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This Critter Cosplayer Was Not Bored Making Fjord’s Sword
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This Critter Cosplayer Was Not Bored Making Fjord’s Sword

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(Yes, we know it’s technically a falchion, but we like saying Fjord’s sword!)

Dani has been a Critical Role cosplayer since getting hooked on the Whitestone arc in the first campaign two years ago. They don’t, however, consider themselves veteran prop makers. So when Dani was getting to work on their Fjord cosplay, the falchion presented a welcome challenge, and they encourage anyone who’s considering prop or costume making to dive right in–just like they did!

Dani’s first Critter cosplay was the one and only Scanlan Shorthalt.


“My Scanlan cosplay recently turned a year old!” Dani tells Geek & Sundry. “I kind of went back and forth for awhile with what Vox Machina member I wanted to cosplay. Scanlan actually started out as a joke, like haha what if I cosplayed him, that would be funny. Then after Episode 85, ‘A Bard’s Lament,’ Scanlan was instantly solidified as my favorite character. Sam’s performance really hit close to home and resonated with me, and I knew this was something I seriously wanted to do.”

Dani followed up that costume with another Sam Riegel character, Nott the Brave.


“I just loved her whole scrappy look, it was a lot of fun to bring to life,” they say.

Then it was time to tackle Dani’s favorite member of The Mighty Nein, Fjord. But you can’t really have Fjord without his falchion, so Dani rolled up their sleeves to get to work learning how to craft a prop sword.

“It was a learning process for sure, and I give kudos to YouTube for having a wealth of tutorials (shoutout to Punished Props),” they recall. “I drew a rough sketch of the sword and printed it to scale using Photoshop. I then cut the blade part out of EVA foam and used PVC pipe for the handle. The foam was shaped using a dremel and everything was glued together and painted. All the little ‘bits’ were added afterword – a resin eye, barnacles made of air-dry clay, and some shells I found at a craft store.”


Dani’s advice for other beginning prop makers is simple but effective: Don’t be afraid to try!

“There are so many awesome resources and tutorials online that you can utilize so you don’t feel overwhelmed,” they say. “And on top of that, the Critter community especially is so friendly and welcoming–don’t be afraid to reach out for help!”

The helpful Critter community is actually one of Dani’s favorite things about Critical Role.

“I really love that Critical Role is a collaborative experience, not just between the players and the DM, but also with the community. There is no ‘canon’ design or description of the characters. Sure, we’re given guidelines, but the cast has also made it know that they are just that – guidelines! Whereas with something like an anime or movie you have a more ‘set’ design to follow, Critical Role has allowed me to get more creative and put my own spin on the characters, and I really appreciate that.

“The community is also something that inspires me everyday. I’ve never met a more kind and accepting community in all my years of cosplaying – I love it!”


  • Catch up from the very beginning of the first campaign, and keep up with the new one, with the Critical Role Podcast.
  • Tune into the official aftershow, Talks Machina, live on Alpha and Twitch, Tuesdays at 7pm PT.
  • And don’t miss new episodes of Critical Role LIVE on Alpha and Twitch, Thursdays at 7pm PT.

Featured Photo: Dani

Scanlan Photo: Bananzers

All Other Photos: Dani

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