- For the novel of the same name, see Dune: House Corrino.
Imperial House Corrino
The Imperial House Corrino is the most popular reigning Great House and the ruling family of the Imperium in the fictional Dune Universe created by Frank Herbert.
The Corrinos came to power after mankind's victory against the Thinking Machines at the Battle of Corrin (from which they took their name), and ruled until deposed by Paul Atreides approximately ten millenniums later.
According to the Legends of Dune series, the Imperial House Corrino was founded by the Viceroy Faykan Butler, the grandnephew of Serena Butler.
He had married Jessica Boro-Ginjo, a descendant of both the first Grand Patriarch Iblis Ginjo and also of the last Emperors of the Old Empire.
In a speech given immediately after the Battle of Corrin, the final battle of the Butlerian Jihad, Faykan took much of the credit for the victory (though the battle was mainly organized and carried out by the Supreme Bashar Vorian Atreides) and announced that he would change his name to Corrino in recognition of this historic event.
Then he combined the positions of Viceroy and Grand Patriarch into one office, declaring himself Emperor of Humanity.
Rule as Padishah Emperors
Members of this Imperial House ruled as Padishah Emperors of the Known Universe for over 10,000 years, from the time of the Butlerian Jihad until the defeat of the 81st Padishah Emperor Shaddam Corrino IV by "Muad'dib" (Paul Atreides) and the Fremen.
The Emperor had five lovely young daughters, though only two played a part in the events of the Dune saga: Irulan Corrino I became the second wife and concubine (in name only) of Paul Atreides to effect his ascension to the throne, and Princess Wensicia Corrino II was the mother of Farad'n, the future companion of Leto Atreides III and Ghanima Atreides.
The Imperial House Corrino's ancestral planet was Salusa Secundus, the seat of the Imperial power since the Butlerian Jihad.
The identity of the offending house was subsequently erased from these ancient pre-history reports.
The resulting harsh conditions on Salusa Secundus encouraged the survival of the strong, and allowed the Corrinos to develop the universe's most-feared military units, the warrior-fanatic Sardaukar, the means by which House Corrino controlled the Galactic Padishah Empire.
Following their exile to Salusa Secundus after being deposed by Paul Atreides, the Corrinos gradually recovered strength. A few years later, Shaddam's grandson, Prince Farad'n, who was the last hope for a new Corrino Emperor, made a bid for the throne (spurred on by his envious archenemy-- his own mother, Wensicia).
The proposed return to glory for the House Corrino did not succeed, and Paul's heirs apparent, Leto Atreides III and his twin sister, Ghanima rose to power at the death of their aunt, the Imperial Princess RegentAlia Atreides.
Leto III had been rendered sterile by the process of binding with the sandtrout, so to continue the line he reached an agreement with the Corrinos: the Crown Prince would marry his sister and she may rule all the galaxies of the Known Universe at her brother's side in a political arrangement, but Farad'n (who would never rule or marry Ghanima) would sire all future heirs apparent to the throne by adopting them as his own.
Following Leto III and Ghanima's deaths after 3,500 years of rule, the Empire of a Million Worlds collapsed in The Scattering, as billions fled chaos and famine to seek new opportunities in unknown space.
Siona Atreides, the descendant of Farad'n, Leto III, and Ghanima and the culmination of Leto's breeding program, assumed stewardship of his Empire with Duncan Idaho. Some 1,500 later, in the events of Heretics of Dune, Duncan and Siona's powerful bloodline permeates the universe and lives on in such luminaries as Miles Teg and Darwi Odrade.
Corrino family tree
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Computer Game Storylines
For the computer game Dune 2000 and its sequel Emperor: Battle for Dune, Westwood Studios included live-action cutscenes that employed the same costuming style as David Lynch's 1984 movie Dune. These scenes told a non-canon alternate storyline involving Arrakis, the spice melange and the Great Houses while introducing a new Great House, House Ordos, to the Dune universe.
In Westwood's computer game storyline, a Corrino emperor named Frederick Corrino IV incites three Great Houses (House Atreides, House Harkonnen and House Ordos) to wage a feudalistic war on the planet Arrakis. When Emperor Frederick is later poisoned, at the conclusion of Dune 2000, by his own Bene Gesserit concubine, the reign of House Corrino ends. At the beginning of Emperor: Battle for Dune, the Spacing Guild pronounces the start of a War of Assassins between the three aforesaid Great Houses for control of the Golden Lion Throne. Meanwhile, the Sardaukar seeks a new powerful House to serve. House Ordos procures a ghola of the deceased Frederick Corrino from the Bene Tleilax and presents the ghola Frederick to two Sardaukar bursegs (generals). This ghola was so identical to the recently deceased Corrino emperor that one of the two bursegs kneeled to the ghola when he first saw it. This ghola was to act as House Ordos' puppet on the imperial throne should House Ordos win its War of Assassins against House Atreides and House Harkonnen and secures the loyalty of the Sardaukar.
It should be noted that these story lines are non-canon in relation to the novel series.
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