- “I see it within you. Fear, Jealousy, Betrayal. It is our duty to cleanse the universe of this weakness.”
- ―Ayesha to the Guardians of the Galaxy
Due to the Guardians of the Galaxy's new reputation as heroes, High Priestess Ayesha, leader of the xenophobic, gold-skinned Sovereign, hires the Guardians to defend valuable batteries from an inter-dimensional monster, the Abilisk, in exchange for Nebula, whom the Sovereign captured following the Battle of Xandar, trying to steal the batteries.
Rocket steals several of the Anulax Batteries for himself, and when the Sovereign discover this, they attack the Guardians’ ship, the Milano, with their own fleet of Sovereign drones. The Milano is heavily damaged and forced to crash-land on a nearby planet, but the rest of the Sovereign fleet is single-handedly destroyed by Ego.
Ayesha hires Yondu Udonta, who has been exiled from the greater Ravager community for trafficking children, to recapture the Guardians. Yondu’s crew track down the Milano and capture Rocket Raccoon and Groot, with the help of Nebula.
Ayesha later leads a Sovereign fleet against the Guardians, as they attack the core of Ego. The whole fleet is eventually destroyed, causing Ayesha to rage.
Ayesha then decides to develop a new breed of Sovereign to destroy the Guardians, whom she names Adam.