Freakzilla wrote:Paul NEVER saw Leto in any prescient vision.
But how likely is that? What hid Leto from the Oracle?
Likely or not it's what FH wrote in DM.
He wasn't Siona, it would take nearly 4 millenia to produce a Siona.
And she wasn't prescient.
Now you get into all sorts of possibilities related to free will. If Muad'Dib really could see all possible futures, he had to see Leto's. But if he couldn't see futures created by the free will of another Oracle, okay, let's give Frank that one.
I agree, chalk one up for Frank.
But to me it all looks like dancing around bluntly making the point that Paul balked at the last moment at something too terrible to do, knowing his son would do it instead.
He tried to stop him in CoD but didn't realize it was necessary until Leto told him.
To me, G-E makes clear some things that Children sort of muddled. Siona was only necessary to prevent one *particular* holocaust, based on Ixian devices that mimic the Oracle's prescient ability and use it to track humans.
No, the "Ixian" holocaust what what Leto's metamorphasis prevented. The vision she saw was a possible past Leto prevented, IMO. He showed it to her to justify his existance and his actions.
The Scattering was necessary to prevent all the other possible holocausts that could wipe us out while we were restricted to a very small area of space.
No, that's what the Siona Gene and no-fields did.
Leto's millenial breeding programs were not *just* to produce Siona, but to evolve human beings with a longing to travel and a deep distrust of central authority.
No, that wasn't bred into all humans, Leto forbidding space travel for 3,500 years was enough to do that and the INM and no-field enabled it.
I think Paul could have accepted the sandtrout skin and "only" a few millenia of being The Worm, and that would have achieved both Siona and the Scattering .... but he just couldn't deal with the horror of being imprisoned forever in helpless pearls of awareness, and Leto could.
Paul couldn't be cruel just for the sake of it because he was a noble, Leto could because he was a Fremen.