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The Fremen are a group of people in the fictional Dune universe created by Frank Herbert. First appearing in the 1965 novel Dune, the Fremen inhabit the desert planet Arrakis and are based on the desert-dwelling Bedouin and Kalahari Bushmen. The Fremen come to the planet thousands of years before the events of the novel Dune as the Zensunni Wanderers, a religious sect in retreat. As humans in extremis, over time they adapt their culture and way of life to survive and thrive in the incredibly harsh conditions of Arrakis. The Fremen are distinguished by their fierce fighting abilities and adeptness at survival in these conditions, rendering them even better soldiers than the Imperial Sardaukar. With water such a rare commodity on the planet, their culture revolves around its preservation and conservation.
The Fremen were mentioned a number of times during the race for the Gem; one Imperial soldier describing their "beliefs... concerning the Gem", although this was not followed up in full.