Origin: DVII, London
Occupation: Red Cross aid worker
Played By: Thal
Granddaughter of DVII’s Patron, Edward Northbrook, and daughter to well-known and much loved philanthropist Eleanor Northbrook-Grey. Her father, Alistair Grey, was convicted of funding terrorist groups in America in 2042, and is currently serving his sentence in Moscow. She has two sisters.
Officially the Northbrooks have renounced all association with Alistair Grey, and Eleanor has reverted to her unmarried name. Legally, Natalie’s surname remains unchanged, but the Grey is most often dropped.
While in Africa, to differentiate herself from her Northbrook legacy in a country that had little care for who she is — and perhaps to make some silent point — she used the surname Grey.
Natalie has never had a great media presence, so little is known – though there is plenty of speculation. Photographs taken during Alistair Grey’s trial often show her as unsmiling and intense, supporting her portrayal as cold and distant, a father’s daughter. Accounts that she was either involved or complicit in her father’s crimes were quashed at the time, but her reputation as a shining daughter of the Northbrook family has never recovered, partly aided by her silence. She has never given a public interview concerning her father. Her aid work overseas is usually considered exile, though there is debate over whether it is self-inflicted from guilt, or imposed by her family.
Pale blonde hair, light green-blue eyes. Fair skin, average tall and of petite frame. She has the grace and poise afforded by her privileged upbringing, and her accent is enunciated and crisp, advertising clearly where she is from. The intensity of her pale stare is sometimes mistaken for haughtiness. Certainly the media paints her as cold.
Natalie’s past blends seamlessly with the Northbrook legacy, until 2040 — when she was seventeen — and her father Alistair Grey was arrested for funding American terrorists. In the aftermath of the fire that destroyed their house — and much of the evidence against her father — the tabloids picked apart her childhood, but found little the Northbrooks did not yield willingly. Her early years were privileged and rosy, one of three cherubic daughters born to much loved philanthropist Eleanor Northbrook-Grey. There was little to distinguish her from her sisters.
During the trial, Natalie was noted for her dogged attendance, leading to additional speculation that she was aware of or complicit in her father’s activities. No evidence was ever brought against her, and she has never spoken out about her father. Though Edward Northbrook’s reputation suffered from the scandal, the Northbrooks rallied quickly, and the furore around Natalie died. These days rumours exist only in conspiracy theorist circles, and mainstream media attention on the Northbrooks rarely places its eye on Natalie. She is considered the family’s wayward daughter, their black sheep, but out of sight is out of mind; other than the stale old question of why she chose to leave London, there is precious little in the way of intrigue to report.
As such little note was ever made of her decision to work overseas. The official public spin was of course lorded as a daughter following her mother’s example.
She spent some time working at a women’s shelter in Tanzania before, due to undisclosed reasons, she moved to Masiaka in Sierra Leone, where she taught at St. James school. Following civil unrest and a visitation order from her father, Natalie returned to the Custody in 2046.
After some weeks in forced convalescence at the family estate in France, she travelled to Moscow to register as a channeler at the behest of her family. In reality she had planned to meet with her father, however the wound of his abandonment proved too great, and she never made the appointment.
Following the fundraiser held by Ascendancy, Natalie agreed to accompany the Rod of Dominion Jay Carpenter to America in a bid to help Jay’s sister — under the understanding that she would ensure he was returned to the Custody. They travelled with Jensen James, but have yet to return.
- Alistair Grey — Natalie’s father, with whom she has had a non-existent relationship since his imprisonment in 2040. He contacted her in 2045, while she was still in Africa, but she never made the meeting. After events in America, mostly owing to Jay Carpenter’s meddling, Natalie has opened strained communication with him.
- Eleanor Northbrook — Natalie’s philanthropist mother. She was responsible for hiring Legion Premiere, who were intended to retrieve Natalie safely from Sierra Leone amidst the civil disturbance.
- Edward Northbrook — Natalie’s grandfather and Patron of DVII. Recently he has come under political strain after Natalie failed to uphold her promise to the Ascendancy that she would return the Rod of Dominion Jay Carpenter to Moscow.
- Isobel Northbrook — Natalie’s oldest sister (by 2 years). Currently 24.
- Alice Northbrook — Natalie’s youngest sister (by 5 years). Currently 16.
Though Natalie’s soul has lived before, she is not attached to the myths of any pantheon, and is indeed not born into every age. When she is reborn, it is in conjunction with another with whom her life always tangles. In the 3rd Age she lived as Nythadri Vanditera.