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{{Ex-Or,DE|Bene Tleilax}}
 
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[[File:Tleilaxu_Master-1.jpg|thumb|Tleilaxu Master -Fanart]]
 
 
 
'''Bene Tleilax''', or the '''Tleilaxu''' as they were more commonly called, were a group of secretive, [[Genetics|genetically altered]] humans who inhabited [[Tlulax]], the sole planet of the star [[Thalim]].
 
'''Bene Tleilax''', or the '''Tleilaxu''' as they were more commonly called, were a group of secretive, [[Genetics|genetically altered]] humans who inhabited [[Tlulax]], the sole planet of the star [[Thalim]].
   
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Ten thousand years later, during the time near the end of [[Corrino Empire]], the Tleilax had re-established themselves, and had curried positions of favor with the Imperial [[House]].  The Master Researcher [[Hidar Fen Ajidica]], presented a plan to synthesize [[spice/XD|melange]] to Emperor [[Elrood Corrino IX/XD|Elrood Corrino IX]], and persuaded him to allow the Tleilax to conquer [[Ix/XD|Ix]] from [[House Vernius]].
 
Ten thousand years later, during the time near the end of [[Corrino Empire]], the Tleilax had re-established themselves, and had curried positions of favor with the Imperial [[House]].  The Master Researcher [[Hidar Fen Ajidica]], presented a plan to synthesize [[spice/XD|melange]] to Emperor [[Elrood Corrino IX/XD|Elrood Corrino IX]], and persuaded him to allow the Tleilax to conquer [[Ix/XD|Ix]] from [[House Vernius]].
   
Though the Tleilaxu tried in vain to completely synthesize spice, delusions of grandeur came into the thoughts of Ajidica, as he came close to mimicking melange with [[Amal]], or as he called it, Ajidamal.  Ajidica envisioned the advent of Tleilaxu hegemony throughout the Known Universe, and sent out colony ships of [[Enhanced Face Dancer]]s, to "prepare the way" for his ascendancy.  Project Amal, as the doomed venture came to be known, fell apart; as Ix was re-conquered by House Vernius, Ajidica died from an overdose of his own spice alternative; and all conact was lost with the Enhanced Face Dancers.
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Though the Tleilaxu tried in vain to completely synthesize spice, delusions of grandeur came into the thoughts of Ajidica, as he came close to mimicking melange with [[amal|Amal]], or as he called it, Ajidamal.  Ajidica envisioned the advent of Tleilaxu hegemony throughout the Known Universe, and sent out colony ships of [[Enhanced Face Dancer]]s, to "prepare the way" for his ascendancy.  Project Amal, as the doomed venture came to be known, fell apart; as Ix was re-conquered by House Vernius, Ajidica died from an overdose of his own spice alternative; and all conact was lost with the Enhanced Face Dancers.
   
 
===The Atreides Empire===
 
===The Atreides Empire===
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===Leto II and The Famine Times===
 
===Leto II and The Famine Times===
Under Leto II, the Tleilaxu chafed just as all of the old power brokers struggled against his complete authoritarian rule. Near the end of his reign, the Tleilaxu participated in a direct assassination attempt against him in the festival city of On, formerly [[Arrakeen/XD|Arrakeen]]. They also engineered his eventual fiancee' and love, [[Hwi Noree]]; from the cells of his old friend, [[Malky]]; before the God Emperor's death on [[Dune]]. When Leto died, and the [[Famine Times]] began, the Tleilaxu, just as the rest of humanity, spread throughout the cosmos in [[Scattering/XD|The Scattering]], in an attempt to find hospitable worlds.
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Under Leto II, the Tleilaxu chafed just as all of the old power brokers struggled against his complete authortarian rule. Near the end of his reign, the Tleilaxu participated in a direct assassination attempt against him in the festival city of On, formerly [[Arrakeen/XD|Arrakeen]]. They also engineered his eventual fiancee' and love, [[Hwi Noree]]; from the cells of his old friend, [[Malky]]; before the God Emperor's death on [[Dune]]. When Leto died, and the [[Famine Times|Famine Times]] began, the Tleilaxu, just as the rest of humanity, spread throughout the cosmos in [[Scattering/XD|The Scattering]], in an attempt to find hospitable worlds.
   
 
===Formation of the Honored Matres===
 
===Formation of the Honored Matres===
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During the [[Return of the Honored Matres]] to the Old Imperium, the Honored Matres, seeking revenge against all Tleilaxu males, attacked and decimated Tleilax; and the only known Tleilaxu Master survivor was the most junior Master Scytale. However, his possession of numerous individuals' genetic material (including that of many Tleilaxu) made it possible for him to recreate his culture. Additionally, the successful spread of the Tleilaxu that were sent out during The Scattering, made it possible that others survived in uncharted space, undiscovered by the Honored Matres. When some these returned to the [[Old Imperium]], they were known as the [[Lost Ones]], especially the Lost Tleilaxu.
 
During the [[Return of the Honored Matres]] to the Old Imperium, the Honored Matres, seeking revenge against all Tleilaxu males, attacked and decimated Tleilax; and the only known Tleilaxu Master survivor was the most junior Master Scytale. However, his possession of numerous individuals' genetic material (including that of many Tleilaxu) made it possible for him to recreate his culture. Additionally, the successful spread of the Tleilaxu that were sent out during The Scattering, made it possible that others survived in uncharted space, undiscovered by the Honored Matres. When some these returned to the [[Old Imperium]], they were known as the [[Lost Ones]], especially the Lost Tleilaxu.
   
The Matres also killed the elder Tleilaxu Master, [[Tylwyth Waff/XD|Tylwyth Waff]], as he was on [[Rakis]] when they attacked the planet with ultra-destructive [[Obliterator]] weapons. This caused widespread revulsion amongst the surviving Tleilaxu, as they considered the sandworms of Dune to contain an essence of the God Emperor, their Prophet.
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The Matres also killed the elder Tleilaxu Master, [[Tylwyth Waff/XD|Tylwyth Waff]], as he was on [[Rakis]] when they attacked the planet with ultra-destructive [[Obliterator]] weapons. This caused wide-spread revulsion amongst the surviving Tleilaxu, as they considered the sandworms of Dune to contain an essence of the God Emperor, their Prophet.
   
 
===Erasmus, Khrone, and the Enhanced Face Dancers===
 
===Erasmus, Khrone, and the Enhanced Face Dancers===
Separately, the Enhanced Face Dancers that were sent out by Ajidica millennia earlier were "found" by '''[[Omnius]] and [[Erasmus]]''' of the reborn [[Thinking Machines/XD|Thinking Machine]] Empire. Erasmus, especially of the two, further changed the Dancers in three main ways.
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Separately, the Enhanced Face Dancers that were sent out by Ajidica millenia earlier were "found" by '''[[Omnius]] and [[Erasmus]]''' of the re-born [[Thinking Machines/XD|Thinking Machine]] Empire. Erasmus, especially of the two, further changed the Dancers in three main ways.
   
 
'''First''', he put in their genetic make-up a strong desire to be able to return and find their way back easily to [[Synchrony]], capital of the Machine Empire. '''Second''', he further improved their mimicking ability, such that they simply could not be detected by any means, except by the [[Whistling language]] of a Tleilaxu Master. '''Third''', Erasmus, believing the ability to mimick and then having to kill the person their mimicking to be "evil", Erasmus installed a genetic "kill switch" at the base of each Enhanced Dancers cerebellum, as a "safety" back-up to protect Machine interests.
 
'''First''', he put in their genetic make-up a strong desire to be able to return and find their way back easily to [[Synchrony]], capital of the Machine Empire. '''Second''', he further improved their mimicking ability, such that they simply could not be detected by any means, except by the [[Whistling language]] of a Tleilaxu Master. '''Third''', Erasmus, believing the ability to mimick and then having to kill the person their mimicking to be "evil", Erasmus installed a genetic "kill switch" at the base of each Enhanced Dancers cerebellum, as a "safety" back-up to protect Machine interests.
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At the same, and only known to his fellow escapees, the Tleilaxu Master Scytale, was aboard the [[no-ship/XD|no-ship]], the ''[[Ithaca]]'' when [[Sheeana Brugh/XD|Sheeana]], [[Miles Teg/XD|Miles Teg]], and [[Duncan Idaho/XD|Duncan Idaho]] spirited the vessel away from [[Chapterhouse]]. As was mentioned before, Scytale had the cells of various important humans contained in a nullentropy tube, that could create gholas. Sheeana and Idaho took control of the cells of the tube, in exchange for Scytale being allowed to create a ghola of himself as he was dying of cellular degeneration. The ghola replacement of Scytale did not have his memories awakened, until just after the elder Scytale died.
 
At the same, and only known to his fellow escapees, the Tleilaxu Master Scytale, was aboard the [[no-ship/XD|no-ship]], the ''[[Ithaca]]'' when [[Sheeana Brugh/XD|Sheeana]], [[Miles Teg/XD|Miles Teg]], and [[Duncan Idaho/XD|Duncan Idaho]] spirited the vessel away from [[Chapterhouse]]. As was mentioned before, Scytale had the cells of various important humans contained in a nullentropy tube, that could create gholas. Sheeana and Idaho took control of the cells of the tube, in exchange for Scytale being allowed to create a ghola of himself as he was dying of cellular degeneration. The ghola replacement of Scytale did not have his memories awakened, until just after the elder Scytale died.
   
The ''Ithaca'', in its journeys, came across a planet where Enhanced Face Dancers controlled the entire world—the Planet of the Handlers. The Handlers kept [[Futar]]s, half-man/half-feline beings that were specially bred to hunt down and kill Honored Matres. On this planet, unknown to the crew of the ship, the ghola of [[Thufir Hawat/XD|Thufir Hawat]] and the Jewish [[Rabbi]] were killed, and replaced by Enhanced Face Dancers.
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The ''Ithaca'', in it's journeys, came across a planet where Enhanced Face Dancers controlled the entire world -- the Planet of the Handlers. The Handlers kept [[Futar]]s, half-man/half-feline beings that were specially bred to hunt down and kill Honored Matres. On this planet, unknown to the crew of the ship, the ghola of [[Thufir Hawat/XD|Thufir Hawat]] and the Jewish [[Rabbi]] were killed, and replaced by Enhanced Face Dancers.
   
===3rd Decade Aboard the ''Ithaca''===
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===3rd Decade Aboard the ''Ithaca''===
Over the course of the next 6 years, the Dancers on the ship went completely undetected, and caused sabotage. When Sheeana began to suspect that the Outside [[Enemy/XD|Enemy]] of the ship were Thinking Machines, she decided to create gholas of [[Xavier Harkonnen]] and [[Serena Butler]]. The Dancers on the ship killed both gholas, and were able to defray the blame off of themselves.
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Over the course of the next 6 years, the Dancers on the ship were went completely undetected, and caused sabotage. When Sheeana began to suspect that the Outside [[Enemy/XD|Enemy]] of the ship were Thinking Machines, she decided to create gholas of [[Xavier Harkonnen]] and [[Serena Butler]]. The Dancers on the ship killed both gholas, and were able to defray the blame off of themselves.
   
 
After 26 years of the ship having journeyed throughout Known Space, the Dancers secretly destroyed food systems, water purifiers, and finally placed mines around the no-ship's hull. As tensions increased on the ship, one of the Dancers was killed by the ship's sandworms; and the other sabotaged the engines and signaled the Thinking Machines. Even though the Dancer was killed by Alia, the ship was still taken by force to Synchrony, as the day of [[Kralizec/XD|Kralizec]] approached.
 
After 26 years of the ship having journeyed throughout Known Space, the Dancers secretly destroyed food systems, water purifiers, and finally placed mines around the no-ship's hull. As tensions increased on the ship, one of the Dancers was killed by the ship's sandworms; and the other sabotaged the engines and signaled the Thinking Machines. Even though the Dancer was killed by Alia, the ship was still taken by force to Synchrony, as the day of [[Kralizec/XD|Kralizec]] approached.
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This led to what is considered by many to be the greatest creation by the Tleilaxu, the [[Seaworm]]. Seaworms are genetically altered sandworms which thrive, instead of imploding, in water. Waff created the seaworms after 3 years and planted them into the oceans of [[Buzzell/XD|Buzzell]], where they dominated the eco-system of the world. The seaworms, when cut open, produced a rich super-potent cache of melange, called [[Ultraspice]].
 
This led to what is considered by many to be the greatest creation by the Tleilaxu, the [[Seaworm]]. Seaworms are genetically altered sandworms which thrive, instead of imploding, in water. Waff created the seaworms after 3 years and planted them into the oceans of [[Buzzell/XD|Buzzell]], where they dominated the eco-system of the world. The seaworms, when cut open, produced a rich super-potent cache of melange, called [[Ultraspice]].
   
Once this success happened, Waff began what he considered his life's work—restoring genetically-armored sandworms to [[Arrakis/XD|Rakis]]. Waff took the altered sandworms back to Rakis, and released them into the fused soil of the Dune planet, and tracked them with monitors.
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Once this success happened, Waff began what he considered his life's work -- restoring genetically-armored sandworms to [[Arrakis/XD|Rakis]]. Waff took the altered sandworms back to Rakis, and released them into the fused soil of the Dune planet, and tracked them with monitors.
   
 
===Changelings in the Imperium===
 
===Changelings in the Imperium===
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Originally trade also formed an important part of their culture. However, following revelations of their organ harvesting methods during the [[Butlerian Jihad/XD|Butlerian Jihad]] they became collectively scorned and despised. This, coupled with active persecution against them, caused their trading connections to be dramatically reduced, and led to a significant change in their overall attitude to the wider universe.
 
Originally trade also formed an important part of their culture. However, following revelations of their organ harvesting methods during the [[Butlerian Jihad/XD|Butlerian Jihad]] they became collectively scorned and despised. This, coupled with active persecution against them, caused their trading connections to be dramatically reduced, and led to a significant change in their overall attitude to the wider universe.
   
'''Tleilaxu merchants''' grew a long braid; the braid symbolizes prosperity—a merchant must cut his braid if he were to experience an unsuccessful year. Tleilaxu also sharpened their teeth.
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'''Tleilaxu merchants''' grew a long braid; the braid symbolizes prosperity -- a merchant must cut his braid if he were to experience an unsuccessful year. Tleilaxu also sharpened their teeth.
   
 
'''The Tleilaxu''' were an inherently isolationist culture that was dominated by a strict hierarchy and an overriding religious zeal. They had long focused their efforts on genetics, and the pursuit of spiritual elevation through physical refinement.
 
'''The Tleilaxu''' were an inherently isolationist culture that was dominated by a strict hierarchy and an overriding religious zeal. They had long focused their efforts on genetics, and the pursuit of spiritual elevation through physical refinement.
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The Tleilaxu were separated into several different classes, each of which had a distinct physical appearance and role within their society. The main groups were:
 
The Tleilaxu were separated into several different classes, each of which had a distinct physical appearance and role within their society. The main groups were:
 
* '''[[Tleilaxu Master/XD|Tleilaxu Masters]]:''' Physically they looked similar to small humans, most often with small close-set eyes and a set of small pointed teeth.
 
* '''[[Tleilaxu Master/XD|Tleilaxu Masters]]:''' Physically they looked similar to small humans, most often with small close-set eyes and a set of small pointed teeth.
* '''[[Axlotl Tanks]]:''' Little more than incubation vessels, this class bred all Tleilaxu, as well as other beings (such as [[ghola]]s). It is believed these were what remain of the female sex of the Tleilaxu.
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* '''[[Axlotl Tanks]]:''' Little more than incubation vessels, this class bred all Tleilaxu, as well as other beings (such as [[Ghola|gholas]]). It is believed these were what remain of the female sex of the Tleilaxu.
* '''[[Face Dancers]]:''' The warrior and worker class, who were capable of adapting their physical appearance to a specific task at hand. Their doppelganger ability was also used to perform espionage against other groups.
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* '''[[Face Dancers]]:''' The warrior and worker class, who were capable of adapting their physical appearance to a specific task at hand. Their doppelganger ability was also used to perform espionage against other groups.
* '''[[Enhanced Face Dancer]]s: T'''his group also included Enhanced Face Dancers created by [[Hidar Fen Ajidica]] and improved upon by [[Erasmus]].
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* '''[[Enhanced Face Dancer]]s:'''
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This group also included Enhanced Face Dancers created by [[Hidar Fen Ajidica]] and improved upon by [[Erasmus]].
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=== Religion ===
 
=== Religion ===
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