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'''The Imperial House Corrino''' was once the most deadliest and grandest Major House found within the Dune universe, and for many thousands of years the official seat of the [[Imperium]]. The official residence of the Imperial House Corrino was the planet [[Kaitain]] and the exiled ancestral planet [[Salusa Secundus]].
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The Imperial '''House Corrino''' was once the most deadliest and grandest Major House found within the Dune universe, and for many thousands of years the official seat of the [[Imperium]]. The official residence of the Imperial House Corrino was the planet [[Kaitain]] and the exiled ancestral planet [[Salusa Secundus]].
   
== The True Origins of the Imperial House Corrino ==
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== Origins {{ref|Behind_the_Scenes}} ==
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House Corrino are thought to have originated from the descendants of [[Octa Butler]] and [[Xavier Harkonnen]].
   
Though [[Frank Herbert]] does not provide great detail on the origins of the Imperial House Corrino in his original Dune novels, it is known that they came into official existence following the imfamous [[Battle of Corrin]].
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Their descendants initially continued the heritage of the Butler name. After the negative reputation bestowed on [[Xavier Harkonnen]] following his involvement in the death of [[Grand Patriarch]] [[Iblis Ginjo]], most of their descendants abandoned the Harkonnen name and took the name Butler. The notable exception to this trend was [[Abulurd Harkonnen]], whose actions at the [[Battle of Corrin]] further exacerbated the Harkonnen name.
   
[[The Legends of Dune]] prequel novels written by his son, [[Brian Herbert]] and [[Kevin J. Anderson]] provide a comprehensive narration of the rise and the fall of the Imperial House Corrino, although it is not considered ''canon'' by some Dune fans.
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Following the Battle of Corrin and the destruction of [[Omnius Prime]], the Butler family adopted the name Corrino as a blatant reminder of their involvement in the war against and defeat of the [[Thinking Machines]]. The events after the Battle of Corrin also saw the newly formed House Corrino capture rulership of the new [[Imperium]].
   
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== Rule ==
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Over the subsequent millenia, the Imperial House Corrino maintained a firm grip on the Empire.
   
== The Battle of Corrin ==
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House Corrino's rule was defined as absolute while one of its members sat on the [[Golden Lion Throne]]. Moreover, House Corrino maintained a large vote in the [[Landsraad Council]], larger than any other Great House.
   
In the prequel trilogy, Herbert and Anderson describe how descendants of [[Octa Butler]] and [[Xavier Harkonnen]] continued the heritage of the Butler name founded by Octa's ancestors and reinforced by her sister [[Serena Butler]].
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During their Imperial rule, House Corrino maintained arguably the most powerful army in the known universe - the [[Sardaukar]]. Through their superior abilities the Corrinos were capable of crushing any military opposition. It was said that the only way the Corrino Sardaukar could be defeated would be through the combined forces of all the Great Houses of the [[Landsraad]].
   
After the negative reputation bestowed on Xavier Harkonnen following his involvement in the death of [[Grand Patriarch]] [[Iblis Ginjo]], most of their descendants abandoned the Harkonnen name and took the name Butler (the notable exception being [[Abulurd Harkonnen I|Abulurd Harkonnen]].
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== Downfall of the Corrino Empire ==
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Complacency and corruption eventually weakening the [[Sardaukar]]. That, combined with ill-judged decisions by [[Shaddam Corrino IV]] and the scheming of the [[Bene Gesserit]], eventually saw other Great Houses, particularly [[House Atreides]], acquire significant respect and credibility in the Imperium.
Following the Battle of Corrin and the destruction of [[Omnius Prime]], the Butler family adopted the name Corrino as a blatant reminder of their involvement in the war against and defeat of the [[Thinking Machines]].
 
 
The events after the Battle of Corrin also saw the newly formed House Corrino capture the title of the new Imperium.
 
 
== Armies ==
 
During their Imperial rule, House Corrino maintained the most powerful army in the known universe - the [[Sardaukar]]. Through their superior abilities the Corrinos were capable of crushing any military opposition. It was said that the only way the Corrino Sardaukar could be defeated would be through the combined forces of all the Great Houses of the [[Landsraad]].
 
 
 
== Rule ==
 
House Corrino's rule was defined as absolute while one of its members sat on the Golden Lion Throne. Moreover, House Corrino maintained a large vote in the [[Landsraad Council]], larger than any other Great House.
 
 
== The Downfall of the Galactic Padishah Empire ==
 
 
Over the subsequent millenia, the Imperial House Corrino maintained a firm grip on the Empire.
 
   
However, corruption, arrogance and the scheming of the [[Bene Gesserit]] eventually saw other Great Houses, such as [[House Atreides]] acquire significant respect and credibility in the Imperium.
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In an attempt to discredit House Atreides and retain their hegemony, the Imperial House Corrino under the leadership of Shaddam IV, devised a plan to dispose of their potential rival by ordering them to take over the planetary [[fief]] of [[Arrakis]], and then disposing of them through their hated rival [[House Harkonnen]], via an audacious invasion of the planet.
   
In an attempt to discredit House Atreides and retain their hegemony, the Imperial House Corrino under the leadership of [[Shaddam Corrino IV]], devised a plan to dispose of their potential rival by ordering them to take over the planetary fief of [[Arrakis]] and then disposing of the Atreides family. This was to be done through [[House Harkonnen]], who had maintained a bitter feud with House Atreides for hundreds of years.
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Initially the plan looked to have succeeded. [[Duke]] [[Leto Atreides I]] was killed, and his family abandonned in the [[deep desert]]. However, a gradual uprising by the native [[Fremen]], led by the mysterious [[Muad'Dib (Paul Atreides)|Muad'Dib]] caught both House Corrino and House Harkonnen off-guard.
   
When the plan backfired, both the Imperial House Corrino and House Harkonnen were caught off-guard, and the Corrinos was forced to relinquish the [[Golden Lion Throne]], after thousands of years of rule, to the Atreides. The Corrinos witnessed the legitimization of Atreides rule through Paul Atreides' marriage to Shaddam Corrino IV's youngest daughter, Princess Irulan Corrino. Shaddam IV and the remainder of his family were then sent into effective exile on the planet Salusa Secundus, where one of Shaddam's five daughters, [[Princess Wensicia Corrino]] plotted the Great House's re-emergence.
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After the [[Arrakis Revolt]], House Corrino was forced to relinquish the [[Golden Lion Throne]], after thousands of years of rule, to the Atreides. The Corrinos witnessed the legitimization of Atreides rule through [[Paul Atreides|Paul Atreides']] marriage to Shaddam's daughter Princess [[Irulan Corrino]]. Shaddam IV and the remainder of his family were then sent into effective exile on the harsh planet [[Salusa Secundus]], where one of Shaddam's five daughters, [[Wensicia Corrino]] plotted the Great House's re-emergence.
   
However, her plans were also foiled and her son, Prince [[Farad'n Corrino]] became the official concubine of his stepcousin, the Crown Princess [[Ghanima Atreides]] and an enslaved scribe of her true husband and brother, the God-Emperor [[Leto Atreides II]].
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== Failed Re-emergence ==
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However, Wensicia's plans were also foiled by the [[House Atreides|Atreides]], and her son, Prince [[Farad'n Corrino]] became the official concubine of his step-cousin, the Crown Princess [[Ghanima Atreides]]. In addition to providing the Atreides offspringthat were needed for [[Leto Atreides II|Leto II's]] [[Golden Path]], he also acted as his official scribe.
   
This spelled the effective end of House Corrino, although their bloodline survived, inextricably mixed with the descendants of Paul Atreides and the Fremen Chani.
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This spelled the effective end of House Corrino. Although their bloodline survived, inextricably mixed with the descendants of Paul Atreides, as a house the Corrinos ceased to be.
   
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== Behind the Scenes ==
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[[Frank Herbert]] did not provide detail on the origins of House Corrino in his original Dune novels. Specific details are given in the ''Legends of Dune'' prequel novels written by his son, [[Brian Herbert]], and [[Kevin J. Anderson]]. These stories provide a comprehensive narration of the rise of the House Corrino, although they are not considered ''canon'' by some Dune fans.
   
   

Revision as of 06:38, July 26, 2006


The Imperial House Corrino was once the most deadliest and grandest Major House found within the Dune universe, and for many thousands of years the official seat of the Imperium. The official residence of the Imperial House Corrino was the planet Kaitain and the exiled ancestral planet Salusa Secundus.

Origins ==References and notes

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House Corrino are thought to have originated from the descendants of Octa Butler and Xavier Harkonnen.

Their descendants initially continued the heritage of the Butler name. After the negative reputation bestowed on Xavier Harkonnen following his involvement in the death of Grand Patriarch Iblis Ginjo, most of their descendants abandoned the Harkonnen name and took the name Butler. The notable exception to this trend was Abulurd Harkonnen, whose actions at the Battle of Corrin further exacerbated the Harkonnen name.

Following the Battle of Corrin and the destruction of Omnius Prime, the Butler family adopted the name Corrino as a blatant reminder of their involvement in the war against and defeat of the Thinking Machines. The events after the Battle of Corrin also saw the newly formed House Corrino capture rulership of the new Imperium.

Rule

Over the subsequent millenia, the Imperial House Corrino maintained a firm grip on the Empire.

House Corrino's rule was defined as absolute while one of its members sat on the Golden Lion Throne. Moreover, House Corrino maintained a large vote in the Landsraad Council, larger than any other Great House.

During their Imperial rule, House Corrino maintained arguably the most powerful army in the known universe - the Sardaukar. Through their superior abilities the Corrinos were capable of crushing any military opposition. It was said that the only way the Corrino Sardaukar could be defeated would be through the combined forces of all the Great Houses of the Landsraad.

Downfall of the Corrino Empire

Complacency and corruption eventually weakening the Sardaukar. That, combined with ill-judged decisions by Shaddam Corrino IV and the scheming of the Bene Gesserit, eventually saw other Great Houses, particularly House Atreides, acquire significant respect and credibility in the Imperium.

In an attempt to discredit House Atreides and retain their hegemony, the Imperial House Corrino under the leadership of Shaddam IV, devised a plan to dispose of their potential rival by ordering them to take over the planetary fief of Arrakis, and then disposing of them through their hated rival House Harkonnen, via an audacious invasion of the planet.

Initially the plan looked to have succeeded. Duke Leto Atreides I was killed, and his family abandonned in the deep desert. However, a gradual uprising by the native Fremen, led by the mysterious Muad'Dib caught both House Corrino and House Harkonnen off-guard.

After the Arrakis Revolt, House Corrino was forced to relinquish the Golden Lion Throne, after thousands of years of rule, to the Atreides. The Corrinos witnessed the legitimization of Atreides rule through Paul Atreides' marriage to Shaddam's daughter Princess Irulan Corrino. Shaddam IV and the remainder of his family were then sent into effective exile on the harsh planet Salusa Secundus, where one of Shaddam's five daughters, Wensicia Corrino plotted the Great House's re-emergence.

Failed Re-emergence

However, Wensicia's plans were also foiled by the Atreides, and her son, Prince Farad'n Corrino became the official concubine of his step-cousin, the Crown Princess Ghanima Atreides. In addition to providing the Atreides offspringthat were needed for Leto II's Golden Path, he also acted as his official scribe.

This spelled the effective end of House Corrino. Although their bloodline survived, inextricably mixed with the descendants of Paul Atreides, as a house the Corrinos ceased to be.

Behind the Scenes

Frank Herbert did not provide detail on the origins of House Corrino in his original Dune novels. Specific details are given in the Legends of Dune prequel novels written by his son, Brian Herbert, and Kevin J. Anderson. These stories provide a comprehensive narration of the rise of the House Corrino, although they are not considered canon by some Dune fans.

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