Inspiration

Books

The Water Margin
Romance of the Three Kingdoms
Journey to the West
The Iliad & The Odyssey
Beowulf
Night’s Master, and the rest of Tanith Lee’s Tales of the Flat Earth
Pretty much any sword-and-sorcery by Robert E. Howard, Fritz Leiber, and especially Michael Moorcock’s Eternal Champion (Hawkmoon and Elric in particular)
Jack Vance’s Dying Earth, for a mashup of magitech and sorcery
Glen Cook’s Dread Empire series, and elements of his Black Company books
GRRM’s Song of Ice and Fire – spot-on example of the politicking and intrigues of the Dynastic Dragon-Bloods

Film

Kung Fu Hustle
Kung Fu Panda
300
Troy
Chronicles of Riddick – SF, but lots of applicable themes
Pretty much any epic by Akira Kurosawa
Pretty much any historical Wuxia film

Anime

Avatar: the Last Airbender
Princess Mononoke
Spirited Away
NausicaƤ
Escaflowne
Saint Seiya
Berserk
Samurai Champloo
Ninja Scroll
Record of Lodoss War
Samurai 7
Afro Samurai
Five Star Stories – SF, but epic in plot, living gods, and Warstriders
Anime I haven’t watched but keep seeing as Exalted recs: Juuni Kokki, Karas, Sengoku Basara

Video Games

Okami
Blade & Soul – search for character concept art by Kim Hyung-tae
Magna Carta – search for character concept art by Kim Hyung-tae
War of Genesis – search for character concept art by Kim Hyung-tae
Monster Hunter
Dynasty Warriors
Soul Calibur
Devil May Cry
Final Fantasy
Castlevania
Fire Emblem
God of War
Darksiders

Tabletop Games

Anima: Beyond Fantasy – believe it or not, somebody wanted a version of Exalted that was even more complicated
Kingdom Death – miniatures game, survivor horror plus cheesecake, much Japanese, wow

Inspiration

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