The To Seek, To Find class High Endurance Research Cruiser (HRC) is the heart of the High Guard's intergalactic exploration efforts. Capable of long-term, independent operations far from established Slipstream portals in uncharted regions of space, the High Endurance Research Cruisers are equipped for the study of any new scientific phenomenon or research opportunity. Although well armed in the interest of their own self-defense, these vessels are crewed primarily by civilian scientists and engineers. Traditionally, the commanding officer of an High Endurance Research Cruiser is also the Chief Scientist and is supported by an Argosy executive officer who oversees the crew and combat operations. An High Endurance Research Cruiser can be recalled for combat duty, but only in the direst emergencies.