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This is a Random Event. Occurs in:

  1. Civilian Sector
  2. Civilian Coreworlds
  3. Pirate Controlled Sector
  4. Quarantine Sectors
  5. Federation Controlled Sector
    at a non-distress beacon. The Long-Range Scanners will detect no ship presence. Classified as a ITEMS_[CIVILIAN/FED/OUTLAW/QUARANTINE/CONSTRUCTION] type beacon under the title CE_STRAY_FLEET.

This event can start with either of the following event introductions:

  • A devastated Federation cruiser squadron is recharging its jump drives in high orbit above this unpopulated planet.
  • The smoking remains of a Federation squadron is limping towards this beacon. The ships all show heavy damage: some are losing oxygen through hull breaches; others can only power impulse drives.
  • You run into a stray squadron of the Federation performing emergency repairs at this beacon. Looks like they are in fast retreat.
  • A young commander of a stray Federation squadron hails you, "We advise you to evade the fleet at RA 14h03m05.83s. Make contact with fleet command once you reach the Federation Base." They don't seem to know who you are.
  • As soon as you arrive, a small Federation fleet detachment jumps in. The ships show heavy damage and their weapons are still hot. "We had to retreat. There were just too many of them. How could their fleet have grown so fast?"
  • A Federation cruiser squadron is orbiting this planet.
    • Ask for help.
      • They say they have nothing to spare. Unfortunately, your mission codes are not known to this squadron. You part ways after a formal exchange of news from the war.
      • Fleet Supplies
    • (Federation Ship) Send priority code and order them to transfer supplies.

Fleet Supplies Edit

The flavor text of this outcome varies, and could be any of the following:

  • "We know about your mission, but all we can spare is some equipment. Good luck!"
  • A bomber with weapon systems damaged beyond repair agrees to transfer its still intact equipment to you.
  • They still can spare some supplies to aid you in your mission.
  • "Ah I see... affirmative, sending supplies. Staying with this squadron will make you easier to find. Be on your way now, and good luck!" They transfer some equipment to help.
  • "It's you! Um sorry... acknowledged, let us transfer some equipment to help. See you on the other side."
  • They send AoD-codes and General Turzil appears on the screen. "Mission progress: adequate. Supply transfer authorized. Reunion with fleet command at Federation base still necessary. Single vessel strategy shows good results in simulations. Success intended." They send some equipment and prepare to jump.
    • Take the equipment on board and wish them farewell.
      • You receive a random weapon OR a medium amount of scrap and resources.