that has happened[/BCOLOR]
    • [BCOLOR=transparent]Do not ‘tell tales’ - interfering in the events of others is not admirable[/BCOLOR]
    • [BCOLOR=transparent]Wastefulness is a sin; save for yourself and your employer[/BCOLOR]
    Character Roles

    The Earl of Waldegrave- Joseph Waldegrave
    Countess of Waldegrave- Helen Waldegrave/York
    Title Heir- Raymond Waldegrave

    Upper servants

    Housekeeper-Mrs. Margaret Webster
    Ladies maids- Ms. Alice Kingsley

    Valets- Mr. Cian Delaney

    Under servants

    Kitchen maid-
    House maid-Ms. Rhian Kendrick
    Scullery maid-
    Footmen-Mr. Davy Hunt

    Senior Servants

    Head Gardener-

    Staff Information

    Character Sheet

    Name and Age Information
    Name and title:
    Name Pronunciation:
    Birth Date:

    Physical Information
    Hair Color/Length/Texture/Style:

    Speech and Posture Information
    Voice Pitch:
    Average Volume:
    Speech Mannerisms (talks with hands, stutters, ect.):
    General Posture:
    Gait (walks with confidence, head down, short/long strides, etc.):
    How they enter a room (confidently, shouting greetings, smiles all round, quietly and sliding into a corner, etc.):
    Physical Disabilities:
    Tendency to Fall Ill on a Scale of 1-10:
    Extra Details Here:

    Personality Information
    Describe in three words:
    View on Humanity in General:
    Rate how trusting they are of strangers from 1-10:
    Introvert or Extrovert?
    Optimist or Pessimist?
    Realistic or Dreamer?
    Generous or Stingy?
    Methodical and Neat or Messy and Disorganized?
    Overenthusiastic or Apathetic?
    Main Character Strength:
    Main Character Weakness:
    Good Traits:
    Neutral Traits:
    Bad Traits:
    Religious Information:
    Tactics to Achieve ambition (examples: amuse, manipulate, beg, impress, seduce, dictate, relax, etc.):

    Background Information

    (include titles/positions if known)
    Other Relatives:
    Extra Details Here:

    Present Information

    Plans if they should die (how their possessions will be divided, where they’ll be put to rest, etc):
    Known Language(s):
    Criminal Record (if any):

    Extra Details Here:

    Chapter one; Household Control
    April 22nd, 1912

    #1 WrittenAll Over, Jan 6, 2016
    Last edited by a moderator: Mar 5, 2016
  2. Question: does your character have to be a servant or heir can mine be a ward
  3. I think that for now, we'really not going to do wards or other Lords and ladies other than the house family until we get going. However, We will most definitely add later. We actually have all the heirs themselves filled. The stuff we have left is in the link down below.

    GROUP RP PLOTTING - Downton Abbey Spin-off fun |
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