The Caladan Frigate Bird

The Atreides homeworld of Caladan is a world of seas and storms. And the Atreides have been known for millennia for their prowess with ornithopters. “So,” I wondered, “How do these ideas meet?”

And so I bring you the Caladan Frigate Bird.

Real world frigate birds are really neat. They stay aloft over the ocean for weeks at a time. They have 2m wingspans. Their throats inflate into a crimson balloon to look sexy.

In a DUNE context, they should be…even more so. This is the first of a couple of studies leading to the design of an Atreides ornithopter.

What are heroes like in The Fifth World? Absent sedentary, agrarian life, how do their culture heroes demonstrate the values of their society?
Flying machines are probably not unknown in The Fifth World. They know about textiles, of course, and there’s abundant bamboo. And, thanks to the Libarrian tribes, they can study the abstract aspects of flight, which is important because some of them are pretty counterintuitive.

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