This is a Random Event. Occurs in:
- Civilian Sector
- Zoltan Controlled Sector
- Zoltan Homeworlds
- Pirate Controlled Sector
- Rebel Controlled Sector
- Rebel Stronghold
- Uncharted Nebula
in a Nebula. Can also occur as a nebula filler event in any sector.
The intro text for this event varies, and could be any of the following:
- You cross paths with an advance scout of the Rebel fleet searching this section of the nebula for your ship.
- A ship bearing Rebel colors can be seen waiting near the beacon. They must have been waiting for you, since they engage immediately.
- The Rebels must have anticipated you would try to lose them within the nebula. A scout is waiting for you at the beacon.
- It looks like you will be unable to avoid the Rebels by traveling through the nebula. A Rebel ship is waiting for you near the beacon.
- Shortly after you arrive, a Rebel ship jumps nearby. There looks to be no escape. Prepare for a fight!
- Newton-knows what brings this Rebel ship so far out; its captain hails, but does a double take when he identifies your ship. They open fire.
- A Rebel ship hails, but you don't take chances in conditions like this. You block the frequency and prepare to engage.
- Fight a Rebel ship (default rewards).
This event is called "NEBULA_REBEL" in the datafiles.