- This article is about the continent mentioned in Prelude to and Heroes of Dune. You may be looking for the term of elacca wood mentioned in Original Dune.
The continent is home to the Empire-wide famous Elacca wood and Fogwood, which grows abundantly in its' forests. It is also the source of pallative floral remedy Esoit-poay, which is able to restore many horrible and adverse maladies.
Duke Prad Vidal[edit | edit source]
Near the end of the Corrino Empire, Ellaca was governed by Duke Prad Vidal, an ambitious and murderous man. Vidal was hostile to the guiding leader of House Ecaz, Archduke Armand Ecaz, and wished to supplant him during the last half of the 10,100s.
During young Duke Leto Atreides I of Caladan's Trial by Forfeiture, Vidal sat on the magistrate commission that was set up by the Landsraad to decide House Atreides' fate. Vidal wished to be rid of the young Duke, and have House Atreides destroyed; as it would have caused Archduke Armand Ecaz to lose a great friend in the noble's congress.
Years later, Vidal tried to assassinate Leto's entire family, as well the Archduke's family during the marriage ceremony of Ilesa Ecaz and Leto. Even though Ilesa died; the Archduke, Leto, and young Paul Atreides all survived the carnage. The wedding massacre at Castle Caladan started the War of Assassins of 10,187 AG, which Vidal did not live to see past its' first phase.
A few weeks later, Leto, his warriors' master, Gurney Halleck, and few others, landed secretly on the continent of Ellaca, and surprised Vidal. Leto caused the fogwood trees that the Duke and family made their abode to constrict, and capture the Duke within it. Leto then slew the Duke personally, avenging the loss of his faince', Ilesa.
Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]
"Elacca" is named after the "elacca wood" (without capitalization) mentioned in original Dune by Frank Herbert. The lack of capitalization suggests that "elacca" is not a toponymic but a type of plant.
The concept that "Elacca" is a region (whence the wood derives) comes from Expanded Dune