Ms. Midshipwoman Harrington
From the Highlands
Changer of Worlds

"Nightfall", written by David Weber, is the second story in the third Honorverse anthology Changer of Worlds, published in 2001.

Recounting the events surrounding Esther McQueen's coup attempt and Oscar Saint-Just's subsequent accession to power, it was most likely originally part of the novel Ashes of Victory, but was cut to save space.


The ambitious Havenite Admiral Esther McQueen carefully plans a coup against the Committee of Public Safety. She wants to wait till all preparations are made, but is forced to make her move before time when news arrives that StateSec director Oscar Saint-Just prepares to have her arrested and tried with falsified evidence. Her troops fight against StateSec forces commanded by Saint-Just throughout the streets of the capital city of Nouveau Paris.

Robert Pierre is killed in the fighting. The overthrow of the Committee seems imminent and civil war is about to break loose in the People's Republic of Haven, until Oscar Saint-Just destroys the rebels by blowing up the Octagon with a hidden nuclear warhead, killing 1,300,000 citizens of the city along with them.

In the end, General Rachel Speer, commander of the StateSec Ground Forces in the area, screens Saint-Just to confirm the detonation, calling him "Citizen Chairman", thus recognizing him as the new leader of the People's Republic of Haven.



Adamson | Azhari | Bouchard | Ivan Bukato | Kevin Caminetti | Gerard Conflans | Angelica Constantine | Gregory Constantine | Wanda Farley | Hannah Flanders | Erasmus Fontein | Amanda Graveson | Alina Gricou | Henderson | Esther McQueen | Amos Parnell | Rob S. Pierre | Rubin | Oscar Saint-Just | Rachel Speer | John Stillman | Mikis Tsakakis | Yazov | Yuan



Bank Shot | Capital Fleet | Committee of Public Safety | Leveler Rising | Nouveau Paris | Octagon | Office of State Security | State Security Ground Forces

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 HHA4 The Service of the Sword
HHA2 Worlds of Honor HHA5 In Fire Forged
HHA3 Changer of Worlds HHA6 Beginnings
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