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| key_characters = Vulcan, Black Bolt, Starjammers, Inhumans, Kree, Blastaar, Shi'ar
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| key_characters = [[Blastaar]], [[Black Bolt]], [[Guardians of the Galaxy]], [[Inhumans]], [[Kree]], [[Nova]], [[Shi'ar]], [[Starjammers]], [[Vulcan]]
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| key_issues = WAR OF KINGS #1-6, WAR OF KINGS: ASCENSION #1-4, WAR OF KINGS: DARKHAWK #1-2, WAR OF KINGS: WARRIORS, WAR OF KINGS: WHO WILL RULE?, WAR OF KINGS: SAVAGE WORLD OF SAKAAR and MARVEL SPOTLIGHT: WAR OF KINGS
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{{eventhistory|event_text='''Opening Shots'''
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{{eventhistory|event_text= After the devastating [[Secret Invasion]] of [[Earth]] by disgruntle and deceitful alien [[Skrulls]], the once passive [[Inhumans]] decided to change their disposition on life and take a more aggressive stance in the universe by punishing the Skrulls for kidnapping and torturing their king [[Black Bolt]]. While chasing a Skrull craft the Inhuman's destroyed a [[Shi'ar]] ship enraging the power hungry mutant [[Vulcan (Gabriel Summers)|Emperor Vulcan]]. The Inhumans established themselves as rulers of the heralded [[Kree|Kree Empire]]. The Inhumans quickly wrested control of the Kree Empire from [[Ronan|Ronan the Accuser]]. 
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==In the aftermath of the Secret Invasion storyline, Black Bolt and the Inhumans return to the Kree for their right to linage as rulers. They come into direct conflict with Emperor Vulcan and his campaign of expansion for the Shi'ar. The first issue sets up this conflict and show an attack at the wedding of Ronan and Crystal - a marriage decided to unite the Kree and Inhumans. The Inhumans and Kree reply in kind, attacking the Shi'ar in the following issue. ==
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Vulcan saw an opportunity to annex the Kree Empire while it was in a state of upheaval. During the symbolic wedding of the Inhuman’s princess [[Crystal]] and Ronan the Accusser, Vulcan unleashed the [[Imperial Guard]] in a callous first strike, sending his war fleets to invade Kree space. Vulcan's tyrannical rule of the Shi’ar, caused a sever rift in the ranks of the Empire. [[Lilandra]] retained a strong following although she had been stripped from her position by Vulcan and the Imperial Guard remained loyal to the throne regardless of who sat on it. Vulcan though it would be to his benefit if he broke Lilandra in front her followers, thus dissolving any chance of a new resistance forming in her death. Lilandra sought the assistance from space pirates known as the [[Starjammers]] led by [[Havok|Alex Summers]].  
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The Guardians of the Galaxy were assembled after the two catastrophic Annihilation events, due to the Universe being left in such a fragile state. They were guided by the mystical insight of the newly returned [[Warlock, Adam|Adam Warlock]], the gun-slinging [[Star-Lord (Peter Quill)|Star-Lord]], forged a proactive team of proven cosmic champions ready to protect the vulnerable Universe from large scale disasters from ever happening. The other team members were [[Gamora]],[[Drax the Destroyer]], [[Mantis]], and [[Rocket Raccoon]]. While searching for their dead teammate [[Moondragon]], Drax and  [[Quasar (Phyla-Vell)|Phyla]] received portent warnings of the approaching calamity that would be caused by this Shi’ar and Inhuman war.
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'''The Raptors'''
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Star-Lord reformed his recently fractured team in time to face the crisis. New additions to the team were earth-man and former vigilante [[Jack Flag]], the resurrected Moondragon and Martyr, Phyla-Vell’s new morbid alter ego. They broke into two groups hoping to talk the two cosmic powers into coming to a peaceful resolution, so that their conflict would not damage the fabric of the universe any further. The Inhumans were not willing to listen to Star-Lord and his team that traveled to Kreelar. Unwilling to accept no as an answer Martyr took Crystal hostage in an attempt to get a hostile surrender from the Inhumans. Rocket Raccoon led the other team to face Emperor Vulcan, although his team was separated during teleportation, due to Vulcan's ship being teleport-shielded, however being a being of quantum magic Adam Warlock passed through the shield and confront Vulcan alone. Warlock would emerge from the battle unscathed, but the Imperial Guardsman's magic user, [[Magique]] would leave a witch mark tracer upon his body.
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A second wearer of Darkhawk armor arriving on Earth tells Chris Powell he is part of an ancient organization known as The Raptors, who were created to protect the universe. After millenia of dormancy only Darkhawk and Talon are left, and their job now is to return the balance to the universe. Unfortunately for Chris, Talon lies--when he accesses the memories in his armor, he concludes that "[The Fraternity of Raptors] are the bad guys" just as Talon apparently purges his own consciousness from the armor. A new identity for the armor, "Razor" emerges, and takes control.  
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Talon and Razor then recover the Cosmic Control Rod from Catastrophus, Talon stopping briefly to implant a suggestion in the gestating Annihilus, and proceed onward. Chris' personality is revealed not to have been wholly destroyed yet, and a vision of his father tells him that much of what he believed about the armor was false; the prior history, even Evilhawk himself, was a lie made up by his own mind, the other armor a second configuration that took control to cover earlier anger issues. Horrified, Chris' psyche breaks free of the prison it was locked in, only for Chris to find himself on a great tree adorned with thousands of amulets like his own, where he encounters gargoyle-like creatures that urge him to return to the one which he has just emerged from. Meanwhile, in the Negative Zone, Talon and Razor offer Blastaar the Cosmic Control Rod, in exchange for his assistance influencing the outcome of the War of Kings. Talon appears to Vulcan, telling him that the Fraternity was created in order to maintain the Imperium strong. Talon also tells him, through the Datasong, that Blastaar is helping the Shi'ar and also tells him of Lilandra's coup back at Chandilar. Razor is later seen in Chandilar, disguised as a Shi'ar, who Rachael Grey manages to see in his true form, he shoots several Shi'ars before he manages to kill or mortally wound Lilandra.
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'''The Nova Corps'''
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Both attempts failed, the Inhumans were enraged by the actions of Martyr and Warlock's confrontation with Vulcan left a sour taste in mouths of the Shi'ar, used the the witch mark to hunt down Warlock. Rocket Raccoon, [[Astro, Vance (Major Victory)|Major Victory]], Drax, and Groot remained missing in action. The Guardians managed to regroup at their headquarters on [[Knowhere]], only to have the combined fraction of both the Shi'ar Imperial Guard and the [[New Inhuman Elite]] led by Black Bolt himself invade their headquarters. During this cosmic melee Warlock took the life of Magique, but it appeared that the Guardians were about to meet there end, but they gained and unsuspecting ally in [[Ogord, Aleta|Starhawk]] along with the return with the teams missing members.
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Richard spends the night in his brother's apartment at P.E.G.A.S.U.S., speaking with Wendell Vaughn (Quasar), before Vaughn is called away. Richard goes to look for Dr. Necker only to find H.A.M.M.E.R. troops clearing out the facility. He is saved from being captured by Dr. Necker, who brings Richard up to speed on the aftermath of the Skrull Invasion. The two talk about their futures, Necker says she will probably enter corporate research, while Richard resigns himself to his fate. Necker says she still wants to help him but will need high-end equipment, so she takes him to a secret lab under a drive-in movie. While Necker never explicitly says who the lab belongs to, Richard finds an A.I.M. uniform on a table. Necker attempts to defend the organization from Richard's accusations of crimes against humanity. Necker reminds him that this is the only way that he can be cured, but Richard insists that he would rather die than become an A.I.M. lackey, even though Necker assures him that there would be no strings attached. Richard attempts to leave but Necker wants to give him the Quantum Flask that held Vaughn's essence, claiming she was going to give it to A.I.M. as a sort of "consolation prize" for losing their mole in P.E.G.A.S.U.S. Richard says that once he's gone he doesn't want A.I.M. to get their hands on it so he attempts to destroy it, only for Vaughn to appear before them, having reacquired the Quantum Bands from Maelstrom (these events are depicted in Guardians of the Galaxy #12). Vaughn gives the bands to Richard to cure him, making him the new Quasar.
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Reeling from this savage attack, and the death of many Kree colony worlds by [[nega-bombs]], the Inhumans realized that they must overcome the Shi'ar before any of their schemes of destiny could be achieved. The tides of the war shifted dramatically when a rescue mission to save Lilandra, the exiled Shi'ar empress, ended with [[Gladiator]], praetor of the Imperial Guard, betraying his allegiances to Vulcan. This brave effort, ended tragically Liladra's assassination by the hands of the [[The Fraternity of Raptors|Raptor]], [[Talon (Fraternity of Raptors) |Talon]] posing as [[Darkhawk]] (Christopher Powell). News of her death forced Black Bolt to enact his ultimate contingency plan, the T-Bomb. This was a weapon powered by his voice, the device was designed by his brother [[Maximus]] to spread a shock-wave of terrigen out through the galaxy. Terrigen, is rare and precious, it is the transmuting property that gives the Inhumans their powers. He believed that if he transformed all the beings within the galaxy into Inhumans then there would be no more wars. The result of the weapons detonation would end his life, which was a sacrifice that he was willing to make. However, he had no way of knowing that the detonation would cause damage to the very fabric of the universe, which is what the Guardians were trying to prevent.  
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Meanwhile the Nova Corps suffer great casualties facing the Shi'ar Imperial Guard, during which Gladiator captures the new Nova Prime, who is a Shi'ar, while Richard uses his new powers, as Quasar, to catch up Nu Xandar, which has begun "recruiting" more corpsmen at the planet Zaros. Richard and Wendell discuss strategy for taking on Worldmind, which Wendell saying that will be tricky since Ego's cosmic awareness is greater than his and it will be impossible for them to sneak up on him. Richard responds to this by making multiple copies of himself to confuse Ego. The trick works and Richard is able to get to Ego's brain, where he finds that what he had been told about Worldmind supplanting Ego's consciousness was untrue; in fact the opposite occurred, and Ego was able to supplant Worldmind's consciousness. Ego now has complete control of the Worldmind and uses that power to attack Richard.  
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Richard tries to hold on to Ego's attacks, while trying to reach any part of Worldmind that has not been corrupted, Ego saying that there is no Ego and no Worldmind, only both. Wendell tells Richard that Ego attacks both physically and emotionally, so Richard uses the bands to create a sanctuary that looks like his room, temporarily holding off Ego. Richard then concentrates on looking for an uncorrupted part of Worldmind, who he forms himself using the templates of Centurions Ko-Rel and Rhomann Dey. They explain to him that the reason Worldmind went insane because he focused solely on keeping Richard from going insane from using the Nova Force, driving him insane, because of the Phalanx infection and the battle with Galactus. They tell him that in order to restore Worldmind, he must take back the Nova Force and purge Ego's influence. Meanwhile, the captured Nova Prime is being tortured by Vulcan, and Richard's brother decides to leave Ego in order to search for any surviving centurions. Ego calls forth his centurions to protect him, Richard tries to reach the Hub, but is shot down. Just as he is about to die, he tells Worldmind that he has been helping him all this time, temporally paralizing him, he touches the Hub and becomes Nova Prime once again. He returns the bands to Wendell and lobotomized Ego with a huge blast. He then talks to Worldmind, who tells him that he is corrupted and must delete his current personality and install a new one. Richard protest this but Worldmind says he has no choice and says goodbye. When Richard thinks he is dead, he hears Worldmind again and is surprised to see that the new personality is Ko-Rel. She tells him that he must forever live with the Nova Force or he will die. Later, it is shown the captured Nova, being rescued by none other then Garthan Saal, the insane Supernova.
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The Guardians of the Galaxy are also going to get themselves involved in an attempt to stop War. The team splits itself into two team, a Shi'ar team led by Rocket Racoon and a Kree team led by Starlord. Rocket's team attempts to teleport aboard Vulcan's flagship, but end up floating in space due to the ships teleport shielding where they are rescued by Havok and the Starjammers.
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Revision as of 20:43, 27 December 2009

 

Universe
Marvel Universe

Key Characters
Blastaar, Black Bolt, Guardians of the Galaxy, Inhumans, Kree, Nova, Shi'ar, Starjammers, Vulcan

After the devastating Secret Invasion of Earth by disgruntle and deceitful alien Skrulls, the once passive Inhumans decided to change their disposition on life and take a more aggressive stance in the universe by punishing the Skrulls for kidnapping and torturing their king Black Bolt. While chasing a Skrull craft the Inhuman's destroyed a Shi'ar ship enraging the power hungry mutant Emperor Vulcan. The Inhumans established themselves as rulers of the heralded Kree Empire. The Inhumans quickly wrested control of the Kree Empire from Ronan the Accuser.

Vulcan saw an opportunity to annex the Kree Empire while it was in a state of upheaval. During the symbolic wedding of the Inhuman’s princess Crystal and Ronan the Accusser, Vulcan unleashed the Imperial Guard in a callous first strike, sending his war fleets to invade Kree space. Vulcan's tyrannical rule of the Shi’ar, caused a sever rift in the ranks of the Empire. Lilandra retained a strong following although she had been stripped from her position by Vulcan and the Imperial Guard remained loyal to the throne regardless of who sat on it. Vulcan though it would be to his benefit if he broke Lilandra in front her followers, thus dissolving any chance of a new resistance forming in her death. Lilandra sought the assistance from space pirates known as the Starjammers led by Alex Summers.

The Guardians of the Galaxy were assembled after the two catastrophic Annihilation events, due to the Universe being left in such a fragile state. They were guided by the mystical insight of the newly returned Adam Warlock, the gun-slinging Star-Lord, forged a proactive team of proven cosmic champions ready to protect the vulnerable Universe from large scale disasters from ever happening. The other team members were Gamora,Drax the Destroyer, Mantis, and Rocket Raccoon. While searching for their dead teammate Moondragon, Drax and Phyla received portent warnings of the approaching calamity that would be caused by this Shi’ar and Inhuman war.

Star-Lord reformed his recently fractured team in time to face the crisis. New additions to the team were earth-man and former vigilante Jack Flag, the resurrected Moondragon and Martyr, Phyla-Vell’s new morbid alter ego. They broke into two groups hoping to talk the two cosmic powers into coming to a peaceful resolution, so that their conflict would not damage the fabric of the universe any further. The Inhumans were not willing to listen to Star-Lord and his team that traveled to Kreelar. Unwilling to accept no as an answer Martyr took Crystal hostage in an attempt to get a hostile surrender from the Inhumans. Rocket Raccoon led the other team to face Emperor Vulcan, although his team was separated during teleportation, due to Vulcan's ship being teleport-shielded, however being a being of quantum magic Adam Warlock passed through the shield and confront Vulcan alone. Warlock would emerge from the battle unscathed, but the Imperial Guardsman's magic user, Magique would leave a witch mark tracer upon his body.

Both attempts failed, the Inhumans were enraged by the actions of Martyr and Warlock's confrontation with Vulcan left a sour taste in mouths of the Shi'ar, used the the witch mark to hunt down Warlock. Rocket Raccoon, Major Victory, Drax, and Groot remained missing in action. The Guardians managed to regroup at their headquarters on Knowhere, only to have the combined fraction of both the Shi'ar Imperial Guard and the New Inhuman Elite led by Black Bolt himself invade their headquarters. During this cosmic melee Warlock took the life of Magique, but it appeared that the Guardians were about to meet there end, but they gained and unsuspecting ally in Starhawk along with the return with the teams missing members.

Reeling from this savage attack, and the death of many Kree colony worlds by nega-bombs, the Inhumans realized that they must overcome the Shi'ar before any of their schemes of destiny could be achieved. The tides of the war shifted dramatically when a rescue mission to save Lilandra, the exiled Shi'ar empress, ended with Gladiator, praetor of the Imperial Guard, betraying his allegiances to Vulcan. This brave effort, ended tragically Liladra's assassination by the hands of the Raptor, Talon posing as Darkhawk (Christopher Powell). News of her death forced Black Bolt to enact his ultimate contingency plan, the T-Bomb. This was a weapon powered by his voice, the device was designed by his brother Maximus to spread a shock-wave of terrigen out through the galaxy. Terrigen, is rare and precious, it is the transmuting property that gives the Inhumans their powers. He believed that if he transformed all the beings within the galaxy into Inhumans then there would be no more wars. The result of the weapons detonation would end his life, which was a sacrifice that he was willing to make. However, he had no way of knowing that the detonation would cause damage to the very fabric of the universe, which is what the Guardians were trying to prevent.

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