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Achillus Atreides is the Duke of House Atreides in Emperor: Battle for Dune.


The head of House Atreides embodies all the virtues of the people of Caladan. He is fit, intelligent and reserved, and yet his standing as a commanding officer of the Caladan armies inspires a grave respect and loyalty among soldiers. His stake in Arrakis is not personal or even planetary; Duke Atreides wants the spice to flow for all, and knows that in the hands of House Harkonnen or House Ordos, melange's life-enhancing qualities would be warped into a tool of subjugation. Thus he fights for all; yet his pride in his Atreides heritage guides him with a fervor rarely seen in the theater of war.[1]

Emperor: Alliances[]

The following is based on Emperor: Alliances cut content and has not been confirmed by canon sources.

In the cancelled Emperor: Alliances expansion, Duke Atreides had a daughter and younger son named Athena and Cassius, respectively. His wife died giving birth to Cassius. The Duke would be killed by Tleilaxu face dancer assassins, forcing his children and his mentat Koltrass to take refuge on Salusa Secundus.

Behind the scenes[]

  • Achillus Atreides is played by Michael Dorn, who is known for his role as Worf in the Star Trek franchise.
  • The character is loosely based on the depiction of Leto Atreides in the 1984 Dune film. The name Achillus is based on Achilleus, which comes from The Dune Encyclopedia.

See also[]


  1. Westwood Studios, Emperor: Battle for Dune. Official site: Main Characters, House Atreides (archived).
Characters of the Dune Universe