LOL! Well I definitely wanted him to be "racially ambiguous"... I figure that millenia from now, we won't be so defined by our racial heritage than that, possibly, our homeworld of origin. But yeah, the look was definitely a homage to the quote from Dune Messiah and the ancient tradition of swordsmanship from asia.
Haha, exactly. Futuristic scifi worlds with the exact same clearly defined "races" that we know today always strike me as funny. And it seems like a lot of artists completely disregard written description--this is the first time I've ever seen Duncan portrayed with the kind of Asian(?)-tinged ambiguity described in Messiah, despite the fact that the shape of his eyes is one of the most specific characteristics given.
Love it. He's one of my favorites and I totally have a literary crush on him whoops