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"Ronan murdered my wife Ovette, and my daughter Kamaria. He slaughtered them where they stood. And he laughed!"
Drax the Destroyer to Moloka Dar[src]

The Massacre of the Kylosians was a mass slaughter orchestrated by Ronan the Accuser against the planet Kylos.

Background

"The entire time I knew Thanos, he only ever had one goal: To bring balance to the universe by wiping out half of all life. He used to kill people planet by planet, massacre by massacre."
"Including my own."
Gamora and Drax the Destroyer[src]

Ronan the Accuser, angry about a peace treaty which ended a war between the Kree and the Nova Corps of Xandar, hoping to bring genocide amongst the Xandarians for killing his family. Ronan began working for Thanos, who was searching for the Orb, in exchange for a promise from Thanos to destroy Xandar.[1] Ronan was then ordered by Thanos to attack the planet Kylos.[2]

Massacre

"I don't recall killing your family. I doubt I'll remember killing you either."
Ronan the Accuser to Drax the Destroyer[src]

Following Thanos' quest for balance in the universe, the population of Kylos was randomly divided into two groups, and one of the groups was slaughtered.[2] Drax the Destroyer, who was in the surviving group, watched Ronan the Accuser personally kill his wife Ovette and his daughter Kamaria. The two screamed and Ronan laughed, finding their screams pitiful.[1]

Aftermath

Drax the Destroyer kills Ronan the Accuser

"I was mistaken. I do remember your family. Their screams were pitiful and..."
Ronan the Accuser to Drax the Destroyer[src]

Drax the Destroyer swore revenge on Ronan the Accuser for the murder of his wife and daughter. He began his quest for revenge and was eventually arrested and sent to the Kyln, where he came across Gamora, recognizing her as someone who worked for Ronan. However, Peter Quill convinced him not to kill Gamora, as she could help him get to Ronan.

Drax the Destroyer attempts to kill Thanos on Knowhere

While Gamora, Quill, Rocket Raccoon, and Groot talked to the Collector, Drax slipped away and called Ronan to Knowhere, leading to a fight between Drax and Ronan, in which Ronan claimed not to remember killing Drax's family. However, Ronan later taunted Drax with their memory, and Drax helped the other Guardians of the Galaxy to kill Ronan. He then focused his mission of vengeance to Thanos,[1]. Four years later, Drax unsuccessfully attempted to exact his revenge on Thanos on Knowhere, muttering Ovette's and Kamaria's name.[3] Despite his failure, Drax was involved in a major battle which led to Thanos' death, meaning that Drax had finally avenged his family.[4]

Alternate Universes

Aborted Massacre

"Wait. You are the Star-Lord. You saved my home world from a Kree invasion."
―Drax the Destroyer to T'Chala[src]

In an alternate universe, Ronan the Accuser led the Kree to invade Kylos to slaughter its population. However, thanks to the efforts of T'Challa, the Kree invasion was aborted and Kylos was saved after six days. As a result, Ovette and Kamaria were never killed, leading Drax to become a good-natured and funny bartender. One day, Drax met with Star-Lord and took two selfies with him for his family after praising him for saving his homeworld.[5]

References

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