Patariki Van was a artificer in the Nameless City, believed to be a lich.
He bought a scroll of simulacrum from the Grey Company in exchange for a large quantity of platinum automata parts, as well as a robotic cymbal and a platinum liger. Unfortunately, the scroll proved to have been substituted for a booby-trapped one since the party acquired it in the sanctum of Tim the Moonslayer. Ontussa has said that Lilianth of the Night Below was responsible.
Maldoor returned a number of spellbooks to Patariki Van's manse after swapping their covers to confuse which one of them contained a spellbook virus.