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Piter Schoenherr
Piter de Vries
Title Twisted mentat,
Mentat-Assassin
House House Harkonnen
Born 10138 AG
Died 10191 AG
Eyes Blue within blue
Hair Black
Height Short
First Appears In Dune

Piter de Vries (d. 10191 AG) was a twisted mentat developed by the Bene Tleilax. He served House Harkonnen under the Baron Vladimir Harkonnen. De Vries was an ambitious and impatient sadist whose evil rivalled that of the Baron. The only mistake in his calculations he ever made was that Lady Jessica would bear Duke Leto a daughter, not son.

Life and works Edit

A devious, cunning individual, de Vries was responsible for discovering how to break the Imperial Conditioning of a Suk doctor of never taking a life. He discovered that if he held a loved one of the Suk doctors to ransom, he could control their behaviour any way he wished. This was demonstrated by the betrayal of House Atreides by Dr. Wellington Yueh.
Piter-de-Vries

Brad Dourif as Piter de Vries.

De Vries had kidnapped Yueh's wife, murdered her, and convinced Yueh that she was still alive. De Vries had promised that he would return his wife to him if he were to do the Harkonnens' bidding. This effectively broke Yueh's Imperial Conditioning, and lead to the death of Duke Leto Atreides.

Death Edit

De Vries was killed by Leto when he mistakenly perceived de Vries to be the Baron Harkonnen. In a drugged state, Leto bit down on a poison gas tooth imbedded in his head by Yueh just before Leto was captured during the invasion of Arrakis. The Baron narrowly escaped, but de Vries was killed. In this way, Yueh managed to exact vengeance on the man that killed his wife.

Behind The ScenesEdit

Unpublished ScenesEdit

An unpublished scene from Dune, included in The Road to Dune, includes Piter de Vries describing a scene from when he was five years old to Baron Harkonnen. De Vries recalls witnessing his mother, a concubine, falling from a balcony to her death in the courtyard he was playing. He uses the event as a metaphor for Duke Leto's fate - that a person falling is already dead. De Vries believes that the only point in the fall that is of importance is the toppling, since it is then when you can push or rescue the person about to fall. He mentions that the Duke is already falling, due to his inclusion in the House Harkonnen and House Corrino plots.

In Other MediaEdit

In the 1984 Dune movie, Piter de Vries was portrayed by Academy Award nominated actor Brad Dourif.

The mentat mantra he recites in the film is as follows:

"It is by will alone I set my mind in motion. It is by the juice of Sapho that thoughts acquire speed, the lips acquire stains, stains become a warning. It is by will alone I set my mind in motion."

Jan Unger portrayed Piter in the Frank Herbert's Dune miniseries.

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