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This article is about the House. For the book of the same name, see Dune: House Harkonnen
House Harkonnen in the Dune Encyclopaedia
According to the Dune Encyclopaedia, the Harkonnens claim descent from Count Palaigo Corrino, grandfather of Sheuset I, founder and first ruler of the empire; according to their traditions, Sheuset's father, Count Costin, was a demibrother of Harkonnen Obeshev, the first Harkonnen mentioned in historical records; according to the source, this claim has not been proved, however, and instead it is also mentioned that Obeshev could have actually been the son of a trashman who seduced one of Costin's daughters or sisters. The Harkonnens further claim common ancestry with the Corrinos in the Palaiologoi, the last ruling house of the Byzantine Empire, via Constantine XI's younger brother, Thomas Palaiologos. Finally, through Harkonnen Obeshev's wife, Lisia Pozzo di Borgo, this family claims descent from Kiril' Romanov, cousin to Nikolai Q, Russia's last tsar, and heir to his empty throne.
The source of the Atreides-Harkonnen feud is, however, similar to the Legends of Dune series, whereby Abulurd Harkonnen disgraces himself and the human forces are saved by an Atreides, in this case Demetrios Atreides.
House Harkonnen in the Prequels
House Harkonnen in the Dune Film
House Harkonnen in the Dune Miniseries
House Harkonnen in the Dune Games
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Cancelled video games
Being one of the most important of the Great Houses in the Duniverse, House Harkonnen are featured in every Dune game, either as a playable side, or as an enemy.
Frank Herbert's Dune
House Harkonnen features prominently in the role playing game, Frank Herbert's Dune, as the game takes place within the storyline of the first Dune book. The majority of enemies faced during the game are Harkonnen foot soldiers, although later in the game you face Glossu Rabban.
Emperor: Battle For Dune
In Emperor: Battle for Dune, House Harkonnen are led by Baron Rakan Harkonnen, as well as his cousins Copec and Gunseng. These characters are similar in appearance and personality to Vladimir, Feyd-Rautha, and Rabban.