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Atreides

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    This noble house hailing from Caladan employs unlikely methods in its struggle to secure Arrakis: noble spirit, just ways and unfailing virtue. Ruling its homeworld Caladan for ten generations with justice and generosity, House Atreides has perfected a form of government that results in a well-organized society and a spiritually satisfied people. Little wonder that Caladan is the lush, prosperous paradise that it is.
    Such conditions have inspired a fierce loyalty in the people, making the Atreides' army one of the most devoted -- and deadly -- in the universe. These qualities have inspired ire in Atreides' foes, such as the Harkonnen, but admiration in the would-be allies such as the natives of Arrakis, the Fremen. The devotion of Atreides' troops are matched by the House's formidable military, which boasts an exceptional air force of Ornithopters and respectable array of ground vehicles. But the Atreides' fighting spirit and unflinching belief in its claim to Arrakis are its best weapons.

Ordos

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    These aristocrats of the universe are shrouded in mystery and speculation -- which is just how the statesmen of Ordos want to keep it. Run by a secretive cartel of the rich and powerful who specialize in trade and smuggling, House Ordos has no identifiable leader. Even the citizens on this ice-coated, remote planet have little grasp on who controls their fate.
    What is known, however, is that the reclusive elite of Ordos has at its disposal radical new technologies that it hopes will put all of Arrakis in its hands. Buying illegal armaments from the House of Ix, the Ordos equips it troops with high-tech weaponry that puts the Harkonnen and Atreides technology to shame. However, money can't buy loyalty: Ordos troops desert with alarming frequency, and, despite its wealth, the Ordos' military strength is shaky at best.

Harkonnen

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    The House Harkonnen is built on a simple foundation of fear and terror, two tactics that make the Baron Harkonnen's troops that much more dangerous: risk death on the battlefield, or suffer a slow, excruciating death in the Baron's chambers as he watches with relish. With an order based on treachery, soldiers rise through the ranks through deceit, trickery and, if necessary, assassination. The ruthlessness of the Harkonnen army is legendary; but the rumors of its illegal atomic weaponry are more frightening still.
    Hailing from an industrial wasteland of a planet called Giedi Prime, The House Harkonnen is much like its Baron: cold, ruthless, egomaniacal, but brilliant and lethally efficient. Most of all, it's driven by a kanly ,or vendetta, against House Atreides, which the Harkonnen feel has taken a piece of what's rightly theirs: the whole planet of Arrakis.