Chapter 08

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Chapter 08

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The most dangerous game in the universe is to govern from an oracular base. We
do not consider ourselves wise enough or brave enough to play that game. The
measures detailed here for regulation in lesser matters are as near as we dare
venture to the brink of government. For our purposes, we borrow a definition
from the Bene Gesserit and we consider the various worlds as gene pools, sources
of teachings and teachers, sources of the possible. Our goal is not to rule, but
to tap these gene pools, to learn, and to free ourselves from all restraints
imposed by dependency and government.

-"The Orgy as a Tool of Statecraft," Chapter Three of The Steersman's Guild

This is Edric's audience with Paul. Scytale is present too. Edric accuses Paul of conspiring to make a god of himself. This angers Stilgar who's entered in the middle of the conversation. Paul concludes that Edric is speaking for the benifit of Stilgar and the guards in the room and ends the audience on a warning that Alia could kill him with a glance. While conversing with Stilgar afterwards, Paul concludes that his enemies are setting him up to destroy himself, but he can do nothing else because the alternatives he's seen in his visions are far worse. Korba enters with some histories Paul wants Stilgar to view. Paul compares himself with leaders of our times and wonders if anyone will ever surpass him. He wonders if Hitler thought the exact same thing. Korba informs Paul that Chani, who is observiing the reception, now being hosted by Alia, suspects that there are Sardaukar amongst the Guild entourage and have been trying to penetrate the keep. Paul orders the guard tightened and declares the party over.
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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