Water for the Dead

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The play Water for the Dead (10302 AG) by Harq al-Harba tells of the intertwined lives of Vladimir Harkonnen and Alia Atreides.

In Act I, Vladimir appears as a slim, athletic, handsome youth, in Act III he has become the hulking monstrosity killed by the infant Alia.

In the last Act, we see the gradual effects of her possession only through the actions of Alia; but in the climactic scene she begins to dance with an invisible partner. As she spins, her robes billow forth, gradually changing in color (through the use of a selective Holtzman Effect field) from black to red. As she completes her final turn, the face she presents to the audience is not that of Alia, but that of Vladimir from Act I.



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