Tales From the Flat Earth, Tanith Lee

This collection of stories originally released as three separate novels—Night’s Master, Death’s Master and Delusion’s Master—that with two more novels—Delirium’s Mistress and Night’s Sorceries—
make up Lee’s Flat Earth Series. These novels formed the single largest influence to Exalted’s development as a game.

Hawkmoon, Michael Moorcock

The magitech of Exalted in particular owes a lot of its look and feel to this seminal work. In it, the hero strives to save the world from being overrun by a decadent empire of sorcerer-warriors led by an immortal king. These tyrants consider themselves and their system of beliefs to be in all ways superior to those around them.

The Complete Pegana, Lord Dunsany

The third great literary infl uence to Exalted, Dunsany’s Pegana tales birthed a number of ideas that made their way into this game. The gods, especially the Five Maidens, owe a great deal of their character to his work.


The Bible

That’s right. It’s not just a book of commandments and begetting, it’s also a story of epic heroes given power by God and a mandate to go out and right what is wrong with the world.

The Iliad and The Odyssey, Homer

The Iliad is basically the template story of the flawed hero from which every other story in Western civilization draws its inspiration. And if you want to see the classical underworld
from which grew the Underworld of Exalted, look no further than The Odyssey. Besides, there is no greater juxtaposition of Dawn Caste and Eclipse Caste than Achilles and Odysseus in these two works.

Journey to the West, Wu Cheng’en

This cornerstone of Asian myth follows the quest of the priest Sanzang and his three disciples (Pig, monk Sand and the Monkey King) as they travel from China to India to retrieve the Buddhist Sutra. More than perhaps any other tale of Asia, this has found its way into world culture via everything from anime such as Dragonball and Saiyuki to live-action productions such as A Chinese Odyssey and The Lost Empire.


InuYasha, Rumiko Takahashi

This manga, featuring a modern girl flung back in time to feudal Japan, is excellent in its depiction of larger than life characters in battles versus demons while the normal folk just
take it all in stride. Besides there are few better depictions of a daiklave in action than InuYasha’s sword, the Tetsusaiga. If you’re not a fan of manga, at least check out the anime based on it and the movies it’s spawned.

Ragnarök, Myung-Jin Lee

Though more properly a manwha (a Korean comic book), this reinterpretation of Norse myth is full of over-the-top combat and sorcery, and its conflict between larger-than-life demigod heroes striving against the forces of undeath greatly mirrors the Solar/Abyssal conflict of Exalted.


RG Veda (1992)

This series has everything; equivalents to many of the major Exalt types—Solar, Sidereal and Terrestrial—beautiful animation, an engaging story, and great depictions of what Exalted would term Charms and sorcery. What it lacks is an ending. Only two episodes were ever completed, so it’s a bit of a tease, but it’s a fun ride nonetheless. (Nota do Mestre: Existe o mangá completo de RG Veda)

Ninja Scroll (1995)

This anime was one of the main inspirations for Exalted, and there’s not a better depiction of Wyld mutants out there. The later series is also good inspiration.

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)

Probably the most popular wuxia film ever made—winning four Academy Awards—this film served as many Americans’ first exposure to wire-fu. This film rises above the many such films released from Hong Kong studios every year through its gripping story of love and honor, brought to life by the gripping performances of Chow Yun-Fat and Michelle Yeoh—not to mention the beautiful visuals, pulled off by its director Ang Lee.

Kung-Fu Hustle (2004)

Yes, it’s silly and irreverent, but this movie features possibly the best depiction of Exalted-level martial arts ever committed to film. Besides, it’s a great story that will leave you with a smile on your face long after the credits roll.


Dynasty Warriors 5

Admittedly, this Dynasty Warriors game is little different from those that preceded it, but it and its predecessors do one thing quite well, and that is showing heroic characters leading units of mundane forces against other such heroes and their units. There’s no place where Exalted mass combat is better illustrated.

Jade Empire

This game is just awesome. It’s beautiful; the threats, look and tech are very Exalted; and it’s got maybe the best supernatural martial-arts system ever devised.

Thief: Deadly Shadows

Like the Night Caste? This game is all about sneaking, spying, stealing and assassination, just like the stereotypical member of the Daggers of Heaven. And you fans of Wood Aspects, check
out the moss arrow. It’s greenery-gagging good fun.


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