Ms. Midshipwoman Harrington
From the Highlands
Changer of Worlds

"Changer of Worlds", written by David Weber, is the fourth and last short story in the third Honorverse anthology, also named Changer of Worlds and published in 2001.


The treecat Branch Leaper, a young scout of the Bright Water Clan, realizes that a mated pair of 'cats with powerful mind-glows approaches. He soon encounters Laughs Brightly, known to humans as Nimitz, and his mate Golden Voice, also known as Samantha. They have returned to the People's world to meet with the elders of the clan.

Once they arrive at Bright Water's central nesting place, they are greeted by Wind of Memory, the clan's senior memory singer, who instantly senses the power of their bond. However, several members of the clan, including Echo of Time, another elder, do little to hide their disapproval; as a memory singer who decided to go out into the world of the "two-legs" and bond with one of them, Samantha is rather uncommon. She explains, however, that she stands with her decisions. The other 'cats learn of how she suffered after the death of Harold Tschu, her first human person, and how Nimitz's enduring love saved her life in the difficult time that followed.

At this point, Nimitz and Samantha explain the true purpose of their coming: they want to convince their fellow 'cats to finally end their "great deception" and reveal their true intelligence to the humans. Bark Master and other elders heavily oppose that suggestion. After hearing first-hand testimony of the perils and dangers of the ongoing First Havenite-Manticoran War, and the possible annihilation the war entails for their race, the 'cats make the momentous decision to extend their territory off-world and "colonize" other worlds: after a lengthy discussion, the clan elders support Nimitz' and Samantha's plan to found a colony in Harrington Steading on the planet Grayson.

The couple then returns to the Harrington homestead and is greeted by Honor Harrington, not knowing that her treecat friends have just begun to forever change their world.


At only about 9,600 words, Changer of World, which details events taking place during the timeframe of the novel In Enemy Hands, is one of the shortest Honorverse stories. Apart from a very minor appearance by Honor Harrington at the very end, it features no human characters except for those mentioned in dialogue by the treecats.



Bark Master | Branch Leaper | Climbs Quickly | Crooked Tail | Death Fang's Bane | Echo of Time | Honor Harrington (Dances on Clouds) | Nimitz (Laughs Brightly) | Samantha (Golden Voice) | Songstress | Swift Darter | Wind of Memory



Bright Water Clan | First Havenite-Manticoran War | Death Fang's Bane Clan | memory singer | Sun Leaf Clan | treecat

Main Honor Harrington series
HH1 On Basilisk Station HH8 Echoes of Honor
HH2 The Honor of the Queen HH9 Ashes of Victory
HH3 The Short Victorious War HH10 War of Honor
HH4 Field of Dishonor HH11 At All Costs
HH5 Flag in Exile HH12 Mission of Honor
HH6 Honor Among Enemies HH13 A Rising Thunder
HH7 In Enemy Hands HH14 Uncompromising Honor
Spin off Series
Crown of Slaves Star Kingdom
CS1 Crown of Slaves SK1 A Beautiful Friendship
CS2 Torch of Freedom SK2 Fire Season
CS3 Cauldron of Ghosts SK3 Treecat Wars
CS4 To End In Fire SK4 A New Clan
Saganami Island Manticore Ascendant
SI1 The Shadow of Saganami MA1 A Call to Duty
SI2 Storm from the Shadows MA2 A Call to Arms
SI3 Shadow of Freedom MA3 A Call to Vengeance
SI4 Shadow of Victory MA4 A Call to Insurrection
HHA1 More Than Honor HHA5 In Fire Forged
HHA2 Worlds of Honor HHA6 Beginnings
HHA3 Changer of Worlds HHA7 What Price Victory?
HHA4 The Service of the Sword
Tales of Honor Comic Series
TOH1 Tales of Honor #1 TOH4 Tales of Honor #4
TOH2 Tales of Honor #2 TOH5 Tales of Honor #5
TOH3 Tales of Honor #3 TOHV1 Tales of Honor Vol 1