One of the Bene Gesserit compares Vlad to the former and says he wouldn't let himself get fat. Rabban is described as headed in the same direction as Vlad and eventually will need one of those floating suits too.
(The kind of people who bitch about fat-shaming in fiction have complained a lot about the Baron because everything about his physical condition from his fat to his other disgusting skin conditions is portrayed as if it is a moral failing, and in the book actually is. LGBT people have bitched because he's portrayed as sinister and evil for being gay, which isn't really true, as the main thing wrong with him is he's a predatory pedophile.)
Popping into add my Dune spergery.
Herbert also wrote another character mentioning that the Baron had let himself become fat because he enjoyed how uncomfortable it made other people.
POVs in Dune are not reliable.
Fuck Kevin J Anderson.
If the Bene Gesserit wanted his DNA why didn’t they break both his arms and rape him instead.
The BG don’t exactly have sex in that “enthusiastic consent way” except when they, rarely, find someone they kind of like but if the Baron’s kink was rape I have no problem believing that they’d let him think he raped an Adept.
Otherwise, I think raping a BG would lead to a very horrible dick-ectomy via vaginal contraction.
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