Exalted follows a newly Exalted Eclipse caste named Kidale who finds himself adopted into an all-Solar Circle working out of Chiaroscuro. Trying to find out the source of a recent rise in Hungry Dead, the Circle investigates the ruins of a nearby Solar Tomb and struggles to avoid the attention of the Dragon-Blooded.
Its characters can be found in the Character Sheet for the Tabletop Game.
This work features examples of the following tropes:
- Anyone Can Die: Kidale.
- Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Peleps Taguro.
- The Atoner: Demetheus is implied to become this.
- Blood Knight: Cathak Drogath is one of these. He just sucks at it.
- The Cameo: Harmonious Jade (an Exalted Signature Character) makes two short appearances and gets talked about.
- Clingy Jealous Boy: Taguro comes off like this to Aruna.
- Dark Magical Girl: Aruna.
- Five-Man Band: Pretty much a stereotypical version of this.
- The Leader: Wind is this, though considerably more subdued than most versions. Demetheus or Jasara might also be considered to hold this.
- The Lancer: Demetheus combines this with The Big Guy and Big Brother Mentor. Alternative Faka Kun holds this title.
- The Smart Guy: Jasara holds this role as the resident sorceress.
- The Chick: Gender reversed with Kidale. Functions as the Tagalong Kid and The Heart for much of the story. Then he dies.
- The Sneaky Guy: Faka Kun is this as well as Fun Personified.
- Green-Eyed Monster: A subtle example but Taguro's hatred of Drogath is probably so extreme at least in part because he's jealous of his relationship to Aruna.
- Left Hanging: All of the characters fates after the comic ended except Kidale. We got a little feedback later.
- Magic Skirt: Faka Kun's rather skimpy clothes seem glued to her body, despite the leaping and acrobatics she does, not to mention being thrown around by a Wyld Hunter during the final battle.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Faka Kun attracts the attention of the Wyld Hunt by assaulting a Dragonblooded in the first issue. She also does worse, according to her friends, by failing to kill him.
- Demetheus feels this when he's tricked into killing Kidale.
- Not So Different: Taguro believed himself the complete opposite of Cathak Drogath but was forced to flee from the Solar Circle with all of his men killed but those who joined him in flight. It's a serious blow to his ego.
- Pyrrhic Victory: Both the Dragonblooded and Solars leave their battle feeling like they've lost.
- Smug Snake: Deconstructed with Drogath as his attitude is to cover up he's considered a major embarrassment by everyone.
- Yamato Nadeshiko: Aruna is the Dragon-Blooded version of this. She has a chariot pulled by SWANS.