- Pirates are not a race in themselves but groups of like-minded criminals who specialize in all sorts of illegal activities. They have their own bases, usually hidden from view and well defended. Most pirate bases have large fleets of ships and will send out raiding patrols on a regular basis. They are known to be very aggressive and if they spot you across the sector they may start heading your way. If you encounter pirates, you can report them after you have scanned a pirate ship for illegal goods with you freight scanner. Note: you can't see what's in the cargo hold without first scanning the ship and that scanning is illegal if you don't have a local police license.
- —Encyclopedia description, X³: Albion Prelude
The Pirates are not a race per se, but a collection of independent groups and pilots allied for mutual profit and protection.