This is a Random Event. Occurs in:

  1. Zoltan Homeworlds
  2. Zoltan Controlled Sector

You pick up a Zoltan life raft floating in space. Its inhabitant asks you to retake his ship from the pirates who recently commandeered it. "I'm certain it is clear," he concludes, "that you must not destroy my vessel in the process."

  1. Engage the pirates.
    • Fight a Zoltan pirate ship.
      • (After destroying enemy ship) You salvage what you can from the ship.
        • You receive a medium amount of scrap and resources.
          • The Zoltan looks deeply dissatisfied with your aiming and demands to be dropped off at your earliest convenience.
            1. Let him go.
              • Nothing happens.
            2. Offer to hire him for 40 scrap.
              • He responds haughtily, "You would presume I would work under your command after such a display of... prowess? No, I must decline."
                • Nothing happens.
              • He responds defeatedly, "I suppose I have nowhere else to go without a ship. I accept your offer."
      • (After killing enemy crew) The last pirate life-signs blink out and the Zoltan returns to his bridge. "Egalitarianism is a cornerstone of successful cohabitation. Please, enjoy the fruits of your labor."
  2. Leave.
    • You refuse to get his ship back, but still offer to drop him off at the next station. The Zoltan is displeased, but directs you to a nearby starbase just the same.
      • Nothing happens.


This event is called "ZOLTAN_LIFERAFT" in the datafiles.

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