Frank Herbert wrote the original Dune books and then died before completing them. After his passing, his son and another writer, Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson respectfully, wrote some prequels before completing the original Dune series.
I will be getting back to the Dune prequels later, finishing up a Stephen King novel at the time of starting this post, and found myself shipping Xavier Harkonnen and Vorian "Vor" Atreides. I decided that I should share my love of this ship with you.
|I googled Vorian Atreides and this is what I got. If this isn't actually him, tell me and I'll replace the pic.|
Vor was unaware of the fact that there had been previous sons before him that had been murdered by their father. He grew up thinking highly of his father and of the way Omnius ruled the galaxy. He earned a high position as a human trustee and his duty was accompanying Seurat on an update ship that he jokingly called the Dream Voyager.
After the events involving Serena Butler and her child, he changed sides to the humans. He was a great asset during the Bulterian Jihad, named after the initial event that started the rebellion against Omnius, and went away on his own after the long war.
During the Jihad he worked alongside Vorian, whom he didn't trust due to the man's past, and died when murdering Iblis Ginjo. Gingjo had achieved the rank of basically running the Jihad after escaping from Omnius' clutches and he was written down as a martyr.
Why did Xavier kill Ginjo?
Xavier learned that Ginjo was supplying the Tlulaxa with innocent victims for the 'organ farms' the people were famous for. Deciding that stopping the madman was more important than how history remembered the name Harkonnen: he killed both himself and Ginjo so that the Jihad would not last forever. Thus tarnishing the Harkonnen name forever.
At first Xavier did not trust Vorain due to being the son of Agamemnon. But the man proved himself to the Harkonnen and the two became great friends. Both were there for the other and, for a time, Vorian planned to clear Xavier's name.
There was no doubt in his mind. No doubt at all.
How each man played off the other seemed to indicate something deeper going on. Fighting with someone tends to bring out extremely deep bonds. And what could create deeper bonds than fighting for the freedom of humanity? Both men risking their lives and their legacy for the good of all?
Why did Vorian not immediately start to clear Xavier's name? He believed humanity needed to focus on the machines before anything else. His love was not to the point of risking the freedom of all.
What will I talk about next Shipping Confessions? I go to a galaxy far, far away to look at the best pilot in the galaxy and a reneged storm trooper.
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