This is a Random Event. Occurs in:

  1. Civilian Sector
  2. Engi Controlled Sector
  3. Engi Homeworlds
  4. Zoltan Controlled Sector
  5. Zoltan Homeworlds
  6. Pirate Controlled Sector
  7. Rebel Controlled Sector
  8. Rebel Stronghold
  9. Mantis Controlled Sector
  10. Mantis Homeworlds
  11. Rock Controlled Sector
  12. Rock Homeworlds
  13. Uncharted Nebula
  14. Slug Controlled Nebula
  15. Slug Home Nebula
    Can also occur at an exit beacon.

The intro text for this event varies, and could be any of the following:

  • You arrive at a quiet spaceport and are immediately hailed by another ship at port with a "once in a lifetime deal!"
  • You jump into a sector filled with civilian activity. Your scan the various advertisement channels while waiting for your FTL to charge, and are intrigued by a grey-market shipwright.
  • Your ship is flooded with advertisement transmissions from nearby merchants as soon as you arrive at this beacon. You arbitrarily pick one to examine in detail.
  • Despite the barren area, a trader has set up shop at this beacon. He presents his offer.
  • The beacon at first glance seems home to a junk yard. Upon closer inspection, it reveals itself to be a ramshackle market. One trader has a deal that catches your eye.
  • A pawn broker has set up shop at this obscure beacon. He might be offering something worth looking at.
    1. Trade.
    2. Ignore.
      • Nothing happens.


This event is called "TRADER_CIV" in the datafiles.

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