Critical Role is Geek & Sundry’s live Dungeons & Dragons show, featuring Dungeon Master Matthew Mercer and his troupe of fellow voice actors. Catch them every Thursday night at 7:00 PM PT on the Geek & Sundry Twitch channel and on Alpha.
As Critical Role‘s Mighty Nein make their first forays in Wildemount, they’re already meeting fascinating new people who can help them on their journey. None have made quite the impression as Pumat Sol, the unusual merchant and proprietor of The Invulnerable Vagrant, portrayed by Matt Mercer.
Pumat Sol is a firbolg, which is a type of giant, and a skilled enchanter. He’s capable of making copies of himself to run the shop, create enchantments, and answer the Mighty Nein’s numerous questions—all at the same time.
Now you can make your own Pumat Sol to keep you company as a bookmark, stick on the fridge, or keep anywhere you like! Based on a classic Japanese origami of a mask, you can keep it simple to honor tradition, or grab some markers to really make it look like the quirky firbolg.
And best of all, you can make as many Pumats as you want—just like Pumat Prime does.
This how-to is adapted from the directions for the traditional mask in Essential Origami by Megumi and Steve Biddle (1991).
What You’ll Need
- Medium-sized light grey origami paper
- Brown, black, and light pink markers
- White cardstock paper
- Black enamel dot stickers
- Hole punch
Begin by placing the paper on the table, white side up. Fold it in half diagonally, and unfold it. Fold the top and bottom edges to meet in the middle, creating a diamond shape.
Fold the right point behind the shape, meeting the two points in the back.
Slide your finger under the top flap and fold it so that the edge is against the middle fold line, and press flat. You should create a completely grey triangle.
Repeat on the bottom flap.
Rotate the shape so that the shorter triangle shapes are at the top. Fold the two small triangles shapes at the top down, and unfold.
Gently pull open the right flap and slide your finger into the top.
Open it and press down, flattening the shape with the triangle on the flap pointing to the right.
Fold the left side of the diamond over, and repeat the above steps on the left side.
Next, fold the bottom point of the top flap up between the two points on the side, and then fold it down to create a pleat. Unfold the paper.
Gently fold the bottom crease you just made under the top crease. This will be Pumat’s eyebrows, so it doesn’t have to be pressed completely flat.
Fold the bottom point of the smaller triangle you just created as far up as it will go; this will be Pumat’s nose.
Fold the bottom point of the larger triangle up, meeting the tip of the triangle you just created.
Fold the bottom flap down again, making a small pleat in the paper, to create Pumat’s jaw.
Fold another pleat, this time in the nose triangle, to create Pumat’s nostrils. (Fold it close to the bottom to make the wide nose firblogs are known for.)
Flip the face over.
Lift the “chin” and gently open the point, folding it down and out to flatten it. This should create a jaw shape.
Still on the back side of the face, fold the bottom point of the chin in half to make a square jaw.
Finally, fold the ears down, making a straight line across the top.
The folding is complete! If you prefer a more traditional or subtle look for Pumat Sol, you can consider your origami finished.
If you’d like to add more details, you’ll need the markers, glue, black enamel dots, white paper, and hole punch.
Color some brown hair and a beard with the brown marker, and use the light pink on his nostrils and inside his ears.
Next, stick two medium-sized enamel dot stickers for his eyes. (You can also use the black marker if you don’t have the dot stickers.)
Punch two small circles from the white cardstock paper.
Place two small dots of glue on either side of Pumat’s nose, and glue the two circles to make his glasses.
Let the glue dry, then use the black marker to draw the bridge of the glasses.
Pumat Sol is complete!
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All Photos: Kelly Knox
Pumat Sol Illustration: Anna Landin