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    I got to watching Once Upon A Time at Lingjian Mountain which is a comedic wuxia series on Netflix, it also has a comic which was translated as Spirit Blade Mountain. Having watched several episodes of that I get a Netflix recommendation for Ashes of Love , another wuxia series that gives a great feel for a distant and corrupt celestial bureaucracy.

    What currently inspires you?


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  • #2
    I'm currently on an Exalted hiatus (running Unknown Armies and Pendragon), but the new She-Ra really puts me on an Exalted mood.

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    • #3
      Tanith Lee is always wonderful; I just picked up her Birthgrave books again. Inuyasha remains solid for Lunar feels.

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      • #4
        I was recently inspired by the fight in the last episode of Seis Manos (on Netflix). It was very Celestial Exalted vs mortals.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by TheCountAlucard View Post
          Inuyasha remains solid for Lunar feels.
          I, too, feel like I am being slammed into a solid landscape whenever the "sit!" command is uttered.

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          • #6
            I always go back diving into the wuxia and chanbara ocean for Exalted inspiration and there's been some really damn good entries recently. Kinda spread out over the past few years, but I just got around to watching them all.

            Detective Dee: The Four Heavenly Kings (Tsui Hark). Set between the two prior Detective Dee films, I think it might be my favorite of the franchise, especially for Dragonblooded inspiration. From go Dee is the perfect Water aspect inspiration, but this one brings in things from the original book(s) that the first two kinda lacked. His underlings. So not only is it the perfect Water aspect character, it's an AWESOME inspiration for a magistrate and their archons, as well as Realm politics in general. It also (re)introduces the Dragon Taming Mace, which the progression from Four Heavenly Kings to Mystery of the Phantom Flame is great fodder for someone earning and getting familiar with their new artifact.

            The Sword Master (Derek Yee) Starts off a little... disorienting, but really finds it's stride later in the film. Adaptation of Gu Long's novel Death Duel (And remake of the Shaw Brothers film of the same name) it's not only phenomenal over the top Exalted melee/martial-arts madness, it also does a really good job serving as inspiration for Solars and other Anathema laying low, hiding who they are and what they can do, only to have to cut loose in the end to prevent tragedy. It's awesome, go watch it.

            Legend of the Demon Cat (Chen Kaige) A Chinese poet and Japanese monk get embroiled in the mystery of a demon cat plaguing the capital city. Way more of a whodunnit/mystery than I expected going in, but it was well worth the watch. Lies, misdirection, drama, healthy splash of action, real good material to watch if you want to focus more on spirits and the investigative/occult side of Exalted. Got a fair bit of that good old Chinese "Daoism is stupid, Buddhism is superior" shtick going, but eh. Can't win 'em all.


            On the anime-side, Demon-Slayer: Kimetsu no Yabia is gold. Spirit weirdness, gorgeous art (Anima flares, anyone?), kickass action. Taken out of context, Zenitsu versus the spider demon is pretty much exactly what I'd picture a mortal practitioner of Single Point style Exalting mid fight as. I'll throw it behind a spoiler, if anyone wants to give it a look. I watched it before even watching the first episode and it didn't even remotely effect my enjoyment, but better safe than sorry.




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            • #7
              Originally posted by Saur Ops Specialist View Post
              I, too, feel like I am being slammed into a solid landscape whenever the "sit!" command is uttered.
              I was talking more about the kind of thing that happens when romance gets tangled up with reincarnation.

              That said, there is an artifact armor that does that in Arms of the Chosen!

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              • #8
                I just watched Avatar The Last Airbender on Netflix. I'd seen, maybe a third, of the episodes in the wrong order before and thought it was pretty cool -- it was nice to binge it all.

                I really think it maps well to Exalted. Aang is a returning Solar, the Fire Nation is the Realm, the (non-Fire) benders are Lunars, the cool non-benders (like Mai and Sokka) are Sids (Bronze and Gold respectively). It was a lot of fun.

                Currently watching She-Ra and reading Kill Six Billion Demons -- both good inspiration.

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                Historically, Lone Wolf and Cub has been great Solar inspiration for me. The Dark Tower (books, not the terrible film) has been a great inspiration for mixed Exalt games.


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                • #9
                  I have a new wuxia series! Handsome Brothers over at Netflix


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                  • #10
                    I reintroduced myself to some Zelazny. Lord of Light is a classic.

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                    • #11
                      The novels The Grace of Kings and Wall of Storms have pretty good little bits of culture, world-building and politics that seem like they could transport to Creation pretty nicely. They've both been pretty cool novels for me for being on the stories bieng political but not existential like I think a lot of fantasy kind of gets trapped into doing.

                      The recent Black Company interquel Port of Shadows was pretty neat. It had some fun brain-mesisng, and I think did a good job showcasing how diverse and unique sorcerers in general in that setting are. Having read the series after the 3e KS, it's kind of affected how I look at the older Exalted work.

                      The anime series Demon Slayer has some just cool bits here and there that feel good to lift/loot for ideas.


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                      • #12
                        I recently finished the first main story arc of my northern Lunar campaign, which was very heavily based on L'Morte D'Arthur, except with early medieval style (Vikings, Anglo-Saxons) rather than the high medieval style King Arthur is normally done with.

                        Now that the peaceful realm of Changing Moon King Arcturus (Dragon totem, of course) has fallen, most of his Knights are dead, and barbarism reigns
                        My current story arc is based on Ragnarok; Jormungundr is writhing so there's been lots of earthquakes, the Ice Giants are at war with the high gods (by which I mean Mela), and Fimbulwinter is on the world. However, the dreams some PCs been getting about it are inspired by Mesopotamian myths.

                        The arc I've got planned next is inspired by reading about the (redacted) period of history, which I think is one that basically no games do, certainly we've not done it before.


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                        Kovan, actor, librarian, sorcerer, great bear, Lunar Elder from the First Age
                        Thutmose-Osiris, seventh son of a seventh son, descendant of the Supreme Deity Sukhmet, renegade demigod and bearer of the Ghoul-Banishing Bow. Also bright green.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by The Wizard of Oz View Post
                          I recently finished the first main story arc of my northern Lunar campaign, which was very heavily based on L'Morte D'Arthur, except with early medieval style (Vikings, Anglo-Saxons) rather than the high medieval style King Arthur is normally done with.
                          As something who have Pendragon as one of her favourite games, along with Exalted, this sounds awesome and would like to hear more :O

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                          • #14
                            Right, let's see...

                            So, the PCs were invited to a Moot by King Arcturus (dragon totem), at his castle of Caer Moroth. They met him and his court; his wife Pale Spirit, best friend Many Spears (son of the local water goddess, twice kidnapped by dwarves), his nephew Jarl Galreich who carried Arcturus' starmetal blade, his "nephew" Moroth who suspiciously resembles Arcturus, various minor thanes like the black-skinned Paladin, Arcturus' foster-brother Karl Kingsmilk, the minotaurs of the White Bull warrior lodge (their leader Five Pigs has a black mark on his nose and an eye for the ladies, while his subordinate Gallow-Glass is the purest and most Gary-Sue-esque thane in all the land, as well as Many Spears' bastard).
                            There were also some spirits, like the rival water spirits Sig-Yanna (water goddess) and the royal enchantress The Princess Birthed In Sunken Depths.

                            There were also some other gods and characters of course that were not Arthur-related, as I also wanted tribes of beastmen, various warrior lodges, and strange gods.
                            (As an aside, this is the first ever game of Exalted where I've been happy with god-related plot, for which I must thank a so-so fantasy author and Isator Levi)

                            In the first session, the Changing Moon learned that the Queen, Pale Spirit, was having an affair with Many Spears.
                            In the second session, they went and hunted the Screaming Beast, which happened to look the same and have the same backstory as the Questing Beast.
                            In the third session, they set out in their longship on a quest to investigate some missing villagers (and gave a lift to the white minotaurs, who were on a quest to find the Crucible of Divine Refinement).

                            To cut a long, non-Arthur-related-story short, they discovered that a group of foreign mutant mercenary samurai were screwing with the kingdom and trying to blame it on the Witches of Xor, a local coven of Fae witches.

                            When they returned, they discovered that Arcturus was besieging Many Spears' motte-and-bailey fort, where the warrior was hiding with the Queen. Apparently Moroth had revealed the adultery, and they'd fled.
                            The PCs negotiated for the Full Moon would duel Many Spears to resolve the issue.

                            However, Arcturus' shaman's ghost appeared; he told the PC shaman that the foreign mercenaries had attacked and siezed Caer Moroth. PCs and NPCs split up to rush back at different speeds.

                            On the way, Arcturus was ambushed by the mutants, led by... his own bastard, Moroth! Moroth killed his father, while assassins took out Many Spears elsewhere.

                            The PCs clashed with the mercenaries and their Dragonblood leaders a few times, who were trying to set up Moroth as king.

                            Eventually, the PC shaman called a Moot to choose the new King. During this, peace was made between the PCs, the Ice Giants, and the Dragonblood, and Moroth vanished never to be seen again. (He'd been replaced 2 weeks before by the Changing Moon.)

                            Unfortunately by that time, as there was also an eternal winter (they thought this was from the Dragonblood leader, it wasn't), and most of the nobles had just died, and Caer Moroth had literally fallen into the sea because of all the earthquakes... the country was pretty screwed. So after convincing the Dragonblood and Jotunn to leave, the new Queen (a regional Jarl with little power) had to just focus on food and rebuilding.

                            Meanwhile, the PCs went to investigate the eternal winter... but that story arc's not Arthur-inspired, that's Narnia/Ragnarok/Mesopotamian-flood-myth inspired.


                            I play...
                            Kovan, actor, librarian, sorcerer, great bear, Lunar Elder from the First Age
                            Thutmose-Osiris, seventh son of a seventh son, descendant of the Supreme Deity Sukhmet, renegade demigod and bearer of the Ghoul-Banishing Bow. Also bright green.

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                            • #15
                              So, basically; PCs go to nice Lunar-run northern kingdom, led by friendly quest-giver. Then it all falls apart due to an evil alliance of Fae/the Guild/Dragonblood. This leaves PCs invested in a barbarian region with various disunited clans, gods, fae, etc, and no Celestials of higher xp than them.


                              I play...
                              Kovan, actor, librarian, sorcerer, great bear, Lunar Elder from the First Age
                              Thutmose-Osiris, seventh son of a seventh son, descendant of the Supreme Deity Sukhmet, renegade demigod and bearer of the Ghoul-Banishing Bow. Also bright green.

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