Explorator Fleets are Fleets of the Adeptus Mechanicus and overseen by Explorators. These Fleets seek to explore regions of the galaxy unclaimed by the Imperium of Man, often venturing into uncharted and dangerous Xenos territory. Upon contact with a new civilization, Explorator Fleets will typically judge its value, habitation levels, and request that a warfleet arrive and cleanse the planet of any alien civilizations.
The first Explorator Fleets were dispatched from Mars during the Age of Strife. While Terra was still overcome by civil war and rampages by Techno-barbarians, Mars had fallen under the control of the Adeptus Mechanicus. The Tech Priests, wishing to discover lost technology and restore humanity's domain, dispatched exploration fleets into the Warp and even plundered the surface of Terra for STC's.
Known Explorator Fleet Vessels
- Land's Vision - Discovered the primitive Tau in M35.
- Tomioka - Exepedtion led by Magos Telok. Declared lost in M38[3b].
- Speranza - Led expedition into the Halo Worlds in M41.[3a]
- 1: Codex: Necrons (5th Edition) pg.25
- 2: Codex: Tau Empire (4th Edition) pg.4-5
- 3: Priests of Mars (Novel) by Graham McNeill
- 3a: Ch1. Pg.20
- 3b: Prologue
- 4: The Horus Heresy Book One - Betrayal pg.17