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The only way I've found to get Lanius crew so far is to start with their ship, but if I'm not using a Lanius ship, is there a way for me to get more crew members?

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Yes there is at least one random event that results in getting a Lanius crew member, even if you aren't piloting their vessel.

Having searched the database for the "Lanius" keyword, I found that there doesn't seem to be any events that guarantee a Lanius crew memeber; however, I believe that any event that gives a crew member of a random race may yield a Lanius crew member.

This has happened to me once thus far in my playthroughs of FTL:AE

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I too received one from an event. – horatio Apr 10 '14 at 14:30
can you please put the name or the event type in your answer so I can keep an eye out for it? Thanks – l I Apr 10 '14 at 14:37
I suspect it happens with any event that gives randomly raced crew, such as the slaver events. However, I will record them here as they come up in the future. – BlackVegetable Apr 10 '14 at 14:40
Stores in the Abandoned Sector often have Lanius for hire. Haven't seen them in any other sectors though. – Studoku Apr 10 '14 at 15:27
In the abandoned sectors, there is at least one event in which a Lanius craft will approach and, in surprisingly good english, offer you a trade of some description. If you ask to buy their translator, what you'll get is a lanius named "translator". – ymbirtt Apr 10 '14 at 15:44

Once being in the Abandoned Sector (which acts as a Lanius Homeworlds) you can obtain a Lanius crewmember from events that result in giving you a crewmember (random) or hire them from the shops.

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It is possible to hire Lanius crew from stores in the Abandoned Sectors. I don't have proof now, but about three playthroughs ago, it happened to me.

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i just got one from quest.I chose 3rd option where you askt hem about their translation device -> they give you lanius named "translator"

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