"I've got this beautiful panoramic three-dimensional painting of Mars based on Martian photos. It's 30 feet wide. You can pick out every pebble on the Martian landscape. And who'd have dreamed you could do that?"
The inhabitants of the Hive seldom venture above ground in the daylight; some are poorly equipped to encounter other humans. But night is a good time to sweep the grounds near the entrance for food - and for intruders.
The weapons that Herbert provides the Hive members serve to build the sense of strange, alien creatures who - in going above ground - are entering a realm that is strange to them.
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