Nevada is a state located on the western region of the United States of America.
In the 1980s, S.H.I.E.L.D., NASA and the United States Air Force cooperated in a project with the goal of studying the Tesseract, led by the Kree scientist Mar-Vell working under the disguise of 'Wendy Lawson'. The project's site was the Joint Dark Energy Mission Facility, located in the Mojave Desert. There, Lawson developed a Light-Speed Engine, a device that could help Skrulls escape the Kree, ending the Kree-Skrull War. The facility also stored the documents relating to the project.
In 1995, Starforce member Vers was stranded on Planet C-53. She allied with Nick Fury, who agreed to help her find information about the Light-Speed Engine and took her to the Joint Dark Energy Mission Facility, where they uncovered information about Vers' past on Earth. However, Fury informed S.H.I.E.L.D of their whereabouts, unaware that they had been infiltrated by Skrulls. After he learned of his mistake, he went rogue with Vers, and they both fled the facility in a Quadjet.
Tony Stark's Apogee Award
Tony Stark was awarded an Apogee Award, traveling to Las Vegas in order to accept it on a ceremony presented by his friend James Rhodes at the Caesars Palace. The ceremony presented Stark's earliest successes and latest advances in military armament. However, when Stark did not appear to receive the award, Obadiah Stane accepted it on his behalf.
Stark was gambling at the casino as the award was being presented, and Rhodes gave him the award near the gaming table. Stark got rid of the award by giving it to one of the entertainers of the casino dressed as a Roman.
Jimmy Mackenzie and Lorelei stopped at Rosie's Desert Oasis while traveling out of the Mojave Desert. Mackenzie went to grab some supplies for their trip, and Lorelei was approached by Rooster and the Dogs of Hell. Rooster commented how a beautiful woman like Lorelei ended with a man like Mackenzie, guessing he should be rich. Lorelei casually revealed that she simply took him from his bride because she needed safe passage, and Rooster recommended her to stay there, as the area was a good place to stay unnoticed if she was in trouble.
Lorelei was shocked to see Rooster's Harley Davidson Softail, thinking it was a kind of beast, and Rooster offered to let her sit on his motorbike to feel its roar. Impressed, Lorelei asked Rooster his name, revealing that it was the alias his men gave to him. Seeing Rooster was the leader of a group of men, Lorelei enthralled Rooster to make his men serve her.
Mackenzie returned and tried to get Lorelei away from Rooster. He was hurt to see that Lorelei had replaced him even though he thought they would be together forever. Lorelei decided that his usefulness had ended, and killed Mackenzie throwing him against his car with a single blow.
Arrival of Sif
S.H.I.E.L.D. detected massive energy readings in the sky above the portion of the Mojave Desert that covers the border between California and Nevada. Jemma Simmons recognized the readings as the same kind of readings that Erik Selvig and Jane Foster detected in New Mexico and London, and therefore they heralded the arrival of an Asgardian.
S.H.I.E.L.D. ordered Phil Coulson and his team to perform an evaluation and intake of the Asgardian, although Coulson was taking "personal time" to deal with the discovery of the alien corpse used to resurrect him following the Battle of New York; Melinda May acted as the de facto leader of the team during the mission.
May traveled to the Mojave Desert with Grant Ward, Leo Fitz and a large escort of S.H.I.E.L.D. agents. Fitz detected the source of the energy in the surrounding area, and that they were getting closer to it as their convoy traveled, but he was not 100% sure as they still did not fully understand Asgardian science. Ward seized the opportunity to question May about the reason Coulson suddenly changed his mind inside the Guest House about administering the GH.325 to Skye.
As Fitz detected a massive energy surge, the Bifrost Bridge transported Sif to the road right before the S.H.I.E.L.D. convoy. Fitz ran a facial recognition scanner, that compared her to the footage S.H.I.E.L.D. managed to take from the Battle of Puente Antiguo and determined she was one of Thor's allies.
May ordered the agents to stand down and approached Sif together with Ward. Sif quickly asked if they were members of S.H.I.E.L.D., something that surprised Ward, and Sif proceeded to introduce herself and ask them for assistance in finding the Asgardian criminal Lorelei.
Building an Empire
Using Rosie's Desert Oasis as a base of operations, Lorelei ordered the Dogs of Hell to steal from nearby towns searching for gold; although the bikers did not literally fulfill her orders and stole money, jewels, weapons and everything they considered useful.
Lorelei was not pleased when Rooster offered her the money he stole, calling it simply "paper", until he explained its value. Lorelei asked her about the identity of Benjamin Franklin, who was depicted in the bills, mistaking him for an "ugly woman", and Rooster wrongly explained that he was one of the Presidents of the United States and ruled the whole country. Lorelei asked if women were able to rule, and though technically possible, Rooster told her she would be the first.
Rosie, owner of the bar and Rooster's wife, appeared wanting to know why he was ignoring her calls, as she had been worried about him the whole day. Rooster explained that he simply turned off his phone because its sound bothered Lorelei. Jealous, seeing Lorelei using her clothes, and angered as his husband told her she was nobody next to Lorelei, Rosie ordered everyone to exit her bar. Lorelei, tired of the quarrel told Rooster to silence her, and Rooster simply killed his wife strangling her with his own hands.
S.H.I.E.L.D. traced the Dogs of Hell to the Rosie's Desert Oasis, and ordered Phil Coulson to lead an assault team, with the assistance of Sif, to apprehend Lorelei. They also requested the support of the local authorities, but members of the Nevada Highway Patrol were enthralled by Lorelei.
Coulson, Grant Ward and Melinda May arrived at the bar with Sif, who was surprised to see that Lorelei did not choose a castle or a palace as her base of operations as she used, though Ward informed her that she probably chose it for the men at her disposal. A Sheriff of the Nevada Highway Patrol started a firefight against the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents to protect Lorelei, and the agents used the recently created I.C.E.R.s to retaliate without damaging the enthralled men.
Lorelei was bothered by the noise of the gunshots, and Rooster informed her that law agents have arrived. Lorelei reminded he swore to fight for her, though Rooster was concerned by the amount of firepower that S.H.I.E.L.D. brought, and even a female warrior with a sword, that Lorelei instantly recognized as Sif.
Coulson asked Sif, who could withstand the gunshots, to provide them with cover, and she did it literally, moving a huge RV with a single kick to cover the agents, who then managed to knock the enthralled men down with their weapons. Coulson then ordered his men to stay outside and let Sif apprehend Lorelei, and told Ward to surround the building and guard the back exit.
Sif went inside the bar and confronted Lorelei, but she ordered his men to kill her while she escaped. Sif easily defeated the bikers, although the Asgardian Collar meant to stop Lorelei's enthrallment was damaged by a gunshot.
Ward was ambushed by Rooster, and easily knocked him down, but she was confronted by Lorelei herself. Ward ordered her to surrender, but she tried to enthrall him. Ward resisted her first attempt and asked for backup, but she managed to touch him and fully enthrall him, leaving together with the area and traveling to Las Vegas.
Lorelei, an Asgardian fugitive intending to conquer Earth, demanded to her last thrall, Agent Grant Ward, to be taken to somewhere deserving of a queen, so he took her to Las Vegas in order to show her a more scenic location than Death Valley.
While there, the two checked into Caesars Palace, a place that pleased Lorelei, and made her praise of Ward's skills, especially compared to the men she enthralled in the Mojave Desert. Despite being enthralled, Ward knew that he was dispensable for Lorelei, but he did not care about it.
Lorelei wanted Ward as the leader of the army she demanded him to present to her, giving him a gift in return. Ward and Lorelei spent the night together, and they shared their former experiences, with Ward confiding in Lorelei about his feelings for Melinda May and Skye, while she remembered her 600 years imprisoned in the Asgardian Dungeons and admiring the beauty she was seeing on Earth, despite thinking at first that it was a desolate planet while wandering the desert.
Together, Lorelei and Ward planned how to take the planet, as Lorelei was concerned that Sif was hunting her. Ward suggested eliminating her as a threat, but Lorelei warned him not to underestimate Sif, as the graves of Asgard were filled with men who did that. However, as Ward perfectly knew the people she was working with, he felt himself capable of doing so.
The following morning, Skye found a lead on Ward and Lorelei's location, and Phil Coulson led an all-female S.W.A.T. team to raid the Caesars Palace suite they stayed, only to find they had already abandoned it.
Coulson told Melinda May that he knew that, despite she told him that her relationship with Ward would not be a problem, she would not tell him if it was. May did not answer, and contacted Leo Fitz at the Bus asking him to track Ward and Lorelei using the cameras in the town, not knowing that Ward and Lorelei had drawn them from the plane to prepare an ambush and take the plane for themselves.
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- Nevada translates into "Snowy" in Spanish.