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Unformatted text preview: Sheet1 Page 1 Dune: House Corrino Brian Herbert & Kevin J Anderson The axis of spin for the planet Arrakis is at right angles to the radius of its orbit. The world itself is not a globe, but more a spin h Report of the Third Imperial Commission on Arrakis UNDER THE LIGHT OF TWO MOONS IN A DUSTY SKY, the Fremen raiders flitted across the desert rocks. They blended in Death to Harkonnens. All members of the armed razzia squad had sworn the same vow. In the quiet hours before dawn, Stilgar, their tall and black-bearded leader, stalked catlike ahead of a score of his best fighters Lifting a hand, he commanded the silent squad to halt. Stilgar listened to the pulse of the desert, his ears probing the darknes The men picked their way up a rock buttress, using dark-adapted eyes to follow a steep, tool-hewn trail. The terrain seemed h Hadith a word taken from an old Fremen song about the patterns of survival in the desert. Like many living Fremen, he carr Now, though, the Harkonnens have desecrated our ancient place. Every man in Stilgar's commando squad felt revulsion at such sacrilege, lack in Red Wall Sietch, a flat stone held tally marks o The column followed Stilgar as he picked up the pace down the rocky trail. It would be dawn soon, and they still had much kill Here, far from prying Imperial eyes, Baron Harkonnen had been sing the empty caves of Sietch Hadith to conceal one of his il In the squalid village of Bar Es Rashid at the base of the ridge, the arkonnens had a listening post and guards up in the cliffs. Stilgar found a split in the trail and followed the faint path, searching r the hidden opening into Sietch Hadith. In low light he sa No bright light, no sign of guards. Crawling inside the hole, he etched a leg down and located a rough ledge, where he rested On the floor at the base of the rough steps he noticed an old serving vl. Tugging off his nose plugs, he smelled raw meat. Bait Stilgar and two Fremen darted into a side tunnel and drew their milky iknives. Maula pistols would be far too noisy in these en Before the hapless men could cry out, the Fremen slit their throats, i slapped spongepads over the wounds to absorb the prec Dim military glowglobes floated in ceiling recesses, casting low light, razzia band continued down the passageway, toward the ancient sietch. When the passage skirted a conveyor system used for the transportation of materials in and out of the secret c yellow. Stilgar's troop murmured at the sight of human skulls and rotting bodies, propped against the sides of the corridor, carelessly Cautiously, Stilgar led the way forward and began to hear voices and clanging noises. They came to an alcove rimmed with a At the center of the grotto rose an octagonal structure, dark blue and silver, surrounded by ramps. Smaller matching structure Slipping back into shadows, the raiders crept down shallow stairs to the grotto floor. Turok and the other Fremen, each man h Sheet1 Page 2 Now the time for stealth had ended. On the rock floor, a pair of commandos pointed their maula pistols at the surprised constr Now the time for stealth had ended....
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