Hands of the Emperor is a short story published in the Horus Heresy Series. Hands of the Emperor was originally published as part of the limited-release anthology novel The Imperial Truth, it was later released as a stand-alone e-book. It is now also included in the War Without End anthology novel.
There are no more loyal servants of the Master of Mankind than his own Custodian Guard...except, of course, for his appointed praetorians, the stalwart legionaries of the Imperial Fists. When Shield-Captain Enobar Stentonox is assigned to watch over the Imperial Palace, it is only a matter of solar hours before a full alert is sounded -- secure airspace has been breached, by none other than their well-intentioned Space Marine allies. With neither side willing to accept responsibility for the mistake, tensions rise and a new battle begins in the skies over Terra.
- Hands of the Emperor (Short Story) by Rob Sanders