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Ix was the ninth planet in the star system Alkalurops. The Ixian economy depended on manufacturing complex machinery, which sometimes flouts the moral-juridical proscriptions of the Butlerian Jihad. The inhabitants of Ix were known collectively as the Ixians.


It is implied that the Ixians' origin might have been some Asian culture of Old Earth, likely Chinese. The planet's name originated with a misinterpretation of the Roman numeral IX (9).[1]

Ix, along with Richese, escaped the more severe effects of the Butlerian Jihad, leading to it being classed as supreme in machine culture.[2]

The planet formed an Ixian Confederacy when Paul Atreides took the Golden Lion Throne and became Emperor of the Known Universe in 10196 AG. Ix offered submission to House Atreides in 10208 AG in exchange for a legal limit to Paul's Imperial tax, claiming that they wanted a constitution, with the Landsraad or CHOAM governing Paul. Paul forbade a constitution, claiming it would be detrimental to his people. This became an Order in Council and Paul decreed that the Guild, if they wanted his signature for the Tupile Treaty, was to stop all trade from Ix until the Confederacy agreed to the tax. Without the Guild's transport, the Ixians eventually submitted.

Early on in the reign of the God Emperor, Leto Atreides II, the Ixians, spreading their machine-based civilization, the Ixians developed an economic technological federation with a center named the Ixian Core.[3] Later on they began to no longer followed the orders of the Butlerian Jihad; in secret, they produced outright computers again.[4]

In the last centuries of the God Emperor's reign, they invented the no-field, which allowed them to grow Hwi Noree, who was bred in a no-room to heavily impact upon Leto's emotions and disrupt his Golden Path. Meanwhile, they worked with the Spacing Guild to develop a mechanical subtitute for the Guild Navigators' predictive talents.[5] The Guild-Ix project succeeded a few decades after the God Emperor's death with the development of the first generation of Ixian Navigation Machines, which broke the Spacing Guild’s monopoly over spaceflight.

During the Famine Times, the Ixians rose up to become a major power in the Known Universe. The Ixians were the first to invent and manufacture no-ships. Along with being guided by the new Navigation Machines, these vessels had the additional advantage of being far cheaper than traditional space ships. It was the development of this cheaper form of space travel which fueled the Scattering.

By the time of the arrival of the Honored Matres in the Old Imperium, the power of the Ixians was at its apex, due to their alliance with the Fish Speakers, but the analysists of the Bene Gesserit Sisterhood saw them as a failing power, as Ixian society had become a bureaucracy, with no great inventions coming out of the workshops of Ix for centuries. When the Honored Matres conquered the Old Empire, the Ixians were reduced to being a barely tolerated technological combine.

Ixians of Note[]


  1. Children of Dune
  2. Dune, Terminology of the Imperium: RICHESE
  3. God Emperor of Dune, page 151.
  4. God Emperor of Dune, page 158
  5. God Emperor of Dune, page 76