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The Bene Tleilax or Tleilaxu are an extremely xenophobic and isolationist society in the fictional Dune universe created by Frank Herbert. The Bene Tleilax are genetic manipulators, equivalent in power to a major house in the Imperium. They exclusively control a number of planets in the Imperium, but they are originally connected with the planet Tleilax, the sole planet of the star Thalim. Look up xenophobia in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Isolationism is a foreign policy which combines a non-interventionist military and a political policy of economic nationalism (protectionism). ... FicTioNaL is a Gaming Legend. ... The fictional Dune universe, or Duniverse, is the political, scientific, and social setting of author Frank Herberts six-book Dune series of science fiction novels. ... Frank Patrick Herbert (October 8, 1920 – February 11, 1986) was a critically acclaimed and commercially successful American science fiction author. ... For a non-technical introduction to the topic, please see Introduction to genetics. ... Below is a list of fictional planets named in the novels of the Dune universe created by Frank Herbert. ...

Emblem of the Bene Tleilax from Emperor: Battle for Dune.
Emblem of the Bene Tleilax from Emperor: Battle for Dune.

Not organized along feudal lines (as most of rest of the Imperium is), the Tleilaxu are secretive and very little is known about them; however, in Heretics of Dune their society is said to be a meritocracy. They are chiefly known for their biological products, such as artificial eyes, gholas, and Face Dancers. Because they deal in morally-questionable but highly desired products, the Tleilaxu are universally distrusted but still influential. Image File history File links Bene_Tielax_Insignia. ... Image File history File links Bene_Tielax_Insignia. ... Roland pledges his fealty to Charlemagne; from a manuscript of a chanson de geste. ... Heretics of Dune is a 1984 science fiction novel by Frank Herbert, fifth in a series of six novels. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... A Ghola is a creature in the fictional Dune universe created by Frank Herbert. ... Face Dancers are a type of human in Frank Herberts fictional Dune universe. ...


The use of "Bene" before their name suggests that they are an order of some kind, like the Bene Gesserit; this becomes clear in the last two books of the original series, Heretics of Dune and Chapterhouse Dune. The Bene Gesserit (as seen in the prologue of an alternate version of the David Lynch Dune film. ... Chapterhouse Dune is a science fiction novel by Frank Herbert, last in his series of six Dune novels. ...

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Bene Tleilax histories

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The original series

In Dune, the only mention of the Tleilaxu is in the glossary, in which their planet is noted as the "source of 'twisted' Mentats."[1] They step into the foreground in Dune Messiah, as their Face Dancer Scytale enters into a conspiracy with the Bene Gesserit, Spacing Guild and House Corrino to topple the rule of Paul Atreides. The Tleilaxu role in the Empire is illustrated as they provide Paul with a ghola (clone) of Duncan Idaho and artificial eyes for soldiers blinded by a stone burner. Duncan further ponders the Tleilaxu legacy of his creation in Children of Dune. Dune is a science fiction novel written by Frank Herbert and published in 1965. ... A Mentat is a fictional profession or discipline in Frank Herberts Dune universe. ... Dune Messiah Dune Messiah is a science fiction novel by Frank Herbert, the second in a series of six novels. ... Scytale is a fictional character in the Dune universe created by Frank Herbert. ... The Bene Gesserit (as seen in the prologue of an alternate version of the David Lynch Dune film. ... The Spacing Guild is a fictional organization in Frank Herberts Dune universe created in a series of science fiction novels starting in Dune and ending with Chapterhouse Dune. ... Emperor Frederick Corrino IV, played by Adrian Sparks, seated on the Golden Lion Throne (as seen in the computer game Dune 2000 by Westwood Studios) For the novel of the same name, see Dune: House Corrino. ... Paul Atreides, as portrayed by Kyle MacLachlan in David Lynchs Dune (1985), wielding the infamous Weirding Module. Paul Orestes Atreides is a fictional character in the Dune universe created by Frank Herbert. ... For other uses, see clone. ... James Watson as Duncan Idaho in the Dune miniseries Duncan Idaho is a fictional character in the Dune universe created by Frank Herbert. ... A stone burner is an atomic weapon or fusion bomb in the Dune fictional universe, the explosion and radiation of which could be precisely adjusted. ... Children of Dune Children of Dune is a science fiction novel by Frank Herbert, third in a series of six novels set in the Dune universe. ...


Over 3,500 years later in God Emperor of Dune, Tleilaxu Face Dancers kill and replace nearly everyone in the Ixian embassy on Arrakis as part of an assassination attempt on Paul's son, Leto Atreides II. The plot fails, in part due to the ingenuity of their own later generation of Duncan Idaho ghola. God Emperor of Dune is a science fiction novel by Frank Herbert published in 1981 — the fourth novel in the Dune series. ... Ix is a fictional planet featured in the Dune novels by Frank Herbert. ... Arrakis, (derived from the Arabic name ar-rāqiṣ, the dancer, originally a star-name for Mu Draconis) later Rakis (known colloquially as Dune) is a fictional desert planet featured in the Dune novels by Frank Herbert, where it is the home of the Fremen (Zensunni wanderers) and later, the... Leto Atreides II, portrayed by James McAvoy in the Children of Dune miniseries Leto Atreides II is a fictional character in the Dune universe, created by Frank Herbert. ...


Another 1,500 years passes, and in Heretics of Dune the core of the Tleilaxu is revealed: they are Zensufi, a distant offshoot of Buddhism and Sufism, and are organized along theistic lines. They have spent thousands of years concealing this fact, waiting for their ascendancy, which they believe to be occurring in Heretics of Dune. Their secret holy language is called Islamiyat, an ancient tongue the Bene Gesserit recognize and employ to elicit trust from the Tleilaxu. The Bene Gesserit pretend to share the Tleilaxu "Great Belief, the Sufi-Zensunni ecumenism that had spawned the Bene Tleilax."[2] The Tleilaxu now provide the Sisterhood with Idaho gholas, and in Heretics of Dune it is also revealed that the Tleilaxu have developed the ability to grow the spice melange in the same axolotl tanks they use to grow gholas. The Zensufi are a fictional mystical group from the Dune series by Frank Herbert. ... Buddhism is a dharmic, non-theistic religion and a philosophy. ... Sufism is a mystic tradition that is practised by some muslims and some non-muslims and encompasses a diverse range of beliefs and practices dedicated to divine love and the cultivation of the heart. ... Zensunni in Frank Herberts Dune series is a religious belief that is a hybrid of principles of Zen Buddhism and Sunni Islam. ... The word ecumenism (also oecumenism, Å“cumenism) is derived from Greek (oikoumene), which means the inhabited world, and was historically used with specific reference to the Roman Empire. ... Look up Melange in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Axlotl tanks are a technology in the fictional Dune universe created by Frank Herbert in the Dune series. ...


By the events of Chapterhouse: Dune, the Bene Tleilax have been all but eradicated by the fierce Honored Matres save for one Master, Scytale; he is a ghola of the original Scytale of Dune Messiah, somehow having ascended from Face Dancer to Master. Captured by the Bene Gesserit, Scytale's secret bargaining tool is a hidden nullentropy capsule containing cells carefully and secretly collected by the Tleilaxu for millennia, including the cells of Tleilaxu Masters, Face Dancers, Paul Atreides, Lady Jessica, Chani, Gurney Halleck, Thufir Hawat and other legendary figures. He intends to not only grow his own life-sustaining ghola, but to resurrect the rest of his order as well. In the meantime, he has given the Bene Gesserit enough of the axolotl technology to grow their own gholas, inparticular a replacement for their military genius Miles Teg. The Honored Matres are an organization in the fictional Dune universe created by Frank Herbert in his Dune series of novels. ... Sandworm from the cover of Heretics of Dune. ... Lady Jessica Atreides, portrayed by Saskia Reeves in the Dune miniseries Jessica Atreides is a fictional character in the Dune universe created by Frank Herbert. ... Chani (short for Chanisihayah) is a fictional character featured in Frank Herberts science fiction Dune universe. ... Gurney Halleck is a fictional soldier in the Dune universe created by Frank Herbert. ... Thufir Hawat, portrayed by Freddie Jones in the 1984 movie Thufir Hawat, portrayed by Jan Vlasák in the Dune miniseries Thufir Hawat is a fictional character in the Dune universe created by Frank Herbert. ... Miles Teg is a fictional character in the Dune universe created by Frank Herbert. ...


Hunters of Dune

In Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson's continuation of the original series, Hunters of Dune, the Lost Tleilaxu are introduced; they are descendants of the Tleilaxu and Face Dancers who left the Old Empire in The Scattering. Scytale, still a prisoner of the Bene Gesserit on the wandering no-ship Ithaca, manages to negotiate permission to grow a ghola of himself. Brian Herbert (born 1947) is an American author. ... Kevin J. Anderson (born March 27, 1962) is an American science fiction author. ... Hunters of Dune is the first part of the seventh book (until recently, called Dune 7) of the original Dune series, along with Sandworms of Dune. ... The Lost Tleilaxu are a fictional organization from the Dune universe created by Frank Herbert. ... The Old Empire is a fictional galactic empire in the Dune-series. ... The Scattering is a fictional event that takes place in Frank Herberts Dune books. ... A no-ship is a fictional type of spacecraft from the Dune science fiction series by Frank Herbert. ... Ithaca is a fictional no-ship from the Dune universe created by Frank Herbert. ...


Prelude to Dune

In the Prelude to Dune prequel trilogy by Brian Herbert and Anderson, it is noted that the founder of the Bene Tleilax was a Master named Xuttuh. Dune: House Atreides Dune: House Harkonnen Dune: House Corrino Prelude to Dune is a prequel trilogy of novels written by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson, set in Frank Herberts Dune universe. ... A prequel is a work that portrays events which include the structure, conventions, and/or characters of a previously completed narrative, but occur at an earlier time. ... A trilogy is a set of three works of art, usually literature or film, that are connected and can generally be seen as a single work as well as three individual ones. ... Spoiler warning: Xuttuh is the name of the Tleilaxu Master who founded the Bene Tleilax. ...


Legends of Dune

The ancestors of the Bene Tleilax are featured in the Legends of Dune prequel series by Brian Herbert and Anderson. They are a civilization of human merchants known as the "Tlulaxa", who specialize in slaves and replacement organs. They claim that the organs are grown artificially in organ farms; in reality, the vast majority of the organs are harvested from slaves. The Tlulaxa do have working organ farms, but they are used mainly as a front for the slave harvesting operations and provide only a small fraction of the replacement organs.-1...


Bene Tleilax technologies

The Bene Tleilax are masters of biological science and control the secrets of a number of important technologies in the Dune universe.


Axolotl tank

Main article: Axolotl tank

An axolotl tank is essentially a brain-dead woman whose womb is used as a tank to create gholas. The Bene Tleilax's use of their women in this capacity explains why no one has ever seen a Tleilaxu female. Axlotl tanks are a technology in the fictional Dune universe created by Frank Herbert in the Dune series. ...


In Heretics of Dune, it is revealed that the Tleilaxu have developed the ability to grow the spice melange in axolotl tanks, breaking the monopoly on spice that Arrakis held for thousands of years which strongly controlled the economics and the politics of the Imperium. Look up Melange in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


In Chapterhouse Dune, the Bene Gesserit have acquired axolotl tank technology and are able to use it to make gholas for their own purposes, but not spice. They are revealed not to be tanks at all, but dramatically altered women.


The axolotl tank is similar to the reproductive "stumps" in Herbert's Hellstrom's Hive. Hellstroms Hive is a Science fiction novel written by Frank Herbert in 1973. ...


Chairdogs

Another of the most profitable and widely used creations of the Tleilaxu, chairdogs are alive and partially sentient creatures used as seating. They possess the ability to shape themselves to fit their occupant.


Chairdogs are also featured in Herbert's Whipping Star and The Dosadi Experiment. Neither of these books is connected with the Dune series. Whipping Star is a science fiction novel by Frank Herbert. ... The Dosadi Experiment is a science fiction novel written by Frank Herbert in 1977. ...


Face Dancer

Main article: Face Dancer

Face Dancers are sterile creatures, with full sentience, but with a genetically programmed loyalty to the Tleilaxu Masters. They are able to physiologically change their appearance to impersonate other people. They are used by the Tleilaxu throughout the universe to replace people whom the Tleilaxu find useful (the originals are usually killed). In this way they may infiltrate and control various groups in the universe. Face Dancers are a type of human in Frank Herberts fictional Dune universe. ...


Over the course of the series, as the Tleilaxu try to create more perfect mimics, the Face Dancers gain the ability to even absorb the consciousness of their subject, with the potential unintended side effect of gradually becoming that person, and passing beyond the control of the Tleilaxu Masters, rendering them useless for any purpose other than living out the rest of their subject's life just as they would have on their own.


Ghola

Main article: Ghola

A ghola is a clone, grown in an axolotl tank from the DNA from a dead body of another person. At the time of Dune, gholas have no access to the lives of the person from whom they were cloned, but after Dune Messiah, the Tleilaxu discover that a ghola can recover his or her genetic memory during a carefully staged moment of extreme stress. Much later in the series, it is revealed that the masters of the Tleilaxu have been using this knowledge gained in Dune Messiah as an improvised device for immortality: at their death, they are cloned; their clone recovers its memories, and the masters, in their serial incarnations, have memories stretching back thousands of years. The surviving Masters of Heretics of Dune are clearly the longest-lived characters in the saga, after Duncan Idaho who is the first ghola to recover its memories. Scytale himself by the events of Chapterhouse Dune would be over 5,000 years old through his serial incarnations. A Ghola is a creature in the fictional Dune universe created by Frank Herbert. ... The structure of part of a DNA double helix Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) is a nucleic acid that contains the genetic instructions for the development and function of living organisms. ... James Watson as Duncan Idaho in the Dune miniseries Duncan Idaho is a fictional character in the Dune universe created by Frank Herbert. ...


Sligs

One of the earliest successes of Tleilaxu genetic engineering, the slig is a hybrid livestock animal — a cross between a large slug and a Terran pig — first mentioned in Heretics of Dune and considered a delicacy: 'The sweetest meat this side of heaven.' Most people had thoughts that they were "tank-bred mutations", "ugly creatures who excreted slimy, foul-smelling residue, and whose multiple mouths ground incessantly on garbage", even though they enjoy devouring the flesh of these beasts (marinated slig medallions in rich Caladan wine sauces are considered a prime delicacy). Despite being the producers of sligs, the Tleilaxu themselves do not consume the animals. Caladan is a fictional planet in the Dune universe created by Frank Herbert. ...


Tleilaxu Master

Masters are the leaders and real minds of the Bene Tleilax. After Dune Messiah, they have the ability to regain their genetic memory with ease, allowing them to live forever, using the axlotl tanks to create gholas of themselves. They are often described as short, [dwarf]-like characters with gray skin, hair and eyes, elfin features and pointy teeth. The Bene Gesserit suspect that their appearance is intended to encourage others to underestimate them. A small forest elf (älva) rescuing an egg, from Solägget (1932), by Elsa Beskow An elf is a mythical creature of Germanic mythology and Germanic paganism which still survives in northern European folklore. ...


Tleilaxu Masters control their creations by forcing them into a hypnotic state with some predefined, implanted sound (often a specific humming or whistling noise).[3][4][5] In Dune Messiah, the Tleilaxu dwarf Bijaz controls the ghola Hayt through a specific humming intonation that renders Hayt open to implanted commands. In Heretics of Dune, the Master Waff attempts to control his perfectly mimicked Face Dancer copy of High Priest Tuek with a humming language, but fails due to the copy's complete assimiliation into its new form. Mind control (or thought control) has the premise that an outside source can control an individuals thinking, behavior or consciousness (either directly or more subtly). ... Professor Charcot was well-known for showing, during his lessons at the Salpêtrière hospital, hysterical woman patients – here, his favorite patient, Blanche (Marie) Wittman, supported by Joseph Babiński. ... Bijaz is a fictional character in the Dune universe created by Frank Herbert. ... Hayt is a fictional character featured in the Dune series by Frank Herbert. ... Tylwyth Waff is a fictional character from the Dune universe created by Frank Herbert. ... Heretics of Dune is a 1984 science fiction novel by Frank Herbert, fifth in a series of six novels. ...


Notable Tleilaxu Masters:

Masters Mirlat and Torg the Younger also appear in Heretics of Dune. Hidar Fen Ajidica is a fictional character from the Dune universe created by Frank Herbert. ... Scytale is a fictional character in the Dune universe created by Frank Herbert. ... Tylwyth Waff is a fictional character from the Dune universe created by Frank Herbert. ... Heretics of Dune is a 1984 science fiction novel by Frank Herbert, fifth in a series of six novels. ...


Emperor: Battle for Dune

The Bene Tleilax are a faction in the computer game Emperor: Battle for Dune; in this game, they are treated for practical purposes as a Great House. They have two unique units, Contaminators and Leeches, neither of which appear in the original books.


Contaminators

Contaminators
Contaminators

A Contaminator is essentially a hideously-deformed mutant spawned from the Tleilaxu Flesh Vats. It carries a lethal virus, capable of turning human beings into additional Contaminators. Any infantry killed in close combat with a contaminator will be reborn as a contaminator. It is best taken out at range. Image File history File linksMetadata Tlielaxu_Contaminator. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Tlielaxu_Contaminator. ...


Leech

Leeches
Leeches

The other unit of the Bene Tleilax forces offered to the three Great Houses during the War of Assassins, the Tleilaxu Leech, is a biogenetic tank that creates replicas of itself by implanting its larvae in enemy vehicles. It constantly damages the host vehicle until the target is destroyed and the larva hatches as another Leech. The infant larva can be removed by attacking the host vehicle or by using an infantry engineer to remove it surgically (the Atreides can also use their Repair Vehicle). A leech is extremely fast and can regenerate while stationary, making it efficient for hit-and-run tactics. Image File history File links Tlielaxu_Leeches. ... Image File history File links Tlielaxu_Leeches. ...


References

  1. ^ Herbert, Frank. Dune, Terminology of the Imperium. "TLEILAX: lone planet of Thalim, noted as renegade training center for Mentats; source of "twisted" Mentats."
  2. ^ Herbert, Frank. Chapterhouse Dune.
  3. ^ In Dune Messiah, the Tleilaxu dwarf Bijaz hums to activate dormant programming in the Duncan Idaho ghola Hayt to induce him to kill Paul Atreides: "He began to hum, a keening, whining monotonous theme, repeated over and over ... Hayt stiffened, experiencing odd pains that played up and down his spine ... The sound made Hayt think of ancient rituals, folk memories, old words and customs, half-forgotten meanings in lost mutterings."
  4. ^ In Heretics of Dune, Master Waff tries to control his Face Dancer duplicate of Tuek: "Humming sounds like the noises of angry insects came from his mouth, a modulated thing that clearly was some kind of language."
  5. ^ In Chapterhouse Dune, Scytale sees an opportunity to control/influence the Duncan Idaho ghola and thus effect his escape from the Bene Gesserit when he thinks: Somehow, I must contrive it that Idaho and I meet intimately. There's always the whistling language we impress on every ghola.

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Bene Tleilax - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (861 words)
The Bene Tleilax or Tleilaxu are a secretive society in the fictional Dune universe created by Frank Herbert in the Dune series of novels.
The Bene Tleilax are genetic manipulators, equivalent in power to a major house in the Imperium.
By the events of Chapterhouse: Dune, the Bene Tleilax had been all but eradicated...save for one Master, Scytale, presumedly a ghola of the original Scytale of Dune: Messiah (though the Scytale from Dune Messiah was a face dancer whereas the one in Chapterhouse: Dune was a Master) who was captured by the Bene Gesserit.
Heretics of Dune - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (3094 words)
Teg is the Mentat son of a Bene Gesserit Reverend Mother (RM), bred to serve the Sisterhood as the commanding Bashar of all their forces.
Odrade is considered something of a loose cannon in the Bene Gesserit: other Sisters are suspicious of Odrade's limited prescience (inherited through her Atreides genes), an ability that manifests itself in subtle detections of threats to the Sisterhood.
The Bene Tleilax are secretly an intensely religious organization who have long nursed dreams of hegemony of human space, dominating others under the weight of their religion.
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