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God Emperor of Dune
Recent paperback cover
Recent paperback cover
Author Frank Herbert
Cover artist Bruce Pennington
Country United States
Language English
Series Dune series
Genre(s) Science fiction novel
Publisher Putnam
Released 28 May 1981
Media type Print (Hardback & Paperback)
ISBN ISBN 0-575-02976-5
Preceded by Children of Dune
Followed by Heretics of Dune
This article concerns
the Dune series
by Frank Herbert
Dune
Dune Messiah
Children of Dune
God Emperor of Dune
Heretics of Dune
Chapterhouse Dune

God Emperor of Dune is a science fiction novel by Frank Herbert published in 1981 — the fourth novel in the Dune series. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (650x1071, 118 KB)Scan of the cover of God Emperor of Dune by Frank Herbert. ... Frank Patrick Herbert (October 8, 1920 – February 11, 1986) was a critically acclaimed and commercially successful American science fiction author. ... Bruce Pennington is a British painter, perhaps best known for his science fiction and fantasy novel cover art. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... 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. ... Some notable science fiction novels, in alphabetical order by title: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne 2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke 334 by Thomas M. Disch An Age by Brian Aldiss The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton The Atrocity Exhibition by J.G. Ballard... G. P. Putnams Sons was a major United States book publisher based in New York City, New York. ... May 28 is the 148th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (149th in leap years). ... See also: 1980 in literature, other events of 1981, 1982 in literature, list of years in literature. ... A hardcover (or hardback or hardbound) book is bound with rigid protective covers (typically of cardboard covered with cloth or heavy paper) and a stitched spine. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article may require cleanup. ... 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. ... Heretics of Dune is a 1984 science fiction novel by Frank Herbert, fifth in a series of six novels. ... 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. ... Dune is a science fiction novel written by Frank Herbert and published in 1965. ... Dune Messiah Dune Messiah is a science fiction novel by Frank Herbert, the second in a series of six novels. ... 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. ... Heretics of Dune is a 1984 science fiction novel by Frank Herbert, fifth in a series of six novels. ... Chapterhouse Dune is a science fiction novel by Frank Herbert, last in his series of six Dune novels. ... Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ... Frank Patrick Herbert (October 8, 1920 – February 11, 1986) was a critically acclaimed and commercially successful American science fiction author. ... See also: 1980 in literature, other events of 1981, 1982 in literature, list of years in literature. ... 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. ...


3,500 years have passed since Paul Atreides became the messiah of the Fremen and the Emperor of the universe. His son, Leto Atreides II, sees the path that his father Muad'Dib also saw, a future that secures the continuation of human life throughout the universe. That future, however, requires an aberrant act of selflessness: that of becoming a metamorphic vector between primate and worm. Leto II accepts this mantle of godhead from the Fremen and transforms himself into a monster of the desert, a sandworm, that will dominate the ecology of the planet Arrakis (known as Dune) for millennia. This was an act his father was unwilling to do. Leto essentially accepted the terrible price of saving humanity which his father rejected. The novel records Leto II's attempts to consummate the Golden Path, which delivers the volition of humanity by scattering it beyond the perceived safety of Imperium's known universe, and also by destroying the possibility of Imperium control by any single entity, including himself. 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. ... In Judaism, the Messiah (מָשִׁיחַ Standard Hebrew Arabic: Al-Masih, المسيح), Tiberian Hebrew , Aramaic ) initially meant any person who was anointed by a prophet of God. ... Spoiler warning: The Fremen are a group of people in the Dune series of science fiction novels by Frank Herbert. ... 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. ... This article is about arid terrain. ... Sandworms are fictional desert-dwelling creatures from Frank Herberts science fiction series Dune. ... 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... The Golden Path is Leto IIs strategy to prevent humanitys destruction in Frank Herberts fictional Dune universe. ...


Stylistically, the novel is permeated by quotations from, and speeches by its main character, Leto, to a degree unseen in any of the other Dune novels. In part, this stylistic shift is an artifact of how Herbert wrote it: the first draft was written almost entirely in the First-person narrative voice, only being revised in later drafts to insert more third-person narration of events.[1] Grammatical person, in linguistics, is deictic reference to the participant role of a referent, such as the speaker, the addressee, and others. ...

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Plot summary

Spoiler warning: Plot and/or ending details follow.

God Emperor of Dune, places us in a universe vastly different from that of Children of Dune. Leto II still lives, having ruled the Empire for more than three thousand five hundred years. He owes his lifespan to a decision Leto makes in Herbert's previous novel to merge his human body with sandtrout. Leto continues to evolve into a worm, his only remaining human features being his face, tucked in a cowl of wormflesh, and his hands. Leto's legs are nothing more than useless flippers. Leto moves about on a giant mechanical cart equipped with both wheels and suspensors resembling a tank chassis. To the Imperium and to the reader of the book, Leto appears to have changed even more dramatically in ethics than he has in appearance. The third book in the series, Children of Dune, saw Leto II as a hero that would lead humanity along a shining golden path. Now, millennia later, Leto's rule appears to be nothing more than the most depraved despotism humanity has ever witnessed. The worm, as he's called, however, appears confident in the direction of his course despite anyone's ability to see how this could possibly be part of the Golden Path or good for humanity in any way. Shortcut: WP:WIN Wikipedia is an online encyclopedia and, as a means to that end, also an online community. ... The license Wikipedia uses grants free access to our content in the same sense as free software is licensed freely. ... 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. ... A photo of a sand trout from a Dune movie. ...


The book opens with a deadly chase: a band of rebel humans pursued by a pack of deadly, genetically modified wolves known as D-wolves. One by one, the wolves pick off the rebels who have successfully stolen some documents from Leto's keep. When we join the chase, only three rebels remain on their feet. The wolves immediately take down one of the rebels, compelling the penultimate runner, who is hampered by an injury, to make a brave stand to try and give the last runner a few more precious minutes. The last runner, a woman on her final reserves, makes the safety of the opposite bank of the Idaho River. From this safety, Siona, looking across at the baying wolves, curses the Emperor of Arrakis, a curse made all the more meaningful, because we learn that she, like Leto, is of the Atreides family line. Siona Atreides is a fictional character in Frank Herberts Dune universe. ... 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... Emblem of House Atreides from Emperor: Battle for Dune For the novel of the same name, see Dune: House Atreides. ...


Purportedly to ease the loneliness of the centuries, Leto commissions the Tleilaxu to produce one Duncan Idaho ghola at a time. Each Duncan serves Leto as a personal companion and as the leader of his female Fish Speaker army. During a heated discussion with a Duncan ghola, Leto, warned by the Spacing Guild, is aware that Duncan is armed with a lasgun purchased from an Ixian, and intends to assassinate Leto. Leto is not particularly shocked. The reader later discovers that most of the Duncan Idaho gholas eventually turn against Leto before being killed. Having been the loyal swordmaster to House Atreides, as well as Paul's teacher and close friend, Duncan struggles with internal conflict over his allegiance to the Atreides family in opposition with his moral deference to the people he sees as being oppressed by the God Emperor, all clouded by the uncertainty of feeling millennia out of his time. Moneo (Leto's canny majordomo; the name is a Latin verb whose root comes from mens or "mind" in the sense of reminding or admonishing[2]), who refers to the Duncan ghola during an altercation as being an "older model," considers Duncan's social mores and virtues to be outdated and at extreme odds with Leto's Golden Path. Duncan demonstrates his naïveté in some areas, during a discussion with Leto concerning the failures of aristocratic and ruling classes. The Bene Tleilax or Tleilaxu are a secretive society in the fictional Dune universe created by Frank Herbert in the Dune series of novels. ... James Watson as Duncan Idaho in the Dune miniseries Duncan Idaho is a fictional character in the Dune universe created by Frank Herbert. ... A Ghola is a creature in the fictional Dune universe created by Frank Herbert. ... The Fish Speakers are a fictional army from Frank Herberts Dune universe, as depicted in the Dune series of science fiction novels. ... 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. ... A lasgun is a fictional energy weapon found in the world described in Dune, a 1965 science fiction novel by Frank Herbert. ... Ix is a fictional planet featured in the Dune novels by Frank Herbert. ... Emblem of House Atreides from Emperor: Battle for Dune For the novel of the same name, see Dune: House Atreides. ... A majordomo is the head (major) person of a domestic staff (domo), one who acts on behalf of a usually absent owner of a typically large residence. ... Latin is an ancient Indo-European language originally spoken in Latium, the region immediately surrounding Rome. ...


Despite having already decided to kill Leto, the ghola first acts as if his final meeting with the God Emperor is routine, yet later beseeches Leto to provide an ethical explanation for his seemingly despotic governance. In the midst of the meeting, we learn that the rebels have escaped with some of Leto's personal diaries and a map to his citadel. Leto II lapses into a daydream during the conversation, and Duncan takes this chance to try and kill him. However, Leto reacts faster than any human could, leaping instinctively in the air and crushing Duncan with his body, almost before Duncan gets off a shot. Leto is barely injured, losing nothing more than a physically unnecessary flipper in the process. Symbolically, however, the flipper represents a part of Leto's humanity because it used to be one of his legs.


Moneo, Leto's chief minister, is called in to arrange the disposal of Duncan. Moneo has seen similar scenes before and is mostly bothered by how it will affect the routine of government. The reader discovers that loyal Moneo is the concerned father of the rebellious Siona, and that Siona is in some way vital to Leto's plans. To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ...


The Tleilaxu were aware of Duncan's plans and send along a new Idaho before the previous version has even died. The latest Duncan is met by two members of Leto's personal guard (called Fish Speakers). They, being used to the arrival of Duncan, tell him as much as he needs to know and as little as Leto wants him to know, to best prepare him for his meeting with the God Emperor. Duncan is unsettled, not only by the fact he learns he has been brought back into a world three thousand years after his own, but also by the Fish Speakers. The fact they are female military offends Duncan's sensibilities, but in addition he can see that they have been heavily conditioned to obey without question, which is opposed to the original Atreides ideal. The Fish Speakers are a fictional army from Frank Herberts Dune universe, as depicted in the Dune series of science-fiction novels. ...


The rebels on Arrakis give the encrypted diaries of Leto to the Ixian ambassador in a secret meeting. The Ixian ambassador mocks Siona for her disguise, asking why she bothers when it is well known she is the leader of the rebels. He goes on to mock her 'rebellion' by asking her when she intends to join the God Emperor, since one generation after another the young Atreides have 'played' at being rebels before being called into the loyal service of Leto. But Siona turns the tables on him by threatening blackmail. Also at the end of the meeting Siona unmasks a spy, sending him back to Leto with a message. Ironically, however, the spy is actually her father's, and it is Siona's closest companion, Nayla, who is Leto's true spy. 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...


Moneo and Leto meet again and we learn that the new Duncan is untainted by the Bene Tleilax. In the past, the Bene Tleilax had attempted genetic tampering; to which Leto had responded with violent sanctions. Moneo and Leto discuss Leto's human breeding programme, which he had taken from the Bene Gesserit, much to their disquiet. We also learn that Duncan Idaho has played an important role in this programme and that, in Leto's own words, he rather strangely sees himself as a predator on humanity, a concept that Moneo fails to understand, much to Leto's disappointment. Moneo also raises his fears about his daughter, which Leto sympathizes with, but says that she must be tested and that Moneo should trust in his daughter's capabilities. 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 Gesserit (as seen in the prologue of an alternate version of the David Lynch Dune film. ...


Later, Leto meets Nayla, his spy in Siona's camp. Nayla is a complete fanatic and utterly devoted to Leto, taking his title of God Emperor utterly literally. He orders her, for unknown reasons, to obey Siona's every command — even if Siona seeks to kill Leto. During their conversation we learn from Nayla that Siona is ready for testing, a fact Leto was unsure of, because she isn't always visible to his prophetic dreams. We do learn, in Leto's favor, that he is not proud of his accomplishment with Nayla, and regrets the necessity of such religious conditioning.


Leto initially meets Duncan in a darkened room so Duncan can gradually become adjusted to him. Leto begins the conversation using Paul Atreides' voice, in order to calm Duncan down. He first tells Duncan that it was a face dancer pretending to be Paul who triggered Duncan's memories, rather than a ghola version. Leto then goes on to confirm the things that the Tleilaxu had told Duncan were true — that he was turning into a worm, that it was three thousand years later, that Leto has brought Duncan back many times, etc. Once he calms Duncan's near hysteria, he changes over to his real voice, and switches on the light so Duncan can see him as he really is. He explains why he has done what he has done; he then reveals that he needs Duncan to command his army. Duncan then gets sidetracked by his chauvinism into asking why Leto has an all female army; Leto gives the short answer that they minimize the level of violence. After having his doubts about the religious mantle Leto has taken on mollified, Duncan swears into Leto's service with the caveat that if he is worse than Baron Vladimir Harkonnen then he will turn against him. Leto is amused that the Baron is Duncan's measure of true evil. Baron Vladimir Harkonnen, portrayed by Ian McNeice in the Sci-Fi Channels Dune miniseries The Baron Vladimir Harkonnen is a fictional character from the Dune universe created by Frank Herbert. ...


The next day Moneo and Duncan talk. Duncan returns to the subject of his doubts — the female Fish Speaker army and the religion Leto has created. They first discuss Leto's ideas about the value of a female army — that unless very well-disciplined, the male army is essentially rapist and a threat to its own population. Duncan is forced to reluctantly accept these arguments when he examines his own personal experience. During the conversation Duncan learns that Moneo is an Atreides and also a descendant of previous Duncan Idaho gholas, and that Leto had taken over the Bene Gesserit breeding programme. Duncan also questions Moneo about the 'god business' and is shocked and pleased that Moneo makes no attempt to defend it and says in point of fact that Leto himself calls it a 'Holy Obscenity.'


We are then introduced to Anteac and Luyseyal, Reverend Mothers and Truthsayers who have come to Arrakis to represent the Bene Gesserit; they are disquieted by their poor accommodation, and thus, lack of favor in the eye of the God Emperor. They learn that the Ixian embassy has been overtaken by Face Dancers and that an attack is planned on the God Emperor that day and try to warn Leto. The following is a comprehensive list of Bene Gesserit sisters (and rare male initiates) from the fictional Dune universe created by Frank Herbert. ... The following is a comprehensive list of Bene Gesserit sisters (and rare male initiates) from the fictional Dune universe created by Frank Herbert. ... A Reverend Mother is a fictional character appearing in the novel Dune, being a Bene Gesserit woman who has finished her training. ... Truthsayer is a fictional profession in the Dune universe created by Frank Herbert. ... Face Dancers are a type of human in Frank Herberts fictional Dune universe. ...


However, the message does not reach the God Emperor in time; while the God Emperor is traveling between cities, the Leto's convoy is attacked by Face Dancers who try to confuse the Fish Speaker guards by imitating Duncan Idaho. Duncan, however, foils their plan by stripping himself of his clothes and the unprepared Face Dancers are unable to copy him, allowing the Fish Speakers to easily slaughter them. The God Emperor tells his guards to hide all evidence of the battle, so the Tleilaxu will think that their attack didn't even inflict a single casualty.


The Ixians send Hwi Noree as their new ambassador to Leto, and he is immediately attracted to her. She is a highly empathic and intelligent woman, who has greatly admired Leto from afar and almost immediately understands him. She is exactly the kind of woman that Leto would have wanted as a mate if he were still truly human. He is aware that she quite obviously is some kind of Ixian trap — since someone must have deliberately created and trained her to be such a perfect fit for him — but he cannot resist the pleasure of her company even so. As such, she is a kind of delicious agony for him because his sexual organs have long since disappeared. Furthermore, he possessed no foreknowledge of her, which meant that somehow the Ixians had managed to hide her existence from his prophetic dreams. Hwi Noree is a fictional character in Frank Herberts fictional Dune universe. ...


In the meantime, Leto orders a masked Nayla to publicly flog the Tleilaxu ambassador until he passes out.


The Bene Gesserit are in the God Emperor's good graces for attempting to warn him of the attack on his convoy and retain his good will even though they bring concentrated spice-essence with them in the hope of triggering his transition to a worm. In fact, this attempt on his life amuses him because it is so unusual; and so he treats this attack as a gift, offering himself as an oracle as a reward. Of the two Bene Gesserit, Leto is insulted at the naïveté of Luylesal but is impressed by the abilities of the other, Anteac, and, semi-jokingly, offers her a job working for him. The essence from the giant worms in Dune (novel) book series. ...


Leto decides that Siona has been left independent for long enough and so sends his Fish Speakers to induct her into his service. She does not enter his service willingly and is in fact guarded at all times. Leto intends to breed Siona with Duncan Idaho, and so he arranges for them to go on a trip together expecting that things will happen naturally sooner or later. Siona, angered by this, decides to take Duncan to Goygoa village, which was once called Jacurutu, where the young Leto II made his headquarters in remote past centuries. This is a cruel decision by Siona, because Duncan is stared at as soon as he arrives in the village and is unpleasantly surprised to be confronted by a local boy, who he learns was fathered by the previous Duncan Idaho. Unable to resist the temptation, he identifies the mother of the child, and immediately sees her resemblance to Lady Jessica. Roomed together by the Fish Speakers, Siona and Duncan swap insults in their irritation at Leto's breeding plans for them both; but decline any further intimacy. 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. ...


When he returns, Duncan is introduced to the Siaynoq, the major religious ceremony of the Fish Speakers, during which they celebrate their unique relationship with the God Emperor. Duncan witnesses it firsthand and is stunned by the power of it. During the ceremony Duncan reswears his allegiance to the Atreides, though not directly to Leto. The whole experience does little to ease Duncan's doubts.


Hwi Noree and Leto meet for the second time. Hwi Noree is hurriedly called to audience with Leto. When she arrives, she learns that her embassy had been overrun by Face Dancers and the only reason she had survived was because they needed the time to perfect their mimicking of her in order to fool the God Emperor. Shocked by this, she wonders why the God Emperor hadn't wiped out the Face Dancers. He answers that they have their uses and that the only political group Leto had ever actually considered destroying were the Bene Gesserit; because they are so near to what they should be, yet so far. Finally he asks Hwi to be his bride, though he 'reassures' her that he is incapable of being her physical lover; he tells her that she can have children with a discreet lover of his choosing if she so wishes.


Duncan and Leto talk again; Duncan is still filled with doubts and confusion, and he doesn't understand the shape of Leto's empire. Leto laughs at this, and says that realizing one doesn't know something is the first step to understanding. Leto then explains more about his Empire; he tells Duncan that he has no prisons because breaking the law in his Empire is a religious crime and thus punishable with death, which does not make Duncan feel any better; he realizes that Leto is the leader of a group that is judge, jury, and executioner. At the conclusion of the conversation, Duncan tells Leto that he will not worship him, to which Leto remarks that the Fish Speakers understand that he has special dispensation.


Moneo meets with Leto with news. He first suggests that Anteac is a secret Mentat, a skill prohibited in the Empire. Leto agrees, but says that it amuses him. Moneo goes onto say that they have pressured the Bene Tleilaxu into giving him information about Hwi Noree. The Bene Tleilaxu played a role in her birth, by supplying the Ixians with technology to do a cellular restructuring. Leto suggests that it is interesting that Hwi Noree seems the total opposite in character to Malky, the previous Ixian ambassador, with whom Leto once had a close friendship. Malky was crafted by the Ixians as a being of pure cynicism and amorality. A Mentat is a profession or discipline called human computers in Frank Herberts fictional Dune universe. ... Malky is a fictional character in the Dune universe created by Frank Herbert. ...


Hwi Noree and Leto talk again. Leto explains the shape of his Empire and what he is trying to produce; he talks about how in human affairs each cycle is a reaction to the previous cycle. He explains what will happen when he goes into the sands and his empire falls apart. Basically, he believes that the process will make humankind more mature, through being confronted by the same desperate experience of the disasters his death will cause. Hwi Noree, unlike Moneo and the Duncans, understands what Leto means, which pleases Leto greatly. At the end of the audience Leto asks her if she has given any thought to his proposal, and she answers that she has chosen to marry him.


Upon leaving Leto, Hwi goes to see Anteac and shares her knowledge of the environment in which she was brought up. Anteac has been conscripted by Leto to lead a Fish Speaker assault on Ix, to wrest the secret of Hwi's origins. Anteac is shocked at the knowledge that Hwi is to marry Leto and at the same time annoyed that her order had allowed such a talented woman to pass through their training programme without turning her into a Bene Gesserit. Ix is a fictional planet featured in the Dune novels by Frank Herbert. ...


Later, the city of Onn rises in rebellion against Leto; Leto is completely surprised, which is interesting in itself. The rebels attack the Ixian embassy, which, because of the threat to Hwi, sends Leto into a rage; he leaps out of his cart, and attacks the rebels. The Fish Speakers, using the confusion and panic his assault causes, wipe out the rebels. Regaining his calm upon discovering Hwi is safe, Leto regrets his intervention because he has created a new dependency among his Fish Speakers; now they know that he awaits in the wings, a seemingly invincible death machine. Leto realizes it will take generations to erase this dependency. Leto also realizes that this attack must have been planned by Malky, hidden away within the Ixian device that protects people from his vision.


The announcement that Leto is marrying Hwi Noree upsets Moneo immensely; he believes the wedding will bring Leto's enemies in alliance against him. Moneo asks Leto for an explanation for why Leto must do this. Leto tells him that it is because of emotions, that Hwi provokes glorious emotions within him that he had long thought he had lost, restoring his sense of humanity. During the conversation we learn more about Moneo's abilities and limits; Leto tries to raise Moneo's level of awareness but ultimately fails. Moneo's idea of himself limits him from being all he could be.


After the frustration of having to deal with Moneo, Leto answers Duncan's calls for audience. Duncan, Leto realizes, is suffering from what he calls 'Since Syndrome,' something which happens to most gholas, but with this one had happened much earlier than ever before. Duncan feels out of sync with this time and place. Duncan is also upset by the news that Leto is marrying Hwi, a woman he finds intensely attractive also; Leto orders him not to spend time with her.


Some time later Moneo and Leto discuss Duncan. Leto is irritated that Duncan is courting Hwi Noree. However, Moneo informs him that it is Hwi Noree herself who is initiating the meetings; he says that Hwi feels a great deal of sympathy for Duncan because he is so out of his time and place. But this does not calm Leto, as he feels Duncan is very clever with women. Leto asks when a new Duncan ghola can be provided by the Tleilaxu; Moneo says that the Tleilaxu claim they are having problems and that it will be a year. In response, Leto orders that his marriage to Hwi be hurried along.


Leto meets with Siona to assess her readiness for the testing. They talk about many subjects, including his worm body, and the state of his Empire. She points out that his position is much weaker now, because of his reaction to the attack on the Ixian embassy, people now realize that he is vulnerable to attacks on the people he loves. She goes on to question his right to rule; this is the root of her rebelliousness. Leto's response is that he rules by right of loneliness and sacrifice. This puts Siona on the defensive, because she had never considered that Leto might have any rights as a consequence of his uniqueness.


Moneo and Duncan talk. Moneo tries to get Duncan to call off his pursuit of Hwi Noree. The conversation becomes very heated and Duncan says a number of critical things about the God Emperor within the hearing of Fish Speakers. When Duncan finally returns to his room he finds Hwi waiting for him. She had been told of his latest outbursts by some sympathetic Fish Speakers and had rushed to calm him down. However, things do not get any calmer. Hwi says that she was produced to seduce the God Emperor, to seduce an Atreides, and that he, Duncan, is as much the Atreides ideal as any. In the heat of the emotional interchange, Hwi Noree and Duncan have passionate sex. But to Duncan's great disappointment she tells him afterwards that she's still going to marry the God Emperor. When Duncan asks why, she says it is because he has the greatest needs of the two of them, the greatest need in all the Empire.


Siona is tested in the deep desert by Leto. She is forced to drink spice-essence from Leto's body, which sends her into a spice trance and into prophetic dreaming. In her dreams she sees Arafel, she sees the various possibilities in the human future, and more importantly how in all futures visible to prescient vision, humans are hunted and killed to the last person by deadly, evolving machines; it is implied later that these machines were built by the Ixians. The solution, Leto shows her, is that humans need to escape the prescient trap; which is where Siona's own genes (which render her invisible and unpredictable by prescience) come in, and also the no-ships and the repression of peoples in the Old Empire. All these things make up Leto's Golden Path, which she realizes is the only way out. Prescience is the ability to predict the future through vision. ... Arafel: A Hebrew word, meaning cloud darkness; generally used in reference to the Apocalypse. ... Wind turbines The scientific definition of a machine is any device that transmits or modifies energy. ... A no-ship is a fictional type of spacecraft from the Dune science fiction series by Frank Herbert. ... The Old Empire is a fictional galactic empire in the Dune-series. ...


Duncan and Moneo meet. Duncan wants to know where Leto is, Moneo explains he is in the desert with Moneo's daughter. Duncan is also upset when he discovered that some of the Fish Speakers are lesbians. Moneo's grows impatient at Duncan's 'puerile' questions and treats him in an offhand way. The conversation goes from bad to worse and he accuses Duncan of not having the courage to fulfill Leto's expectations, Duncan is enraged by Moneo's comments and attempts to strike him a blow; but, to his utter surprise, Moneo not only avoids the blow, but with amazing quickness hurls Idaho to the floor. Idaho looks up in shock, 'How?' is all he can say; and the angry Moneo utters words he later regrets 'Leto has been breeding us for generations. You're just an older model.' Duncan upset beyond words, retires to his rooms in shock. This article is about homosexual women, not inhabitants of the Greek island of Lesbos A lesbian (lowercase L) is a homosexual woman. ... Anger can be conveyed in many different ways. ...


After a day of contemplation, Duncan's soul searching is interrupted by a Fish Speaker relaying Moneo's requests for Duncan's presence, Duncan is uninterested, until he is told Hwi is there. On his arrival it is clear that they have been discussing him before he arrives. They are both worried by the fact that the warrior Duncan arrives without his knife. Moneo apologizes for his actions and words in front of Hwi Noree, Duncan takes this well and apologizes himself; Duncan experiences a weird feeling that Moneo, Hwi, and himself are the only real humans in existence. Duncan asks about Siona's experience in the desert, Moneo explains his experience and explains that the reason he serves Leto so faithfully is that, after seeing the prophetic visions, he is relieved that he never had to make the decision Leto made to become a worm and is free just to serve. Duncan seems unconvinced by this argument. He flies into a rage at the fact that he and Hwi cannot see each other. His outburst exasperates Hwi and Moneo. But as Duncan leaves, we realize that, for once, his actions do not reflect his true feelings. He had deliberately made himself pathetic for Hwi's sake, so that she could be happier in her choice to put Leto first.


Duncan and Moneo meet later, and we discover Moneo's relief at his daughter's survival. To Moneo's surprise, Duncan asks a very un-Duncan question: 'What was it the other Duncan Idahos didn't learn?' Moneo answers him that they did not learn how to trust. Duncan is shocked by this comment in turn, since he has always considered himself to be a man who trusts others. Moneo responds that the circle of his fellowship is too limited — it includes only fellow warriors and women who complement his sense of himself. After this conversation Moneo decides to try and save Duncan by sending him and Siona away to Tuono Village, for the duration of the wedding.


When Leto learns of this, he is amused that Moneo is attempting to save Idaho and changes the location of his wedding to Tuono. Malky has been captured by the Fish Speakers, though Anteac died capturing him. The Tleilaxu and Spacing Guild, seeing Leto move against the Ixians, had struck first in order to steal the secret of the Ixian device. But Anteac had managed to delay them enough to allow the Fish Speakers to lay siege. As a result, the secret of the Ixian concealment device is scattered far and wide. Malky is escorted into Leto's presence, Malky and Leto talk about old and new times. At the end of this conversation, Moneo does what Leto cannot and kills Leto's friend at Leto's behest. Leto and his convoy set off to Tuono village.


Duncan and Siona talk at Tuono village after a difficult start; and realize that they both still believe that the God Emperor needs to be killed, and his religious empire overthrown. They discuss how the God Emperor, in his worm-like body, can be killed by water, and they hatch a risky plan to kill him. Idaho climbs a high cliff by himself without ropes, using the experience he learned in his youth. From there, he lowers a rope down for Siona and Nayla. From the cliff, they await the arrival of Leto's convoy. When the convoy does arrive, Siona orders Nayla to fire her lasgun at the bridge. Having been directly ordered by Leto to obey Siona's every order, Nayla obeys, fully expecting it to be a religious test of Leto's, and expecting him to perform a miracle. The shot shatters the bridge and Moneo, Hwi Noree, Leto and the rest of the convoy are hurled into the water. A dying Leto escapes to the shore, allowing the sandtrout that make up most of his body to escape into the sands, thus fulfilling his prophecy of the resurgence of sandworms on Arrakis. Duncan is distraught that Nayla has killed Hwi, and turns his vengeance on an utterly shocked Nayla, killing her. The dying human remnants of the God Emperor reveal to Duncan and Siona the hidden place of his spice reserves, effectively leaving stewardship of his Empire to them. Leto then breathes his last. In general stewardship is responsibility for taking good care of resources entrusted to one. ...


Notable Parody

In an episode (Mandy the Merciless) of the cartoon The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy, the characters look into the future on a boring day, a future which is an obvious spoof of God Emperor of Dune. Mandy, like Leto, has taken on a large worm form that has granted her an extremely long life. She controls the world with her "cinnamon mines," which plays much the same role as Spice. Through the ages, Mandy has been kept company by clones of her friend Billy, much like Leto was by Duncan Idaho. The Grim Reaper plays a role of both Mandy's attendant (like Moneo) and a rebel (like Siona). Billy, like Duncan, joins the plot to destroy Mandy. However, Mandy easily crushes this rebellion (by using Billy as a dupe). When asked how she uncovered the rebellion's secret, we find that she learned it millennia ago, on the boring day when she looked into the future and saw what would happen, an obvious reference to Leto's prescience. The introduction to this article provides insufficient context for those unfamiliar with the subject matter. ... The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy, created by Maxwell Atoms, is an American animated television series that currently airs on Cartoon Network and Teletoon. ...

Spoilers end here.

References

  1. ^ "God Emperor of Dune is unique in the series, however, because almost all of the quotations are from The Stolen Journals (and not from the complete journals found at Dar-es-Balat). They were written by Leto to personalize himself to distant readers in the future....Written in the first person (the early drafts of God Emperor show that Herbert wrote most of the novel in the first person and left notes for himself to transcribe into the third person; material that he did not transcribe resulted in the journal quotations), they range informally and thought-provokingly over a broad range of subjects from government to prophecy to the nature of language...I believe this is their primary function, for Leto so dominates the book that the other characters seem to exist at times only to bring out differences in him. Even in their most private thoughts they are all obsessed with the God Emperor." pg 87, Touponce 1988
  2. ^ "In fact, the general tenor of their dialogues is signaled by Moneo's name, which is a Latin verb, connected with the word mens or mind, denoting to remind, to admonish or warn. What is more, the neuter plural of the participle of this verb, monita, was used in Virgil and other Classical Latin authors to mean prophecies. Considering Herbert's early education at the hands of Jesuits, it seems likely that this choice of name for his majordomo accomplishes a deliberate irony. By the way, Bene Gesserit means "that it may be borne or accomplished well," and is derived from the hortative subjunctive of the Latin verb gero, meaning "to bear or carry away" in its root sense, but also "to conduct oneself in society." pg 75-76, Touponce 1988
  • Touponce, William F. (1988), Frank Herbert, Boston, Massachusetts: Twayne Publishers imprint, G. K. Hall & Co, ISBN 0-8057-7514-5; PS3558.E63Z89

A bust of Virgil, from the entrance to his tomb in Naples, Italy. ...

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God Emperor of Dune is a science fiction novel by Frank Herbert —the fourth novel within the Dune series.
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Hwi says that she was produced to seduce the God Emperor, to seduce an Atreides, and that he, Duncan, is as much the Atreides ideal as any.
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