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This is a Random Event.

Occurs in:

  1. Civilian Sector
  2. Pirate Controlled Sector
  3. Rebel Controlled Sector
  4. Rebel Stronghold
  5. Mantis Controlled Sector
  6. Mantis Homeworlds
  7. Rock Controlled Sector
  8. Rock Homeworlds
  9. Uncharted Nebula
    at a distress beacon. The Long-Range Scanners will say The "Possible Ship Detected" icon showed by the Long-Range Scanners. "Possible Ship Detected".

Once you arrive at the location of the distress call a civilian ship hails you, "Thanks for responding to our beacon. Our FTL navigation has gone haywire and we can't plot a course to the nearest depot to get it fixed. Could you lead us there?"

  1. Lead them to their destination.
    • "Take this bit of scrap as a down-payment. We'll use your jump signatures to follow you. You're really helping us out here."
  2. Decline.
    • "Alright... If you're not going that way I guess it can't be helped. We'll just wait for the next ship to come."
      • Nothing happens.
  3. (Advanced FTL Navigation) Have your navigation software calculate and upload route instructions to their ship.
    • "We're receiving your transmission... Wow, I didn't know that chain-jumping was possible with this class of ship. We'll get back in a single jump! Thank you so much, please accept this."


  • You escort the ship to the requested beacon. Much to your dismay you are ambushed by a Rebel ship. You walked right into their trap!
  • Shortly after you arrive, the ship you were escorting jumps nearby. They thank you for your help and offer you a reward.
  • The ship you were escorting thanks you, "I don't think we could have made it without your help. Let my friends patch up some of your hull and show you their wares."
    • Your ship is repaired for 5 hull damage and a store opens.
  • You arrive and the ship you were escorting jumps in behind you. "Thanks for the help. We work at a nearby fusion power plant, we could try to improve your reactor's output as a form of compensation."
    • You reactor is upgraded by 1 level.


This event is called "ESCORT_BEACON" in the datafiles.

If the Long-Range_Scanners (or a revealed sector map event) detects a ship at the quest beacon then it's a trap.