Our household god is this thing we carry forward generation after generation:
our message for humankind if it matures. The closest thing we have to a
household goddess is a failed Reverend Mother -- Chenoeh there in her niche.
Duncan retreats into his mentat abilities. He spends as much time with Murbella as their duties allow. She tries to act like nothing has changed but he can feel them pulling apart. She tries to explain to him how her sisters view emotions, don't give someone a stick with which to beat you. Murbella spends a lot of time with her Other Memory now. It reveals that Fish Speaker democracy became Honored Matre autocracy. They need information about their enemy from her. Odrade reasures Duncan that she will go through a period of adjustment. He realizes she is a hybrid now. They have sex and Murbella hopes she's pregnant again. Duncan dreams of the weapons factory they had turned the no-ship's armory into. Weapons scroll before his eyes. He sees a way to miniturize Holzmann generators down to two centimeters, cheaper too. This is how they will englobe the Honored Matres. Sends it to archives and flags Bell and Odrade. Even awake, he can still see the weapons scroll. It's abruptly replaced by the net and the old couple in the garden. They tell him to stop spying on them and the vision disappears. Duncan realizes how they will build Teg's disguised attack ships, inflated decoys with a tiny holzmann generator and a lasgun. He sends this to archives too. He wonders what he's tapped into and comes to the mentat projection that someone out in The Scattering has found another way to use hozmann theory. He projects that the old people in his vision had driven out the Honored Matres. They are fugatives, not conquerers. He sees what Odrade is doing now, such a fragile plan. One way or another, it means he will lose Murbella.
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Paul of Dune was so bad it gave me a seizure that dislocated both of my shoulders and prolapsed my anus.