The Hand of God 137 was an Idiran Type 5 light cruiser.[1] active during the Idiran-Culture War. It was the 137th ship to bear the name. Due to Idiran naming practices over a hundred ships bore the same name at the time of the The Hand of God 137's destruction.[1]


Main article: Raid on Sorpen

During the Idiran-Culture War, The Hand of God 137 detached from the 93rd Fleet to Sorpen to rescue Idiran agent Horza and bombard a number of cities with fusion bombs. As it withdrew back to the fleet it was attacked by the GCU Nervous Energy. Idiran Naval Intelligence knew the GCU was in the area but the Culture ship avoided detection by hiding in the local star.[1] Nervous Energy captured a heavily damaged The Hand of God 137.[2]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Consider Phlebas, chapter 2
  2. Consider Phlebas, Dramatis personae