Vrolikai

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Vrolikai

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Vrolikais, also known as death demons, manifest from a sated demon returned to the Outer Rifts. They serve as executioners, assassins,34 and leaders of demonic armies.5

Appearance

A vrolikai is a gray-skinned, four-armed demon with the face and wings of a bat, horns, and a scaly tail. Their feet end in three curved claws.365

Habitat and ecology

While other demons are formed from mortal souls, vrolikais manifest from demons7 sated from gorging on mortals in the Universe, who then return to the Outer Rifts for a transformation process that leaves them vulnerable.345

Vrolikais require centuries to grow into their potential power after manifesting, which requires stealth and preparation in the hostile Outer Rifts. After building up their forces and fortifications, they redirect their attention back to the Universe.3 Their ability to consume all types of sin suits them well as rare leaders among the chaos of demonkind, and even demon lords lean on their abilities as commanders.5

Balors often summon vrolikais for aid.4

Possessions

In lieu of weapons, vrolikais wield dagger-shaped manifestations of black flame that evaporate within a minute of being dropped.38 They also accumulate and wear magic items from their victims and hoard other treasures in their lairs.8

Known vrolikais

See also: Category:Vrolikai/Inhabitants

References

Paizo published a chapter about nabasu demons and their relationship with vrolikai demons in Demons Revisited.

  1. Vrolikais were level 19 creatures in Bestiary 2 69.
  2. Paizo Inc., et al. “Monsters A-Z” in Bestiary 2, 69. Paizo Inc., 2020
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Paizo Inc., et al. “Monsters A-Z” in Bestiary 2, 68–69. Paizo Inc., 2020
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 James Jacobs. Demons Revisited, 12. Paizo Inc., 2013
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Logan Bonner, et al. Demon” in Monster Core, 82. Paizo Inc., 2024
  6. James Jacobs. Demons Revisited, 45. Paizo Inc., 2013
  7. Prior to the Pathfinder Second Edition Remaster Project, vrolikais spawned from sated nabasus. Monster Core 82 removed their connections to nabasus. See Meta:Nabasu.
  8. 8.0 8.1 James Jacobs. Demons Revisited, 42. Paizo Inc., 2013
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 James Jacobs. Demons Revisited, 43. Paizo Inc., 2013