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— H. Beam Piper, Space Viking

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Image - Space Viking by John Schoenherr

Space Viking cover illustration by John Schoenherr, from original serialization in Analog Science Fact — Science Fiction, November 1962, served by Christy Champoise.

The Sword-Worlds are a those twelve planets settled by the descendants of System States Alliance refugees who fled Terran Federation space with the remnants of the Alliance navy at the end of the System States War in 854 Atomic Era (AE).  The Sword-Worlds gave rise to the Space Vikings who eventually returned to raid the worlds of the Old Federation after its collapse in the Interstellar Wars.

In Space Viking, Excalibur is identified as the original Sword-World: "at the end of the Big War . . . [ten] thousand men and women on Abigor, refusing to surrender, had taken the remnant of the System States Alliance navy to space, seeking a world the Federation had never heard of and wouldn't find for a long time.  That had been the world they had called Excalibur."

In Piper's Empire-era novella "A Slave is a Slave," the Sword-Worlds are remembered as having beein "settled by refugee rebels from the System States planets.  Mostly they had been soldiers and spacemen; there had been many women with them, and many were skilled technicians, engineers, scientists.  They had managed to carry off considerable equipment with them, and for three centuries they had lived in isolation, spreading over a dozen hitherto undiscovered planets."  Curtana was named for one of the "fabulous blades of Old Terran legend."

In Space Viking, Durendal is described as one of the earliest settled Sword-Words, having been settled along with Joyuese and Flamberge by the grandchildren of the original settlers of Excalibur.  Haulteclere is described in Space Viking as having been originally settled by colonists from Joyeuse in the second wave of Sword-Worlds colonization.  Settlers from Haulteclere eventually went on to colonize Gram.

In the Empire-era yarn "Ministry of Disturbance," the historical Sword-Worlders are remembered as having "lived in isolation, spreading over a dozen hitherto undiscovered planets."  In Space Viking, the Sword-Worlders are described as "three and a half billion people spread out on twelve planets."  Only ten of the Sword-Worlds are mentioned by name in the novel.  An eleventh Sword-World, Quernbiter, is mentioned in "A Slave is a Slave."  The name of the twelfth Sword-World remains unknown.

Marduk is a "civilized planet," one of the less than "a dozen and a half planets in the Old Federation that still have hyperdrive" and one of the "worlds which had maintained the culture of the Terran Federation uninterruptedly."

Aton is a "civilized planet," one of the less than "a dozen and a half planets in the Old Federation that still have hyperdrive" and one of the "worlds which had maintained the culture of the Terran Federation uninterruptedly."



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