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[[Image:Earl-1-.jpg|thumb|Earl Dominic Vernius of [[House Vernius]]]]
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A once loyal servant of [[Padishah Emperor Elrood IX]], he served admirably in the Ecazi revolts early in his term. It is during this time of civil strife that he developped a close friendship with [[Duke Paulus Atreides]] of Caladan. After the war his fief was expanded by the Padishah emperor but he still lusted for the emperor's concubine, [[Shando]]. When they she finally left the emperor's service they married, earning Elrood's undying enemity. Years later the still vengeful emperor sponsored a Tleilaxu led revolt on Ix. The earl was forced to take his house renegade and set up bases on [[Salusa Secondus]] and [[Arrakis]]. His children were protected on Caladan and his wife fled to a remote regiou where she was eventually exectued by [[Sardauker]] forces. After many years he decided that he would use the family atomics to bomb [[Kaitain]], repeating [[Salusa Secundus]]. After contacting the water merchant Tuek, he was betrayed by him and Sardauker forces surrounded his Arrakis base. In the end he detonated a stone burner and took a large number of Sardauker with him.
[[File:Earl-1-.jpg|thumb|Earl Dominic Vernius by dallen88 on DeviantArt]]
 
 
'''Dominic Vernius''' was Earl of [[House Vernius]] of [[Ix/XD|Ix]].
 
 
He married [[Lady]] [[Shando Vernius|Shando Balut]], from whom he had his offsprings: an illegitimate child named [[Tyros Reffa]], and his legitimate sons [[Rhombur Vernius|Rhombur]] and [[Kailea]].
 
 
==Service in Battle==
 
While still a young man, he lent [[Ixian]] forces to the [[Padishah Emperor]] [[Elrood Corrino IX/XD|Elrood IX]] to assist against the [[Ecazi Revolt]] and restore the [[Archduke]] [[Ferdinand Ecaz]] to the [[Mahagony Throne]]. It is during this time that he met and befriended [[Duke]] Paulus Atreides of [[Caladan/XD|Caladan]].
 
 
As a reward for his loyal service, the Emperor had expanded House Vernius' fief by including several more planets of the [[Alkaurops system]], and became a popular and welcome guest to the Imperial court, balls and other events.
 
 
==Romance==
 
At one such celebration in [[Caladan]], he met the Emperor's concubine, [[Shando Balut]]. They fell in love and produced an illegitimate (bastard) child who went on to be named [[Tyros Reffa]]. Elrood had eventually moved on to prefer newer, younger concubines and had grown tired of [[Shando]], so he accepted her request to be released from concubinage.
 
 
After doing so, she and Dominic immediately wed. This earned Elrood's enmity. Dominic had the habit to treat the Emperor "cordially", as an equal. He also referred to him as "[[Roody]]", a pet name that Shando used to call him. That Shando had revealed this confirmed Roody's suspicions that she did not respect their privacy and may have revealed other Imperial secrets to the ruler of Ix.
 
 
After marriage, Dominic and Shando would produce two children: [[Rhombur Vernius]] and [[Kailea Vernius]].
 
 
==Fall==
 
Years later, [[House Vernius]] came up with a new [[Heighliner/XD|Heighliner]] design with more capacity´. As Imperial tax was based on the number of flights rather than on the amount of cargo, the new Heighliner redesign resulted in a substantial reduction in income for [[House Corrino/XD|House Corrino]], prompting once more Elrood IX's wrath. The Emperor threatened him to break the agreement with the [[Landsraad/XD|Landsraad]] and proceed with an inspection to Ix, looking whether Ixian scientists develop illegal [[Thinking Machines/XD|thinking machines]] in violation of the [[Butlerian Jihad/XD|Butlerian Jihad]], and repression against his [[suboid]] working class.
 
 
In [[10,153 AG]] the emperor sponsored a [[suboid revolt]] against the leaders of Ix, and a [[Tlulaxa|Tleilaxu]] invasion to the planet. During the revolt, Shando was injured by a maula pistol trying to protect [[Kailea]]. The couple went to a secret security chamber, where his son [[Rhombur]] and his guest [[Leto Atreides/XD|Leto]] of [[House Atreides/XD|House Atreides]] were waiting. They told to the children that House Vernius was forced to go renegade while [[Sardaukar/XD|Sardaukar]] forces landed on Ix, and proceeded to [[Vernii]] City to "keep the peace".
 
 
While Duke [[Paulus Atreides]] sent a rescue mission for the three heirs, Dominic and Shando, hiding from Elrood, paid a huge bribe to the [[Spacing Guild/XD|Guild]] to board a [[heighliner]] that would take them into exile, with no records kept of their respective destinations.
 
 
The Earl was forced to set up bases on [[Salusa Secundus/XD|Salusa Secundus]] and [[Arrakis/XD|Arrakis]]. The Ixian ambassador [[Cammar Pilru]] attempted to garner [[Landsraad/XD|Landsraad]] support in retaking Ix, but the Tleilaxu justified their acts accusing the Ixians of creating thinking machines. Because Ix's internal affairs were completely closed off to the rest of the empire, there was no open knowledge of the Sardaukar presence. In fact, it is noted by some that the Empire's strength seemed to wane, and that they were promoting more officers than they were getting recruits. It was similar in many respects to the tactics used against the Atreides, which should be expected as both perpetrated by the same man.
 
 
The Vernius children were secretly sent to [[Caladan/XD|Caladan]] under the protection and care of [[Paulus Atreides/XD|Paulus Atreides]]. Lady Shando was hunted down and executed by Sardaukar forces on [[Bela Tegeuse/XD|Bela Tegeuse]], while Dominic hid on [[Arrakis/XD|Arrakis]] with some loyal men. He later knew that Rhombur was trying to help rebels on Ix, and that Kailea had become Leto's concubine and given birth to a son, [[Victor Vernius]].
 
 
==Death==
 
After many years, he decided to use the House Vernius' atomics to bomb [[Kaitain/XD|Kaitain]], repeating the fate of Salusa Secundus. After contacting the water merchant [[Rondo Tuek]] , he was betrayed by him and Sardaukar forces surrounded his Arrakis base. In the end he detonated a stone burner and took a large number of Sardaukar with him.
 
 
==Appearances==
 
*''[[Dune: House Atreides]]''
 
*''[[Dune: House Harkonnen]]''
 
*''[[Dune: House Corrino]]'' {{mo}}
 
[[Category:Males|Vernius, Dominic]]
 
[[Category:House Vernius|Vernius, Dominic]]
 
[[Category:Ixians|Vernius, Dominic]]
 
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