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Shakkad the Wise was the penultimate true ruler of the Old Empire. When Shakkad's Imperial chemist, Yanshuph Ashkoko, travelled to the desert planet of Arrakis, he became the first man in history to remark on the rejuvenating geriatric properties of the obscure spice melange. Following this event, there grew a small market for the natural substance among offworlders at the Arrakis City spaceport.

Shakkad took credit for this discovery and was remembered on Arrakis as its discover for a time but the truth of what had happened was remembered by the Bene Gesserit through their Other Memory, and the Dictionary Royal also recorded the true events by at least its fifth edition.

One of the Sisterhood's bases on Chapterhouse tens of thousands of years later, Shakkad Station, was named after the wise emperor.


Preceded by
Emperor of the Old Empire
c. 1450 BG - c. 1350 BG
Succeeded by
The Fallen Emperor