|Name: Vladimir Harkonnen|
|AKA: The Siridar Baron Vladimir Harkonnen. Planetary Governor of Arrakis. Titular Head of House Harkonnen and Overlord of Giedi Prime, Lankiveil and Allied Planets.|
|Lifespan: 10,110 A.G. - 10,193 A.G.|
|Homeworld: Giedi Prime|
|Afilliation: House Harkonnen|
Commonly referred to as Baron Harkonnen, his title is officially Siridar (planetary governor) Baron. Vladimir Harkonnen is the direct-line male descendant of the Bashar Abulurd Harkonnen who was banished for cowardice after the Battle of Corrin. The return of House Harkonnen to power generally is ascribed to adroit manipulation of the whale fur market and later consolidation with melange wealth from Arrakis.
-The Almanak en-Ashraf
Biographical InformationThe son of Dmitri and Victoria Harkonnen, Vladimir Harkonnen (his full title being Siridar Baron Vladimir Harkonnen. Planetary Governor of Arrakis. Titular Head of House Harkonnen and Overlord of Giedi Prime, Lankiveil and Allied Planets) was the brother of Abulurd Harkonnen, the father of Jessica, and the uncle of Feyd-Rautha Harkonnen, and Glossu "Beast" Rabban,sons of his brother, Abulurd. The Baron was a cruel and uncaring creature, with bizarre homosexual and necrophiliac tendancies. In his healthier youth the Baron indulged an overwhelming sense of narcissism, demanding pampering of his "perfect" body. He also had a violent temper, able to murder intimates with a "single blow to the larnyx". The Bene Gesserit Kwisatz Haderach breeding program required a female descendant from Baron Harkonnen. They were forced to use blackmail due to the fact that the Baron "detested the female form", preferring younger boys for his pleasures. The first coupling resulted in a "defective" female child unsuitable for what the Bene Gesserit desired. They were forced to bring Gaius Helen Mohiam (under BG records her name was "Tenidia Nerus") to Geidi Prime for a second session with the Baron. Suitably prepared for this encounter the Baron raped Gaius Helen Mohiam (conceiving Jessica in the process). In retaliation Mohiam infected him with an incurable neurological disease that bloated his body and gave him the appearance of obesity. Unable to use his legs to lift his heaving torso, he resorted to using an antigravity suit to hold him
|The Siridar Baron Vladimir Harkonnen. Planetary Governor of Arrakis. Titular Head of House Harkonnen and Overlord of Giedi Prime, Lankiveil and Allied Planets.|
As BaronVladimir Harkonnen was born in 10,110 A.G. to Dmitri and Victoria Harkonnen. His younger brother, Abulurd had far more empathy for his subjects and other people than his elder brother. Victoria Harkonnen instilled in her son a strong sense of destiny, a sense of ruthlessness and an overwhelming lust for power. A son of his Father's second marriage, Abulard was more gentle than Vladimir. He was given the siridar fief on Arrakis in his Father's will. Abulard was unable to sufficiently manage the Arrakis operations, causing shortfalls in production. Vladimir was eventually forced to take the holdings from his brother Abulard who gratefully retired to Lankiveil where he would live a peaceful life with his subjects. Abulard Harkonnen's role in the family was to sire successors for House Harkonnen. In most every respect Abulard disgusted the Baronwho found his "bleeding heart" and "weak mindedness" a source of embarassment and shame to his House and the memory of their Father. Abulard's wife, Emmi, was to be his source of joy and strength. Together they achieved a level of peace and contentment unknown for most Harkonnens. Abulard would "give" his brother two heirs apparent. Glossu Rabban and much later Feyd Rautha. Glossu in many ways tried to emulate his Uncle's lesser habits while doing little or nothing to emulate his Uncle's greater strengths. Glossu enjoyed killing for the pleasure of inflicting pain and suffering. This included hunting young children for sport. Eventually Glossu would murder his own grandfather for failing to collect sufficient taxes, an act that caused his parents to disown him. Abulard had stolen one of the Harkonen spice stockpiles secreted on Lankiveil (for the benefit of ordinary subjects). In retaliation Rabban murdered his own Father, an act that caused him to title himself "Beast Rabban". This murder would earn him his uncle's wrath for refusing to obtain permission first. In contrast Feyd Rautha made an attempt to master subtlety. He learned subtlety in the arena where he pitted himself against trained gladiators. Feyd also made an earnest effort to learn his Uncle's devious ways. Feyd and Rabban often attended strategy sessions with their Uncle and his Mentat, Piter De Vries. Rabban would eject whatever crossed his mind, most of the time the suggestions were juvenile and direct. In contrast Feyd took a more Socratic view of these proceedings, absorbing information while asking an occaisional question meant for clarification or making a remark of admiration. Ever since the Butlerian Jihad the Houses of Harkonnen and Atreides had been feuding. The dispute was ancient and through the centuries had been amplified beyond reason. Vladimir wanted desperately to do away with his enemies while ensuring that his House might one day supplant the Corrinos on the Imperial Throne. House Atriedes might challenge his claim to the throne and if they could be defeated and humiliated in the eyes of history so much the better in the process. The Emperor Shaddam Corrino IV also wanted the Atreides destroyed since they presented a credible challenge to his own power. There was also a suspicion that the Atreides were attempting to make common cause with the Fremen on Arrakis, in essence creating a force to rival the Emperor's Sardaukar. The Atreides were also very popular with many of the larger Houses, in part due to their values and training and in part due to Leto's own leadership and good works. In contrast House Corrino was seen as distant and at times corrupt. Therefore a plan was devised between the Imperium and Harkonnens that would lead to the destruction of the Atreides. The Atreides would be given control of Arrakis, one of the most valuable worlds in the universe, and one currently under the control of the Harkonnens. This plot benefited the Baron since his nephew Rabban had not been sufficiently better than his Father in running the operation. The Baron tired of constantly having to clean up after the "Beast". Feyd Rautha was close to becoming old enough to assume control of Arrakis but he was not quite old enough. By surrendering the Siridar Fief on Arrakis for a brief time only to claim it back in the future from a grateful Emperor the Baron hoped to clean up many problems. It was hoped that the siridar fief on Arrakis might cause the Atreides to become too popular politically and might cause them to be despised by many major Houses because of their increased potency. The Baron counted on this effect to prevent any military support from would be allies andto discourage anyoneto closely investigate the circumstances of the Atreides's downfall. The Baron was able to recruit a traitor from amongst the Atreides; the Suk Physician Yueh who had diagnosed his condition long before. The Doctor was now the Atreides's personal Physician. By capturing Yueh's wife and letting Piter de Vries torture her the Baron was able to extract the Suk Doctor's cooperation in betraying House Atreides at a critical moment. Since Suk Conditioning forbid any such trained Physician from harming their patient no one would suspect Dr. Yueh. The Baron would get the Doctor to betray his patron without directly harming him. The House Shields on Arrakis would be disabled at a critical moment allowing a joint Harkonnen-Sardaukar force to overwhelm the Atriedes forces. The Doctor would also tranquilize Leto Atreides and present him to the Baron. Doctor Yueh made his peace with his treachery by placing a hollow tooth filled with a nerve agent into Leto's mouth. Upon presenting the tranquilized Duke to the Baron Harkonnen Dr. Yueh was killed by Piter De Vries. Vladimir personally ordered his daughter, Jessica, and her son, Paul, to be left to die in the open desert, hoping to avoid having to confess to a Bene Gesserit Truthsayer that he had murdered them. Leto Atreides died without killing the Baron but did kill Piter de Vries, denying the Baron an important ally. The Harkonnens took control of Arrakis again. As the Baron had foreseen nobody questioned the ouster of Leto Atreides. Beast Rabban returned to ravage the people. Feyd Rautha was being groomed to take his brother's place at the appropriate time. However, after a few years, they became unable to succefully mine any Spice, as their mining equipment was being destroyed by the Fremen. In an attempt to retaliate, the Baron used the Sardaukar forces that the Emperor had given him control of to fight back against the Fremen, whilst trying to hide his suspicions that one of the Atreides must have survived and amassed the Fremen against him. The Baron's own intelligence sources did not reveal the presence of the Mahdi (voice from the outer world) nor did they believe that Paul had survived in the desert. Most of all, the Harkonnens did not believe that "Fremen rabble" were capable of mounting a rebellion.
|The Baron explains his master plan to his Doctor (left) and Feyd (right), who both listen intently.|
As a MemoryAfter Paul Atreides accepted the Fremen judgement against the Blind (caused by a Stone Burner which was ignited by Qizarate Treachery) he wandered into the desert. His sister Alia of the Knife assumed the regency for his infant twins. She began to use Spice risking possession since she was "pre-born". Eventually some of her more dominant ancestors began to assert control over her personality. One of them, Baron Harkonnen, was able to suppress the others in exchange for a "little time alive". Eventually he would begin to dominate his grand daughter. He influenced many of her decisions, but died with her death.
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