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This is a Random Event. Occurs in:

  1. Mantis Controlled Sector
  2. Mantis Homeworlds
  3. Engi Controlled Sector
  4. Engi Homeworlds

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

  • You spot a Mantis ship hunting in the distance.
  • A Mantis ship engaging a civilian hails you. Sparks fly about his cockpit as he yells, "Stay out of this human! Else you are next!"
  • Local sensors pick up two ships engaged in a heated battle. It seems the Mantis military ship will surely defeat its prey.
  • A Mantis vessel flashes past your view-screen, weapons and engines at full. A tiny blip on the sensor readout marks its quarry.
  • You pick up a distress call from a civilian ship. It's being chased by a Mantis ship!
    1. Aid the civilian ship.
    2. Stay out of it.
      • Smoking, the civilian ship limps on. You set your sights on the future.
      • The noise of the FTL spinning up almost drowns out the explosions. Almost.
      • You let them pass and try not to think about it.
        • 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 called "MANTIS_CIVILIAN" in the datafiles.