I got an idea for an event, maybe it'll be interesting or not, it's just an idea for an event I had for a while, it's kinda based on the event where you fight the Mantis pirate who's name is impossible to spell.
This event could appear pretty late in the adventure, due to how powerful the ship could be IF you fight it. Fighting it isn't the 100% end result of this event.
*arrives at a beacon and a heavily armed, heavily shielded rebel pirate ship appears and it's relationship is neutral*
You arrive at a beacon and you see an utter monster of a ship! With scratches and dents on the hull of the ship, it looks like its seen dozens of battles. After a few minutes of aiming your weapons at it, fearing it'll fire, a message comes through, "Hello!" the person speaks in surprisingly friendly tone, "You look a bit loss" you crew feels a bit uneasy when he says that, "You know how dangerous these spaces could be, especially during war time. Oh, I bet you wonder who I am? I am the great pirate, Jonathan Dashwood. Ex Fed, ex Reb, and ex slaver. Now don't worry, I won't fire at you, since your ship seems alright... If a bit weak." You crew feels a bit insulted when he called the ship weak.
1: Challenge him to fight
3: Have your Zoltan crew member talk to him (Blue option)
4: Attempt to intimidate you with your rock crew member (blue option)
5: Intimidate him with your Crystal crew member (blue option)
1a. He laughs, "Ha! Your ship can fight mine?! Aww, that's so adorable. You know kid, if you fought me, it would be like a lone Engi fighting a group of Mantis', it just won't be good for you." He leaves the beacon, and you crew feels embarrassed
1b. He laughs, "Ha! Ohhh, you think your ship can fight mine?? It's not even designed for combat! It's like a scouting vessel. If you say so, your funeral, kiddo." His weapons begin to charge, let's hope this was a wise decision
When his hull gets to 4 and below.
You hear the com channel opening up, with Jonathan laughing, "Hahaha! You surprise me, really. Ahh, I haven't fought someone this strong ever since I went toe-to-toe with a Rebel Destroyer, and it's obvious who the victor is. Tell you what, how about I join your ship? This ship ain't good enough anymore, you broke it a bit too much."
1-1a. You accept to bring the pirate, Jonathan Dashwood onto your ship. "I may be a pirate, but I am honorable, hope I'll be of great service. Now let's go kick some Rebel ass! .. I assume that's our enemy, right?" (New human crew member Jonathan, low scrap reward, and a random weapon)
1-2b. You refuse his offer, the com channels open once more. "I see.. Well, I didn't expect a long life! Add it to your resume, you killed the great pirate, Jonathan Dashwood." (Reward for beating him, medium scrap, and a random weapon)
2. As you try to leave, Jonathan speaks to you, seeing a small shuttle towards you, "Since your ship looks a bit weak, how about you take this? On the house, enjoy. Don't get yourself killed out there" (low-medium scrap reward)
3. Your Zoltan crew member talks to Jonathan for a bit, with peaceful talking. After what felt like an hour, the discussion finally ends. Jonathan speaks, "Heh, Zoltans, I love em. They always.. Interest me. Your crew member is no exception. Have a save travel!" (Reward, low scrap reward and a random weapon)
4. Your Rock crew member attempts to intimidate him, with some stern words. After a little bit, Jonathan talks, "Aww, what an adorable attempt to intimidate me. I've fought many-a-Rockmen in my days. Tell ya what, have this, I don't need it." A small shuttle heads towards your ship, it appears to be a weapon. (Reward, random weapon)
5. You show off your Crystal crew member. Jonathan jumps, and looks extremely shocked, he says on the com, "J-Jesus H space christ, what is that!?! W-what the hell IS that?! Is that some kind of mutation of Rockmen or something? D-damn, i-it looks so... Shiny, and sparkly! I'm impressed, mate. It looks interesting. Tell you what, how about we make an offer? Let me have that impressive crew member you got there, and I'll... Give ya everything in my cargo hold! It's good stuff, I promise. What do you say?"
5a. You accept and hand over your Crystal crew member. "Sweet, sweet. I'll take good care of him! .. Or her, I can't tell it's gender." (Lose Crystal crew member. Reward, high scrap reward, Glave Beam weapon reward)
5b. You deny. He looks disappointed and says, "Awwww, I wanted to show this beauty off to all of my mates. Aw well." He takes a picture with a small camera he seemed to have, "At least I can show them this. Tell ya what, for your troubles, have this." He sends a small shuttle to your ship and beams off. (Reward, medium scrap)
Hope this is a good event, this is the only idea. If there are spelling mistakes in this, I am very tired while I write this. I'll correct some spelling mistakes if there are any after a night of sleep.