The Sovereign are a highly advanced, genetically-engineered galactic race who live on the planet of the same name.
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Hiring the GuardiansThe Sovereign had their home planet attacked by an Abilisk that was wreaking havoc on the world and trying to eat the planet's power source. Believing it to be beneath them to fight it themselves, their leader Ayesha hired the Guardians of the Galaxy to kill the beast in exchange for Nebula, who was captured by the Sovereign attempting to steal Anulax Batteries.
Chasing the Guardians
After paying the Guardians for killing the Abilisk with Nebula, the high priestess Ayesha asked their leader, Peter Quill of his heritage. After being paid a rude remark from Rocket Raccoon, several Sovereign advanced to arrest the Guardians. After the Guardians had left, the Sovereign realized that Rocket had stolen several Anulax Batteries. With this, they activated and dispatched the Golden Drones to attack the Guardians.
Engaging in a massive space battle with Milano, the all but one of the Drones were eventually destroyed. The last drone was blown up by Drax the Destroyer, although not without the Milano suffering heavy damage.
The Sovereign were contacted by the Ravager Taserface, telling them the coordinates to Yondu Udonta and the Guardians of the Galaxy. He told them to inform Yondu that he was the one who tipped them off. When he told them his name however, the Sovereign just broke out laughing.
The Sovereign followed on Taserface's tip and tracked the Guardians to Ego. Entering the planet's core, the Drones attacked the Guardians, heavily damaging their ship under heavy fire. Rocket caused the laser drills to rearrange themselves to fire on the Sovereign only for the power to cut out due to a hit to the engine. Nebula plugged her cybernetics into the battery to repower the ship. Rocket then fired on the Sovereign, destroying the entire fleet. The Laser Drill then was destroyed by a final shot from the last ship, causing Rocket, Yondu, Groot and Nebula to bail out.
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- The Sovereign are created in pods, which is a direct reference to Adam Warlock and Ayesha, and their birth through cocoons.