This is a Random Event. Occurs in:

  1. Civilian Sector
  2. Engi Controlled Sector
  3. Engi Homeworlds
  4. Mantis Controlled Sector
  5. Mantis Homeworlds
  6. Pirate Controlled Sector
  7. Rebel Controlled Sector
  8. Rebel Stronghold
  9. Rock Controlled Sector
  10. Rock Homeworlds
  11. Uncharted Nebula
  12. Zoltan Controlled Sector
  13. Zoltan Homeworlds
  14. Abandoned Sector
    at a distress beacon.

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

  • "Greetings! It is so good to see you! We've been out of fuel and floating out here for weeks. We were terrified a pirate or those damn Rebels would find us first. Could you spare some fuel?"
  • You arrive to find a ship floating among some debris. "Hello. Our impulse drives are shot and we can't jump. Could you give us some fuel?"
  • A small civilian ship flies over as soon as you arrive. You're prepared to fight but they just inform you that they're out of FTL fuel and can't jump.
  • "Hello. We used our last FTL fuel to jump to this station." They indicate a burnt out husk of debris and warped metal. "As you can see the war must have spread to this sector. We've been stranded ever since."
  • The ship emitting the distress beacon messages you, "Sorry to bother you, but we're out of fuel and can't get out of this barren sector. Could you help us out?
    1. Give them the fuel.
      • You give them the fuel.
        • You lose 2-4 fuel.
          • "Thank you so much! We don't have much to offer, but have a look at the sector scans we took." Your map is updated.
            • Your map for the current sector is revealed.
          • 2x: "Thank you. Here, have this extra scrap as payment."
            • You receive a high amount of scrap.
          • "Thank the Gods. We can finally get out of here! We're jumping straight home so take this extra weapon. We won't need it, hopefully."
            • You receive a random weapon.
          • "Thank you. Perhaps as payment our engineer can try to optimize your ship's reactor output?"
            • Your reactor is upgraded by 1.
    2. Apologize, wish them luck, and continue on.
      • "We understand... Please send help our way if you meet anyone trustworthy."
        • Nothing happens.


This event is called "FRIENDLY_BEACON" in the datafiles.

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