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In the movie, Dune, we see a large group of Sardaukar soldiers anticipate a battle ritual, where priests collect blood from crucified dead people and paint blood onto Sardaukar foreheads.

Who are those dead people?

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Those are Sardaukar who didn't succeed, apparently.

According to Wikipedia:

the Sardaukar troops are the most formidable professional military in the universe in that time. They are secretly trained on the inhospitable Imperial prison planet Salusa Secundus, and the harsh conditions there ensure that only the strongest and most "ferocious" men survive. Sardaukar training emphasizes ruthlessness, near-suicidal disregard for personal safety, and the use of cruelty as a standard weapon in order to weaken opponents with terror.

See also https://dune.fandom.com/wiki/Sardaukar (beware: spoilers for the rest of Dune's story); https://www.denofgeek.com/movies/dune-the-sardaukar-are-scarier-than-you-realize/ , etc.

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  • did not succeed? you meant there was a harsh selection process to become a Saudukar
    – Yu Zhang
    Nov 5 at 11:22
  • @YuZhang They're elite warriors, apparently about half of them don't make it through training.
    – BCdotWEB
    Nov 5 at 11:57
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    @YuZhang, it's not a selection process as such. Salusa Secundus is a desolate prison planet. The "inmates" are already tough due to the nature of their crimes, and the environment and conditions are bleak and tough (much like Arrakis) and only the strongest of those survive.
    – Darren
    Nov 5 at 14:41

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