Warning: You are not logged in. Your IP address will be publicly visible if you make any edits. If you log in or create an account, your edits will be attributed to your username, along with other benefits. Anti-spam check. Do not fill this in!==Synopsis== ===Setting of ''Dune''=== Thousands of years in the future, the human race has scattered throughout the galaxy, populating multiple planets ruled by aristocratic Houses who themselves answer to the galaxy's Imperial family Corrino. Key is the control of the desert planet [[Arrakis]], the only source of the valuable [[spice]] [[melange]], which gives those who ingest it extended life and prescient awareness. [[Melange]] is crucial as it enables space travel, which in turn is monopolized by the [[Spacing Guild]]; its [[Guild Navigator|Navigators]] use the spice to safely plot a course for the Guild ships via prescience using "foldspace" technology, which allows instantaneous travel to anywhere in the galaxy. Ten thousand years before the beginning of the story, the human race had purged all machines that replicated many of the functions of the human mind. This event, known as the [[Butlerian Jihad|Butlerian Jihad,]] resulted in the destruction of all the robots, computers, “thinking machines,” and - significantly - the prescient computer navigator. Subsequently, it was necessary to replace spaceship computers with the spice-addicted [[Guild Navigator]]s to allow ships to travel safely through space. The functions of the logical computers were replaced by the [[Mentat]]s, humans who, through intensive training, learned to enter a heightened mental state in which they could perform complex logical computations. The [[spice]] is also crucial to the powerful matriarchal order called the [[Bene Gesserit]]. The secretive [[Bene Gesserit]], often referred to as "witches", possess mental and physical powers developed through a combination of thousands of generations of genetic selection and years of physical and mental conditioning. When a [[Bene Gesserit]] acolyte becomes a full [[Reverend Mother]] by undergoing a massive overdose of specific narcotics (called [[Reverend Mother|The Agony]]), she gains access to her "ancestral memories" — the complete life experiences of all her female ancestors back to the point of conception. Only women have been able to survive the transformation. However, the [[Bene Gesserit]] have a secret, centuries-old breeding program to create a prescient superhuman — and male equivalent of a [[Reverend Mother]] — called the [[Kwisatz Haderach]], who would not only be able to survive “[[Reverend Mother|The Agony]]”, but whose “organic mental powers would bridge space and time”. The planet [[Arrakis]] itself is completely covered in a desert ecosystem, hostile to most organic life. It is also sparsely settled by a human population of native [[Fremen]] tribes. Tribal leaders are selected by defeating the former leader in combat. The [[Fremen]] also have complex rituals and systems focusing on the value and conservation of water on their arid planet. They conserve the water distilled from their dead, consider spitting an honorable greeting, and value tears as the greatest gift one can give to the dead. Their culture also revolves around the spice, which is created as part of the life cycle of the giant sandworms who dominate the deserts. Bene Gesserit missionary efforts have implanted a belief in a male Messiah who will one day come and transform Arrakis to a world more habitable to humans. ===Plot=== [[Padishah Emperor]] [[Shaddam Corrino IV]] has come to fear [[House Atreides]], partly due to the growing popularity of [[Duke Leto Atreides]] and also because the talent of Leto's fighting force is beginning to rival the effectiveness of the Emperor's own dreaded Imperial [[Sardaukar]] guard. Shaddam decides that [[House Atreides]] must be destroyed, but cannot risk an attack on a single House, which would by necessity unite the other Houses against him. The Emperor instead uses the centuries-old feud between [[House Atreides]] and [[House Harkonnen]] to disguise his assault, enlisting the brilliant and power-hungry [[Baron Vladimir Harkonnen]] in his plan to trap and eliminate the Atreides. Shaddam forces Leto to accept the lucrative fief of the desert planet Arrakis, the only known source of the spice melange, previously controlled by the Harkonnens. Enter into this conflict the [[Bene Gesserit]]. Their ancient breeding program, now only one generation from completion, has suddenly become horribly jeopardized: They had planned to breed an Atreides daughter with a Harkonnen son to unite the two bloodlines and produce their long-awaited superbeing, the [[Kwisatz Haderach]]. However fate would decide otherwise and instead of bearing a daughter, the [[Bene Gesserit]] [[Lady Jessica]] (the Duke’s Concubine) fulfilled her beloved Duke's wishes for a son and bore [[Paul]]. Shortly after arriving on Arrakis, the Atreides are unable to withstand a devastating Harkonnen attack, supported by Imperial Sardaukar disguised as Harkonnen. Betrayed by Dr. [[Wellington Yueh|Yueh]], Duke Leto dies in a failed attempt to assassinate Baron Harkonnen; Paul and Jessica escape into the deep desert, their exit from the city guaranteed by Yueh himself. They manage to join a band of Fremen, ferocious fighters who ride the giant sandworms of Arrakis. Paul and his mother quickly learn the ways of the Fremen, while teaching them the [[Bene Gesserit]] method of fighting. Paul leads armies of Fremen in a guerilla campaign, nearly halting spice mining on Arrakis. Jessica becomes a Reverend Mother, taking the Waters of Life, poison derived from the sandworms, while pregnant with her Duke’s second child. Her daughter [[Alia]] experiences all that her mother does from the poison, gaining wisdom even prior to her birth. Living on the spice diet of the [[Fremen]], Paul's prescience increases dramatically, enabling him to foresee future events and gaining him a religious respect from the Fremen, who regard him as their prophesied Messiah. As Paul grows in influence, he begins to plot revenge against the Harkonnen rule of the planet under his new [[Fremen]] name, [[Muad'Dib]]. Disturbed by his lack of complete prescience Paul decides to take the [[Water of Life]], an act that could kill him. After three weeks in a near-death state, Paul emerges as the [[Kwisatz Haderach]], with the power to see both the past, the present and the future clearly. Looking into space, he sees that the Emperor and the Harkonnens have amassed a huge armada to invade the planet and regain control. Paul also discovers the way to control spice production on Arrakis. [[Alia]] is captured by Sardaukar and brought to the planet's capital Arrakeen by the Emperor himself. At that moment, under cover of a gigantic sandstorm, Paul and his army of [[Fremen]] attack the city. [[Alia]] kills the Baron with a poisoned needle during the confusion. Paul quickly overcomes the city's defenses and confronts the Emperor, threatening to destroy the spice and thereby effectively end space travel and cripple both the Imperial power and [[Bene Gesserit]] in one shot. Realizing that Paul is capable of doing all he has threatened, the Emperor is forced to abdicate and to promise his daughter in marriage to Paul. Paul ascends the throne, his control of [[Arrakis]] and the [[spice]] establishing a new kind of power over the Empire which will change the face of the known universe. Summary: Please note that all contributions to the Dune Wiki are considered to be released under the CC-BY-SA Cancel Editing help (opens in new window) Retrieved from "https://dune.fandom.com/wiki/Dune_(novel)"