In 2329 an entrepreneurial firm by the name of Verge Explorations Inc. surveyed the Ptolemy system and sold the rights to the Nariac Domain. Although the Nariacs were much more interested in colonization efforts on their side of the Stellar Ring, the Central Committee decided to establish a foothold in the newly opened Verge. The Workers’ Colony of Ptolemy was established in the acrid wastes of Hurricane on January 7, 2336. The Nariacs quickly installed a small amount of terraforming machinery to speed the transition of Hurricane’s atmosphere into a breathable one.
Nariac support for the colony gradually tapered off as the Domain became embroiled in GW2. The news of VoidCorp‘s virtual takeover of the Domain reached the Workers’ Colony early in 2351, just before the Long Silence. The Nariacs of Ptolemy were outraged by the development in home politics, and they severed all ties to the Domain rather than become slaves of VoidCorp. The leading military officer of the colony, Colonel Barak Durenko, recognized his opportunity. Backed by his small but loyal security force, he seized power in 2355.
Like many tyrants, Durenko soon learned that his citizens expected him to solve problems that were beyond his ability. By the early 2360s, the Hurricane colony teetered on the brink of collapse. Desperate for replacement parts and supplies, Durenko authorized a raid against nearby Lucullus. Rationalizing that the Solar Union was the enemy of the Domain anyway, he refitted what was left of the Nariac Verge squadron and attacked. The raid proved highly successful, and Durenko began a campaign of out-and-out piracy against every system in the vicinity.
Colonel Durenko died in 2374 at the hands of an ambitious and charismatic underling, Cero Hellis. The leader of a pirate squadron, Hellis had built up a loyal following of increasingly ruthless and desperate men. Declaring himself Lord of Ptolemy, Hellis continued his raids. Winning a reputation as a corsair lord, he began to attract new followers, mostly captains and crewmen eager for plunder. When Hellis died in 2409, he passed the rule of Ptolemy to his son, Uric Hellis, who in turn passed his reign to Vardye Hellis in 2445.
Vardye Hellis has faced only one serious challenge to his rule during his time as Lord. In 2466, Lord Hellis raided the newly established Regency of Aegis. The Regency Navy fought off his corsair squadron, followed him back to Ptolemy and destroyed his shipyards and fortifications. In the aftermath of the disastrous raid, Vardye Hellis was forced to put down a widespread mutiny among his followers, but he survived the turmoil through the judicious application of force.