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Atreides, Duke Leto

The ruler of the House Atreides when the story begins. Leto is described as "a man of surpassing warmth and surprising coldness" in notes from Irulan. He is much loved by his fellow nobles but is always on his guard. The few short weeks that he lives in Dune are some of his worst - he is putting his beloved love and only child into harm's way, and has to pretend to distrust his love as a traitor.

Duke Leto Atreides has never married for political reasons, but loves Lady Jessica, his consort. Together they have had a single child - Leto's son, Paul.

Duke Leto is killed by a the traitor Dr. Yueh on the planet Arrakis.

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