This sounds like a ridiculous thing to say but there is actually a mother nature that had to be defeated so that the order could be able to manipulate nature at will. Mother earth was an alien creature that came to planet Earth millions of years ago and populated the earth with all the threes, animal species and even humans. The earth was a completely dead planet with nothing but lava and rock formations. Mother earth also brought water to earth and the production of oxygen began thanks to all of these elements coming together.
The order knew that they had to defeat and contain mother earth to make sure that it would continue to produce natural resources for human industries to consume them. This alien creature is a small humanoid that has the ability to create life forms and organic material in massive numbers.