From: Vermont, USA
ORIGINAL: dazoline II
The playable pirates look awesome. In shadows when creating a new game can you specifiy pirate factions as Other Empires or are they only for player controlled factions?
If you choose to play in the Age of Shadows, either as a space-based (pirate) or normal empire, you will find that there are quite a few other pirate factions around you. These are not the normal pirates you're used to in Distant Worlds. They are proper empire-level space-based factions that could be from any of the pirate playstyles. These factions are the inspiration for the "Legendary Pirates" that show up in Legends, who represent one of the most powerful and successful of these factions that at one point went to the fringes of the galaxy or even beyond, then returned after the Age of Shadows was over to a very different galaxy.
In the Age of Shadows, if you wipe out one of these powerful pirate factions, when a new one appears it will be significantly weaker than the original ones. It's only the starting pirate factions that begin the Age of Shadows that are at the full faction power level. It's worth noting that wiping out one of these space-based factions requires you to destroy all their bases, construction and resupply ships. It's no longer about destroying just one base. Although they don't start with any planets, they are quite resilient and require an effort similar to that of a normal empire to completely wipe out.