Held in high esteem since the earliest days of the new Imperium, House Atreides has produced a long line of honourable scions. Universally beloved by its subjects, the House has ruled its ancestral siridar-fief, the Duchy of Caladan, for some 26 generations. Not known for being one of the wealthier Houses, the Atreides have long been esteemed for their honourable conduct, and has held the respect of its Landsraad peers since the Battle of Corrin long ago.
Recognized for their fairness, morality, and unflagging sense of justice, other members of the Landsraad often turn to the Atreides for leadership in times of crisis. The House is currently beginning to feel the burden such leadership brings. Widely admired among the more placid Houses for taking a firm stand during the Ginaz Incident (as the Atreides call the Ginaz- Moritani War of Assassins), the political repercussions among the more powerful Houses remain uncertain. While open action on the part of its enemies remains doubtful, covert movement and intrigue are another matter. As Menelaus Atreides himself once said during an early Council session: “Calling the Landsraad an ‘august body’—now that’s duplicity.”