Curse of the Crimson Throne
Ramoska Arkminos has lived as a nosferatu for hundreds of years and has loathed his existence for the majority of that time. In his faintest memories, he half recalls having been a devout worshiper of a god, although he cannot recall which god that was. He regrets the forgotten decisions that led to his undead status and wants nothing more than to end his life—but not as an undead. He believes that if he dies as a vampire he’ll be denied some eternal reward or reunion in the afterlife and thus he seeks a cure for the curse of vampirism—if only so he can die as a man.
Currently, at the will of his vampiric master, Arkminos has been lent to the service of the Red Mantis, and by extension, the cult of Urgathoa. Through his centuries of alchemical research, the nosferatu has become a scholar of diseases nearly without peer. Arkminos takes umbrage at being drawn away from his experiments, but is obedient to his patron and master. Currently his researches in part supplement the disease refinement efforts of the cult of Urgathoa, although he continues his own studies into the nature of vampirism. That some Varisians seem immune to blood veil has fascinated the nosferatu, who now seeks to test the extent of this mysterious resilience. His current patient is Ruan Mirukova.
When the PCs enter, Arkminos is here preparing a number of contagions to test upon Ruan. Although he is obviously a monster, the vampire has no interest in fighting the PCs, wanting only to continue his experiments. He bears no love for the cult of Urgathoa, the Red Mantis, or the Gray Maidens, and says as much before the PCs can attack him, if he can. He would have preferred for the PCs to leave him be to experiment on the boy as planned, but seeing there is a Paladin in the group, he understands that prudence may be wise and bargains for his own departure instead. At least in that sense he can go elsewhere to continue his research.