Promised Land
With One Stone
A Ship Named Francis
Let's Go To Prague
The Service of the Sword

"The Service of the Sword", written by David Weber, is the sixth and last short story in the fourth Honorverse anthology, also named The Service of the Sword and published in 2003.

Timeframe: mid-1918 PD

Plot[edit | edit source]

Midshipwoman Abigail Hearns, the first Grayson-born female officer in the Grayson Space Navy, is assigned to the HMS Gauntlet for her midshipman cruise. Hearns initially resents the ship's CO, Captain Michael Oversteegen, as she perceives him to be among the group of Manticoran officers who behave in a condescending or contemptuous manner towards Graysons.

Gauntlet is sent to the Tiberian System to investigate the disappearance of the Havenite transport Windhover and the Erewhonese destroyer Star Warrior. Oversteegen directs Hearns, accompanied by Marine Sergeant Mateo Gutierrez, to lead the initial negotiating party with the Fellowship of the Elect, a religious society who form the system's sole inhabitants on the planet Refuge. The Elect are cooperative, but unable to provide any particular information.

Unbeknownst to the Manticorans, Manpower Incorporated is using the system as a staging area for one of their operations, with four Gladiator-class heavy cruisers crewed by hired Silesian pirates; it was these pirates who destroyed the Windhover and the Star Warrior. Two of the cruisers return to the system after a pirate raid; Gauntlet detects their hyper footprints and moves to investigate. Haicheng Ringstorff, the Manpower agent supervising the operation, orders all four pirate cruisers to engage.

When he discovers the threat he faces, Oversteegen orders Hearns and her party to take cover on Refuge. Gauntlet engages the pirates and destroys the Fortune Hunter, but is significantly damaged in the process. She escapes into hyperspace with two more cruisers pursuing; the Predator, unable to follow, instead moves to Refuge and begins searching for the Manticoran landing party.

The Manticorans are discovered, and the pirates begin pursuing them on the ground. In order to ensure the survival of at least some of her personnel, Hearns leads a decoy force to lure the pirates away from her companions. She and Gutierrez engage in a running battle with the pirates for several hours. Just when it seems they are about to be finally overrun, a badly damaged Gauntlet returns after having defeated her pursuers, and destroys the Predator. The remaining pirates are thus forced to surrender.

Hearns is returned to Manticore, having reconciled with her captain. She takes her oath as a Grayson officer and is presented with the Conspicuous Gallantry Medal in the presence of Oversteegen, her father Steadholder Owens, Queen Elizabeth, and Steadholder Harrington.

References[edit | edit source]

Characters[edit | edit source]

Abbott | Karl Aitschuler | Valeria Atkins | Howard Cates| Chantal | George Franklin | Arpad Grigovakis | Mateo Gutierrez | Honor Harrington | Abigail Hearns | Edward Janacek | Michael Janvier | Justinian | Dangpiam Kitpon | Shobhana Korrami | George Lithgow | Madison | Wesley Matthews | Dongcai Maurersberger | Merriwell | Juliette Morakis | Samson Lamar | Lewiston | Michael Oversteegen | Palmer | Eloise Pritchart | Posner | Haicheng Ringstorff | Roth | Tim St. Claire | Serena Sandoval | Seago | Stevenson | Templeton | Thrush | Tillotson | Jerome Tyler | Tyson | Vassari | Linda Watson | Williams | Wilson

Starships[edit | edit source]

Stations[edit | edit source]

Planets[edit | edit source]

Nations[edit | edit source]

Other[edit | edit source]

Fellowship of the Elect | Manpower Incorporated | Royal Manticoran Navy | Tiberian System | Battle of Tiberian

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 Fools In Peril
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
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