The Battle of Morag was a confrontation between the outlaw Star-Lord, who had come to the planet Morag to find the Orb, and a group of Sakaarans led by Korath the Pursuer, who had been sent to retrieve the Orb by Ronan the Accuser. This was the inciting event that began the Quest for the Orb, which rallied many parties and forces for the precious artifact.
The Orb was hidden with the Power Stone stored inside, on the planet Morag, storing it in a secret temple that was hidden beneath the planet's vast ocean. The ocean would recede every 300 years, making the tomb accessible.
The Yondu Ravager Clan are hired by a Xandarian merchant called the Broker to recover the Orb from the planet Morag. In an attempt to separate from the Ravagers, Peter Quill travels to Morag alone to recover the Orb.
Peter Quill entered the Temple Vault and retrieved the Orb from the containment device with a Gravity Mine. Korath the Pursuer arrived with a group of Sakaarans to retrieve the Orb for Ronan the Accuser. The Sakaarans surround Quill and Korath demanded the Orb. Quill turned the Orb over, but kicked a Plasma Sphere at the two Sakaarans which broke and disintegrated them. Quill shot Korath with his Quad Blasters and retrieved the Orb. Korath got to his feet and shot at Quill who ducked and escaped through the hole in the wall created by the blast using his Jet Boots.
Quill quickly headed for the Milano as Korath pursued him. Quill then threw a Gravity Mine near the Sakaarans guarding the Milano, pulling them to the ground and allowing Quill to enter the ship. Quill was able to lift off and dodge several blasts from the Necroblaster canon. The Milano is caught in a geyser before Quill is able to escape into space.
- "Master, he is a thief, an outlaw who calls himself Star-Lord. But we have discovered he has an agreement to retrieve the Orb for an intermediary known as the Broker."
"I promised Thanos I would retrieve the Orb for him. Only then will he destroy Xandar for me."
- ―Korath the Pursuer and Ronan the Accuser
Yondu Udonta arrived on Morag to find the Orb missing. He contacts Peter Quill who informs him he took the Orb and plans to sell it. Udonta orders his clan to put a bounty of 40,000 units on Quill's head.
Quill traveled to Xandar to sell the Orb to the Broker. Quill informs him that Ronan the Accuser was after the Orb as well and the Broker refused to purchase it. Quill left the Broker's Shop and was attacked by Gamora, Rocket Raccoon and Groot.
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