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Olin Idalamar BG

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Olin Idalamar



Olin Giacomo Idalamar

b. P.I. 7950 - d. P.I. 7890


Born in P.I. 7950, Idalamar was educated by monks of the Vespertyne order of the Dia Khovaria, and until the age of 12, was self-employed as a painter, sculptor and student of the arts. Introduced to Cardinal Xander of the Dia Khovaria, during his travels to Hanaan IV at the age of 18, he was retained privately as architect, consultant and prophet, when Xander I became Reidyr in P.I. 7930.


Idalamar firmly believed that through the use of technology man could know god. Despite his benefactor’s wishes to see Idalamar prosper, during his lifetime Idalamar and his works receded from visibility by commandment of Archdeacon Claudio Vespertini, who feared the revolutionary implications of technologies defined in Idalamar’s belief system, and sought to have Idalamar’s works contained and eventually eliminated. He conflicted with Xander I on this one matter; a moot point at the time of the Reidyr’s passing in 7900.


Vespertini commanded that the name Idalamar be “washed” from all monuments and edifices throughout the period of 7900-7890, at which time he ordered that the Reidyr’s engineer be excommunicated for heresy, his workshop on Hanaan be destroyed, and that he be sentenced to death by flame, because of Idalamar’s declaration that science would someday allow us to know god.


Olin Idalamar died a lonely man, in the Winter of 7890. He had no surviving spouse or heir. Three years later civilization was thrust into the Universal Technological Recession of mankind. It was during that time that a second, “secret workshop” was discovered, on Mu Aquilae, and was systematically torn apart by agents of the D.K.. In a movement to discredit his work and influence, plans and sketches were sold and traded for next to nothing by mandate during a private auction.


Since that time, traces of Idalamar’s enigmatic work have turned up throughout the Imperium, Great Houses and even a museum warehouse in Frontier Zone 17. The design directive for many of these drawings remains unclear to this day, and has even inspired some impressive forgeries.



Idalamar is said to have preceded the FTL age by 6500 years when he illustrated a TBD network as early as 7930. Many of his drawings and documentation are written in multiple languages ranging from Ancient Italian and Demotic hybrids, to elusive mixtures of symbols (pre-masonic cipher encryptions). No one understood his work at the time. He was considered crazy, a dreamer at best.


Idalamar created the earliest known radiographic mark on all of his papers, known as the “eye” of Idalamar, and which show up to the naked eye only after exposure to gamma radiation. His plastipapers were all hand-made and of a unique polymer fiber and possessed a consistency that has lived and aged well-beyond its era, and in under (often times) adverse storage conditions. His mark “ <0> “ is so far the only test of accuracy against the slew of falsifications and forgeries which have also arisen, culminating with several prime examples of digital piracy. So far there have been 102 known forgeries in balance to the total of 22 known and documented sketches. Documents interpreting Idalamar’s designs and teachings were highly sought-after during the Wars of Integration, during Macedon I’s paranoid scavenger hunt for psionic and theoretical knowledge.


The remainder of Idalamar’s oeuvre remains forgotten, and much of it has been destroyed, with much uncertainty remaining as to how many notebooks he might have filled during the sixty years of his life.




A rudimentary schematic has been unearthed in one private collector’s home on Tau Ceti. Indicated on the back is a diagram of the molecular structure of Andrium, (the material used for M/A reactions). 6,000 years before the Andrium for Science League developed it!




IAI Classifications Director Olgi C. Krystovnich (historian and cryptologist) happened upon one of Idalamar’s earliest designs, ca. Pre-Imp. 7971, located and released from a personal collection on Alpha Volantis. In this drawing, she identified a prototype that reflected the properties and design components for a flourine based quantum computer!




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