Downton Abbey AU: Downton Abbey is more than just the residence of the Crawley family, it’s the base from which one of England’s most infamous crime families operates. Infighting, power struggles, questioning loyalties, spies everywhere - and that’s just within the walls of the house. This is the story of a family, and the employees who do their bidding and keep their secrets. Presided over by the powerful, wise, and utterly ruthless matriarch, Violet, who will stop at nothing to ensure her kingdom stays in tact… at any cost. She is the Godmother.