As a member of the mysterious Sisterhood known as the Bene Gesserit, she is a master of body and mind, able to weaponize her words through a power known as 'the Voice' to bend the will of those who dare to threaten her family.
Lady Jessica of the Atreides (10154 AG-10256 AG), born as either Jessica Nerus or Jessica Harkonnen, was the official concubine of Duke Leto Atreides I, and the mother of his son, Emperor Paul Atreides, and daughter, Alia Atreides. She was also a Reverend Mother of the Bene Gesserit Sisterhood.
Reverend Mother Gaius Helen Mohiam Is Jessica's Biological Mother. Jessica's father is revealed to be Baron Harkonnen, but it is only in Prelude to Dune novels written by Brian Herbert that it is revealed who her mother is. Originally, Jessica's mother was claimed to be an unknown woman.
Shadout Mapes gave Lady Jessica her crysknife because she believed Paul was the Messiah. Stilgar said “I recognize you” when he met the Duke's son. And, after the young Atreides instinctively knew how to wear his stillsuit, Dr.
Paul's mother, the Lady Jessica, is secretly pregnant with Alia when she and Paul are discovered by the Fremen in the deep desert of Arkais. After undergoing a ceremony in which Jessica drinks "the water of life," her unborn child is made into...well...a super baby!
Jessica is also revealed to be the secret daughter of the Baron Harkonnen himself. Paul soon molds the Fremen into a massive army with which he hopes to retake the planet from Imperial rule.
Lady Jessica's obvious fear regarding Paul is because, as a Bene Gesserit, she realizes with an awful intensity what his fate will be. What's more, she's frightened by what he might become, knowing full well what that sort of inhuman power can do to a person.
Despite falling in love with Jessica himself, and despite the fact that she did indeed bear him his beloved son, Leto never married Jessica. However, his refusal to marry Jessica was not out of snobbery; Leto's refusal to marry was driven by his astute political insticts.
She was raised from birth by the Bene Gesserit, who intended to breed her to the House Atreides heir Leto Atreides I, to produce a daughter who would then breed with Feyd Rautha Harkonnen in order to produce the Kwisatz Haderach, the one who would not only possess the genetic memories of all male and female ancestors, ...
Anderson's continuation of the original series, Hunters of Dune (2006). Even at a very young age, this Leto shows signs that he may be more than he seems. During an assassination attempt, he appears to transform into a small sandworm and defends himself before reverting to an innocent one-year-old.
Appearance. In his later years, the Baron's most notable feature was his corpulent frame. Vladimir's sheer weight required belt-mounted suspensors to retain mobility, which allowed him to float in midair from place to place, as he was unable to walk under his own power unassisted.
Concubines were often taken by ruling members of Great Houses for companionship. This was considered an ideal practice when one wished for other Great Houses to think they were available for alliance through marriage. Duke Leto Atreides took the Lady Jessica as his concubine.
In the opening chapter of the novel, Lady Jessica awakens her fifteen-year-old son Paul in the dead of night and brings him to Reverend Mother Gaius Helen Mohiam (portrayed in the film by Charlotte Rampling).
Prescience: As the Kwisatz Haderach long sought out for by the breeding programme of the Bene Gesserit Order, Paul possessed a powerful ability to bridge space and time with prescient ability.
Although not formally married to Paul's father Duke Leto, Jessica belongs to the order of the Bene Gesserit, a matriarchal group of telepathic pseudo-witches, who are pretty much Dune's version of the Jedi.
Reacting to his blasphemy, Alia's priests rush forward and stab Paul to death, as Alia and the remaining Atreides watch from above. Over 3,500 years later in God Emperor of Dune (1981), Leto still rules the universe as the Tyrant.
Duke Leto dies by emitting poison gas from the secret tooth, in a failed attempt to kill the baron. Hawat and Halleck escape as well. Halleck joins the local smugglers while Hawat attempts to join the Fremen, but Hawat is captured by the Harkonnens.
In the second half of the novel, Jessica and Paul must both find their place amongst the Fremen. For Jessica, this means passing the test to become their Reverend Mother. The test requires her to drink the Water of Life, consuming the Other Memory in the process.
Although, some enjoy the dynamic between them in the books, especially in the first one, when Jessica and Stilgar discuss a possible union and marriage between them, although they choose to remain friends, as Stilgar has noted, because he doesn't want to be killed by his own tribesmen who will compete for the hand of ...
This is explicitly stated in the book(s). Since Jessica is a member of the Bene Gesserit, a faction that does not have (explicit) political influence of any kind, marrying her would not gain any advantages for House Atreides.
Though portrayed by Sean Young, a white woman, in Lynch's version, Herbert's text describes Chani as dark skinned. She's portrayed by Zendaya in Villeneuve's version, who—as we see in the photos from Vanity Fair—has the character's trademark blue eyes, which indicates melange usage, a symbol of pride for the Fremen.
The two are in love, but Leto will not marry her for political reasons. Leto knows that as long as he is unmarried, he has something to offer the other Great Houses.
Duke Leto Atreides I (10140 AG - 10191 AG), sometimes called Leto the Just or the Red Duke, was the twentieth duke of House Atreides and the father of Emperor Paul Atreides and Regent Alia Atreides with Bene Gesserit concubine, Lady Jessica.
This was because of Lady Jessica's love for Leto, motivating her to provide him with an heir. However, Leto and Jessica were never married as other rulers of the Major House might have done with their concubines from the Bene Gesserit.