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This is a Random Event.

Occurs in:

  1. Civilian Sector
  2. Pirate Controlled Sector
  3. Slug Controlled Nebula
  4. Slug Home Nebula
  5. Rock Controlled Sector
  6. Rock Homeworlds
    Can also occur at an exit beacon and as a filler event in any sector.

This event can start with either of the following event introductions:

  • You arrive in the system to see a pirate ship pursuing a civilian ship. You detect messages from the civilian ship on a distress frequency.
  • Scanners indicate that a battle is taking place nearby. It seems that someone is under attack by space pirates.
  • You detect two ships, one chasing the other... Scanners show the pursuer is a pirate!
  • There are only two ships within range and they seem to be engaged in battle. One of them has the markings of a space pirate.
  • You arrive at the next beacon only to immediately be hailed by a small shuttle. "Help us! We are being attacked by pirates!"
  • You come out of the jump to see laser blasts coming from the other side of the beacon. It looks like someone is under attack from pirates.

  1. Aid the civilian ship.
  2. Stay out of it.
    • The fight brings them out of your immediate scanning range. After a time the distress calls stop.
      • Nothing happens.

Contact the civilian ship[]

  • The ship you saved was badly damaged in the battle. Most of the crew accepts your offer to be dropped off at a nearby station. One offers to join your crew.
    1. Welcome aboard!
      • The survivor gets on board the ship.
    2. Decline their request
      • Nothing happens.
  • The ship that the pirate was assaulting was a science vessel. They thank you for saving them and offer a small reward.
  • It seems the crew did not survive the assault. You take what you can from the remains of the ship.
  • They respond, "It's a good thing you came when you did; we'd be dead now otherwise. I'm a shipwright and I'd like to help you like you helped me."
    • The captain offers to install a piece of equipment on your ship.
  • "This sector has become increasingly dangerous for friends of the Federation. I think my crew can patch up some of your hull damage as thanks."
    • Your ship is repaired for 5 hull damage.
  • The civilian ship wisely made a fast retreat while you distracted the hostile ship.
    • Nothing happens.


This event is very similar to the distress beacon event: 'Distress: Civilian Ship Chased by Pirate' but is not identical: the "Improved Weapons" blue option only appears on the other one.
This event is called "PIRATE_CIVILIAN" in the datafiles.