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Cloud Nine
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Hello Everyone,

Let us play a name chain game with book characters.

Rules:
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1. The game begins with a character name from a book, with the book's title & author mentioned next to it within brackets.

2. This is the syntax: Book Character (Title, Author).

3. Scope: Books written in English or translated into English.

4. The new character name must start with one of the last 3 letters of the preceding one.


Let us start the game with,

Mirdad ('The Book of Mirdad', Mikhail Naimy)


Now, the new character name should begin with any of the last 3 letters - d or a in this case.

Let us have fun :)


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I like this game already ^^

Duncan Idaho (The Cycle of Dune (7 volumes), Frank Herbert https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dune_(franchise)#Original_series)
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Ormus Cama ('The Ground Beneath Her Feet', Salman Rushdie)

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Aramis ('The Three Musketeers', Alexander Dumas)

(Posting again to keep up the game :) )
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Monéo Atréides ("God-Emperor Of Dune", Frank Herbert)
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Desdemona ('Othello', William Shakespeare)
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Orne ("The Godmaker", Frank Herbert) (Lewis Orne)
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Elizabeth Bennet ("Pride and Prejudice', Jane Austen)
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Thufir Hawat ("Dune", Frank Herbert)
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Titania ('A Midsummer Night's Dream', William Shakespeare)
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Alia Atréides ('Dune', Frank Herbert)
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Sinuhe (The Egyptian, Mika Waltari)
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Prof. Henry Higgins ('Pygmalion', G.B.Shaw)
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Sheana Brugh (Heretics Of Dune and Chapterhouse: Dune, Frank Herbert)
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Count Hasimir Fenring ("Dune", Frank Herbert)

Count Hasimir Fenring (10133 AG - 10225 AG) is the longtime friend and advisor to Padishah Emperor Shaddam IV, the Emperor of The Known Universe (back then), and a formidable fighter. He serves as Shaddam's agent, emissary, or assassin as necessary. Fenring and his Bene Gesserit wife, Lady Margot, employ a "humming" code to communicate with each other in private.


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Ghanima Atréides (The Cycle of Dune, Frank Herbert)

Ghanima Atreides (10205 AG - 10516 AG), born on the planet Arrakis, is the daughter of Paul Atreides and of his Fremen concubine Chani Kynes. She was born a little time before her twin brother Leto Atreides II, the God-Emperor.


Upbringing

Ghanima, Arabic "غنيمة", was named for the Fremen term 'spoil of war', a cynical reference by her father for the joy she brought in such a painful and destructive time. Paul's prescience had revealed to him Ghanima’s birth, but not that Ghanima would have a twin brother, Leto II.

Ghanima lacked the assertive streak and degree of prescience of her twin brother. However, thanks to the pair's genetic heritage and the large consumption of Spice Melange by their mother, Ghanima was pre-born and came into being with a full, adult consciousness. Thus she possessed wisdom far beyond her years, and a Bene Gesserit Reverend Mother's skills and ability to recall knowledge from her female ancestors (there is some indication that she had access to her male-line Other Memory as well).

As the twins grew, their extraordinary powers became more visible. The Bene Gesserit feared they had been born into Abomination, like their aunt Alia. However, the twins proved able to control the consciousness of the countless ancestors that lurked in their minds, although they occasionally played with fire by calling upon and assuming their parents' personalities as a game.


The Golden Path

For a while Ghanima provided her brother with guidance on the formation of the Golden Path. However, as they approached Fremen adulthood, Leto began to conceal aspects of the Path from Ghanima, primarily for her own protection. Leto knew that if he were to reveal the full extent of the Golden Path, that out of her love for her brother, Ghanima might try to prevent him from making it a reality.

Ghanima was the target of an assassination attempt orchestrated by the Princess Wensicia Corrino. The plot involved providing Ghanima and her brother with a royal gift of fine cloaks. The cloaks had transmitters in them that would attract laza tigers when they would next be in the desert. After this assassination attempt, Leto knew that if Ghanima believed Leto to be dead, that this may make the conspirators reveal themselves. Ghanima therefore agreed to Leto's request of being conditioned to believe him dead, thus leaving him free to take the next steps on the Golden Path alone.
Life in Hiding

Fearing for Ghanima's safety, Irulan placed her step-daughter under Stilgar's protection, where she largely remained until Leto reappeared several months later. Having revealed himself, the transformed Leto quickly took over leadership of the Empire from Alia, who had by that time fallen totally under the control of the late Baron Vladimir Harkonnen's personality.
Life as Empress

Leto controversially decided to marry his sister, making Ghanima Empress and consolidating House Atreides's hold on the Imperial Throne. The pair never consummated the marriage. The decision was political, born out of a desire to prevent another of the Great Houses to marry his sister and attempt to wrest control from him.

However, for the good of the Golden Path, Leto made Farad'n Corrino, the heir of House Corrino, Ghanima's official and exclusive consort. From this union, Leto wrested control of the Bene Gesserit breeding program, and Atreides, Harkonnen and Corrino genes were seeded throughout the Empire through Ghanima and Farad'n's descendants. As Leto had planned, these descendants became countless over the next few thousand years, and formed a strong genetic basis for such traumatic historical events as the Scattering. Among Leto and Ghanima's descendants were Siona Atreides, Sheeana Brugh, and Miles Teg.

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Elric of Melniboné. - The Melniboné Series, Michael Moorcock.


"It is the colour of a bleached skull, his flesh; and the long hair which flows below his shoulders is milk-white. From the tapering, beautiful head stare two slanting eyes, crimson and moody, and from the loose sleeves of his yellow gown emerge two slender hands, also the colour of bone."

A strange mix of hero and anti-hero. He's anaemic and very weak physically normally but finds a sword "Stormbringer" which gives him health and vitality - but the sword feeds on the souls of the people it kills. An avatar of The Eternal Hero.
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Padisha Emperor Elrood IX ("Dune", Frank Herbert)

Elrood Corrino IX (9999 A.G. - 10156 A.G.) was the 80th and penultimate Padishah Emperor of the Known Universe in the Corrino Dynasty. He succumbed to chaumurky and was succeeded by his son, Padisha Emperor Shaddam Corrino IV. Padisha Emperor Elrood IX got assassinated likely by Hasimir Fenring on behalf of his friend Emperor Padisha Shaddam IV.

(Count Hasimir Fenring (10133 AG - 10225 AG) was a renowned assassin and Mentat political tactician, and the adviser to Emperor Shaddam Corrino IV. He was also a prominent member of House Fenring, a House Minor that had long been aligned to House Corrino. Fenring was a genetic eunuch and a failed Kwisatz Haderach. He was married to the Bene Gesserit Lady Margot Fenring.)

(Shaddam Corrino IV (10134 AG - 10202 AG) was the 81st and last Padishah Emperor of the Known Universe at the time of the ascent of House Atreides.)
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Duncan Idaho (The Cycle Of Dune, Frank Herbert)

https://dune.fandom.com/wiki/Duncan_Idaho#Rebirths

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Alia Atreides The Abomination. (The Cycle Of Dune, Frank Herbert)

Younger sister of Paul, known as Saint Alia of the Knife.



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Darwi Odrade (Cycle of Dune, Frank Herbert)

Darwi Odrade was the penultimate Bene Gesserit Mother Superior, prior to the merger of the Sisterhood with the Honored Matres under her chosen successor Murbella.

Odrade was haunted by childhood memories of her foster mother. She also had a tendency toward romanticism and compassion. Such reminiscences and feelings were frowned upon by the Sisterhood, and Odrade projected them into a secret alter-ego named Sea Child.

Odrade was a natural daughter of Miles Teg with a Bene Gesserit Reverend Mother in extremis, who gave her child to a foster couple on the planet Gammu in order to hide her from hunters, since Odrade was an Atreides descendant.

As a Reverend Mother, Odrade came to be regarded as highly skilled, though her superiors also considered her strong risk-taker. As a result, Mother Superior Alma Mavis Taraza came to trust her judgment during crisis. Taraza sent Odrade to Rakis in order to determine the truth regarding Sheeana, the girl who could apparently control the sandworms there.

Odrade took Sheeana under her wing, training her in the Bene Gesserit ways, and told the curious girl to learn from her silence. She felt surprised at Sheeana's intelligence, and was also surprised when the girl expressed her desire to become a full Bene Gesserit Reverend Mother. Before one of Sheeana's training sessions, while Odrade was waiting for her, she observed, fascinated, the ancient ritual of the Siaynoq being performed by the citizens of Keen, and recognized it not only a cultural tradition but also as, one of the remnants of Leto II.

Odrade spared Waff's life and offered him an alliance between the Bene Gesserit and the Bene Tleilax, against all the forces emerging from The Scattering. Odrade also tricked Waff, making him believe that the Bene Gesserit shared the same faith of the Tleilaxu. Waff considered such revelation a miracle, there, on the Prophet's planet. Both agreed that a Face Dancer should occupy the seat of Tuek, and deceive the other priests while Odrade, Waff and Sheeana went to the desert, where a surprising revelation awaited them.

The Message of Leto II

"A REVEREND MOTHER WILL READ MY WORDS!"

Sheeana took both Odrade and Waff to the desert, leaving the city of Keen watched from the sky by Ornithopters of both the Bene Gesserit and the Rakian Priesthood. Before they went to the deep desert, a Rakian priest named Albertus asked Odrade why she took the Tleilaxu master with her instead of a member of the Rakian Priesthood. Odrade answered that she would not tolerate delay in her mission, and that Sheeana had chosen Waff to join her. Once they left Keen, they passed through some ancient bridges filled with sand, and Odrade recognized through her Other Memories that during the days of the God Emperor, the Idaho River had passed under that bridge. She saw the scene when Leto II fell from the bridge together with Hwi Noree and Moneo Atreides, and realized that it was there where the God Emperor's dream had started. Odrade, Sheeana and Waff were transported by an enormous sandworm to an unknown location, which Odrade later discovered as the site of the ancient Sietch Tabr, home of the Fremen Naib Stilgar.

Once there, Odrade found the ceremonial chamber where Paul Muad'Dib had given his speech to the Fremen, as well as where Leto II had been born and walked through. After having found dead bodies of possible spice smugglers, Odrade discovered a chamber where the God Emperor had left a message for the Bene Gesserit:


"I BEQUEATH TO YOU MY FEAR AND LONELINESS. TO YOU I GIVE THE CERTAINTY THAT THE BODY AND SOUL OF THE BENE GESSERIT WILL MEET THE SAME FATE AS ALL OTHER BODIES AND ALL OTHER SOULS."


"WHAT IS SURVIVAL IF YOU DO NOT SURVIVE WHOLE? ASK THE BENE TLEILAX THAT! WHAT IF YOU NO LONGER HEAR THE MUSIC OF LIFE? MEMORIES ARE NOT ENOUGH UNLESS THEY CALL YOU TO NOBLE PURPOSE!"


"WHY DID YOUR SISTERHOOD NOT BUILD THE GOLDEN PATH? YOU KNEW THE NECESSITY. YOUR FAILURE CONDEMNED ME, THE GOD EMPEROR, TO MILLENNIA OF PERSONAL DESPAIR."

"MY WORDS ARE YOUR PAST, MY QUESTIONS ARE SIMPLE:

- WITH WHOM DO YOU ALLY? WITH THE SELF-IDOLATORS OF TLEILAX? WITH MY FISH SPEAKER BUREAUCRACY? WITH THE COSMOS-WANDERING GUILD? WITH HARKONNEN BLOOD SACRIFICERS? WITH A DOGMATIC SINK OF YOUR OWN CREATION?

- HOW WILL YOU MEET YOUR END, BENE GESSERIT, AS NO MORE THAN A SECRET SOCIETY?"

As Mother Superior, Dar pioneered the use of axlotl technology within the Bene Gesserit, through which the clone of Miles Teg was born. She was instrumental in the indoctrination of Murbella, the only Honored Matre to be captured alive in the Old Empire, which led to Murbella becoming the first Reverend Mother / Honored Matre hybrid.

Darwi Odrade was prisoner of the newly declared Great Honored Matre Logno during the final confrontation between the two groups on Junction. She was murdered by the Honored Matre Elpek, who fell at Murbella's hands shortly after.
Mother Superior

As Mother Superior, she interacted deeply with Bellonda and the old Tamalane, the Bene Gesserit High Council. Given the necessity of remaining hidden on Chapterhouse until the right moment to attack the Honored Matres, Odrade's role as Mother Superior was not easy: she has to deal with several issues: the internal opposition which grew in the Sisterhood; educating Murbella in the Bene Gesserit ways; bringing up the new clone of their old Bashar, Miles Teg, her father, and which Ghola, if awakened to his old memories, is supposed to lead them to a possible victory. Also, she had to face very tough decisions in order to reproduce the spice cycle on Chapterhouse, managing the Weather Control as Chapterhouse turned into a new Arrakis-like desert for the worms developing there.
Life as an Atreides

In many ways, Darwi Odrade's life resembled that of her Imperial ancestors, the Duke Leto, Muad'Dib, and Leto II. Like them, Odrade possessed natural abilities that made her capable of rising through the ranks of her social structure to a position of leadership relatively quickly, through unconventional but brilliant tactics. Like her ancestors, she was able to use diplomacy, insight, and sometimes violence to achieve her goals. From her position of leadership, she managed to bring about enormous change to her society, for the survival of the human race, but it would be at the cost of her own life. Thus the Atreides legacy had been passed on to her through the eons.

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This character appears in many books, but I'll give his short part in "The Grey King" and "Silver on the Tree", the fourth and fifth books in "The Dark Is Rising Sequence".

In this tale, his main function under his own name is to father a son, Bran, who is brought forward in time twelve hundred years shortly after birth - and is destined to play a part in the final confrontation between the Light and the Dark.

This character also appears briefly in the last book as the representative of the Light who (along with representatives of the Dark and the Old Magic) arbitrates to ensure neither side violates the rules of engagement.

His name is Arthur MacUther, the Pendragon.



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Hwi Noree (Cycle of Dune, Frank Herbert)


Hwi Noree was the fiancée of Leto Atreides II (10205 AG - 13724 AG) (Leto II proclaimed himself Emperor of the Atreides Empire and ruled for approximately 3,500 standard years, guiding humankind with his iron fist towards survival)and the last Ixian Ambassador to planet Arrakis (Dune) before Leto's death.


Mystery surrounded Hwi's early life. It was known that she was heavily genetically modified or sequenced by the Ixians using technology they acquired from the Bene Tleilax. She was bred to heavily impact upon the God-Emperor's emotions and disrupt his Golden Path, which for 3500 years had a negative impact on many rival groups and cultures in the Empire.

Hwi's life prior to her arrival on Arrakis was spent in a no-chamber, where she was educated and conditioned by Ixian experts. It was there that her empathic and morally driven personality was developed. She was thus a stark contrast to her ambassadorial predecessor and uncle, Malky.


Shortly after Hwi's arrival on Arrakis, she met with the God-Emperor. As the Ixians had planned, he was immediately attracted to her, finding both her physical beauty and charming personality almost intoxicating. Hwi was specifically bred to appeal to the remnants of Leto's humanity. By tempting Leto in this way, the Ixians (and those allied with them) hoped that Leto would be tempted off his Golden Path or, at the very least, second-guess it. They were correct - using Hwi in this way worked perfectly.

Leto suspected Hwi had been planted by the Ixians. But he knew she consciously meant him no harm and also found her irresistible, a combination that prevented him from dismissing or killing her. In contrast to this realization, Leto proposed to Noree, assuring her he was incapable of physical intimacy and promising her tacit approval of a lover if they were married. After thinking about his offer, Hwi accepted.


After months of planning and an increase in the amount of espionage and rebellious activity by his enemies, Leto hurried along his marriage plans.

As the pair passed over a bridge far above the raging River on their way to the wedding ceremony, the Idaho ghola, Siona, the unsuspecting Nayla, and other rebels orchestrated an attack which caused the bridge to collapse. Realising her fate, Hwi Noree said to Leto, "I'll go on ahead, Love" before falling to her death. She was followed quickly by Leto, who dissolved into thousands of sandtrouts upon hitting the water.


Noree played an increasing role in the events that foreshadowed Leto's death. The most obvious example of this came from her attraction to both Leto and the last Duncan Idaho ghola. This created a rivalry that widened the wedge between Leto and Duncan, and spurred Duncan to plot his assassination attempt on Leto.

However, it remains unclear whether Hwi Noree was more beneficial to Leto's opponents or to Leto himself. Her arrival helped to hasten Leto's death, the primary goal of the Ixians. But her impact on Leto highlighted his humanity, emboldened him to take the final step (death) to guarantee his Golden Path, and enabled humanity to move forward without his direction. And this, combined with his death, ultimately delivered the Known Universe down a critical part of his Golden Path.

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Rhysling, "Blind singer of the spaceways"

First mentioned in "Universe", six years before he actually appeared in "The Green Hills of Earth".

Famous for writing "Since the Pusher Met My Cousin", "That Red-Headed Venusburg Gal" and, of course "The Green Hills of Earth".

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Drag0nspeaker wrote:
Rhysling, "Blind singer of the spaceways"


Great. That reminds me of this picture:




Princess Irulan Corrino was the eldest daughter of the 81st Padishah Emperor Shaddam IV and of Anirul, a Bene Gesserit of hidden rank. She was also the wife, in title only, of Emperor Paul Atreides and an important historian who chronicled the events of Paul's rise to the Imperial throne through a series of written works.

Irulan's name is an anagram of her mother Anirul's name. The first two letters of the mother's name are moved to the end of the daughter's. This may be significant since she was the firstborn and first of Shaddam's daughters to be trained as a Bene Gesserit.



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Opal Koboi - genius evil pixie who attempted to take over the world (both Lower Elements and Upper Elements).

Foiled in the end by Artemis Fowl (twelve-year-old Irish criminal mastermind) and Holly Short of the Lepreconn (Lower Elements Police Reconnaissance Unit).

Artemis Fowl - Eoin Colfer
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Burzmali (Cycle of Dune, Frank Herbert)

He was the Bashar for Bene Gesserit military forces during the time of the Honored Matres.

An intelligent and capable officer, Burzmali was the protege of Miles Teg. When Teg retired from military service under the Bene Gesserit, Burzmali became military commander.

Burzmali was instrumental in ensuring the Duncan Idaho ghola left Gammu safely when the Honored Matres and Bene Tleilax attacked.

Burzmali died along with millions of Reverend Mothers as he tried to defend Lampadas from attack by the Honored Matres, the only Bene Gesserit survivor of which was Lucilla. https://dune.fandom.com/wiki/Lampadas

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Arthur Dent is a fictional character and the hapless protagonist of the comic science fiction series The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams.
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Erasmus is a thinking Machine in Dune Genesis, by Frank Herbert. Erasmus took his name, and titular gender, from the ancient Earth scholar Desiderius Erasmus. Originally, he was just a synchronized robot in the service of robot Omnius prior to and during the Butlerian Jihad. However, he developed a personality independent of his master's after being trapped in the ice on Corrin for twenty years. Eccentric, he is very interested in humanity and engages in experiments on his slaves in order to better understand them. By killing Serena Butler's son, he unwittingly triggered the slave uprising that led to the Butler Jihad.

With Omnius, he managed to escape the destruction of the Thinking Machines by sending their memories into deep space to create a new Machine Empire. Later, Erasmus betrays Omnius there and makes peace with humanity before dying.

Erasmus is often credited as being the founding father of mentats, and a critical figure in the initiation and development of the Butlerian Jihad.

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Marvin the Paranoid Android is a fictional character in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series by Douglas Adams.

Marvin is the ship's robot aboard the starship Heart of Gold. Originally built as one of many failed prototypes of Sirius Cybernetics Corporation's GPP (Genuine People Personalities) technology, Marvin is afflicted with severe depression and boredom, in part because he has a "brain the size of a planet" which he is seldom, if ever, given the chance to use. Instead, the crew request him merely to carry out mundane jobs such as "opening the door".

Indeed, the true horror of Marvin's existence is that no task he could be given would occupy even the tiniest fraction of his vast intellect. Marvin claims he is 50,000 times more intelligent than a human (or 30 billion times more intelligent than a live mattress), though this is, if anything, an underestimation.

When kidnapped by the bellicose Krikkit robots and tied to the interfaces of their intelligent war computer, Marvin simultaneously manages to plan the entire planet's military strategy, solve "all of the major mathematical, physical, chemical, biological, sociological, philosophical, etymological, meteorological and psychological problems of the Universe, except his own, three times over", and compose a number of lullabies.
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Omnius was a collection of powerful artificially intelligent entities, which existed prior to and during the Butlerian Jihad, and after in the refounded Synchronized Worlds outside the Old Empire.

Though Omnius instances existed on many worlds, each one evolving subtle differences, all instances were bound by a synchronizing process that saw them share the collective experiences of their counterparts. Thus they were frequently referred to as a single being. [fascinating and familiar sci-fi concept to me]

Omnius is often cited as the cause of the mankind's long-standing revulsion of technology, particularly computers. Though technically a gender-less being, speech refers to Omnius as a male.

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After the seizure of power of the initial Titans, such as Agamemnon, the Titan Xerxes established on the planet Richese relied more and more on a central computer known as Omnius. The latter ends up following his own plans and turns against his cyborg creators. Reigning over Synchronized Worlds by means of other Thinking Machines, robots and computers like Erasmus and Seurat, Omnius reduces his former masters to obligated servants.

The cymeks still led by Agamemnon revolt towards the end of the Butler Jihad, and the Thinking Machines are completely wiped out at the end of the Battle of Corrin.

This struggle between humans and the Thinking Machines inspired one of the taboos of the new Empire, an adage which appears in the Orange Catholic Bible and which states that: "You will not make a machine in the mind of similar Man."

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Samuel Lann - creator of the Slan, evolved humans with advanced mental and physical abilities.

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In Frank Herbert’s Cycle of Dune, Alia Atréides is the daughter of Duke Leto Atreides and of Lady Jessica, his official concubine Bene Gesserit. While still in her mother's womb, fetal Alia underwent the agony of Spice when Jessica absorbed the Water of Life (a variant of Spice). As a consequence, fetal Alia awakened to consciousness. She was a “born pre-birth” and displayed a Second Memory. However, unlike true Reverend Mothers, not only has Alia access to her female ancestors, but also to the memory of all the males who genetically came before her, such as her grandfather Baron Vladimir Harkonnen.

Since she had been "awakened" to this Second Memory in the fetal stage, her mind was vulnerable to “possessions”: as an adult, Alia got "possessed" by the “Abomination”, which was the persona of her maternal grandfather, Vladimir Harkonnen.

Alia, sister of Emperor Paul Muad-Dib, exercised the activity of priestess, entering trances in order to decipher the future. After the attack which cost Paul’s eyes, she took charge of the regency of the Empire, becoming the guardian of Leto II (future God-Emperor) and of Ghanima Atreides, the children of Paul and Chani.

Alia married awakening Duncan Idaho’s ghola. He’d never been able to save her from the Abomination that he saw growing in her, and which eventually brought her to her destruction.

Baron Vladimir Harkonnen’s persona managed to manipulate her. Although she originally killed the real Valdimir Harkonnen when she was a child, during the Arrakeen revolt, she followed the bad recommendations the Baron's "persona" in her mind, against the promise that he/it would help her to silence the multitude of other voices in her Second Memory, which have been tormenting her since her youth.

Following Paul's departure for the desert, crippled by an attack, the regency of Alia at the head of the Imperial House of Atreides will turn into a religious dictatorship. But his nephew Leto II, inheriting the Empire (along with his sister Ghanima), will end it by beginning his transformation into Shai-Hulud (the Great Sandworm, Shaïtan).

Paul, in the guise of the Preacher of Arrakis had also – vainly - tried to put an end to Alia's madness. Paul got assassinated by the Baron Harkonnen’s persona through Alia during his last sermon on the esplanade of his palace in Arrakeen (planet Dune’s capital city). Shortly after, when Leto II arrives in the palace to kill her, Alia, in a burst of consciousness, preferred to kill herself, despite Baron Harkonnen’s presence in her mind, which begged her not to do so, “because he had a plan”.


From David Lynch's "Dune" movie:


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Éowyn Rohir, Lady of Emyn Arnen, Lady of Ithilien, Lady of Rohan, Shieldmaiden of Rohan. Return of the King, JRR Tolkien.

Éowyn is an Old English word meaning "horse lover".

For someone who plays such an important part in the history of Middle Earth, her appearances in the book are rather sparse.
Her uncle dismisses the idea that she can fight for her country. Aragorn seems to be of the same mind.
She ignores them and dresses as a common Rider of Rohan and goes to the battle anyway.
When the Witch King (who can't be killed by a mortal man) defeats her uncle, Éowyn and Meriadoc Took (Hobbit) kill the Witch King and his 'steed'.
This is the turning-point, which allows the troops of the West to rally against Sauron's armies.

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Cycle of Dune, Frank Herbert

Rebecca was a "wild" Reverend Mother discovered by Lucilla, Bene Gesserit Reverend Mother. At that time, Lucilla was fleeing the destruction of planet Lampadas by the Honored Matres. Lucilla was also carrying the priceless shared-minds of all the planet's Reverend Mothers (7,622,014 individuals) after ritually absorbing their memories.

Lucilla managed to share all those minds with Rebecca. So "Lampadas horde" finally got transferred in two beings, instead of just one, Lucilla.

Lucilla ultimately died as a captive of Dama, the Supreme Honored Matre. Rebecca survived and passed on the 7,622,015 Lampadas shared-minds (including Lucilla's) to the Sisterhood.

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