The Exploration Corps, or ExplorCorps, was an archaeological and research branch of the Jedi Service Corps maintained by the Jedi Order and overseen by the Council of Reassignment. With bases on nearly every Ordnance/Regional Depot throughout the galaxy, the ExplorCorps had a long history of uncovering ancient civilizations and finding new ones.
Because of the nature of the ExplorCorps, this branch of the Service Corps did not have a large headquarters where its members would be stationed at for long periods of times. Instead, members of this group lived aboard scout ships which roamed the galaxy, making stops along the way at bases located on most of the ORD worlds. Additionally, the ExplorCorps maintained a fleet of praxeum ships, or mobile training academies. These academies were used to train those Jedi Initiates who had failed the Trials at the traditional academy and were reassigned for a different type of learning. These individuals were later assigned piloting roles aboard the ships, or turned their talents to other duties while ranking Jedi used their more advanced knowledge of the Force to complete many more tasks.
Three Corellian Colonizer ships were in service during the time preceding the Ruusan Reformation; the Beneficia, the Luminosity, and the Silikan Stillness. The pride and joy of the ExplorCorps, these ships were all that remained of the thirteen ships used prior to the New Sith Wars. Because they were meant to help in troublespots, the ships were equipped with laser and ion cannons as well as hangars for several lightweight starfighters. As time passed and the Golden Age of the Old Republic dispelled memories of the horrors of the Sith, the Order began the construction of a new ship at the Abhean Shipyards. Once complete, the Sunburris, named after Jedi ace Crix Sunburris and later renamed the Chu'unthor, would cruise along the stars for several centuries.
Membership amongst the ExplorCorps was mostly made up of Jedi Ambassadors, aces, and researchers interested in the study of new cultures and the acquisition of new member states to the Galactic Republic. Because they wandered deep into uncharted territory, the members of this branch saw the most combat out of all the Service Corps. Because of this, the Corps attracted many ranking members of the Order, including prestigious Knights and Masters.
Because of their close association with the Intergalactic Zoological Society, the ExplorCorps had a facility located on Mycroft. In addition, the Corps worked with both the Republic Survey Corps and the Academy of Jedi Archaeology; the latter would uncover relics with the ExplorCorps before turning over their findings to the Educational Corps.
After the execution of Order 66 and the rise of the Galactic Empire, the ExplorCorps was dissolved and all its members were executed, or went into hiding. Decades later when the Order was rebuilt, Grand Master Luke Skywalker opted not to reform the ExplorCorps in favor of incorporating the ideas of both groups into the mainstream Jedi Order.
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