Hello again. Another update is ready, this time we’ll speak about the universe and the plot.
— He who control Arrakis, control the spice.
And he who control the spice, control the Universe.
© Baron Vladimir Harkonnen
“Dune” (1984) Directed by David Lynch
As we have already said in our previous article “Who we are?”, the event of the game take place after Baron Vladimir’s death. By the way, it is weird that we were showing profiles of Harkonnen vehicles and still no one has ever asked “What the hell? The Harkonnen? О_о”
But this question is very logical. The Baron is dead, all his cousins are dead as well – there are no Harkonnen at all, the Emperor is overthrown, and all the Great Houses are frozen in terror before Paul Atreides and his ultimatum. Even the Spacing Guild that had always been above all the laws was helpless.
Of course, this numbness will not last forever and eventually the struggle for Dune will arise again, but this is the very moment we are interested in. We are particularly interested in it because it was not described in details in Frank Herbert’s works, so we will not harm the story itself and we will not interfere in the plot.
Let us leave Arrakis for a while and move to Giedi Prime, the native planet of the House Harkonnen. Here, under a dim light of a dying star, the news about the death of the whole Harkonnen royal family had a much greater effect than anywhere else. The whole planet was drowned into blood and chaos.
The slaves who were the majority of the population started an uprising of an unprecedented magnitude. They massacred their oppressors (see «Payback»), and for the first time the Harkonnen army failed to overcome it…
Without the leader the army plunged into anarchy. Some hid themselves on remote military bases. Others like scavengers were going round the cities and marauding the possessions of once a rich House, hoping to buy their lives for the stolen wealth. However, everyone realized that neither thick walls nor the whole Harkonnen treasury will not save them – as the situation around Dune will calm down a bit, they will be torn apart and their wealth will be taken by force. During his reign Baron Vladimir made a lot of enemies, and it was the army who helped him…
But not the whole Empire was just waiting and doing nothing. Some people decided to use the opportunity. Eight days after the fateful events on Arrakis, a mysterious stranger Khadal contacted a Harkonnen commander, Dammar Shiman, whose forces entrenched in an outpost near the Great Mine on the South Pole of Giedi Prime. He offered an unusual way out for the Harkonnen army.
It was already strange that Khadal could make it to Giedi Prime, which proved his possibilities more than enough. Neither the Guild nor Muad’Dib himself could foresee it. Khadal and his silent escort used a technology they called “The Void Technology”*, which did not allow any of their ships to be detected by any satellite while everything inside was completely obscured from precognition.
As Khadal said, he could benefit from this cooperation because he was not satisfied by Paul Atreides and his melange policies, also he was expecting to get a lion’s share of profit from trading spice, in case of success.
According to the agreement the Harkonnen army was to make a sudden assault on Arrakis and to remove the Atreides and the Fremen who were already weakened by recent events. The plan was good enough, as Muad’Dib himself and all his family were away from the planet. Dammar understood that conquering Arrakis is their only way to survive, too much was on the bet... All or none...
This clearly means that blood will spill on the sands of Dune once more...
*Void Technology – something close to the technologies of no-ship and no-chamber that were invented by a certain Chobyn even before the events of “Dune”, later the technology was forgotten but then re-invented again by the Ixians. In our story the faction represented by Khadal secretly possesses this forgotten and forbidden technologies of Chobyn.
Also we want to show you some of our concept arts to make the long text a bit more colourful:
That’s all for now, thanks for your attention, we hope that it was interesting! See you next time, we have something more ;)