Arks Mechanicus are incredibly large, nigh-mythical ships that are said to endlessly search the stars as part of the Adeptus Mechanicus's Quest for Knowledge. Led by a Venerated Archmagos Explorator, they track down any hint that may lead to the Holy Grail of the Cult Mechanicus: a working Standard Template Construct.
Filled with the best technology that the Adeptus Mechanicus can create, the weapons of an Ark Mechanicus are stronger and longer-ranged than even Imperial Battleships, and their defenses are significantly stronger. An Ark Mechanicus class vessel is equipped with a Nova Cannon, four Lance batteries, and two Weapons Batteries. This makes these rarely-seen ships truly mighty opponents on the rare occasions that their journeys are interrupted by battle.
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- 2: Priests of Mars (Novel) by Graham McNeill
- 2a: Chapter 1
- 3: The Beheading (Novel) Chapter 5