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Encyclopedia > Reverend Mother (Dune)


A Reverend Mother is a fictional character appearing in the novel Dune, being a Bene Gesserit woman who has finished her training.


At the end of her training, the Bene Gesserit undergoes a ritual involving a significant amount of one of a class of awareness spectrum narcotics. The drug enters her body as a poison. If she survives this, by a conscious transformation of the drug on a molecular level to a non-poisonous substance, she gains the memories of all the preceding Reverend Mothers in her line, resulting in great knowledge and power. The particular narcotic used by the lines of Reverend Mothers on Arrakis is the Water of Life. The liquid exhalation of a sandworm produced at the moment of its death by drowning.


It is impossible for normal males to undergo this ritual, they will be killed. In an extensive breeding program, the Bene Gesserit tried to produce a male who could do this, the so-called Kwisatz Haderach. The final result of their program was Paul Atreides.


Paul Atreides sister Alia Atreides was accidentally transformed into a Reverend Mother inside the womb of Jessica Atreides resulting in a being even more powerful than the Kwisatz Haderach.


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Arrakis - Dune (13694 words)
The Reverend Mother is ushered in and the Sardaukar Officers leave her alone with the Emperor.
REVEREND MOTHER I hold at your neck the gom jabbar.
REVEREND MOTHER Perhaps you are the Kwisatz Haderach.
Reverend Mother (Dune) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (364 words)
A Reverend Mother is both a Bene Gesserit title and a class or level associated with fictional characters appearing in the novel Dune and in other novels of the Dune series.
A Reverend Mother is generally a woman of the Bene Gesserit order who has completed her training.
The particular narcotic used by the lines of Reverend Mothers on Arrakis is contained in the Water of Life, the liquid exhalation of a sandworm produced at the moment of its death by drowning.
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