|Star-Lord:||Hey, Agent. We've been watching you for a while.|
|Rocket Raccoon:||Not in a creepy way or anything.|
|Star-Lord:||We like how you handle yourself out there. Fearless, resourceful...|
|Groot:||I am Groot.|
|Star-Lord:||And good at improvising, too. We agree that you might have what it takes to be a Guardian.|
|Star-Lord:||Alrighty. Let's make this official. Here's your shiny, new Guardian Insignia. As long as you're wearing this, you're an honorary Guardian of the Galaxy!|
|Rocket Raccoon:||Or just of Earth, at least.|
|Tony Stark:||The Circle of 8 is suddenly going more bonkers. Seems like Skadi and Skirn weren't enough for them.|
|Would you like to know why?||Nebula:|
|Nick Fury:||Hold on. Who's this?|
|Nicholas Fury of S.H.I.E.L.D., I come bearing an offer, but first, where is the one called Thane?||Nebula:|
|Star-Lord:||Um, excuse me. Nebula? Star-Lord. Remember me? Hi, S.H.I.E.L.D. people.|
|Nick Fury:||And who is this?|
|Gamora:||Peter Quill. But he likes it when you call him Star-Lord. He's one of us.|
|Rocket Raccoon:||Star-Lord's been keeping tabs on the situation, because Nebula's got Thanos' Black Order involved.|
|Your previous resistance to the Black Order has earned a small amount of respect among those who wish to destroy you. Present Thane to me now and you will save a great many lives. He has killed his father and must answer for it.||Nebula:|
|Nick Fury:||I'm going to tell you exactly what I told Corvus Glaive when he showed up offering the same deal:
Go to hell.
|I was hoping you'd say that. I would much prefer to hunt him down myself...but in the spirit of the Tribute, I thought I would ask you to submit first.
To the hunt, then!
|Maria Hill:||She's gone. Agent, we're moving Thane to a S.H.I.E.L.D. safe house. While we do that, we need to keep Nebula away from him.|
Mini-Boss - Supergiant
|Tony Stark:||Star-Lord's gone after Supergiant. She's the one getting the Circle of 8 all riled up.|
|Agent Coulson:||Just like the first time she was here with Thanos. The Circle of 8 must be an easy target for her.
Which reminds me, Star-Lord, you're going to want to be careful with her telepathic abilities.
|Star-Lord:||You mean I can't just punch and zap?|
|Tony Stark:||Well, you can, sure. But she'll be eroding your psyche while you do it.|
|Star-Lord:||I've had my psyche eroded before. It's not as bad as it sounds. There are workarounds.|
|Agent Coulson:||Also--if we may be serious for a moment-- it appears she has taken control of Black Bolt's mind. You might well find yourself fighting him before you can get to her.|
|Star-Lord:||Whoa. All of a sudden this doesn't seem like quite as much fun.|
|Star-Lord:||So are you, like, feeding on my mind right now?
How about now?
|All minds are mine. Yours is not the finest in the area.||Supergiant:|
|Star-Lord:||Look, I might not be as smart as Black Bolt, but you don't have to be insulting. Also, let him go.|
|You are an absurd juvenile.||Supergiant:|
|Star-Lord:||Black Bolt, pal, it's me! Star-Lord! You remember me, right? I know you're in there. Don't hold a grudge, okay?|
|Star-Lord:||Do you ever get that bloated feeling from eating one too many minds?|
|Star-Lord:||How much of my mind did she eat? I feel like I'm entitled to know that.|
|Maria Hill:||You have plenty left.|
|Star-Lord:||You measured? Or are you just saying that?|
|Maria Hill:||Star-Lord, you're needed for continued operations in the field. Are you combat-ready?|
|Star-Lord:||Of course I'm combat-ready! When am I ever not combat-ready?|
|Agent Coulson:||Black Bolt shows no signs of lasting damage.|
|Star-Lord:||You can say that again. My ears are still ringing. Is he all better?|
|Star-Lord:||Hello? Any telepaths around? He's on our side again now, right?|
|Emma Frost:||He is, yes.|
|Star-Lord:||So. You guys are pretty glad we're here, right? Otherwise...I mean, don't take this the wrong way, but we all saw that mess last time Thanos and his gang stopped by.|
|Nick Fury:||Did you find Nebula?|
|Star-Lord:||Were we supposed to be looking for her? I thought you were doing that. I was kind of tied up with Supergiant.|
|Rocket Raccoon:||And the whole demon thing.|
|Nick Fury:||Priority one, as of now, is to locate Nebula and ensure she does not find Thane. We've got him in Avengers Mansion now. I don't want to move him again.|
|Tony Stark:||I'll add a priority 1A. Stay on Supergiant's tail. The more we harass her, the harder we make it for her to get her hooks into another one of our allies.
It might also help with the Circle of 8 problem.
|Nick Fury:||Agreed. So there's 1 and 1A. Plenty to do. Let's get to it.|
Mini-Boss - Proxima Midnight
|Groot:||I am Groot.|
|Star-Lord:||Easy, buddy. We're not going to chase her. Our job is to protect Thane.
Who, by the way, hasn't even been grateful enough to stop by and say thanks.
|Tony Stark:||He's a little strange. You might be too if your father was a loony Titan in love with Death.|
|Star-Lord:||I got my own dad issues to worry about, thanks.|
Boss - Nebula
|Maria Hill:||Star-Lord, we have a visual on Nebula. Please counter.|
|Star-Lord:||I am countering up a storm here, S.H.I.E.L.D..|
|Are you ready to die protecting Thane?||Nebula:|
|Star-Lord:||Um, let me think. Maybe. Are you looking for Thane? Because he specifically said we were supposed to not tell you where he was.
By the way, you're looking great. Ruthless pursuit of vengeance really does put a healthy flush in your cheeks.
|Thane is a fugitive and a murderer. Give him to me and perhaps you will live.||Nebula:|
|Star-Lord:||Well, about the murderer thing. I'm not sure you really have the moral high ground there.|
|Star-Lord:||Also, I'm pretty sure that Thanos has a murder or two on his record. Am I wrong about that?|
|You do not judge Thanos--Ronan and I judge the stripling who killed him. When the Mad Titan falls, chaos reigns in the wake of his passage...and I am the bringer of that chaos!||Nebula:|
|Star-Lord:||Whoa. That sounded so good. Say it again?|
|Star-Lord:||Oh, hey, are you going to lecture me about morals again? Because I didn't really listen last time.|
|Groot:||I am Groot.|
|Star-Lord:||Yeah, I know, she got away. Geez, remind me why we're going to all this trouble to protect Thane?|
|Gamora:||Because he's sort of an Avenger now.|
|Star-Lord:||And why are we going to all this trouble to help the Avengers?|
|Gamora:||Because we're all good guys. Apparently good guys have to work together.|
|Rocket Raccoon:||What a hassle.|
|Agent Coulson:||Good thing we got Thane out of Avengers Mansion when we did. The Circle of 8 is swarming that area now.|
|Maria Hill:||Ronan is hot on Thane's trail. We don't know where Nebula is, but the whole Black Order is out with Ronan, protecting his flanks while he continues the search.|
|Agent Coulson:||If they don't already know that Thane's moving to Avengers Tower, then it sure seems that they're starting to suspect it.|
|Star-Lord:||We'll get out there and handle it.|
|Maria Hill:||Agent, you'll be with the Guardians coordinating the defensive effort with S.H.I.E.L.D. assets.|
|Thane:||I don't need S.H.I.E.L.D.'s protection. The Black Order still wants me destroyed by the will of my father, but I will not run like a child. Let me face them on my own and end this!|
Mini-Boss - Black Dwarf
|Tony Stark:||Groot just ran smack into Black Dwarf.|
|Star-Lord:||This is going to be a good one.|
Boss - Ronan/Nebula
|Thane:||That's enough running. I'll take care of Ronan and Nebula myself.|
|Star-Lord:||Um, no. That's going to be our job. Remember how we're trying to keep you away from these guys? If you take them on, the whole city's going to end up wrecked.|
|Groot:||I am Groot.|
|Rocket Raccoon:||I'll translate: "Whereas we are known to be delicate and surgical in our operations."|
|Thane:||That's not what he said.|
|Rocket Raccoon:||Close enough. Anyway, if we've got 'em both in one place, let's go get 'em.|
|Surrender Thane to us, and then you will begin to answer for your crimes.||Ronan:|
|Emphasis on "begin." We're not done with you either way.||Nebula:|
|Star-Lord:||Which crimes are we talking about? I mean, we've been pirates and smugglers and semi-legal bodyguard types...
But I'm not sure it's a crime to protect somebody against a bunch of interstellar hit men. And women. Sorry, Nebula.
|Thane stands accused of parricide. By defending him, you are complicit, and therefore accused as well.||Ronan:|
|Star-Lord:||Not guilty, Your Honor!|
|You are about to face what was once called a trial by ordeal. Ready yourself.||Nebula:|
|Star-Lord:||Sorry, Thane can't come to the phone right now. Can I take a message?|
|You will not turn Thane over to face his crimes?||Ronan:|
|Groot:||I AM GROOT!|
|Rocket Raccoon:||Let me translate: "You're not getting Thane. In fact, the only thing you're getting is out of here."|
|You think you have the moral high ground? You're more of a fool than I believed. Watch your back, Peter Quill. This isn't the last time we'll meet.||Nebula:|
|Star-Lord:||Star-Lord. Come on, I just love hearing people say it.|
|Maria Hill:||Fine. Star-Lord. The Nova Corps has an arrest warrant out for all of you. They've asked us to execute it and hold you in our custody until they can get here.|
|Groot:||I am Groot.|
|Drax:||Yeah. What he said.|
|Star-Lord:||Wait a minute. You're arresting us!?|
|Rocket Raccoon:||For protecting Thane and saving the Earth? Again?|
|Maria Hill:||For letting Ronan and Nebula go.|
|Gamora:||Well, we didn't exactly let them go. We decided not to blow the city apart trying to stop them from leaving.|
|Maria Hill:||You can explain that to Nova. I'm just telling you what we've heard and what we've been asked to do.|
|Star-Lord:||Man, we can't catch a break.|
|Maria Hill:||We're not going to arrest you. As far as the Nova Corps is concerned, you somehow got wind of them coming and split before we could round you up.|
|Star-Lord:||Seriously? Well, thanks. No way are we headed to Prison 42. Not a chance. * The story continues in Disney Interactive's "Guardians of the Galaxy: The Universal Weapon" -- CJ|
|Maria Hill:||We'll do what we can to keep you out of jail. Better move.|