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Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Friday, August 6, 2021 11:12:26 PM

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Cai Hir of Caer Gai. Born around AD 470, son of Ector, foster-brother of Arthur. Later known as "Sir Cai" or "Sir Kay".

Again - a character in many books - from as far back as the Mabinogion to modern novels. I've chosen Stephen Lawhead's "Pendragon" series, particularly "Arthur", in which he is the son of Ector, at whose home the child Arthur is fostered. Cai has a crippled leg and Arthur sticks up for him against local bullies, creating a lasting friendship.
He eventually becomes the first of the Knights of the Round Table.

anton-Юрий
Posted: Thursday, August 19, 2021 1:39:55 PM

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Gaius Helen Mohiam was a Bene Gesserit Reverend Mother (Frank Herbert's Cycle of Dune). Mohiam trained Lady Jessica in the Bene Gesserit chapterhouse on planet Wallach IX. Two decades later, Mohiam tested the young Paul Atreides (Jessica's son) before his departure for planet Arrakis. The test was to discover whether Paul was "truly human" by trial of pain, using a small box that Paul placed his hand inside. The pain inflicted on Paul was caused by nerve induction. It clearly drained an incredible amount of energy from the Reverend Mother, since no child had ever withstood that much physical pain before.

anton-Юрий
Posted: Saturday, October 9, 2021 3:51:37 PM

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Idaho (10148 AG - 10191 AG) was a swordmaster in the service of House Atreides and one of Duke Leto's right-hand men.

First Rebirth

When the Emperor launched an attack on Arrakeen, capital city of planet Dune, Idaho was killed by the Emperor's Sardaukar by a blow to the head, but not before he dispatched no less than nineteen Sardaukar soldiers single-handedly.

After Paul Atréides's ascension to the throne, Idaho was returned to life as a ghola, a clone made by the Bene Tleilax and gifted to Paul. That Idaho ghola was supposed to tempt the Kwisatz Haderach into becoming that which he despised. Known as 'Hayt' in that first ghola incarnation, Idaho was trained as a Mentat and a Zensunni philosopher. He had no memory of his former life, but constantly felt vague hints and reminders of his previous incarnation that made him hope he could recover those memories (that had never previously been possible with gholas).

Failing to destroy the Emperor psychically, Hayt was programmed to kill Paul against his will. In the ensuing trauma imposed by his inability to reconcile his programming and his innate love for the Atreides, Hayt recovered his memories as Duncan Idaho, up to and including his death at the hands of Imperial Sardaukar. He stopped the attempt on Paul's life, and became once more a loyal Atreides servant. This became the crux of a Bene Tleilax plot to overthrow Paul by demonstrating that they could create an exact equivalent of his dead wife Chani, but only if he abdicated his throne.

Second Death

Idaho married Alia, Paul's sister and Imperial regent to Paul's children Leto II and Ghanima. However, Alia became possessed by the memory-ego of her ancestor Baron Vladimir Harkonnen, who sought to destroy the Atreides empire. Recognizing this, Idaho remained loyal to the Atreides and escaped to the desert to protect the children. In order to get Stilgar to join the Fremen opposition to Alia's rule, Duncan killed Javid, Alia's secret lover, on the neutral ground of Sietch Tabr, then insulted the naib Stilgar so deeply that he was forced to kill Idaho. Idaho's second death brought the Fremen into direct opposition to Alia.

Subsequent Rebirths

Idaho then reappeared as a series of gholas when Leto II ruled as a human-sandworm hybrid for approximately 3,500 years. After the death of every ghola, Leto would have him replaced with a new one. Thus, Leto continually had an Idaho ghola to serve him as Swordmaster at all times, and as leader of the Fish Speakers. To Leto, Idaho represented loyalty, humanity and the spirit of the unknown, something which the God-Emperor, having perfect prescience and memories of all his ancestors, knew nothing of (Leto also implied that Duncan was needed for the Golden Path to come to fruition). The ego-memories of Duke Leto I and Paul within Leto II loved Duncan, which was another reason why the God Emperor enjoyed Duncan's presence.

The Idaho gholas, with their memories restored, fought to deal with what the Atreides had become in Leto II, which Duncan saw as a corruption. Prior to Leto II's rule, the hallmark of Atreides rule was justice. However, Duncan believed that Leto II's reign was one of religious tyranny and oppression. Idaho's old-fashioned conscience would rebel, leading some of the Idaho gholas to attempt to kill Leto (who was invulnerable to everything but water and the extreme violence of a sandworm). Leto noted that only nineteen of "his" Duncans had survived long enough to die of what was considered "natural causes". In just about all of these rebellions, the Idaho ghola was killed by the God Emperor himself.

After a brief period of mourning, the God Emperor would order another Idaho ghola from the Tleilaxu. The man usually showed up believing he had gone insane, in shock at how the Universe had changed since his "death" since most Duncans only possessed the memories of the original Idaho.

In the latest case however, Idaho remembered his second life as well(this was presumably a test of the Tleilaxu to see if Idaho could remember the lives of the gholas if their DNA would be with him). If the new ghola survived Leto II's first interviews, he would serve the God Emperor until his almost inevitable rebellion.

After the death of Leto II, the Bene Gesserit became the consumers of Idaho gholas. However, the Bene Tleilax kept killing the gholas after only a few years. Not knowing exactly what purpose Idaho would serve, the Bene Gesserit suspected that the Tleilaxu were using the gholas to control the timing of his release upon the universe, implying some Tleilaxu purpose in addition to their own.

However, the twelfth ghola survived and the project of having him remember other gholas was complete. Duncan Idaho remembered the lives of about a thousand gholas of himself and was now mentally about 6000 years old. The twelfth ghola was possibly the last as well.

Final Incarnation

Miles Teg, the Bene Gesserit Bashar was commissioned to restore the memories of Duncan Idaho and managed to do so. However, when Murbella, a captured Honored Matre tried to bond with Duncan, the Tleilaxu plan came into play, and all of the memories of the previous Duncan Idaho gholas were released. Over the next few years, Murbella and Idaho sired four children.

Idaho was later used to tutor and condition a young Miles Teg ghola, but later escaped with his ward and Sheeana, and others, aboard the no-ship Ithaca into unchartered space to escape from the now-combined Bene Gesserit/Honored Matres group, the New Sisterhood. Exhibiting prescience abilities, Idaho was the only person who could see the Tachyon net that the pair of mysterious and powerful elderly-looking entities known as Daniel and Marty had cast out to ensnare the Ithaca. To escape this net, Duncan Idaho deleted all of the navigation records of the no-ship, rendering those onboard truly lost.

Behind the Scenes

Duncan Idaho was the only character to appear in all the six volumes of Frank Herbert's Cycle of Dune, albeit in different incarnations. Despite only having a relatively minor appearance in the first volume Dune, the character became the focal point of the overall saga, and his existence as a series of gholas was to serve an ultimate purpose.
Janet Brien
Posted: Saturday, October 9, 2021 5:17:36 PM

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Adam Appich (The Overstory, Richard Powers)

One of the characters in this deep, complex and fascinating novel which has forever altered my view on forests, trees, our world and the interrelationship with all.

"The Overstory is an ambitious environmental fable of nine main characters that explores our relationship with nature, the psychology of why we're so bad at acting on climate change, our perception of time, the meaning of hope, and much more." https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Overstory
anton-Юрий
Posted: Friday, October 15, 2021 7:15:07 AM

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Horos, Grendizer anime series and manga. One of the main villains. He's a misanthropic planner of planetary evolution in the manga (known as Zuril there).

https://youtu.be/k9oXOOrk_0s





Janet Brien
Posted: Friday, October 15, 2021 5:02:02 PM

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Old Dan was one of the two Redbone Coonhounds that young Billy worked and saved for. The other was Little Ann, and as these pups grew into fine hunting dogs, we are all invited along on one of the best children's stories I've ever read! (the movie is wonderful too)
Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
anton-Юрий
Posted: Friday, October 15, 2021 10:13:15 PM

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Duke Fleed (Actarus in the French version), lead character of Grendizer anime series. He's the Prince of planet Euphor. Invaders spread war and destruction over there. Actarus is one of the rare survivors. He fled from his planet and landed on ours. He fights the invaders who came to him and who are now settled on the Moon. Actarus fights with his gigantic robot Grendizer (Goldorak in French). He finally returns to his planet but since it's peace and nothing interesting is happening, villains are back for fight ^^

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