Vellumentals

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Vellumentals
PMOK Earth Vellumental.jpg
The Earth Vellumental, the first Vellumental encountered
Members
Earth Vellumental
Water Vellumental
Fire Vellumental
Ice Vellumental
First appearance Paper Mario: The Origami King (2020)

The Vellumentals are a group of elemental, deity-like creatures that reside in their own Vellumental shrines and temples, acting as bosses in Paper Mario: The Origami King. Their shared name is a portmanteau on "elemental", and "vellum", a type of parchment specifically made of calfskin (alluding to the ancient nature of the Vellumentals). Certain in-game text suggests that they were not always made of origami.

When they are defeated, they unveil a Bibliofold that contains instructions on how to fold into them. This allows Olivia to transform into one via a corresponding Magic Circle, allowing Mario to access its elemental powers. King Olly also possesses the ability to turn into each of the Vellumentals in the first stage of his boss fight.

In their original origami forms, the Vellumentals have no eyes. When Olivia transforms into a Vellumental, it gains eyes and a two-pointed crown on its head. When King Olly becomes a Vellumental, alongside eyes, a three-pointed crown, and a large flap of hair like Olly's, the majority of their skin turns purple.

The Vellumentals appear to have a connection with the Shangri-Spa, as the Sea Tower, the entrance to the Shangri-Spa, worship their images.

Members[edit]

Each of the members represents a different element:

Member Image (boss) Image (Olivia) Image (King Olly) Location fought
Earth Vellumental PMOK Earth Vellumental.jpg PMOK Olivia Earth Vellumental.png PMOK King Olly Earth Vellumental.png Earth Vellumental Temple
Water Vellumental PMOK Water Vellumental.png PMOK Olivia Water Vellumental.png PMOK King Olly Water Vellumental.png Water Vellumental Shrine
Fire Vellumental PMOK Fire Vellumental.png PMOK Olivia Fire Vellumental.png PMOK King Olly Fire Vellumental.png Fire Vellumental Cave
Ice Vellumental PMOK Ice Vellumental.png PMOK Olivia Ice Vellumental.png PMOK King Olly Ice Vellumental.png Ice Vellumental Mountain

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese カミ
Kami
Wordplay on 紙 (paper) and 神 (god), which share the same pronunciation
Spanish Papelemental Portmanteau of papel (paper) and elemental (elemental)
French Espli Portmanteau of esprit (spirit) and pli (fold)
Dutch Origant Portmanteau of "origami" and gigant (giant)
German Pergamenton Variation of pergament (parchment), (t)on perhaps comes from "-odon" (Greek for "tooth"), a common ending for dinosaurs or from Karton (Cardboard)
Italian Cartomagno Portmanteau of carta (paper) and magno (greatest). Also a pun on Carlomagno (Charlemagne).
Chinese 神祇
Shénqí
God; the word 祇 also has a pronunciation "zhǐ", which is the same as 纸 (paper), which fulfills the same purpose as the wordplay in the Japanese version in this way

Trivia[edit]

  • The Vellumentals are somewhat based on the Four Symbols, elemental deities of Chinese mythology, at least on a visual level. The Earth Vellumental resembles the Black Tortoise, the Water Vellumental resembles the Azure Dragon, the Fire Vellumental resembles the Vermilion Bird. The only one that does not seem to be based on Chinese mythology is the Ice Vellumental, as it resembles a polar bear rather than a white tiger.
    • Elemental-wise, however, only the Fire Vellumental's matches the Wuxing of the Symbol it's based on; the Black Tortoise's is Water, the Azure Dragon's is Wood, and the White Tiger's is Metal. There does not exist an Ice Wuxing, and the Earth Wuxing is reserved for the Yellow Dragon. In the Japanese Godai system, however, the Seiryu is water and the Genbu is earth. Byakko represents air, not ice, and the Kirin represents the void.