Indeed, peace did not descend well. Sure, the fighting between Continents held steady, as each kept to their own land mass and natural selection meant those savages on the in-between islands passed away, but the tension between the classes held strong, simmering in wait until the next servant revolution or creation of deadly eradication papers.
Into this Post-Phillip era (for my sake, here I shall call it the Freidrichian Era, after the leading Mister Costello, Phillip’s nephew, Freidrich Costello) was born the first son of a couple who married for linage and never admitted that they might have emotional ties for each other, despite the tension and abuse their similar hotheadedness produced. At least, they had incredibly pleasurable intercourse, and begat four offspring: Iuan (m), the brave one; Hecate (f), the ingenious, deceptive-like-her-parents one; Desmona (f), the fashionable one; and Kian (m), the studious one.
As first-born, Iuan was naturally exposed to much training and stress as his parents demanded expectations of him. You’ll recall how each eldest Costello of which the narrator of this Almanac knew reacted to the position. In the Pre-Phillip/Invasion Era, Kian took charge with a strong fair hand, but suffered no love, yet flirted with Octavia and was banished, and the war claimed him. Stuart’s mild manners won out over his firm leadership and he relinquished the Mansion; in the Freidrichian Era, society began to fall apart; without a war to fight, they turned on themselves.
Where his uncle used his skills to save the two Continents, Freidrich was pragmatic to the point of devising a scheme to rid The Continent of the lower classes. Who knows how he grow up to be so…emotionally abusive, but Freidrich suffered the first-child issues by becoming a monster, whom even his wife could not at times stand.
Iuan, on the other hand, took the first-born role a lot better than his predecessors. At first, to his parents, he neither attacked the role with volatile stability or simmering aggression. Instead, Iuan progressed through his studies without many novice ideas. Despite showing acuity for Latin, he did not have a particular interest in language or debate; whilst he excelled in rapier and riding, he had not an affinity with animals or athleticism like his grandfather; and, though his mother rarely discouraged artistry, Iuan’s paintings – when he lifted a brush – were average.
It was in his late teens that Iuan showed something more than mere obedience. His father’s hand had always been strong, not to be argued with, but Iuan was the least beaten of all of them. Indeed, the strong Costello men have been of argumentative blood – that was their will for change. Rion, Phillip, Benjamin, Stuart…so many of Phillip’s Era were greedy for change – and whilst they did get it, the peace lingered with that question-mark. No fighting but further scars in the class system. And this shows the differences between the generations. Stuart aimed for the physical, but when Iuan made his move, it was logical.
He joined The Big College when he was nineteen, and, being the Costello son, he quickly became a favourite amongst the professors, one of which was a Hazella Maverique – a strange officer who broke the law and pretended to be a boy to learn and train, but yet was accepted when she finally admitted (to herself more than anything) that she’d never felt like a woman. Even her self-maiming was acceptable. This is The Continent, remember. As long as society is in check, the self matters little intrinsically.
When mechanical flying machines (planes to you and I) were spotted in the distant skies, The Big College started discussing Iuan, who happened to be around since he was thinking about his further education, argued that bringing soldiers might suggest a return to war, and they’d need something subtler. Although he didn’t know much about the Espionage Team, he was invited to join them instead of further education. Iuan accepted, and soon found himself commanding an ‘away mission’ to discover what the mechanical flying birds were. To this he took easier, cementing his Time with the Espionage Team also meant time away from the Mansion and his father, suggesting that his inability to vocalise his new ideas came from a hidden anxiety. Anxiety – as little as known about it still – has already been shown to be present in the Costellos of Montgomery strain; Aunt Elyse died of Middle Child Syndrome.
The Espionage Team sneaked into The Second Continent – and discovered more than the planes they’d set out to find. An equal Espionage Team on the other side, who captured them, but treated them not like the slaves they would’ve been during the wars, but like equals.
And this interested Iuan. Thus, the Iuanian Era of true peace began.
A story is unwritten, and a plot is one that will not be completely revealed so frivolously. Needless to say, however, that change from The Continent of the Almanac’s knowledge is fleeting, almost replaced by a new one of the age where electrostatic inventions from ‘Equador’, formerly The Second Continent, start altering the appearance of The Continent.
With the chance for everyone to light their abodes and be powered by something more, business began booming for lower-middle class tradesman. The servant revolution was more of a subtle change on hold for years. Now, the servants began choosing their employers with more esteem than before, when their lives had been geared solely for living for others. Like the throwing-star champion of The Second Continent’s Espionage team suggested, schooling started opening up to all who wanted it, though the numbers tended to be the same.
Iuan Costello is the eldest son of classist Freidrich Costello. Whilst initially unremarkable, Iuan shows promise when he leads the Espionage Team to make true peace and exploration in the Second Continent.
By the way, it’s pronounced You-Ann.