Also known as Vukodlak and Vlkodlaks
- Mythical Number: #3485
- Culture: Eastern European
- Attribute: Undead
- Attribute: Humanoid
- Behaviour: Deadly
- Common Type: Vampires
The Volkodlak is the name of the Werewolf from the mythology of Russia, Bulgaria, Slovakia, Czech Republic and Romania. The name Volkodlak means ‘Wolf’s Hair’ but other translations of the name translate it as 'Wolf-skinned' This creature lives the first part of its life as a man who transforms into a wolf at night to hunt. Unlike the more popular Werewolves of Western Europe, the Volkodlak can transform at will. When it dies it resurrects itself as a Vampire who has the ability to transform into a wolf as and when it pleases. These Werewolves are immune to aging and many diseases. They can regenerate wounds and are virtually immortal. The best known way to kill a Volkodlak is a wound to the heart or the brain. In their Werewolf state they are driven by a made frenzy and blood thirst to hunt and eat the living. In their Vampire state they kill only maintain their ever decreasing lifespan. To stop a 'dead' Volkodlak becoming a Vampire, people would place a coin in the mouth of the corpse. Some Volkodlaks would try to prevent their curse by avoiding eating raw meat. A person was said to become a Volkodlak by wearing wolf skin which then merged with their bodies. Others were born as Volkodlaks which was identified by the baby having wolf hair growing on its head.
The word Volkodlak is also used to deifne a Vampire who has the ability to transform into animals like wolves.
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Did you find Volkodlak interesting? Add it to a role playing fantasy game, action or adventure story or draw your own doodle. Interested in more Russian legend? A great cartoon called Dobrynya Nikitich and Zemy Gorynych (2006) is a Russian children's animation with Dragons and other Russian mythical beings. But for those who love Vampires, lets not forget that Eastern Europe is their birth place. No film quite gives the Vampire spooks like Nosferatu (1922). However if you like it modern, Day Watch and Night Watch are interesting Vampire alternatives. Also the fantasy tabletop game Warhammer features an army called Vampire Counts which has been greatly inspired by Eastern European beliefs and culture.
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