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|Name: Paul Orestes Atreides|
|AKA: Paul Maud'Dib, Usul, The Preacher.|
|Lifespan: 10,175 A.G - 10,217 A.G.|
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A beginning is the time for taking the most delicate care that the balances are correct. This every sister of the Bene Gesserit knows. To begin your study of the life of Muad'Dib, then take care that you first place him in his time: born in the 57th year of the Padishah Emperor, Shaddam IV. And take the most special care that you locate Muad'Dib in his place: the planet Arrakis. Do not be deceived by the fact that he was born on Caladan and lived his first fifteen years there. Arrakis, the planet known as Dune, is forever his place.
-from Manual of Muad'Dib by the Princess Irulan
|Paul Atreides, Heir to the throne of House Atreides, as of 10,191 A.G. (After the Guild).|
He was the product of the Bene Gesserit breeding line that stretched back many generations and sought to acquire the correct mix of genes to produce the Kwisatz Haderach, a super being capable of seeing an area of the inner self that no woman could. As a result of this, his powers of perception and foresight were renowned, though it was often difficult for him to see clearly what was to come.
Warning: Spoilers Follow For Dune Universe, Caution Advised!
Young LifeDuring his young life, Paul Atreides was given the finest upbringing any aristocratic family member could hope for. He learned martial arts and weapons training from Gurney Halleck, the Ateides family soldier, and Duncan Idaho, the Ginaz Sword Master, as well as Mentat training from Thufir Hawat.In addition to this, he received training in the ways of the BeneGesserit from his mother, almost unheard of among men, and became learned in ducal mannerisms from his father. This lead him to be a superior fighter, adept, and heir.
The Journey to Arrakis
|Paul is tested with the Gom Jabbar, a poison needle. If he should remove his hand from the box that causes him pain he will be jabbed with the poisoned needle.|
Recently, House Atreides had been forced to accept a ducal fief from the Padishah Emperor Shaddam IV: the ownership of Arrakis and its spice resources. House Harkonnen, the previous owners of the planet, had been cleared from it, and a Guild heighliner had been prepared for their departure to the desert planet. Unbeknown to them, the Emperor intended to destroy the Atreides here, with the help of the Harkonnens, who would then be given charge of Arrakis again.
Emerging from space after their journey, the Atreides took residence in Arrakeen's grandest dwelling, the Keep, and here began to reorganize the shambles that had been left to them. Most mining facilities were in a state of disrepair, and would require fixing if their operation was to be successful and they were to consolidate their position as rulers on Arrakis.
They arranged events that would increase their income flow, as the smugglers they overlooked gave them bribes. The Atreides even organised a banquet, which many important benefactors attended, which gave them an idea of their circumstances.
Exile into the DesertAny Atreides plans would prove to be short lived, as the Harkonnens arrived, en masse, on the planet, taking with them legions of loyal Sardaukar who, at their command, had earlier forced Dr Yeuh to betray the Atreides, incapacitating Leto and sabotaging the house shields. Paul was asleep at the time, under a sedative. He and his mother were captured, bound, and sentenced to be killed in the desert by a worm. While Leto was before the Baron Harkonnen, who gloated over his absolute victory, Paul and Jessica were aboard a thopter, en route to the deep desert. Unaware that the boy possessed persuasive powers, the pilots were subtly killed by them, and they escaped the crashed thopter and headed for an outcrop of rock, where they would be safe from a worm that had been alerted by the sounds of their conveyance. Duncan Idaho arrived briefly to give them provisions and equipment. While at this outcropping, Paul gazed at the second moon of Arrakis, and was gifted suddenly with a vision of the future. He saw Fremen praising him, calling him "Maud'dib". He saw his father's death, the life that was growing within his mother, that of his unborn sister, a Fremen woman asking about Caladan, and the puzzling, diverging landscape of the future through prescience, which he saw he would be able to change with his actions.
Muad'Dib could indeed see the Future, but you must understand the limits of this power. Think of sight. You have eyes, yet cannot see without light. If you are on the floor of a valley, you cannot see beyond your valley. Just so, Muad'Dib could not always choose to look across the mysterious terrain. He tells us that a single obscure decision of prophecy, perhaps the choice of one word over another, could change the entire aspect of the future. He tells us "The vision of time is broad, but when you pass through it, time becomes a narrow door." And always, he fought the temptation to choose a clear, safe course, warning "That path leads ever down into stagnation."
-from Arrakis Awakening by the Princess Irulan
He also saw a bloody jihad, looming on the horizon, carving a passage of death and despair across the universe in the name of Maud'dib. This, he would later decide, was the thing he wished to prevent above all else.
|Chani, Paul's Fremen love.|
Paul and his mother were later discovered hiding in a cliff outcropping by Fremen scouts. Among them was the Naib of Sietch Tabr, Stilgar, and the daughter, Chani, of the now dead planetologist Liet-Kynes, who had remarked at Paul's abilities with the Stillsuit when first they met. Though at first the confrontation was one of violence, with Jessica holding Stilgar to the side, and threatening to kill him if his people harmed Paul, but, after seeing that the woman had the weirding way, the Fremen accepted Paul and his mother as members of the tribe, and bestowed the name of Paul-Maud'dib on Paul.
Jessica was named as a Sayyadina, a Reverend Mother under Fremen terms. Later she would drink the Water of Life. Returning with the scouting party to Sietch Tabr, Paul was challenged to a fight to the death by a young Fremen, Jamis, whom he had shamed by injuring earlier during their encounter at the cliff outcropping. The fight with Jamis was not something Paul had intended, nor did he wish to kill Jamis, which is what he was forced to do, even after offering him surrender.
The guest were then introduced to Fremen customs, and were shown the Fremen Reservoirs.
In the years that followed, Paul fell deeply in love with Chani, with whom he had a child, Leto II, while his mother was given the Water of Life, which affected the unborn child within her, making her awakened to consciousness before birth.
Belief began to spread among the Fremen tribes that Paul was the messiah, the Voice from Another World that would lead them to salvation and make Arrakis a paradise. The Fremen began to gather under Paul's leadership, and even Stilgar was eager to be under his command. Together with his hordes of Fremen, Paul set out to conduct an elaborate plan which would put him in control of the universe, and reek vengeance on the Harkonnen scum that ruined his life. To begin with, the Fremen were ordered to sabotage Spice expeditions, destroying the harvesters of all they found, and killing its passengers.
This eventually brought the production of Spice to a halt, and forced the Padishah Emperor to come to Arrakis in person and investigate the fief that he had entrusted to the Harkonnens, who were clearly not handling it well.
|Paul Muad'dib, Emperor.|
The Emperor ordered Alia restrained, and the Baron obliged, not realizing that the girl was armed with a Gom Jabbar, which she promptly used to prick the Baron with, ending his life. In the chaos of battle that followed, Mau'dib was ultimately victorious. The Emperor was captured, and ordered to surrender his throne to Paul, as well as his daughter, Irulan. With no choice in the matter, he was exiled to Salusa Secundus, and Paul took the mantle of Emperor.
In the years that followed, Paul built up a mighty empire. Though married to Irulan, Chani remaind his wife. His sister grew to be known as Saint Alia of the Knife, due to her Fremen upbringing. Together, he and his sister made religion and politics one. Alia, alongside Paul, became a prominent religious figure, aswell as a member of Paul's political system. This, mixed with Paul's ability to see clearly what was going on in the present, and his powers to see into the future, made them near impossible to overthrow, though their were those who tried.
His mother, and last surviving member of House Atreides, Gurney Halleck, were on Caladan while the greatest of these conspiratorial groups was formed. Gaius Helen Mohiam, Irulan, a Bene Tlielax Face Dancer named Scytale, and a Guild Navigator, Edric, all plotted to overthrow the Emperor. The presence of Edric, around whom Paul was vision-less, prevented their plans from being known.
The Plot to Destroy an Emperor
|The atomic detonation was such that Paul feared that Arrakis would be destroyed.|
Though he saw through the ruse, Paul allowed it to run its course and went to the house, where he was given a dwarf, Bijaz, supposedly possessive of the knowledge of Fremen traitors to Paul, those who had helped his enemies in capturing a worm to bring to another world, hoping to start a new Spice cycle that he was not in control of. Bijaz urged haste, and they left. Moments later, an atomic weapon was detonated in the area, which would have killed Paul had he not been running.
|Lichna, Scytale's disguise.|
Then Paul was truly blind, and in accordance with Fremen Law, abandoned himself to the open desert, and here, to the knowledge of the universe, died.
|Paul's son and heir, Leto Atreides II.|
When Leto Atreides II, intent on pursuing his Golden Path, fled from Arrakeen, using the pretext that he had been killed, he encountered The Preacher in the desert and killed his servant boy. It then became apparent that the Preacher was indeed Paul Atreides. Paul was to join with his son, and assist him in a plan that would put Alia off the throne and bring balance to the Imperium once again. It would also put Leto another step further on to his Golden Path.
The Preacher appeared once again in Arrakeen, and made his accusations in front of the royal palace. Alia, who was entertaining guests, intended to have him captured at this time. She ordered men to sneak near to him and grab him, but this failed. It caused a stir among the crowd, and in the ensuing pandemonium, Paul was stabbed and killed.
Leto, however, infiltrated his aunt's viewing chamber, and unmasked her as possessed, causing her to kill herself.
Personality and Traits
|Alia, described by the Bene Gesserit as an inhuman abomination, became a great friend and sibling to Paul during his later years. In later years, however, after her possession, she became a great threat.|
AbilitiesAside from the Bene Gesserit powers of Prana-Bindu meditation Paul had been taught by his mother, he also possessed powers of foresight and prescience, allowing him to see both the now and the now to come. These powers were limited, but appeared at crucial moments, such as when Scytale appeared before him, in disguise as Lichna, and Paul was able to see through the disguise. Another show of this power came to him before his death, when he suddenly became able to see through his conscious son's eyes. Why this happened is still subject to speculation, but the bond that existed between them, infused with the Water of Life and the Spice in their blood, that made them linked, as would a Bene Gesserit Reverend Mother be linked to her predecessors at her time of rite.
Prophecy and prescience — How can they be put to the test in the face of the unanswered questions? Consider: How much is actual prediction of the "wave form" (as Muad'Dib referred to his vision-image) and how much is the prophet shaping the future to fit the prophecy? What of the harmonics inherent in the act of prophecy? Does the prophet see the future or does he see a line of weakness, a fault or cleavage that he may shatter with words or decisions as a diamond-cutter shatters his gem with a blow of a knife?
Out of-Universe Information
|Kyle Maclachlan alongside Frank Herbert and Francesca Annis.|
|Alec Newman portrays Paul in Children of Dune.|
Though he only appears in three of the six original Dune novels, Paul Atreides is considered by most to be the main protagonist of the entire Dune series It is thought that George Lucas derived his Anakin Skywalker as the "Chosen One" idea after reading about Paul in Dune. Other examples of the "messiah" in science fiction include Neo in the Matrix Trilogy and the Emperor of Mankind in the Warhammer 40,000 universe. Both are believed to have been inspired by Dune as well.
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