This is a Random Event. Occurs in:
The intro text for this event varies, and could be any of the following:
- There appears to be a pirate ship nearby. Be on your guard; anyone trying to hunt in Slug territory is either formidable or deeply stupid, and in space, either can be dangerous.
- "We knew anyone foolish enough to try and sneak through a Slug nebula would stick to open space. Yield your goods and we may let you live." You cut the transmission in lieu of a response.
- Before you can take a moment's rest from the ever present nebulas in this sector, a pirate ship appears behind you and opens fire.
- Fight a pirate ship (default rewards).
This event is called "SLUG_PIRATE" in the datafiles.