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War of Assassins denotes a regulated form of conflict between noble houses in Frank Herbert's Dune novels. Frank Herbert (1920 - 1986) Frank Patrick Herbert (October 8, 1920 – February 11, 1986) was a critically and commercially successful American science fiction author. ... Dune is a science fiction novel written by Frank Herbert and published in 1965 . ...


The term describes the use of professional assassins in a feud between two Great Houses of the Landsraad in the the pre-Atreides Imperium. Atomic weapons were outlawed by the Great Convention and shields nullified projectile weapons and non-nuclear explosives. All-out warfare was also considered too destructive and as threat to peace in the Empire. Hence the Great Houses were obliged to resort to treachery and professional assassination in order to carry on with their perennial vendettas. (see also Kanly) To facilitate this form of conflict, Great Houses customarily hired a master assassin - usually one with Mentat training - to supervise the house's corps of assassins. Such Mentats were supposed to act as intelligence and counter-intelligence experts, advising and acting for their masters, both during their own campaigns, and on foiling of opposing plots and schemes. The Landsraad was a fictional organisation in the Dune universe created by Frank Herbert. ... In Greek mythology, the Atreidae, or Atreidai, refer to Agamemnon and Menelaus, sons of Atreus— in English, the Atreides. ... This article is being considered for deletion in accordance with Wikipedias deletion policy. ... This article is about the profession from the Dune universe. ...


Under the terms of the Great Convention, an outright war of assassins always required a formal declaration of intent to be filed with the Imperial Court, the offices of the Guild, and the Secretary of the Landsraad. Imperial judges were appointed to monitor the conflict and, particularly, to observe any instances where innocent bystanders might be harmed. Such supervision did not always ensure the safety of noncombatants, nor a fair treatment of the two houses involved, for the emperor was rarely without vested interest in the outcome of the conflict. The regulations and supervision made the feuding houses wary of harming or even involving outsiders, though. A guild is an association of people of the same trade or pursuits, formed to protect mutual interests and maintain standards of morality or conduct. ...


The first recorded instance of a war of assassins is the conflict between House Pardee and House Harkonnen in 3367-3375, a conflict which virtually obliterated House Pardee. This war involved an extensive use of poison, but it was climaxed by the famous Lasgun Massacre, when Harkonnen mercenaries ambushed Duke Ira Pardee and his family. Numerous other famous wars of assassins occurred in Imperial history, often altering the balance of power among the Great Houses of the Landsraad. For instance, House Galloway was powerful in the third millennium, but was nearly destroyed in its war of assassins with House Albonite. Some other well-known wars of assassins were the Steinhauser-Boudreau feud (8193-8195) and the ChoiDwyer-Ferguson war (8787-8843), a three-cornered bloodbath from which each house emerged weakened. This latter conflict was unusually bitter, and ended only when the emperor himself interceded with the families in conflict. House Harkonnen is a powerful fictional noble family in Frank Herberts Dune novels. ...


The important wars of assassins dominated political history of the last century of the pre-Atreides Imperium. The first of these was the feud of House Moritani of Grumman with House Ginaz, the latter an ally of Duke Leto Atreides. It took place in 10175-10181, and ended with the total defeat of House Ginaz, after the Ginaz Duke and several of his family were poisoned. The Corrino Emperor's wariness concerning Duke Leto Atreides and his house was a great aid to House Moritani in this affair. Duke Leto Atreides, portrayed by William Hurt in the Dune miniseries Leto Atreides is a fictional character in the Dune universe created by Frank Herbert. ... House Corrino is a ruling family in the fictional Dune universe of Frank Herbert. ...


Shaddam IV's favor also helped House Harkonnen immeasurably in its feud with House Atreides, culminating in the famous massacre of the Atreides on Arrakis in 10191. In this war the Harkonnens used Dr. Wellington Yueh, the family physician of House Atreides, as their piece of treachery, and Piter de Vries as their Mentat-Assassin. According to the Oral History and other sources, Dr. Yueh cut off the power, thereby lowering the shield defenses of the Atreides palace. The Atreides residence was then overrun by Harkonnen mercenaries and Imperial Sardaukar. The conflict cost the Harkonnens their Mentat, but ironically, the Atreides Mentat-Assassin, Thufir Hawat, went over to the Harkonnens after their victory, being convinced by Baron Vladimir Harkonnen, that the duke's concubine Lady Jessica was the traitor and still at large. Lady Jessica, and the ducal heir, Paul Atreides, escaped the Baron's wrath, though, and became allied to the Fremen, changing the political history of Arrakis and the Imperium irrevocably. Shaddam Corrino IV, portrayed by Giancarlo Giannini in the Dune miniseries Shaddam Corrino IV is a fictional character in the science fiction novel Dune. ... Arrakis,(derived from the Arabic name ar-raqiÅŸ, the dancer. ... Yue can refer to: Yuè ((T: 粵 S: 粤), an abbreviation for Guangdong province of the Peoples Republic of China, and also: Yue, a subdivision of spoken Chinese spoken in Guangdong, Guangxi, Hainan, Hong Kong, and Macau. ... 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. ... Thufir Hawat, portrayed by Jan Vlasak in the Dune miniseries Thufir Hawat is a fictional character in the Dune universe created by Frank Herbert. ... 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. ... 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. ... Paul Atreides, portrayed by Alec Newman in the Dune miniseries Paul Atreides is a fictional character in the Dune universe created by Frank Herbert. ... The Fremen are a group of people in the Dune series of science fiction novels by Frank Herbert. ...


 
 

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