The Zmej is a type of Slavic dragon and, depending on the tale, can be malevolent or benevolent. Zmej are male-only (their female counterparts being Lamia) and have characteristics of snakes, birds, and humans. They’re known for being able to work magic, both to influence weather and to shape-shift, especially into human form or into clouds. Perhaps because of this, Zmej are also known for taking human females as lovers and siring children with them. The children of Zmej are said to be particularly strong and are often destined to be great heroes. They also sometimes have dragon characteristics from their fathers, such as wings or magic-using abilities.