So I was just doing some early level gold hoarder voyages when out of nowhere a crew with 3 pirate legends on a brigantine started firing at my ship. After I said to them I do not want to fight. They ignored my plead for mercy and proceeded to take my 2 marauder chest and 3 seafarers and continue to fire at my ship while it was sinking. I myself am merciful and if someone asks for mercy I will leave them alone but it seems the longer you play the less you realise that you are playing with real people most of whom just want to explore and have fun. It is important to note though, that the majority of people who have attacked me went afk after being told to go have dinner by their mother.