This is a Random Event. Occurs when you are out of Fuel with your distress beacon ON.

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

  • A Mantis ship hails you, "Looks like we found the poor fools that need some help. Come brothers, let's 'help' them!" They move in to attack.
  • Before long a ship jumps nearby, no doubt responding to your beacon. However any relief you felt disappears as soon as you recognize that the ship is of Mantis design. Prepare for a fight.
  • You detect a Mantis ship approaching and hack into their comm channel and hear, "...hope they put up more of a fight than the last Federation ship. This has been a disappointing day so far." Looks like they're not here to help.
  • A Mantis ship jump nearby. Sensors detect weapon locks and all hope of avoiding a fight fades away.
    • Fight a Mantis ship.
      • (After the ship successfully escaped) The ship jumps away without a word. You hope they didn't leave to get reinforcements.
        • Nothing happens.
      • (After destroying enemy ship) The ship explodes, leaving behind a collection of useful scrap material.
      • (After killing enemy crew) With the crew dead you are free to scrap the ship.


This event is called "FUEL_ON_MANTIS_ATTACK" in the datafiles.

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