Chapter 11

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Chapter 11

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"You do not beg the sun for mercy."
-Maud'dib's Travail from The Stilgar Commentary

Reverend Mother Gaius Helen Mohaim has been summoned from her cell to appear before Paul. She remembers testing him with the Gom Jabbar and blames Jessica for letting him escape Bene Gesserit control. She regrets being denied access to Paul's offspring and Alia's abomination. The scale of Paul's citadel impresses her. Paul wants something from her and they both know it. They go into a private chamber behind Paul's throne along with Alia, Stilgar and Hayt. Paul says he wishes to bargain for Chani's life. He offers to have Irulan aritificially inseminated and banished. Her child will not be his heir. Mohiam is horrified, the Bene Gesserit believe that artificial insemination is a violation of the Butlerian Jihad. Paul reveals that Chani is pregnant and this is his final offer. Mohiam asks Hayt to function as a mentat and judge whether she should take the deal. He tells her that an offer is only as good as what it buys, in this case, a life for a life. He asks why the BG have not used the Tleilaxu. Mohiam shudders at the thought, if they resort to artificial insemination, what next, controlled mutation? What if Paul went to the Bene Tleilax himself? Alia warns of what may happen if the Atreides Genes are set loose in the Bene Gesserit. Mohiam regrets that the ideal mate for Alia, Feyd Rautha, was killed by Paul. She hints at a mating between Paul and Alia, Paul warns her. Mohiam asks for time to send a message to Wallach. Paul agrees and tells her to hurry, he plans for his child to be born in the desert.
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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