Chapter 26

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Chapter 26

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There was this drylander who was asked which was more important, a literjon of
water or a vast pool of water? The drylander thought a moment and then said:
"The literjon is more important. No single person could own a great pool of
water. But a literjon you could hide under your cloak and run away with it. No
one would know."

-The Jokes of Ancient Dune, Bene Gesserit Archives

Teg and Idaho are on the practice floor of the Harkonnen no-globe where Duncan has been combining old and new techniques, achiving a level of ability that amazes even Teg. Teg warns Idaho that Lucilla is a full Reverend Mother and she will not permit Duncan's duel with her to go on much longer. Duncan marvels at Teg's resemblance to Duke Leto, but wonders about the man. They talk about Teg's military career, how enemies would surrender at the rumor that they were up against Teg. Duncan decides Teg has that same Atreides charisma. They finish practicing when Duncan finally defeats Teg. Teg reminds him that it is not enough to fine tune his body, he must take care of his mind also, if he is to survive and make it to Rakis. Duncan wonders at the Bene Gesserit purpose behind sending him there, but Teg has told him before that he doesn't know. Duncan comes to the conclusion that they brought him back to confront the worm. He remembers Teg's great age and wonders if men like him ever seek out the Tleilaxu and become gholas, but no, there is the possibility they would become Tleilaxu puppets. He applies this thought to himsilf and freezes in shock so obviously that Teg asks him what's wrong. He tells teg that the Tleilaxu have done something to him that hasn't yet revealed. Lucilla reveals that she was listening, this is just what they had feared. She notes that Duncan has gone beyond the fighting attitudes and damnes Teg for complicating her mission. She accuses him of dissobeying Taraza and he denies it saying that he followed her orders exactly. She realizes that they are all just pawns in Taraza's delicate design. She reminds herself that pawns are expendable.
They were destroyed because they lied pretentiously. Have no fear that my wrath
will fall upon you because of your innocent mistakes.

~Leto II, God Emperor
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