Shawnya the Evil?
"Fine, fine." Liv grumbled with a dismissive wave of her tentacles. "Spoilsport."“Liv,” Kaul says, to her, firmly, “no experimenting on the prisoners, please. Only necessary medical procedures, okay?”
"They are." Liv said with a nod. "They are smaller than a whole person, obviously, but you need containers for the brains, so why reinvent the skull when you have a perfectly fine-" she paused and cupped her chin when something occurred to her. "Hey, what's the exact definition of alive if we want to collect the bounty on those who have prices on their heads?""You had me at 'heads'," Rocket Storm said. "Can we check the database? See who is wanted dead and who is wanted alive? I mean, heads are easier to store. I'm sure I heard the Dr say that."
"Ah, but does it count as being altered if they still possess all of their limbs, just in different places then they were before?" Liv suggested (hopefully) jokingly.Kaul swears under his breath, “preferably alive and unaltered, guys,” tiredly, checking the database.
"So what is it about this dead civilization that makes it so valuable?" Liv asked curiously. "I highly doubt that they were after it because of its archaeological value."Dublon comes to her rescue, saying, "We think this is what they were after-- not the ship or anything else we were carrying, per se,, because that's what he--" he indicates Trenn, "asked about after they'd disabled and boarded us. We were transporting it back to Flon from the dig we had been working on Nenta IV, a planet deep in the Tangle. It's a Shistivari data core. Relic of a dead civilization, dead before even the Skrulls ever traveled to the stars. I've no idea how they knew we were carrying it, nor do I know what they wanted it for -- we hadn't the equipment to analyze it or try to read its contents. We were taking it back to Flon where it could be studied with proper equipment and safequards."
Dublon thinks about that. "There's no one thing I can think of that stands out," he says. "But the Shistivari controlled an immense territory in their day. They had all the apparatus of a star empire at their disposal. We don't find a lot of their artifacts left after so long a time, but space is, after all, very large. I imagine one might start with imagining what this Llares would imagine to be valuable and go from there.""So what is it about this dead civilization that makes it so valuable?" Liv asked curiously. "I highly doubt that they were after it because of its archaeological value."