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're greeted by a rare sight: a Mantis ship that appears not to have noticed you.
  • For once, you see the Mantis before they see you.
  • When they see the Mantis warship waiting in ambush at your intended coordinates, your crew is relieved to note you've jumped someway off the mark.
  • You overhear Mantis comm chatter: "Negative, I have killed more humans!" You gulp noticeably, but luckily they don't see you yet.
  • You overhear Mantis comm chatter: "The one on the right is starting to rot. Take him down. Take off his fingers. Put him out of the airlock." They certainly don't seem to be friendly...
  • You overhear Mantis comm chatter: "Agreed. Next ship is your turn. Good hunting." They don't see you yet.

  1. Attack the ship.
  2. Attempt to remain concealed.
    • You power down non-essential systems and wait for the FTL drive to charge. They either don't want to fight or have failed to notice your ship, the latter being more likely.
      • Nothing happens.
    • You power down non-essential systems in an attempt to remain unnoticed. It looks like they are about to leave when suddenly they turn and set course toward you, weapons powered.
    • Before you have a chance to slink away the Mantis ship notices you and powers up their weapons.
  3. (Cloaking) Cloak to stay hidden.
    • You cloak and shut down non-essential systems. In a short time the Mantis ship jumps away, no doubt in search of prey.
      • Nothing happens.
    • You quickly cloak the ship and move out of immediate scanning range. You appear to have gotten away undetected.
      • Nothing happens.
    • You quickly cloak the ship, but not quickly enough. They spot you and move in to engage.


This event is called "MANTIS_FIGHT_CHOICE" in the datafiles.

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