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Expanded Dune
This article or section refers to elements from Expanded Dune.

Ginaz was a planet made famous for its Swordmasters. It was also the ancestral home of House Ginaz, who were ultimately defeated by House Moritani in a War of Assassins.

Its size and atmosphere was very similar to Old Earth, although its surface was covered in more water (over 90%). The land area consisted of scattered sandy archipelagos with minimal vegetation.


The world had long been inhabited by a small but ferocious culture of warrior humans. These people played an important role during the Butlerian Jihad, where they fought as mercenaries in close combat against the thinking machines.

In 164 BG Hecate's asteroid fell on the planet, caused a massive tsunami that engulfed most of the colonized islands but after seven decades, the civilization was rebuilt.

Over the millennia these people later evolved into the renowned Swordmasters.


People from Ginaz were a warrior culture, ruled by the Council of Veterans.

Each warrior was required to have at least 3 children, one for himself, one for his mate, and one for those who could not have children. Generally children seldom knew their parents, raised in crèches, communal training groups with the sole focus of developing fighters.

According to the custom, each fallen warrior was reincarnated to the body of a new warrior. Whenever warriors graduated, they were required in a ceremony to draw a coral disk with a name inscribed, guided by the fate, who directed their hand according to the spirit inhabited in him.

Each fallen swordmaster had his record kept in a database, buried in vaults.

Behind the Scenes Edit

Information regarding the planet's description and history are derived from the Legends of Dune trilogy. The original Dune books by Frank Herbert only briefly mention House Ginaz, but no planet Ginaz. Dune Messiah mentions the Ginaz School (Page 61).

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