Nicholette "Nikki" Gold was born on the planet Mercury in the 31st Century. When she was a child, the Badooninvaded the solar system and her home planet, killing her parents before her eyes. She managed to flee and was eventually found by the Guardians of the Galaxy in an abandoned spacecraft. She joined the Guardians, seeking excitement and adventure after years of solitude. She joined with Vance Astro in a metaphysical union in a successful attempt to use the force of human love to destroy the Topographical Man.