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Encyclopedia > Piter De Vries

Piter De Vries is a fictional character from Frank Herbert's Dune science fiction series. A fictional character is any person who appears in a work of fiction. ... Frank Herbert (1920 - 1986) 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. ... 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. ...

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History

Piter was a "twisted" mentat in the service of Baron Vladimir Harkonnen. This mentat was a particular favorite of the Baron because the Tleilaxu had made his amoral character obvious through his sadistic nature and role as torturer for the Baron. A Mentat is a profession or discipline called human computers in Frank Herberts fictional Dune universe. ... 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. ... The Bene Tleilax or Tleilaxu are an organisation in the fictional Dune universe created by Frank Herbert in the Dune series of novels. ... Flogging demonstration at Folsom Street Fair 2004. ...


Personality

Piter's loyalty to his master is unusual in that he continues to serve the Baron with great enthusiasm, even though his Mentat abilities and great intelligence confirm Piter's suspicions that his master plans to eventually kill him. This twisted mentat is more sadistic and cruel than most.


Note: De Vries pioneered a type of poison called "residual toxin" , which remains in one's body for years. One such fatal poison was used by Baron Harkonnen on Thufir Hawat, in order to keep the Mentat's allegiance by being the only provider of the antidote (which only stays the effects of the poison, and does not remove it from the body). Thufir Hawat, portrayed by Jan Vlasák in the Dune miniseries Thufir Hawat is a fictional character in the Dune universe created by Frank Herbert. ...


More information

Piter is generally regarded as architect of the plan to destroy the Harkonnen's long-time enemy, House Atreides, while returning the Baron's stewardship over Arrakis. Piter died on Arrakis shortly after House Harkonnen's troops and Imperial Sardaukar had captured Duke Leto Atreides. He was killed by Leto, who had been given a false tooth by Wellington Yueh, the Suk doctor who betrayed House Atreides. When the tooth was crushed, a poisonous gas was released. The attack was meant to kill the Baron, but failed. House Atreides is a fictional noble family from Frank Herberts Dune novels. ... 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 the Sardaukar The Sardaukar are a fictional army from Frank Herberts Dune universe, as depicted in the Dune series of science-fiction novels. ... Leto is the name of two characters in the fictional Dune series. ... Dr. Wellington Yueh, portrayed by Robert Russell in the Dune miniseries - Baron Vladimir Harkonnen Dr. Wellington Yueh is a fictional character in the Dune universe created by Frank Herbert. ...


Unknown to most, there are actually two ghola-mentats who assume this identity in the Dune universe. The original Piter De Vries was secretly killed by Reverend Mother Gaius Helen Mohiam, as depicted in Dune: House Corrino. This occurred after the mentat discovered the Harkonnen heritage of Lady Jessica and newly born Paul Atreides, attempting to kidnap the infant as ransom. Mohiam effectively preserved this secret by murdering De Vries and arranging for his corpse to be shipped home to Giedi Prime. An enraged Baron was left with no choice but to order a duplicate from the Bene Tleilax, who would become the mentat popularly featured in Herbert's original Dune. This has caused some consternation among many who cite inconsistencies between the prequel and original series. However, both versions of this character continue to be popular among casual and die-hard fans alike. Gaius Helen Mohiam is a fictional character in the Dune universe created by Frank Herbert. ... House Corrino is the third book in a prequel trilogy to the Dune series, set before the events of Frank Herberts original works. ... Giedi Prime is the name of a fictional planet set in Frank Herberts Dune universe described in the Dune science fiction novels. ... Dune is a science fiction novel written by Frank Herbert and published in 1965. ...


In David Lynch's Dune film, Piter was played by Brad Dourif. David Lynch at Cannes in 2001 David Keith Lynch (born January 20, 1946, in Missoula, Montana) is an American filmmaker. ... Dune is a 1984 movie directed by David Lynch and based on the 1964 Frank Herbert novel of the same name. ... Brad Dourif Bradford Claude Dourif (March 18, 1950, Huntington, West Virginia) is an American actor with a popular reputation for playing deranged or unbalanced character roles. ...


Trivia

His name appears to be a reference to editor and critic Peter De Vries. Peter De Vries (born February 27, 1910 in Chicago, Illinois; died September 28, 1993 in Norwalk, Connecticut) was an American editor and novelist known for his satiric wit. ...


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Piter De Vries - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (456 words)
Piter's loyalty to his master is unusual in that he continues to serve the Baron with great enthusiasm, even though his Mentat abilities and great intelligence confirm Piter's suspicions that his master plans to eventually kill him.
Piter is generally regarded as architect of the plan to destroy the Harkonnen's long-time enemy, House Atreides, while returning the Baron's stewardship over Arrakis.
The original Piter De Vries was secretly killed by Reverend Mother Gaius Helen Mohiam, as depicted in Dune: House Corrino.
TV:SCI FI Channel:Frank Herbert's Children of Dune:Piter, twisted mentats, some gholas. (731 words)
Piter de Vries was raised by his mother, who doted on him constantly.
Despite this, Piter de Vries, ambitious in nature, decided to pursue the path of the Mentat, as this path, if trodden carefully and ambitiously, he had thought, would lead to massive wealth and power.
However, Piter, indulgent because of his service to the Baron, a powerful lord, abused other drugs, particularly melange, not only because he wanted to, but because he could, as was mentioned in the second chapter of Dune, when the Baron says that he eats spice "like candy".
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