Abulurd was affiliated with the Sardaukar from Salusa Secundus under Sheuset Ecevit. He served as a Bashar when Ecevit rebelled against the Landsraad. However Abulurd was accused for betraying him; he was considered responsible that the Landsraad High Council learned of Ecevit's military plans.
The Landsraad set an ambush for his fleet to stop Sheuset, and this resulted in the Battle of Corrin, during the first minute of which, Abulurd fled.
After Sheuset's victory and ascendancy to the throne, House Harkonnen lost its honor. But because of Harkonnen's close relationship with the now-royal family, he was spared execution; however, he was stripped by rank, titles and his Dahkotah mining interests and his family were banished from the Imperium indefinitely. Abulurd Harkonnen blamed Demetrios Atreides for his disgrace, and vowed vengeance for himself and for his house.
This accusation brought the millennia long feud between Harkonnen and Atreides.
In Prelude to Dune Abulurds parents are named Quentin and Wandra Butler instead of Harkonnen Obeshev and Lizia Vasco di Borgo.It is also implied that Abulurd was indeed wrongly accused and acted to save the planets populance the battle took part on the Planet itself instead of in Space.
- CORRIN, BATTLE OF
- HARKONNEN, HOUSE
- Almanak en-Ashraf