This is a Random Event. Occurs in:

  1. Uncharted Nebula
    at a store beacon in a Nebula.

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

  • Some brave entrepreneurs set up a station here to extract elements from the nebula. There seems to be a public shipyard and rest stop here as well.
  • Seeing a trade depot set up near the beacon implies there is an alien settlement on some nearby rock. You decide to check out their wares.
  • The centre of a hydrogen cloud doesn't seem like a very usual place for a store, but the Engi aren't a usual species. Wouldn't hurt to take a look.
  • An Engi cargo vessel hails: "Propose mutually beneficial exchange of properties." That smells like a bargain.
  • You discover a cluster of Federation refugee ships taking shelter in the folds of the nebula. "I'm sorry we've got nothing to give you, but we need scrap to keep the engines running." You sense they'll strike a trade.


This event is called "NEBULA_STORE" in the datafiles.