This is a Random Event. Occurs in:

  1. Abandoned Sector

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

  • You discover an abandoned mining facility in the process of being 'acquired' by the Lanius. However, you immediately receive a call from a civilian transport vessel, "Help! We were trying to escape before the Lanius came only to be caught by pirates!" You see a lone pirate ship boarding the civilian craft.
  • A pirate ship emerges from hiding after you and another ship jump into the area. Sensors show the pirates ran a quick scan of your ship's weapon system before flying off to pursue the unarmed civilian ship.
  • A pirate ship is firing on the small ships docked at a refueling station. They are broadcasting on a wide band channel. You catch the captain's rant mid-speed, "...saw you trading with those damned scavengers. I'll show you what happens when you try and undercut the Red Giant gang!"
    1. Attack the pirate.
      • You charge the weapons, which quickly gets the pirate ship's attention.
    2. Avoid the conflict.
      • Unfortunately it is not your mission to save every person affected by this war or the Lanius invasion.
        • Nothing happens.

Contact the civilian shipEdit

  • 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 "LANIUS_PIRATE_CIVILIAN" in the datafiles. While it very closely resembles the Lanius Attacking Civilian event, they are in fact different.

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