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The Phantomhive earldom is in charge of a strictly confidential agency known as "Phantomhive," which has been under the direct control of Queen Victoria for generations. The earls themselves are often called the "Queen's Watchdogs" or the "Aristocrats of Evil."
The agency Phantomhive covers up any number of criminal acts carried out by the Royal Family and eliminates all who may seek to harm the Royal Family as well as every thread linking to the Royal Family's involvement, no matter how dirty the method. Fred Abberline describes Phantomhive as the opposite of Scotland Yard in that it uses the powers of "evil" to carry out Queen Victoria's orders.
The Phantomhive earldom maintains the division between the "polite society" and the "underworld" of Great Britain. It employs its "monstrous authority" to rule over and police the country's underworld. It makes sure that the underbelly of the East End, and criminals and blackguards of other nations who congregate therein do not disrupt the polite society. An interference with the polite society usually prompts the Queen to rely on the Phantomhive earldom to annihilate it, as clearly depicted when the Queen ordered Ciel Phantomhive to investigate and solve a number of cases.
Since Phantomhive is a secret committee that carries out special duties, the funds for its activities and its rewards cannot be included in the nation's budget. Thus, the Scotland Yard members personally deliver the bribe money to the existing head of the Phantomhive family.
Base of Operations
The Phantomhive earldom's primary base of operations is the Phantomhive Manor. However, when carrying out missions, the Phantomhive head can temporarily relocate to his townhouse in London for convenience and to facilitate his task.
- Main article: Phantomhive Manor
Identified Members of the Phantomhive House
- Earl Ciel Phantomhive
- Former Earl Vincent Phantomhive
- Former Countess Rachel Phantomhive
- Lady Francis Phantomhive (later married into the Midford house and became Marchioness Midford)
- Cloudia Phantomhive
- Ciel Phantomhive (head)
- Sebastian Michaelis (butler)
- Finnian (gardener)
- Baldroy (chef)
- Mey-Rin (maid)
- Tanaka (house steward)
- Snake (footman)
- Sebastian the dog (deceased)