Frumpkin

Frumpkin
Companion (Caleb)
Official art of Official portrait of Frumpkin, by Ari.[art 1]
Basic information
Actor
RaceCat (typically)
Biographical information
Full nameFrumpkin
Pronounshe/him[1]
Also known as
Places
ProfessionFamiliar
AffiliationsMighty Nein (familiar of Caleb)
Status
StatusAlive
Causes of death
  1. Shot with an arrow by a gnoll; disappeared.[4]
  2. Kicked by a crownsguard; disappeared.[5]
  3. Shot with an arrow by Protto; disappeared.[6]
  4. Stabbed with a dagger by Avantika; disappeared.[7]
  5. Mauled by Sprinkle; disappeared.[8]
Mechanical information
Creature typeFey
HP
2
AC
12
DC
Strength
3
Dexterity
15
Constitution
10
Intelligence
3
Wisdom
12
Charisma
7
Speed
walk 40 ft., climb 30 ft.
Stats reference[9]
Appearances
First seen
Last seenStream:
"Fond Farewells" (2x141)
StreamCampaign 2 (116 episodes)
ComicsThe Mighty Nein Origins: Caleb Widogast
Other worksNarrative Telephone

Frumpkin is the familiar of Caleb Widogast. Although he is a fey creature capable of assuming many forms, he is typically in the form of a Bengal cat. As Caleb's familiar, he was controlled by Liam O'Brien, with assistance and communication from the Dungeon Master, Matthew Mercer.

Description[edit | edit source]

Official art of 2019 Official portrait of Frumpkin, by Ari.[art 2]

Although Frumpkin's usual form is that of a Bengal cat (white, as of "The Calm Before the Storm" (2x130)), through the Find Familiar spell Caleb can change his form into various creatures including that of a:

Personality[edit | edit source]

Caleb has stated that Frumpkin is never upset over his deaths and has a good sense of humor when it comes to them.[20] While Frumpkin does not require food or drink, he will eat or drink if Caleb provides him with food.[21] According to Caleb, Frumpkin prefers his cat form.[22]

Biography[edit | edit source]

Background[edit | edit source]

Official art of the original Frumpkin with Bren, by Selina Espiritu and Diana Sousa from The Mighty Nein Origins: Caleb Widogast.[art 3]

Caleb Widogast first summoned the male version of Frumpkin after his escape from Vergesson Sanatorium and a few years prior to the beginning of the campaign to recreate a part of his childhood. The familliar Frumkin was identical to the female cat that Caleb had in his childhood and died in the fire Caleb set to kill his parents.[23][24][1] He served as Caleb's only friend for a few years before meeting Nott in prison. Caleb considers Frumpkin to be very important to him, and often sends Frumpkin over to people to comfort them.[25][26]

During Caleb and Nott's time together prior to meeting the Mighty Nein, Frumpkin, in octopus form, was used as a cushion to break Nott's fall from a burning building.[27] Nott also ate Frumpkin two times.[28]

Arc 1: Come Together[edit | edit source]

Frumpkin disappeared in "The Howling Mines" (2x06) due to a gnoll attack reducing his bird form's hit points to zero.[4] "Hush" (2x07) marked Frumpkin's first full episode absence. In the episode following this absence, Caleb resummoned Frumpkin in his cat form.[29]

Frumpkin was kicked by a member of the Crownsguard while trying to get into Zadash's Tri-Spires district and his hit points were once again reduced to zero.[30]

Arc 2: The Bad Guys[edit | edit source]

As the Mighty Nein sailed from Nicodranas to Urukayxl, Caleb changed Frumpkin's form to a tiny one-ounce elf owl and loaned him to Beau.[25] Frumpkin stayed in that form until the Mighty Nein reached Urukayxl. Caleb had him land on Avantika's dagger and attempted to cast Identify through Frumpkin on her weapons while she was sleeping. Avantika was not actually sleeping and immediately killed Frumpkin. Caleb summoned Frumpkin again in the elf owl form.[7]

Arc 3: The Bright Queen's Favor[edit | edit source]

Caleb offered Frumpkin in a bargain with the kobolds they found as they traveled beneath the ground to Xhorhas, referring to Frumpkin as the "Fey King".[31]

Arc 5: Family Ties[edit | edit source]

Caleb used Frumpkin to spy on a conversation between Ludinus Da'leth and Lord Dezran Thain, and learned that Lord Thain was in fact Essek Thelyss in disguise.[32]

Arc 6: Weird Magic[edit | edit source]

In a private conversation with Frumpkin, Caleb admitted to him that he didn't believe they were all going to survive the upcoming fight with the Tombtakers, but that either way, Frumpkin would be free; either Caleb would die and Frumpkin could do as he pleased; or Caleb would let him go after the fight. In this conversation, Caleb also admitted to himself that Frumpkin was a familiar, not a real cat, and the "true" Frumpkin from his childhood was dead. He then changed Frumpkin from his usual Bengal color to pure white.[33] Caleb kept his promise and released Frumpkin from his service while in the Blooming Grove shortly after the final battle in Cognouza.[34]

Character information[edit | edit source]

Screenshot of Frumpkin in Crit Recap Animated.[art 4]

Abilities[edit | edit source]

As a familiar, Frumpkin can, as an action, appear and disappear at Caleb's command, and receive telepathic messages. Caleb can also transfer his senses to Frumpkin, though this renders Caleb's body temporarily blind and deaf. If Frumpkin drops to 0 HP or if Caleb wishes to change Frumpkin's form, Caleb can cast Find Familiar again to resummon him in the desired form.[35]

Appearances and mentions[edit | edit source]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The origin of Frumpkin's name comes from a cat of the same name that Liam had when he was four years old.[36][37] Liam's Frumpkin was a female cat, but in-game, Frumpkin was a male cat, which sometimes caused confusion during the campaign.[1]
  • Liam shared his vision of Frumpkin on Instagram (source).
  • Dani Carr's Narrative Telephone episode was a glimpse of her version of Frumpkin's Feywild life, and gave him the code name "Agent 111".

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Talks Machina #77: The Stalking Nightmare" (TM2x29) at 50:52.
  2. "A Show of Scrutiny" (2x02) at 59:19.
  3. "The Endless Burrows" (2x50) at 2:15:01.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "The Howling Mines" (2x06) at 2:54:19.
  5. "Steam and Conversation" (2x09) at 3:05:58.
  6. "The Stalking Nightmare" (2x29) at 1:36:22.
  7. 7.0 7.1 "Welcome to the Jungle" (2x38) at 1:53:41.
  8. "A Fog Lifted" (2x106) at 1:52:54.
  9. Frumpkin's statistics shown here are based on his default cat form. Monster Manual, 5th edition, p. 320.
  10. "The Midnight Chase" (2x03) from 1:36:45 through 1:38:48.
  11. "Found & Lost" (2x26) at 15:02.
  12. "Found & Lost" (2x26) at 1:51:41.
  13. "Within the Nest" (2x28) at 1:48:07.
  14. "Encroaching Waters" (2x34) at 1:10:33.
  15. "O Captain, Who's Captain?" (2x36) at 2:36:16.
  16. "A Dangerous Chase" (2x64) at 1:08:17.
  17. "Home is Where the Heart Is" (2x92) at 2:30:25.
  18. "With Great Power..." (2x94) at 3:51:40.
  19. "Hunted at Sea" (2x100) at 2:25:16.
  20. "Waste and Webs" (2x10) at 3:48:16.
  21. "Beyond the Boundaries" (2x32) at 1:17:00.
  22. "The Midnight Chase" (2x03) at 1:39:25.
  23. The Mighty Nein Origins: Caleb Widogast.
  24. "The Calm Before the Storm" (2x130) at 3:46:35. Caleb: "Because you're not my cat. My cat is dead."
  25. 25.0 25.1 "O Captain, Who's Captain?" (2x36) at 2:36:11.
  26. "Between a Ball and a Hot Place" (2x129) at 3:03:48.
  27. "The Midnight Chase" (2x03) from 1:35:47 through 1:36:06.
  28. "The Midnight Chase" (2x03) at 1:36:33.
  29. "The Gates of Zadash" (2x08) at 42:08.
  30. "Steam and Conversation" (2x09) from 3:06:15 through 3:06:26.
  31. "The Endless Burrows" (2x50) at 2:21:14.
  32. "The Fancy and the Fooled" (2x97) at 1:02:18.
  33. "The Calm Before the Storm" (2x130) from 3:43:52 through 3:48:07.
  34. "Fond Farewells" (2x141) at 27:40.
  35. Player's Handbook, 5th edition, p. 240.
  36. "Talks Machina #51: The Midnight Chase" (TM2x03) at 1:19:00.
  37. Tweet about Frumpkin from New Jersey.

Art:

  1. Official art of Official portrait of Frumpkin, by Ari (source). This file is a copyrighted work. Its use in this article is asserted to qualify as fair use of the material under United States copyright law.
  2. Official art of 2019 Official portrait of Frumpkin, by Ari (source). This file is a copyrighted work. Its use in this article is asserted to qualify as fair use of the material under United States copyright law.
  3. Official art of the original Frumpkin with Bren, by Selina Espiritu and Diana Sousa from The Mighty Nein Origins: Caleb Widogast. This file is a copyrighted work. Its use in this article is asserted to qualify as fair use of the material under United States copyright law.
  4. Screenshot of Frumpkin in Crit Recap Animated (source). This file is a copyrighted work. Its use in this article is asserted to qualify as fair use of the material under United States copyright law.