A Year and A Day: Bicho-papao

Changeling: the Dreaming

Homebrew Rules

Character Creation Guide Download: Bicho-papao.pdf

Quoth the Bicho-papão:

“You stole your brother’s Easter Basket. You made him cry. You stole all of his chocolate and made him cry. Now I will steal you and make you cry…”

Kith Excerpt:

Old Portuguese Legends tell how they would sneak into a house, transforming into whatever animal they needed, and place plump little sinners into their bag to take to their hellish lair where they would boil the bastards and lick the fat as it melted off. The legends aren’t that far off from the truth. The Bicho-papão is a Thallain Encantare (Fae), whose Iberian name directly translates to Boogey-man. They do have big duffel-bags for stuffing naughty children and they do shape-shift into animals.

This shapeshifting and hunger for sinning children decidedly mark them as beastly, which manifests in their appearance. They are forever marked by their animal forms even in mortal mien, and they cannot gain Xarma (Glamour) from anything save those chubby childing reprobates. Some posit that this stems from the Lord, and that the Bicho-papão are ultimately unwitting agents of the Holy Mother Church. Yet such mindless navel-gazing from the Beato (Seelie) Encantare leaves a bitter taste in the Bicho-papão’s mouth.

This Panelinho (Kith) has a Pagão (Unseelie) streak that can make even the staunchest of Diabólico (Infernal) take pause. They are bitter, angry, Othered, and Nigh- Iratxoax (Adhene) in this Alien otherness. They are forever set apart from the other Encantare. Despite their differences, the two courts of the Encantare, both Pagão and Beato have a compact of civility. Yet the Bicho-papão have no part in this compact and are forever apart. Ultimately, they make do as best they can. But don’t worry, they do quite well in these modern nights, which are full of stout little bastards just willing to have their fat licked…



“Vá Bicho-papão, vá embora
acima deste teto
deixe o menino dormir
uma soneca repousante.”

“Go Bicho-papão, go away
above this roof
let the boy sleep
a restful nap.”

– Traditional Portuguese Nursery Rhyme


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