I submit to thee for thine interpretation the crest of thy family in all it's dark splendor.
The large crest that resides over the family estate is dirty and scarred with age and many other unknown assaults. Were it not for the pristine conditions of the lawn, courtyard and ediface of the house proper one would think the crest belonged to an abandoned estate. It is on purpose actually that the crest is so dismal, it is to show the strength of the house. How it has weathered time, and tortures of unnatural natures. The details though covered in what appears to be soot and grime are quite detailed none the less. Storm clouds with sheets of rain and lightening leap out from the scrolled edges, at its center a great bird is soaring through the clouds toward the viewer. If one stares long enough they would swear to seeing the clouds shift, the lightening clash and the rains fall. Even the bird may be seen weaving in and out of the clouds. Others may say that it made noise with a faint low rumble that might be thunder and the bird's cry shrill and high but yet far away. Those who know the family and have studied the crest in length recognize the bird as a pheonix, eternal like the house. Many scholars have tried to trace back the heritage of the family but always reach dead ends. Only those who live and work for the family know the truth, in a hidden library is the family tree every name accurate to the dot of an "i". The house is unique in that once you leave the courtyard and go inside after leaving the foruer you enter an atrium that houses one single tree. There on the tree held about its girth with a long sash of silk is another crest but this one is kept shining in the light. It truelly is the family tree. Planted by the first of the family, if ever it were to fall and its age counted one would know the true age of the family.
Probably more than you were looking for but it was fun to write it out.