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Scytale is a fictional character in the Dune universe created by Frank Herbert. In the novel Dune Messiah, Scytale is a Tleilaxu Face Dancer who participates in the conspiracy to topple the rule of Paul Atreides. He later returns as a ghola in Heretics of Dune and again as a Tleilaxu Master in Chapterhouse Dune and Hunters of Dune. A fictional character is any person who appears in a work of fiction. ... 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. ... Dune Messiah Dune Messiah is a science fiction novel by Frank Herbert, the second in a series of six novels. ... The Bene Tleilax or Tleilaxu are a secretive society in the fictional Dune universe created by Frank Herbert in the Dune series of novels. ... Face Dancers are a type of human in Frank Herberts fictional Dune universe. ... In a political sense, conspiracy refers to a group of persons united in the goal of usurping or overthrowing an established political power. ... 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. ... A Ghola is a creature in the fictional 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. ... The Bene Tleilax or Tleilaxu are an organisation in the fictional Dune universe created by Frank Herbert in the Dune series of novels. ... Chapterhouse Dune is a science fiction novel by Frank Herbert, last in his series of six Dune novels. ... It has been suggested that Dune 7 be merged into this article or section. ...

In Dune Messiah Tleilaxu Face Dancer Scytale is involved with the Guild Navigator Edric, Bene Gesserit Reverend Mother Gaius Helen Mohiam, and Princess Irulan Corrino, consort of Emperor Paul Atreides (Muad'Dib), in a plot to assassinate and later force Paul to abdicate his throne and renounce his Qizarate religion. Scytale is arguably the smartest conspirator. 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. ... 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. ... Gaius Helen Mohiam is a fictional character in the Dune universe created by Frank Herbert. ... Julie Cox as Princess Irulan in the miniseries Frank Herberts Dune. ... An emperor is a (male) monarch, usually the sovereign ruler of an empire or another type of imperial realm. ... 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. ... MuadDib is the name of two fictional entities within the realm of Frank Herberts Dune. ...

Scytale is portrayed by Martin McDougall in the Children of Dune miniseries.
Scytale is portrayed by Martin McDougall in the Children of Dune miniseries.

Scytale kills and assumes the appearance of Otheym's daughter Lichna of Berk al Dib in order to gain entrance to the Atreides Keep at Arrakeen and lure Paul out to Otheym's house where the conspirators had planted a nuclear weapon called a Stone burner. The attack fails to kill Paul, but the atomic blast blinds him. Image File history File links Scytale1. ... Image File history File links Scytale1. ... Children of Dune was the sequel to the 2000 Dune miniseries produced by the United States Sci Fi channel. ... Arrakeen is the capital city of the planet Arrakis. ... The mushroom cloud of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki, Japan, 1945, rose some 18 kilometers (11 mi) above the hypocenter. ... 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. ...


Soon after, Scytale holds a knife over Paul's newborn twins, Leto II and Ghanima, threatening their deaths unless Paul gives in to their demands. Guided by a prescient vision from his infant son, Paul throws a crysknife and kills the Face Dancer. Paul does relinquish his throne by, according to Fremen tradition for one who is blind, wandering into the desert alone to die, but circumstances only further cement the Atreides claim on the Empire for his children. 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. ... Ghanima (meaning spoil of war in the Fremen language) is a fictional character in the Dune universe created by Frank Herbert. ... Prescience is the ability to predict the future through vision. ... In the Dune series of science fiction books by Frank Herbert, a crysknife is a weapon made from the tooth of Shai-Hulud, the giant sandworms (collectively) that live below the sands of the desert planet Arrakis. ...


Scytale reappears in Heretics of Dune as a Master, which is the source of much debate among Dune fanatics. After learning how to restore a ghola's memories in Dune Messiah, the Bene Tleilaxu Masters use this knowledge as a form of immortality. The subject of the debate is if a Face Dancer can become a Master.


The Honored Matres destroy the Bene Tleilax worlds and Rakis in retaliation for the Tleilaxu role in programming the latest Duncan Idaho ghola with knowledge of how to sexually enslave Honored Matres. Scytale barely escapes the attack while leaving his homeworld and is picked up and held prisoner by the Bene Gesserit and kept in the no-ship which also holds Duncan and the last remaining sandworm from Dune. Scytale's secret bargaining chips are secret knowledge of creating artificial spice, and a nullentropy capsule containing cells carefully and secretly collected by the Tleilaxu for millennia. These cells include those of Tleilaxu Masters, Face Dancers, Paul Atreides, Duke Leto Atreides, Jessica Atreides, Chani, Stilgar, Leto II, Gurney Halleck, Thufir Hawat, and other legendary figures dating back to Serena Butler and Xavier Harkonnen from the Butlerian Jihad. [1] The Honored Matres are an organization in the fictional Dune universe created by Frank Herbert in his Dune series of novels. ... A no-ship is a fictional type of spacecraft from the Dune science fiction series by Frank Herbert. ... Sandworm from the cover of Heretics of Dune. ... Face Dancers are a type of human in Frank Herberts fictional Dune universe. ... 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. ... Duke Leto Atreides, portrayed by William Hurt in the Dune miniseries Leto Atreides I is a fictional character in the Dune universe created by Frank Herbert. ... 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. ... Stilgar is a fictional character featured in Frank Herberts 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. ... Serena Butler, the daughter of Manion and Livia Butler, is a character in Brian Herbert and Kevin J Andersons Legends of Dune series, a trilogy of novels set during the Butlerian Jihad, the war against thinking machines only vaguely referred to in Frank Herberts original Dune series. ... Xavier Harkonnen is a character in the fictional Dune Universe. ... The Butlerian Jihad is an epic turning point in the back-story of Frank Herberts fictional Dune universe. ...

Notes

  1. ^ Hunters Of Dune pg. 72

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