A ruddy glow suffuses clouds of ash that partially obscure this tiny creature’s distended form. Eyes like cinders peer out of a sullen face.
Zolavoi CR 5
Str 12, Dex 16, Con 11, Int 8, Wis 9, Cha 19
Base Atk +4; CMB +3; CMD 21
Feats Dodge, Improved Initiative, Iron Will, Weapon Finesse
Skills Bluff +15, Disguise +13, Fly +7, Knowledge (Local) +6, Perception +8, Sleight of Hand +12, Stealth +22, Use Magic Device +9
Languages Common, Sylvan
SQ change shape (house spirit form; disguise self), sound mimicry (household sounds, voices)
While within the site of its transformation, a zolavoi may change into a cloud of gritty smoke. This functions as gaseous cloud, but the zolavoi retains use of its supernatural abilities, can fly at a speed of 60 feet, and is treated as one size category larger for the purposes of how it is affected by wind. Reverting to its normal form is a standard action; as part of this action, the zolavoi may activate its covetous cindercloud ability.
Covetous Cindercloud (Su)
A zolavoi exudes smoke and embers, which it can infuse with its will and project as a 30-foot radius cloud within 60 feet. The cloud lasts 4 rounds, obscures sight as fog cloud, and is dispersed in 1 round by a strong wind.
Creatures beginning their turn in the cloud take 2d6+4 points of fire damage and risk destruction of exposed flammable objects such as scrolls; a successful DC 18 Reflex save halves the damage and protects exposed objects. Additionally, as an immediate action the zolavoi can attempt a steal or disarm combat maneuver against an object within the cloud, using its caster level plus its Charisma modifier in place of its Combat Maneuver Bonus; a successful maneuver pulls the object up to 40 feet toward the zolavoi. The save DC is Charisma-based.
Sense Mementos (Su)
A zolavoi is inextricably linked to its home and collection, and can concentrate to sense their components. This functions as discern location, but only targets objects it has possessed for at least 24 hours, and has a range of 25 miles.
A zolavoi can see through fire and smoke as if they were perfectly clear, ignoring the miss chance for these obstructions, up to its normal range of vision.
Smoldering Emotions (Ex)
Environment any land
Organization solitary, smolder (2–7), or conflagration (8–22)
Zolavoi form when a domovoi or other house spirit loses its family in a particularly tragic way. The creature takes a memento of its loved ones into the home’s fire and curls up beneath the cinders, where its sadness melds with the surrounding heat and psychic trauma. The creature eventually emerges transformed, wreathed in smoke and embers, the skin of its warped and swollen body studded with glowing coals.
Zolavoi search the ruins of their settlements for reminders of the past to add to their ever-growing collections. They sleep in stoves and fireplaces; travelers may spy smoke and believe shelter lies ahead, though it is only a zolavoi’s emanations rising from a ruined chimney. These lonely fey treat such people as potential family, enticing them with their shape changing, mimicry, and illusion abilities. Should these fail, zolavoi enthrall travelers to dwell with them.
Those who resist control and escape without further disturbance are generally safe. Thieves, however, soon find themselves enveloped in a zolavoi’s jealous fury, though the creatures usually leave their victims once their mementos are recovered.
Wayfinder #18. © 2018, Paizo Fans United; Authors: Charlie Brooks, Calder CaDavid, Robert Cameron, Benjamin Chason-Sokol, Jeremy Corff, Jason Daugherty, Matthew Duval, Robert Feather, Kim Frandsen, Wojciech Grucha?a, Amy C. Goodenough, Taylor Hubler, Luke Hudek, Chris L. Kimball, John Laffan, Crystal Malarsky, Randal Meyer, Jacob W. Michaels, Daniel Angelo Monaco, Stewart Moyer, Dennis Muldoon, Andrew Mullen, Dave Nelson, Nicholas S. Orvis, Emily Parks, Lyn Perrine, Amanda Plageman, Matt Roth, André Roy, Stephen J. Smith, Kendra Leigh Speedling, Jeff Taft, Brendan Ward, Christopher Wasko, Nicholas Wasko, and Kerney Williams.