Born into a wealthy family. When Mr. and Mrs. Rathaway discovered that their son was deaf they spared no expense to fix his hearing. Cured of this short coming Hartley fell in love with music and strove to become an omnidisplanarty musician. After a rotten buisness deal caused his family to lose their fortune he decided to avenge his family's loss. He created a special flute that could play at a frequency that co effect human brainwaves. Taking on the name the Pied Piper he became a prominent member of the Fantastic Four's rogues gallery.