Chapter 20

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Chapter 20

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I am beginning to hate water. The sandtrout skin which impels my metamorphosis
has learned the sensitivities of the worm. Moneo and many of my guards know my
aversion, Only Moneo suspects the truth, that this marks an important waypoint.
I can feel my ending in it, not soon as Moneo measures time, but soon enough as
I endure it. Sandtrout swarmed to water in the Dune days, a problem during the
early stages of our symbiosis. The enforcement of my will power controlled the
urge then, and until we reached a time of balance. Now, I must avoid water
because there are no other sandtrout, only the half dormant creatures of my
skin. Without sandtrout to bring this world back to desert, Shai-Hulud will not
emerge; the sandworm cannot evolve until the land is parched. I am their only

-The Stolen Journals

The Royal Entourage comes down the final stretch to Onn as Fish Speakers line the road chanting, "Siaynoq!" raising the hairs on the back of Idaho's neck. Leto had told Moneo that Siaynoq was the one Fish Speaker ritual, the adoration of Him in His presence. The word has many meanings and Leto warns not to let the Fish Speakers know he has shared this with a male. Duncan asks the Fish Speaker guard about it but they tell him it is not for men, allthough sometimes Leto shares is with a Duncan. Leto says he will learn about it soon enough. Idaho recalls studying a map of the city, it was built primarily for viewing the God Emperor but the embassies, Fish Speaker schools, museums and libraries are there. The chanting stopps as they decend down to the chambers below the city. The way is still lined with Fish Speakers, Duncan notices they are still silently mouthing the word, "Siaynoq".
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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