Leshii In Russia, is a wood spirit that plays tricks on people
to get them lost in forests.
In the dark pine forests of the Baltic countries there live these
wood spirits, skinny little creatures with blue skin, green hair and
green eyes. A leshy resents travelers, considering them invaders
into the forests, and will punish them by leading them astray. They
can cause a bewilderment of the senses and make you lose your sense
of direction totally, and during winter they will erase your
footprints so that you cannot retrace them if you get lost. They are
extremely nimble, and it is folly to try to catch a glimpse of one
on your trail as they will always be faster than you and can dodge
behind you as soon as you look in the spot where they last were.
They can be defeated by the simple albeit uncomfortable methods of
putting one's shoes on the wrong feet and one's clothes on back to
front. This will confuse the leshy, who will be unable to tell which
way you are going and will, in the end, leave you alone.