Let’s talk warfare. I’m not a general. Or a soldier. Or even that smart. But while the stick people might have laser guns, I can see that even a tank wouldn’t stop someone as relatively large as Pirate.
I mean, sure a bullet would hurt, but even a missile probably wouldn’t do much damage with such a big difference in size. It’s probably like being hit by a firecracker. Anyways, Pirate is scary to small people.