- "Mind rules the universe. We must make certain it is the Human mind, rather than the Machine version."
- ―Faykan Butler's anti-machine views expressed in Memoirs of the Jihad[src]
General Faykan Butler (145 BG - c. 78 BG), later known as Faykan Corrin or officially as Emperor Faykan Corrino I, was the legendary first Corrino Emperor. Faykan began his career as a military commander, fighting during the latter decades of the Butlerian Jihad, and went on to become the last Viceroy of the League of Nobles and the last Grand Patriarch of the Holy Butlerian Jihad. In his final coup de grace after the Battle of Corrin, he combined these titles into that of Emperor and took the surname Corrino to permanently bind him and his descendants to mankind's victory over the thinking machines, going on to establish the great Corrino Empire. His shrewd use of fanaticism against machines and computers, combined with his political connections, positioned him well for the retention of power.
Butlerian Jihad (145-108 BG)
- "It did not occur to the humans who invented thinking machines that they would become relentless weapons turned against us. Yet that is exactly what happened. The mechanical genie is out of the bottle."
- ―Faykan Butler in an early political rally[src]
Faykan was the oldest son of Quentin Butler (né Vigar) and Wandra Butler Harkonnen. Like his younger brothers Rikov and Abulurd, Faykan followed his father into service in the Army of the Jihad. There he rose rapidly through the ranks, quickly becoming a Primero. While his ascent was partly due to his tactical acumen, it was also thanks in no small part to family ties.
End of the war
Faykan participated in the Liberation of Honru in 108 BG, where he flew the first wave of kindjals. After Rikov's death during the great Omnius Scourge, Abulurd found their niece Rayna on Parmentier and brought her back to Salusa Secundus to live with Faykan.
During a patrol in kindjals around the planet with his father, the pair of officers detected a spycraft sent by Omnius. They managed to intercept and board it. They realized that Omnius was spying on Salusa Secundus and other League Worlds and prepared a final strike after the Scourge. After they brought the data to the Jihad Council, father and son volunteered to fly a spacefolder scout ship to Corrin. There, they witnessed the massed extermination fleet gathered by Omnius, preparing to strike Salusa Secundus.
During the Great Purge, he was left on the planet with Abulurd to administrate the evacuation process of the planet. However, Omnius' strike was recalled and the evacuees returned.
Rise to power (108-88 BG)
After the Great Purge, Faykan initially left military service and began buidling a political career for himself, eventually being elected as Interim Viceroy of the League after a succession of six others, each who had seemed as bland and uninspired as Brevin O’Kukovich had been, and Faykan seemed to be the strong leader the resurrected League had been waiting for. He married Jessica Boro-Ginjo, the daughter of Grand Patriarch Xander Boro-Ginjo, in 100 BG.
In 98 BG, he established the Post-Jihad Council. In the period of the first findings of the Council, he began to see the need for a new strike against the thinking machines, and was recorded as saying in the Council, "Peace does not equate with stability - stability is nondynamic and never more than a hear's breadth from chaos." This was in stark contrast with the general feeling of the League at the time, which was for the first time in decades one of nothing but desire for naive peace and quiet, fustrating the Viceroy and the many others who saw the foolishness of this. It was here that Faykan's sentiment originated that a new order needed to replace the stagnant League, but at this time he did not have the the power to bring about such a monumental change as mere Interim Viceroy.
Cult of Serena
- "We are reshaping galactic society, setting humanity on a new course! We humans will think for ourselves, work for ourselves, and achieve our destiny. Without thinking machines! Such technology is a crutch— it is time for us to walk for ourselves."
- ―Faykan in a rally of the Cult of Serena[src]
In 88 BG, however, Faykan was becoming troubled with the fanaticism of the Cult of Serena which his niece Rayna had instigated, and tried to compromise with her for the further power he would need to consolidate to bring about the new society he envisioned. In an audience, he promised her to propose laws that would advance her message and prohibit the manufacturing of sophisticated hardware, a cause which he did in fact support despite frowning upon her methods, provided that she would support him to become Grand Patriarch.
After the supposed death of his father, Faykan visited Relicon, which had just suffered an attack of cymeks. His squadron was soon met with flying cymeks armed with lasguns, among which it was also his father, now transformed. Quentin in his terror realized that the Javelin they were moved against, was commanded by his son but he was able to use a secret Jihad military frequency and warn him to turn off the shields of the ships. Faykan complied and the lasguns did not hit the shields, an event that would trigger a devastating reaction; this saved their lives, and the fleet withdrew the field. Faykan, however, guessed that the mysterious benefactor was his father, still alive and among the cymeks.
Battle of Corrin
Faykan participated in the climactic Battle of Corrin later that year. However, he was in a diplomatic vessel with Rayna and other nobles, who sought to claim their presence in the historical event. After the battle and final victory of humanity against the machines, Faykan dismantled the title of the Grand Patriarch, which was now vacant, and with the blessings of the Cult of Serena combining it with the title of Viceroy which he now took, into his new role as Padishah Emperor of the Known Universe. To honor and commemorate the events on Corrin, he changed his surname to Corrino, and finally declared the beginning of a new Corrino Empire he would rule, modelled around the Old Empire while avoiding it's fatal mistakes. His Council also became part of this new order.
Emperor of the Known Universe (88-78 BG)
- "An Emperor has no shortage of plots against him."
- ―Faykan's caution during his reign[src]
In the years following the Battle, Padishah Emperor Faykan Corrino began to lay out the groundwork of his new Imperium. Not long after his ascension, he started the tradition of planting roses in the Imperial gardens as a sign of good luck for the reign. Soon after, he disbanded the old League of Nobles and replaced it with a Landsraad League consisting of a whole new set of Great Houses, headed by his own, the Imperial House Corrino. He then arranged the setup of a Golden Lion Throne fit for the Emperor of the Known Universe, the seat of power which would be retained by all of his successors.
Faykan's new reign lasted for around a decade. At some point, he had Finance Minister Ulberto killed, and was recorded to have said during the execution, "A leader must use great care in selecting his closest advisers. The wrong decision can be disastrous, even fatal." It is reasonable to suppose that Alberto had plotted against or tried to kill the new Emperor in his service.
Faykan left an indelible mark on history. His political maneuvers resulted in his direct Corrino descendant retaining control of the universe for almost 10,000 years. Even after their fall from grace, his bloodline continued through the next Imperial family, House Atreides.
- Dune: The Butlerian Jihad (Mentioned only)
- Dune: The Battle of Corrin
- Sisterhood of Dune (Mentioned only)
- Mentats of Dune (Mentioned only)
- Navigators of Dune (Mentioned only)
- Dune: House Harkonnen (Mentioned only)
- Dune: House Corrino (Mentioned only)
- Dune: The Duke of Caladan (Mentioned only)
- Paul of Dune (Mentioned only)
Unknown, eventually Brevin O'Kukovich (as Interim Viceroy)
|Viceroy of the League of Nobles
93 BG - 88 BG
Himself as Emperor
|Grand Patriarch of the Holy Jihad
Himself as Emperor
|Padishah Emperor of the Known Universe
88 BG - c. 78 BG
|Padishah Emperor of the Corrino Empire
88 BG - c. 78 BG