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Marty was an entity who appeared in the visions of the final incarnation of Duncan Idaho. The character appeared as a homely elderly woman alongside her companion Daniel. Duncan knew for a Mentat Projection datum that they were strong enough to drive out Honored Matres, and strongly suspected them to be the Ones of Many Faces who had forced the Matres to flee back into the Old Empire. He was also certain through a Projection that they had found another way to use Holtzman's ancient theories. He suspected, although was not sure, that they were independent Face Dancers.

When Duncan Idaho fled Chapterhouse on a no-ship with Reverend Mother Sheeana Brugh, Tleilaxu Master Scytale, Miles Teg, a few Bene Gesserit and a few Jews, Daniel and Marty tried to stop him, attempting to trap the ship in the Net. However, they failed; Daniel knew he saw them but he didn't suspect he saw the Net, and was taken aback by Duncan, who deleted the navigation records of the no-ship in order to escape.

Behind the Scenes[]

It was stated before by Brian Herbert[1] that the characters Daniel and Marty created by Frank Herbert could be a metaphor for how he and Beverly Herbert had been watching the events in the Dune Universe unfold. In the later Dune sequels written by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson, Marty and Daniel are revealed to be representations of ancient artificial intelligences Erasmus and Omnius. It is unknown whether or not Frank Herbert himself actually ever intended this, given that his final novel implies them to be advanced Tleilaxu creations.


  1. "BH: Well, I'll just add one more element to that, that they both loved to work in the garden. And I guess you could say that their stories were ... were the plants and flowers that they were nurturing, but ... I think that my Dad, when he created characters, he always took elements of various people and put them into it. But, that ... that could have been part of it, but I would say that would be a subconscious element to it. That's an interesting observation, I like that." --- Brian Herbert in an interview with Scott Brick.