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The Honored Matres are a fictional matriarchal organization in the Dune universe created by Frank Herbert. Matriarchy is a form of society in which power is with the women and especially with the mothers of a community. ... 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 Herbert (1920 - 1986) Frank Patrick Herbert (October 8, 1920 – February 11, 1986) was a critically acclaimed and commercially successful American science fiction author. ...

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Origins

After the death of Leto II, the God Emperor, billions of people of the Old Empire took to the stars in a diaspora known as the Scattering. Representatives from each major race and order of the Empire took to the cosmos in fleets of no-ships, beginning the journey along Leto II's Golden Path. 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. ... The Old Empire is a fictional galactic empire in the Dune-series. ... Look up Diaspora in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... 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. ... The Golden Path is Leto IIs strategy to prevent humanitys destruction in Frank Herberts fictional Dune universe. ...


The Honored Matres developed during this Scattering, as an outgrowth from or a combination of the Fish Speakers and Bene Gesserit. However, this alliance only truly developed their violent tendencies with its third addition: awakened Tleilaxu females. The best kept secret of the Tleilaxu — that their famed axlotl tanks were in fact their race's females kept in a vegetative state — was laid bare before the matriarchal alliance, and their wrath knew no bounds. Attacking every Tleilaxu planet on their way out of the galaxy, the martial prowess of both the Fish Speakers and the Bene Gesserit ensured their victory, and they managed to liberate a number of the axlotl tanks. Their next task was to rehabilitate the brain-dead women. The fledgling order enjoyed a modicum of success, and eventually the Tleilaxu females, angry at their males for treating them in such a way, vowed revenge. Thus when the Honored Matres bust upon the universe again, they took special care to lay waste to every extant Tleilaxu world. This anger led to the name of the order, "Honored Matres", or Respected Mothers. The Fish Speakers are a fictional army from Frank Herberts Dune universe, as depicted in the Dune series of science-fiction novels. ... The Bene Gesserit (as seen in the prologue of Dune) The Bene Gesserit (from Latin or Arabic: see the origin of the name) are a key social, religious and political force in Frank Herberts science fiction universe of Dune. ... The Bene Tleilax or Tleilaxu are a secretive society in the fictional Dune universe created by Frank Herbert in the Dune series of novels. ... Axlotl tanks are a technology in the fictional Dune universe created by Frank Herbert in the Dune series. ...


By all accounts they ruled a huge empire in the Scattering (several times larger than the Old Empire in size and population), but were eventually overthrown. A young commander invaded an area controlled by the remnants of Omnius' thinking machines empire with initial success. However, the Thinking Machines' retribution was terrible, especially when they realized that humans still existed. They destroyed the empire, and the remnant of the Honored Matres then fled back to the Old Empire to build a new dominion. There is also a hint in Chapterhouse Dune of some force or weapon that makes them vegetables. Omnius was the evermind, or controlling intelligence, of the robots in the Legends of Dune series, a trilogy of novels written by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson. ... Chapterhouse Dune is a science fiction novel by Frank Herbert, last in his series of six Dune novels. ... A persistent vegetative state (or PVS) is a condition of patients with severe brain damage in whom coma has progressed to a state of wakefulness without awareness. The term was introduced by two doctors in 1972 to describe a syndrome that seemed to have been made possible by medicines...


Since the Honored Matres did not have access to the melange or the Water of Life which give the Bene Gesserit their heightened awareness and mental abilities, they substituted another drug that stimulates adrenaline production. In addition to heightening the senses and responses of a user, this stimulant has the unique property of causing brilliant orange flecks to appear in the eyes of an addict when enraged, a common sentiment in an Honored Matre. However, it does not give access to the Other Memories possessed by the Bene Gesserit Reverend Mothers, nor is there any evidence that it provides the same prescient abilities that accompany large doses of melange. The Honored Matres replace Other Memories with impressed knowledge imprinted on the nervous system by an interrogative agony-inducing T-Probe, developed from the mind-reading Ixian probe for mental interrogation of prisoners of war or captured enemy intelligence operatives. Look up Melange in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... The Water Of Life is a fictional drug from Frank Herberts science-fiction novel Dune. ... Epinephrine (INN) or adrenaline (BAN) is a hormone and a neurotransmitter. ... The Bene Gesserit (as seen in the prologue of Dune) The Bene Gesserit (from Latin or Arabic: see the origin of the name) are a key social, religious and political force in Frank Herberts science fiction universe of Dune. ... A Reverend Mother is a fictional character appearing in the novel Dune, being a Bene Gesserit woman who has finished her training. ... T-Probe in Frank Herberts Dune is a fictional device that allows for the thoughts of a person, living, or even dead to be read. ... Ixian Probe is a device from the Dune series. ...


Back into the Old Empire

Several different historical implications are inherent with the appearance of the Honoured Matres - they are the reverse of the events described in Heretics of Dune and Chapterhouse, where the Bene Gesserit allied themselves with the Bene Tleilax, though naturally in command of that alliance by virtue of their tools of religious statecraft and manipulation, the Missionaria Protectiva. Heretics of Dune is a 1984 science fiction novel by Frank Herbert, fifth in a series of six novels. ... The Bene Gesserit (as seen in the prologue of Dune) The Bene Gesserit (from Latin or Arabic: see the origin of the name) are a key social, religious and political force in Frank Herberts science fiction universe of Dune. ... 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 Missionaria Protectiva was a branch of the Bene Gesserit fictional organisation in the Dune universe created by Frank Herbert. ...


The Honored Matres, broken by the assault of the Thinking Machines of the Butlerian Jihad, fled back into the Old Empire, wreaking havoc as they came. In particular, their targets were the Bene Tleilax, who were responsible for the enslavement of millions of Tleilaxu females, and the Bene Gesserit, who the Honored Matres saw as competitors. The Bene Gesserit possessed much that the Honored Matres didn't, such as melange and Other Memories. To that end, they marked the Bene Gesserit as enemies, and captured and tortured many Reverend Mothers in an attempt to glean these secrets. The Butlerian Jihad is an epic turning point in the back-story of Frank Herberts fictional Dune universe. ...


The Honored Matres make many attacks on Bene Gesserit Keeps throughout the known bounds of the pre-Scattering galaxy. They mark the Bene Gesserit Bashar, Miles Teg, and the Duncan Idaho ghola for death, destroying the Gammu Keep in an unsuccessful attempt to kill Idaho, and annhilating Rakis with their Obliterators, killing Teg. Miles Teg is a fictional character in the Dune universe created by Frank Herbert. ... Duncan Idaho is a fictional character in the Dune universe created by Frank Herbert. ...


Eventually, the core of the Honored Matres is destroyed according to Mother Superior Darwi Odrade's plan. At the Battle of Junction, the Honored Matre main stronghold, both Odrade and Great Honored Matre Logno perish, giving Murbella, a former Honored Matre, the chance to ascend to both positions, carrying out the rest of Odrade's plan by unifying the orders. Reverend Mother Odrade, also known as Darwi Odrade or Dar is a fictional character in the Dune universe created by Frank Herbert. ...


The Enemy's Approach

When the Honored Matres first burst into the galaxy, they claimed that an "Enemy" was following them. Omnius and the Thinking Machines were in fact, planning to launch an attack on the galaxy.


Odrade and Murbella both knew this, and they also knew that the galaxy had to be unified to face this threat. To this end, they unified the Bene Gesserit and the Honored Matres into a New Sisterhood.


But renegade Matres still persisted. The renegades led by Matre Superior Hellica still maintained strongholds on captured worlds such as Buzzell, Gammu, and Tleilax. Over the course of twenty years, Murbella led the Sisterhood against the renegades, eventually culminating in the Battle of Tleilax, when Hellica was killed and the planet was utterly destroyed. With the destruction of Tleilax, the unbalanced and vindictive breed of Honored Matres was crushed. Humanity could now stand united against the dread presence of Omnius. Below is a list of fictional planets from the universe depicted in the series of books beginning with Frank Herberts Dune. ... // Arrakis Main article: Arrakis 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...


Characteristics

The Honored Matres rule through sexual enslavement, sheer physical power, and the terror inspired by their draconian methods. They are completely without mercy and quick to anger, often resorting to extreme measures of violence in the face of the slightest provocations. The Bene Gesserit initially believe that these tendencies arise from the rage that comes from inability to satisfy the increasingly jaded tastes that necessarily come from being able to exercise absolute sexual or sensual control over another person. However, Murbella, the combined Mother Commander of both the Honored Matres and Bene Gesserit, is able to access the Other Memories of the Honored Matres to find that these tendencies come from the Tleilaxu females retribution towards males from the millennia of abuse they suffered as axlotl tanks. The leadership succession practices employed by the order are severe; a subordinate sister that manages to kill the leader, the so-called Great Honored Matre or Matre Superior, takes her place. Slavery is any of a number of related conditions involving control of a person against his or her will, enforced by violence or other clear forms of coercion. ... Draco is an Athenian law scribe, whose laws were described as Draconian. Draconian (D&D) refers to creatures unique to the Dragonlance fantasy world. ... The Bene Gesserit (as seen in the prologue of Dune) The Bene Gesserit (from Latin or Arabic: see the origin of the name) are a key social, religious and political force in Frank Herberts science fiction universe of Dune. ...


The Honored Matres are characterized by their extremely violent tendencies and their ability to imprint a man sexually, amplifying his orgasmic response to such an ecstatic (and addictive) height that the victim of an imprinting is a willing slave of the Honored Matre who "marks" him. Both of these qualities are presumably evolutions of the unbridled sexual energies of the Siaynoq communion once enjoyed by the Fish Speakers with the God Emperor Leto Atreides II, once those energies ceased to have a singular focus. The sexual imprinting practiced by the Honored Matres hearkens back to the obvious roots of this order in the original Bene Gesserit, from which they also took elements of the deep prana-bindu training. Both the imprinting and the prana-bindu training were modified and enhanced to give the Honored Matres much more potent abilities in these two areas than their Bene Gesserit progenitors. Honored Matres are superhumanly fast and are more than a match for a fully trained Reverend Mother in direct combat. The Fish Speakers are a fictional army from Frank Herberts Dune universe, as depicted in the Dune series of science-fiction novels. ... 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. ... The Bene Gesserit (as seen in the prologue of Dune) The Bene Gesserit (from Latin or Arabic: see the origin of the name) are a key social, religious and political force in Frank Herberts science fiction universe of Dune. ... The Bene Gesserit (as seen in the prologue of Dune) The Bene Gesserit (from Latin or Arabic: see the origin of the name) are a key social, religious and political force in Frank Herberts science fiction universe of Dune. ...


Notable Honored Matres

Dama

In Heretics of Dune, the Great Honored Matre on Gammu is Dama. Bene Gesserit Reverend Mother Lucilla flees the destruction of Lampadas by the Honored Matres, but is forced to land on Gammu. She is captured and brought before Dama, but not killed outright. A game of words begins, and the Dama tries to persuade Lucilla to join the Honored Matres, preserving her life in exchange for Bene Gesserit secrets. Dama does not try to hide the fact that the Matres dearly want to learn to modify their biochemistry as the Bene Gesserit do. These word battles with Lucilla continue for weeks. When she reveals to Dama that although the Bene Gesserit know how to manipulate and control the populace, they practice and believe in democracy, Dama's desire to destroy the Sisterhood is redoubled; the Bene Gesserit teach dangerous knowledge and believe in ridiculous ideas like democracy! Dama kills Lucilla. Dama meets with the Bene Gesserit leader Darwi Odrade; Dama at first seems surprisingly seems cooperative, but Odrade soon realizes that Dama intends no reasonable negotiation. Under cover of Odrade's diplomacy, the Bene Gesserit forces under Miles Teg attack Gammu with tremendous force. Logno — chief advisor to Dama — assassinates Dama with poison and assumes control of the Honored Matres. Giedi Prime is the name of a fictional planet set in Frank Herberts Dune universe described in the Dune science fiction novels. ... A Reverend Mother is a fictional character appearing in the novel Dune, being a Bene Gesserit woman who has finished her training. ... // Arrakis Main article: Arrakis Arrakis, (derived from the Arabic name ar-rāqiá¹£, 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... Reverend Mother Odrade, also known as Darwi Odrade or Dar 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. ... The Honored Matres are an organization in the fictional Dune universe created by Frank Herbert in his Dune series of novels. ...


Hellica

In Hunters of Dune, Hellica has declared herself Matre Superior of the largest renegade Honored Matre force. Based on the conquered planet Tleilax in the formal capital Bandalong, Hellica forces captive Lost Tleilaxu Uxtal to produce increased quantities of the orange spice substitute using the secret of the Tleilaxu axlotl tanks. Uxtal is also producing gholas for the Face Dancer Khrone; Hellica befriends the sociopathic ghola of Baron Vladimir Harkonnen. When Guild Navigator Edrik seeks Uxtal's knowledge in producing melange in the tanks, Hellica's price for his expertise is Edrik's help transporting a certain cargo. He agrees, delivering by heighliner the Obliterators that destroy the planet Richese, where the Bene Gesserit are mass-producing weapons and armed battleships. Later, Hellica attempts an Obliterator attack on Chapterhouse itself, but the plan fails. Murbella's forces conquer Tleilax, and Hellica is killed. However, it is revealed that she and some of her elite guard were actually Face Dancer duplicates; it is unknown when the original Hellica was disposed of and replaced. Bandalong is the holy city of the Tleilaxu. ... Axlotl tanks are a technology in the fictional Dune universe created by Frank Herbert in the Dune series. ... 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. ... Antisocial personality disorder (APD or ASPD) is a psychiatric diagnosis that interprets antisocial and impulsive behaviours as symptoms of a personality disorder. ... Baron Vladimir Harkonnen, portrayed by Ian McNeice in the Sci-Fi Channels Dune miniseries Vladimir Harkonnen is a fictional character from the science fiction series Dune. ... In the Dune universe, Guild Navigators are humans, mutated through high consumption of the spice melange, who are safely able to navigate interstellar space in a Heighliner. ... In the Dune universe, Guild Navigators are humans, mutated through high consumption of the spice melange, who are safely able to navigate interstellar space in a Heighliner. ... Look up Melange in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Richese is a fictional planet in Frank Herberts Dune universe. ... Chapterhouse is a fictional planet in Frank Herberts science fiction universe of Dune, for while the 6th book in the series, Chapterhouse Dune, is named. ... Murbella is a fictional character in the Dune universe created by Frank Herbert. ...


Logno

In Heretics of Dune, Logno assassinates Great Honored Matre Dama with poison while the Bene Gesserit forces are attacking Gammu. Logno, the former chief advisor to Dama, assumes control of the Honored Matres and immediately surrenders. Bene Gesserit leader Odrade is surprised, but she and Miles Teg soon realize they have fallen into a trap. The Honored Matres use "the Weapon" and turn defeat into victory. Murbella saves as much of the Bene Gesserit force as she can and they begin to withdraw to Chapterhouse. Odrade, however, had planned for the possible failure of the Bene Gesserit attack and left Murbella instructions for a last desperate gamble. Murbella pilots a small craft down to the surface, announcing herself as an Honored Matre who, in the confusion, has managed to escape the Bene Gesserit with all their secrets. She arrives on the planet and immediately announces her intentions by killing an overeager Honored Matre with a blinding speed enhanced by Bene Gesserit training that makes her faster than any Honored Matre before her. Murbella is taken to Logno, and immediately declares herself hostile. Logno cannot help herself and attacks, Murbella disposes of her and some allies. She takes charge of the Honored Matres, who are awed by her physical prowess. The Honored Matres are an organization in the fictional Dune universe created by Frank Herbert in his Dune series of novels. ... Miles Teg is a fictional character in the Dune universe created by Frank Herbert. ... Murbella is a fictional character in the Dune universe created by Frank Herbert. ... Chapterhouse is a fictional planet in Frank Herberts science fiction universe of Dune, for while the 6th book in the series, Chapterhouse Dune, is named. ...


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