Dune Wiki
Dune Wiki
Enc2 This article or section refers to elements from the Dune Encyclopedia.
There are separate pages for this subject as it appears in the other canons, the reasons for this are explained here

The Fedaykin were the Fremen elite guerrilla fighting force of Paul Muad'Dib Atreides.


The Fedaykin were the most dreaded warriors of their time — more feared than the Sardaukar of the Padishah Empire, considered by some to have been the equal of the Fish Speakers. Initially, the Fedaykin were Fremen who served Paul Muad'Dib in his first battle against the House Corrino and the Harkonnen Forces, and then as his elite troops in the Second Jihad. With the possible exception of the Sardaukar, no other troops were more fanatical or more skilled in killing. Records indicate that whenever the Sardaukar and Fedaykin engaged in battle, the latter soundly defeated the former.

Beyond what appears to be the military superiority of the Fedaykin, they had one further advantage over the Sardaukar: while the Sardaukar were warriors who had instilled cruelty and pride into their very being through a vicious upbringing, the Fremen were Fedaykin because of their extreme faith in Paul Muad'Dib. In fact, this advantage may explain why the Fremen warriors were so much the superior. Such a difference made the Fedaykin fanatics beyond the pale of human imagination. A skilled warrior who is driven berserk by a holy mission will necessarily overcome an equally skilled warrior who fights merely because it is what his nature dictates. For the Sardaukar, it was the fighting that counted. For the Fedaykin, only victory mattered. Thus, driven by their loyalty to the cause of Paul Muad'Dib, the Fedaykin were virtually unstoppable. However, in 10208, Paul Muad'Dib was blinded in the attempt against his life, the central reason for the existence of the Fedaykin ended. Unlike that of the Sardaukar, the history of the Fedaykin was brief, lasting less than 50 years.


During the final years of the Second Jihad, it appears that the Fedaykin were already becoming disenchanted with their Muad'Dib. Fedaykin veterans, returning from off-world battles, were uncomfortable with a vastly transformed Arrakis. The old sietches no longer seemed to be part of their lives, and the court of Muad'Dib was even more alien to them. These veterans soon became a source of discontent among the population, and it is believed that a number of them actually played roles in the attempt on Muad'Dib's life. Such a possibility is certainly not far-fetched: service in the Fedaykin forced the Fremen out of "the ways of the fathers," and onto worlds they were ill-prepared to understand. Those who survived the service were forever changed, and as the reasons for their sacrifice grew more distant, they must have resented the man whom they held responsible for the battles in the first place. Muad'Dib was a logical target for their unhappiness. In the end, however, the Fedaykin simply and quietly ceased, their time being passed.

Paul Muad'Dib may well have planned for such an end for the Fedaykin. The army was loosely structured and did not boast a very strong hierarchy of officers. In fact, not one single name of a Fedaykin officer remains, a strange fact for an army that once conquered the known worlds. It would be logical to assume that Paul Muad'Dib wanted just such an arrangement so that the remnants of the Fedaykin would have no single organization or center to rally to once they found themselves without a place in the new order. Their popular name, after all, was Death Commandos. These Death Commandos, once their task was done, were not useful in a world gearing itself toward peaceful government through political manipulation.

Finally, while the chief effect of the Fedaykin was the establishment of Paul Muad'Dib as Emperor, there was another, more local effect as well. The rise of the Fedaykin assured the end of Fremen culture on Arrakis. The Fedaykin took the youngest, brightest, bravest, and strongest of the Fremen away from their sietches. As was mentioned before, those who returned could never comfortably fit into such a life again. Thus, it was only a matter of time before the old ways themselves ended. Given the brief history of the Fedaykin, one must hold them in awe and in pity. Never was there a finer, more devoted army. But their time was brief and they ended without glory.

See also  []

Further references[]

Defa 'l-Fanini, Taaj 'l-Fremen 12 v. (Salusa Secundus: Morgan and Sharak). (See especially Vol. 3, which concerns the history, military organization, and notable battles of the Fedaykin).