The Cardinals were more than just religious officials they acted as a highly skilled strike force for to the Universal Church of Truth. Their presence was revealed when the Matriarch summoned their leader Raker, to led them on a mission to mete out retribution and penance upon a group of adventurers known as the Guardians of the Galaxy. The Matriarch was infuriated with the Guardians for destroying a Templeship belonging to the Church. She had also received video surveillance of the Guardians act, which revealed that one of their members could be Adam Warlock. While conducting their mission two of the Cardinals were consumed by the biomass of the Dyson Sphere. All fifty-two hundred of the sphere's inhabitants had been fused into one dreadful biomass.