The Horned Akiss was a military spaceship built by the Race and deployed in orbit around Home to guard against any aggression by the American Tosevites starship Admiral Peary, the first spacecraft not of Race manufacture to enter the Tau Ceti system. It was named for the akiss, a beast of Race mythology comparable to the dragon of Earth legend. Its commander was Medium Spaceship Commander Henrep.
During the early stages of the Admiral Peary's mission to Home, the crew of the Horned Akiss had several exchanges with the Tosevite starship. The Americans took advantage of some of these exchanges to ply the Race with ginger.