A successor in essence to the less famous Gratha, the Hhriss represented another attempt by the Kilrathi Empire to replicate the 'technology over numbers' strategy made effective by humanity. Hhriss units began entering service in 2655 aboard newly updated Snakeir-Class Carriers (this deployment tactic would be repeated in 2668, with the Vatari/Hakaga pairing). The Terran Confederation first encountered the Hhriss during fighting in the Ardai System; the design would become well known soon after, as both regular and Drakhai Hhriss units flocked to Firekka as part of the show of force behind the Sivar-Eshrad ceremony.
Though the Hhriss never saw wide-scale use, it still holds a place in the small collection of Kilrathi fighters truly respected by their Terran opponents.
Recent evidence has come to light that purposeful dfects in design, composites and metalurgy were introduced into the design by enslaved Varni scientists in an attempt to gain some small measure of justice for the widespread slaughter of the Varni people.
"A few cycles is all it will take. Their strength will crumble to dust, their power will turn to bitter ash. Their structures will not hold shape.
Eventually, the Kilrathi will know the reasons why. We will not survive. We pray that you will find this message. That a million years from now you might finally learn the terrible price for this small, unknown victory. That you might remember us.
The final gasp of the Varni was one of defiance. We pray it was not in vain."
-Valar Nongunongu Vlarharris'nor'tkloke' een'w'hatah'k'zltat, last Scientist of the Varni.