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This is a Random Event.

Occurs in:

  1. Slug Controlled Nebula
  2. Slug Home Nebula
    Can also occur at an exit beacon and as a filler event in any sector.

A ship with conspicuous pirate markings is orbiting a nearby moon, broadcasting a simple message claiming to have equipment available for sale.

  1. Hail the ship.
    • The ship responds "Yes, we have an extensive stock! Come aboard and see our wares!"
      1. Dock with the ship.
        • A human in an exquisite suit meets you on board. "Welcome to my ship! We specialize in drones of all kinds, can I interest you in any?
          1. Buy some Drone parts.
          2. Buy a Drone schematic.
          3. Buy nothing.
            • "Ah, I'm sorry to hear that! Pleasant journeys." Once back to the helm, a series of explosions rocks your ship. The pirate ship has powered its weapons! You receive a message, "You shouldn't waste people's time Captain!"
          4. Buy a Drone system upgrade. (You must have the Drone Control System already.)
      2. This seems dangerous, leave.
        • As soon as you start to reverse your ship, the pirate reveals hidden weaponry and sets off in pursuit. You'll have to fight him to escape!
      3. (Slug Crew) "Sir: We can dock, but I sense that we better plan on making a purchase..."
        • Same as first option.
      4. (Hacking) Disable their Weapon system before docking.
        • You receive a hail as soon as your Hacking system finishes: "What have you done!? You can never trust a Federation ship! Here, take your 'standard toll'. I really should do business elsewhere, scum."
  2. Attack him before he can attack!
  3. Quickly prepare to jump away.
    • Nothing happens.


This event is called "PIRATE_SALESMAN" in the datafiles. Interestingly, this event was designed with two possible shops: One for drones and the other for explosives. However, for an unspecified reason, the explosives shop is commented out from loading within the code, perhaps because it was bugged. This may be corrected in a later patch.