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"We have a Sovereign fleet approaching from the rear."
"Why would they do that?"
"Probably because Rocket stole some of their batteries."
"Dude!"
"Nope, Rocket did not steal their batteries. What a mystery this is..."
Peter Quill, Gamora, Drax and Rocket Raccoon[src]

The Skirmish with the Sovereign was an open confrontation between the Guardians of the Galaxy and the Sovereign fleet.

Background

"You know, they told me that you people were conceited douchebags. But that isn't true at all!"
Rocket Raccoon to Ayesha[src]

The High Priestess of the Sovereign people and their leader, Ayesha has earlier hired the Guardians of the Galaxy team in order to retrieve special luxury batteries which were stolen by an interdimensional monster called the Abilisk. After the battle with the monster and defeating it, the Guardians meant to give the batteries for the Sovereign, however, Rocket Raccoon decided to take the batteries for himself.

Skirmish

"Screw you, spaceship!"
Drax the Destroyer[src]

After Ayesha discovered that Rocket has stolen the batteries from the Sovereign, she sent a fleet of drones after the Guardians for Rocket's actions. The Guardians, realizing they were outnumbered, decided to head for a hyperspace warp, which involved flying through a quantum asteroid field, where the asteroids quantum tunnel (teleport) around and flicker in and out of existence.

Star-Lord and Rocket barely manage to maneuver through the field, while most of the Golden Drones are destroyed, except for one. Due to an argument, the Milano is struck by several asteroids and shots fired from the drone.

Drax then puts on a spacesuit, grabs a gun, and tethering himself to the ship, flies out into space and successfully shoots down the last drone. However, as the Milano flies out of the asteroid field, they are attacked by even more Sovereign drones that went around the field, and the ship is even more heavily damaged. Suddenly, the drones are all destroyed in a single strike by a mysterious figure on another spacecraft.

Aftermath

"After all these years I found you."
"And who the hell are you?"
"I figured my rugged good looks would make that obvious. My name is Ego, and I'm your dad, Peter."
Ego and Peter Quill[src]

After the confrontation, the Guardians' ship, the Milano crashed on a nearby planet from the damage sustained. On that very planet, the Guardians met the mysterious figure that had destroyed the Sovereign fleet who is revealed to be Ego, a Celestial who is Peter Quill's father.

Trivia

  • The battle with the Golden Drones's fleet is heavily inspired by the gameplay of the classic arcade videogame Galaga.

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